"Several thousand" Diablo III cheaters banned [Update]

As expected, there are a number of players of Diablo III that can't play by Blizzard's rules. For a group of them, they have found that their access to the game has been cut off. In a post on the game's official message board forums today, Blizzard announced, "We recently issued a round of account suspensions and bans to several thousand Diablo III players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using botting or hacking programs while playing."

In addition to the fact that using bots and cheats while playing the game simply isn't fair to all those Diablo III players who enjoy the game while playing by Blizzard's rules, the company said that such cheating actions also affect the performance of the Battle.net service. It added, "As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and fun online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we'll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed."

This first ban hammer comes as Blizzard has yet to launch its paid auction house feature. It was supposed to allow Diablo III players the use of real money to pay for in-game items. However, due in part to Diablo III's launch issued in May, Blizzard announced that the paid auction house feature would not launch as planned. No new date has been announced.

Update: Blizzard has now launched the paid auction feature for the Americas region of Diablo III

Source: Diablo III forums

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What's the point in having some mega powerful weapon and perfect armor that renders the player practically invulnerable? Is that supposed to be fun? Or are people simply trying to actually make money off of this game?

On a related note, after finishing the game I'm really disappointed in how cheezy it was. I thought the Diablo series was supposed to be dark, serious, and deep. Instead, it looks and feels cartoony, and most of the dialog is silly and lame. It really feels like a kids game.

/rant

It was designed for mass-consumption. Diablo 2 was an awesome game (a classic in my opinion), but it appealed to a niche market. However, D3 was dumbed down across the board with it's: 1) goofy dialogue, 2) cartoon graphics, 3) "funny" characters, and overall upbeat pretense to it. Diablo 2 was dark, sinister and hinged upon hopelessness.

There was a social and emotional disconnect between you and the NPCs that a lot of fans miss. Instead of feeling like an engaging, crucial aspect of the story, you feel a lot like a happy-go-lucky tag-along bodyguard for stupid NPCs to practice their stand-up routine on. Overall, it's not a horrible game for newcomers, but it's definitely one to avoid if you were a fan of the last two.

I really don't see the point in cheating in a game like this. I just unlocked hell mode so maybe I'm not far enough into it to understand. I find a good amount of enjoyment in farming my own items/gold to improve my character.

First, sorry for my bad english.

This is normal... The worst thing was the latest feature of Diablo III: the language lock. Now, if you bought a retail (DVD) copy of Diablo III, you can not change the default language.

I bought a pt-br language DVD, original (I have D1, D2 DVDs) , and I cant change the language of the game anymore. The biggest problem with this language lock is the items names and skill names are translated for pt-br.

Because English is the universal language, its now impossible to use guides or tips for items sets, because of languages diferences.

Forum link
http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4551560816?page=1

Some of thise items are more expensive than the game itself.

One of them even three times as much!

I don't see myself using it if it is going to be anything like that.

Unless Blizzard deletes all of the gold and items that these farmers amassed since launch, bans will do little to fix the economy. At this point, it's probably already beyond repair, so bans probably won't do the "normal" player any good.

spacer said,
Unless Blizzard deletes all of the gold and items that these farmers amassed since launch, bans will do little to fix the economy. At this point, it's probably already beyond repair, so bans probably won't do the "normal" player any good.

Is it really that bad now?