Every Tuesday I like to take some time to focus on the hardworking and dedicated “YouTubers” within the gaming community. This week features a video called “Diablo 3 in a Nutshell” and pretty sums up how a lot of people feel about Diablo 3 now that the honeymoon phase is over. The video itself is pretty short, but it speaks to the game’s fundamental problem in that there is nothing to do but kill monsters for loot in order to kill monsters faster to get more loot. This video isn’t the first that has outlined the problem, but given everyone’s 21st century attention span I think it gets the message across.
As cute and simple as user Ceeraanoo’s video is, it’s also pretty accurate according to some of the game’s more expert players. Popular YouTuber, maybe even one of the most popular, AtheneWins has posted a video describing some of Diablo 3’s problems, and what can do to fix them. Most of the problems seem to revolve around the game’s real money auction hall, and the fact that gold has become a ridiculously inflated commodity. Even Kripparrian, the streamer who claimed the world first Hardcore Inferno Diablo 3 kill, has an opinion as to why the price of gold has become so inflated. He’s also gone out of his way to offer his advice directly at Blizzard in the hopes that they will give the game some real end-game content.
Whether or not Blizzard will listen is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to see that the community’s pro players are trying to make the game better, even after they’ve essentially beaten it. This is a strange place for Blizzard, there’s been almost ten years of content for World of Warcraft, and Starcraft 2 essentially produces its content through an organically changing multiplayer meta-game. But Diablo 3 isn’t either of those games and right now the only thing to do after killing Diablo is to kill him again, which leaves Blizzard with a really well crafted game that has pretty much no content for high level players.
Blizzard does have plans for a PVP arena which was delayed from being released with the game. But if Diablo 3 wants to keep its fans, it’s going to have to give them all something to do, isn’t that like the first rule of gaming?