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Old 05-13-2012, 01:41 AM   #1
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Diablo III Getting a Free Trial


Blizzard has announced that Diablo III will be getting a free trial called the Starter Edition.

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Diablo III Starter Edition provides players the ability to try out a limited version of Diablo III. Guest Pass keys allow a player to give friends the opportunity to play the Starter Edition of Diablo III. Guest Pass keys are included in all box copies of Diablo III.
Players on Starter Edition game licenses have the following restrictions:
  • Act I up to the Skeleton King is available
  • Level 13 cap
  • Matchmaking available only with other Starter Edition players
  • No Real Money Auction House access

How do I get the Diablo III Starter Edition?
Log into your Battle.net Account Management page and navigate to the Download Game Clients section. The Diablo III Starter Edition will be available for download there.
Players without a Battle.net account can create one, and then download the Starter Edition.
Note: The Diablo III Starter Edition will not be available without a Guest Pass until 30 days after the game launches.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:11 AM   #2
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Huh... so basically the beta is free, at least with client fixes =D

Smart move, too many games have NO way to try them, to see if you like it, or if even runs on your computer/craptop/etc. Which only leaves piracy.

And don't be fooled, this game will be pirated, if they can emulate WoW servers for the private servers, they can do it for D3. Or it could be simple like Starcraft 2 and you just needed to log into battlenet, spoof that and then play the campaign.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:44 AM   #3
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Nice. Level 13/Act 1 is probably all I'm going to need. Played the beta, didn't really hook me. I'll give it another shot though.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:38 AM   #4
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I like to see moves like this. One reason I like how you can demo games on Xbox Arcade and such, so you can actually try the game out for a bit before making some purchasing not knowing what you're going to get.

Good move Blizzard.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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Star Wars should have done this. All MMOs should do this.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:58 AM   #6
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Huh... so basically the beta is free, at least with client fixes =D

Smart move, too many games have NO way to try them, to see if you like it, or if even runs on your computer/craptop/etc. Which only leaves piracy.

And don't be fooled, this game will be pirated, if they can emulate WoW servers for the private servers, they can do it for D3. Or it could be simple like Starcraft 2 and you just needed to log into battlenet, spoof that and then play the campaign.
Its not that simple. Everything is controlled serverside. Without the server there are no enemies and no npcs.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:15 AM   #7
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It's a great idea... will also discourage piracy by those who just want "try it out".
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:32 AM   #8
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Anyone going to have a spare key they don't mind giving away?

Would save me the trouble of queuing at midnight. Instead I'd play through the demo during the night then buy a copy at a more civilised hour!
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:01 PM   #9
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Nice. Level 13/Act 1 is probably all I'm going to need. Played the beta, didn't really hook me. I'll give it another shot though.
What the are giving out IS the beta. If you didn't like it the first time, the demo doesn't go any further than the beta did.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:03 PM   #10
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Anyone going to have a spare key they don't mind giving away?

Would save me the trouble of queuing at midnight. Instead I'd play through the demo during the night then buy a copy at a more civilised hour!
You have to log in even to play the beta/demo. You would still be stuck in the que at midnight no matter what.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:24 PM   #11
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Good way to get casual fans hooked. I remember them doing this with StarCraft and I liked it so much I ended up buying the full game.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:49 PM   #12
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Star Wars should have done this. All MMOs should do this.
Yep, or even better if studios were smart is give away stripped down mobile versions of their flagship games as the free trials. Perfect for casual players who would be too timid to dive into expensive retail titles.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:01 PM   #13
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This is a pretty good move on their part. At this point I had pretty much given up on ever playing D3, but at least now I can try it and see how I enjoy it.

And I agree that all MMO/commitment-requiring games should have this.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:08 PM   #14
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You have to log in even to play the beta/demo. You would still be stuck in the que at midnight no matter what.
I was more thinking avoid the queue outside HMV.

I know I could just buy the digital version but 44 from blizzard vs 34 from a shop! Downloads are supposed to be cheaper. :/
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:12 PM   #15
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Download costs just as much as it does in the shop for me. But I'm also in the States.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:02 AM   #16
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Cool. I am a PC game novice and have no idea if Diablo would run on my machine or not. There is no way I would buy this without having a demo to see if it will work for me.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:04 AM   #17
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One reason I hoped on the beta (beyond wanting to try Diablo 3). Was able to see how well my system was able to handle it. I'm expecting it to run even smoother with the retail version.

One more hour until installer goes live. This wait is killing me.
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So if my friend gives me a key, I can't play with him? That's pretty weak.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:47 AM   #19
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So if my friend gives me a key, I can't play with him? That's pretty weak.
Yes. This is utter shit

I had multiple friends to play with tonight but being the only one who's retail copy did not arrive in time i went for the starter edition stuff only to be thoroughly disappointed

Tonight was:
1) Servers down
2) Authentication not working (315300)
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Don't discount D3 because of a few starting day glitches. Even Witcher 2 had them. This will be resolved shortly and will be shown to be the RPG of the year, if not the decade. Buy it now!

Disclosure: Every sale of D3 probably makes me richer by a few micropennies.
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