If any Diablo fans out there want to hate me for creating that image header, feel free. I kind of hate myself for even having the idea. What would Deckard Cain think of me?
This post is actually supposed to be about some funny pictures made by a Blizzard artist that refers to how fans felt about the overly colourful palette seen in the first Diablo III screenshots and videos, but before posting them up I thought I would just explain the situation
When the first footage and screenshots of Diablo III made their way onto the internet, forums, blogs and chatrooms were filled with enraged fans and their dislike for the newer, more colourful look that has been implemented into Diablo.
If you don’t know where this problem stems from, it’s quite simple really.
The explanation and some strangely funny images, after the jump.
Both the original Diablo and Diablo II, both released by Blizzard, were immensely successful titles that introduced many gamers to their first RPG experience, albeit Hack n’ Slash. What made Diablo so popular was not just the gameplay, but the overall dark and menacing atmosphere that helped the story hit home.
On the other side of the spectrum we have World of Warcraft. The game is seen by many as the new “Sims”, dressed in a fantasy evening gown made from pixie dust and fairy tears.
The art style is quite “cartoony” and the palette is bright and colourful. Now, this wasn’t a problem, not for a while anyway. You see, Diablo fans were happy for Blizzard and World of Warcraft players, the style fits the fantasy theme, appeals to more casual gamers and the huge success of the game meant that Blizzard would have a large amount of money lying around to create the next Diablo game.
That was the deal, fans thought. We are happy to wait and tinker around with your cartoony MMO game, as long as you are hard at work on the real deal, the next Diablo, in all it’s dark, gloomy, macabre glory.
So as I mentioned earlier, the first images and videos of Diablo III were finally released to the public, and in the absolute fear that Blizzard may be trying to pull a “WoW” on Diablo, the fans started running their mouths. To be honest, I don’t blame them. Heck, as a matter of fact, I’m one of them. Diablo is an amazing franchise and one that really did benefit from the dark and ominous atmosphere that surrounded it, so it is preferable, even though I do feel like some people are overreacting.
As you can imagine, there are many threads discussing this topic. But in a move that was pretty hilarious, a supposed Blizzard artist with the tag “Bashiok”, who was reading the sarcastic comments of the gamers, that discussed the possibility that a new hidden level would contain Unicorns and rainbows, decided to make mock up images of what that would actually look like.
Even better, he went to the extra effort of adding in a little “level up” badge in the corner that says “New Record! Love Spree!”.
Some comments were also made about how one of the enemies looked like the the Stay Puft man from Ghostbusters, and were quickly photoshopped into reality.
Usually I wouldn’t recommend that companies poke fun at their fans, but this was done in good taste and there was an already sarcastic and humorous vibe in the forum, so it went down well. Bravo to “Bashiok”, I actually think that it was a really cool move.
Ok, now that all of the jokes are over… can we… like… please have the dark and menacing feel back?
Last Updated: February 2, 2009