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Diablo III auction house and Monk pushed back

Diablo III auction house and Monk pushed back

Blizzard Entertainment isn't making any new friends with its newest update which cuts out the Real Money Auction House promised to fans at the launch of the game Diablo III. This update also contains news of a patch that fixes up a couple of "bugs" surrounding the Monk class of character in Diablo III making him/her just a bit less intensely powerful. Diablo III is now the largest launch of a game in the history of the world with millions of fans playing the game since launch and is therefor had its fair share of mishaps, this only the latest of these.

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Diablo III sets record for fastest selling PC game ever

Diablo III sets record for fastest selling PC game ever

For those of you wondering how and why Battle.NET had lag issues on its opening few days of Diablo III's launch, look no further: 6.3 million gamers played the game on opening week. This number comes from statistics layer down by Rachel Weber for Gamesindustry International who lets it be known that Diablo III sold 3.5 million games (or licenses for downloads,) in the first 24 hours it was put on sale. This number itself set the record for fastest selling PC game in the history of the world, with even more racking up if you count the number of people who purchased a Blizzard Annual Pass to get Diablo III "for free."

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Diablo III Real-Money Auction House second launch date set

Diablo III Real-Money Auction House second launch date set

Its official: Blizzard and Battle.NET have announced that Diablo III's new Real-Money Auction House will be launching on the 29th of May. This comes after a bit of a delay in which the auction house was going to be launched on the 22nd of this month but was pushed back due to unforeseen circumstances. Due to the extremely volatile nature of a real-money set of exchanges here in the next-level auction house for Diablo III in-game items, Blizzard has let the world know that they're sparing no expense making sure the launch goes smoothly.

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Diablo III servers down with emergency restart

Diablo III servers down with emergency restart

This morning Blizzard Entertainment began emergency rolling restarts of all Diablo III servers across Battle.NET, and as of 10:30 AM CST today, Battle.NET is down entirely. At the moment we're receiving reports from players across the USA noting that they are unable to get access to the game and are unable to access the website Battle.NET as well as their forums starting this morning. We've reached out to Blizzard and are expecting a reply soon - meanwhile no official word exists via any Battle.NET source as to what the complications with the site and their servers might be.

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Diablo III error apology issued by Blizzard

Diablo III error apology issued by Blizzard

The folks at Blizzard and their servers at Battle.NET are currently hard at work to fix any and all issued that have arisen here on launch week for Diablo III, so says their brand new apology for fans posted today. This game has been in the works for more than 10 years and has had so many beta tests going on for months now that its nearly unfathomable that any issues might still exist in the codes of the game and the servers it exists on, but such is life: there's no real test better than thousands of real players jumping in on the game in the first real final launch.

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Diablo III Server Status page helps the war weary

Diablo III Server Status page helps the war weary

Since Blizzard is used to working with online players and has been providing online games for some time now, they've gone ahead and had Battle.NET (their main servers for all powerful games like Diablo III) set up a server status page for all players. What you're going to be able to see here is, if you've got a "server unavailable" message, whether or not the whole server you're used to playing on is actually down or if it's just you who is experiencing the outage. This is exactly the sort of page I would have loved to have had back in highschool for Diablo II, I can tell you that!

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Diablo III “Servers are down” fix in the works

Diablo III “Servers are down” fix in the works

Here on the first full release day of Blizzard's Diablo III live on Battle.NET for the whole world to play, the dreaded "Servers are down" message has been seen by thousands. Blizzard has acknowledged that this error is popping up across the planet and they have let the world know that a "quick fix" is in the works. You might already know that and are at this point only looking for some solace in any new news on when you'll be able to play again - unfortunately that news is only known by Blizzard officials themselves.

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Diablo III pre-orders trounce Max Payne 3

Diablo III pre-orders trounce Max Payne 3

Today is the official launch day of two gigantic releases for gamers across the nation (and the world,) with pre-order numbers racking up thousands of first-day players for both Diablo III and Max Payne 3. According to VGChartz ranking the week ending on the 12th of May, Diablo III has taken both versions of Max Payne 3 to lunch, pulling in a total of 59,463 pre-orders for the week while Max Payne for Xbox 360 brought in 19,263 new pre-release customers and the PlayStation 3 release saw 10,152 new pre-release cash tossers. These numbers of course pale in comparison to the total pre-orders for each of the two games, the numbers becoming much more disparate in the process.

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Player finishes Diablo III in 12 hours 29 minutes (and others in 7)

Player finishes Diablo III in 12 hours 29 minutes (and others in 7)

Many of you burnt the midnight oil in order to get in on the Diablo III action, even with the massive server jams, but normal human beings are properly getting their first taste of the game this morning. You’re already behind: one NeoGaf forum poster has finished the game, starting at launch and playing straight through for 12 hours and 29 minutes. Playing as a Barbarian, he reached Level 32 by the time he had finished.

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Diablo III pre-game preparation top 10 countdown

Diablo III pre-game preparation top 10 countdown

It's time to start up your Diablo III engines and get ready to play the game for a week straight, starting at 12:01 Pacific Time on the 15th of May, the following top 10 being your definite requirements before you get your game on! This list has everything. Food and drink you'll need to imbibe, machine requirements, and notes on how you can actually get the game prepped before the official launch. To get your engine started for the biggest MMORPG launch of the summer 2012 season, you'll need first to pull out your pocketbook and make sure you've got $60, because that's how much the game costs you right out of the box.

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