It’s confession time here on Neri Approves, and I have a real ripper to share with you. Here it goes! I have never played Diablo. I know, I know. In this day and age, I may as well have just confessed that I’ve never heard of electricity. While the rest of the gaming world was whipping itself into a frenzy over the midnight launch of this long awaited title, I was pottering around in the Mists of Pandaria beta and checking my auctions on live. My husband came screaming into the house with his Collector’s Edition and a Diablo 3 mousepad he’d bought for me and was puzzled when I didn’t share in his euphoria. Opening my friends list was a surreal experience – there’s nothing like being the only one with that little WoW symbol next to your name to really drive home the fact that maybe you’re missing out on something.
Then the whispers started.
“WTF?!”, “Why are you not in D3?!”, ”What are you doing on World of Failcraft?”.
Oh no. I can feel it creeping in. That stubbornness; that primal instinct that I must resist assimilation. Oh, jeez, I’m turning into a hipster gamer!
With this horrendous realisation burning in my mind, I decided that I’ll do a bit of research. I hit up the Diablo Wiki Lore Summary and had a bit of a browse over the plot. Hmm, well, so far it seems pretty cool. I couldn’t help but think of the snippets of later seasons of Supernatural I have seen, but I suppose the whole Heaven versus Hell thing isn’t exactly new or revolutionary. Still, the premise of this game in particular seems well thought out.
Right, now that I’m clued up on the story line, I suppose I need to learn the basics. Being late to the party means that half of the internet has already got it covered, and it wasn’t hard to find a post on learning the basics of Diablo 3 gameplay. Alrighty, minimal keyboard action; all hail the mighty mouse. Click to move, left click to build resources, right click to unleash them. Hold down shift if I don’t want to run off randomly if I mis-click a monster. Excellent. Look out for health orbs and potions, don’t loot the junk. Got it.
Okay, so I’m warming to the idea of installing this game, I’ll admit it. Time to have a look at the class types. Blah, blah, blah, Barbarian. Yada, yada, Monk. Wait, what is this? A class that throws jars of spiders at enemies? Well, that’s equal parts eerie and epic. Witch Doctor it is!
Sigh, perhaps everyone was frothing at the mouth about this game for good reason. There is only one thing left to do, fire up the installation and have a crack at it, I guess! Damn you, sheep mentality.
Confession booth! Are you devouring evil in Diablo for the first time, or would you rather watch paint dry? Unload your burden in the comments below.
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