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    Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    I'm curious, maybe some official admin can help me. Is there a way to monitor/visualize the member and forum goer activity over the last year in this site here? I remember when the first wave of closed beta was being streamed, this forum peaked at 6000 viewers. Now it's 200-300, not to mention the whole thing here being basically extinct compared even to late day D2 LoD days. Did there even evolve some community around Diablo 3 or am I just missing something? I haven't played for months, like 90% of my friendslist, but as a regular of D2 LoD times here, I'm just interested how dead this game really is now.

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    The fans of this game will probably smokescreen you with the usual explanation that people frequent the official forums or some other fansites much more. That's it's the site that has low traffic, not the game. But then most of the threads in the Blizz forums are complaint threads... Read them and the blue responses and draw your own conclusions.

    Of course there's also the fact that with D3's streamlined mechanics there's really not that much to talk about. The stats all work in a very transparent way and generally scale linearly. All the numbers are out there now that proc rates have been tested. New builds can be tested in seconds; new gear can be bought within minutes so there's no need to 'what-if' about builds with specific items. Not to mention that I can't count even five items that 'make' a build in D3. Schaefer's Hammer with its mad lightning proc certainly qualifies; the game needs vastly more items like that to save what remains to be saved.

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    People still have discussions about it, most people just like to experiment and it's made much more plausible in D3.

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    A snapshot of right around now...

    Total Number of people viewing D3 related forums: 1023

    Total Number of people viewing D2 related forums: 1010


    So how does everyone think D3 is doing?

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    Some people don't like the game, others do like the game.

    I, for example, think D3 is doing a lot better then it was 7 months ago. Many issues that plagued the game have been resolved but that's not to say there isn't a lot more that needs to be done. And to add to your anecdotal forum evidence I've seen more D3 logos on my friends list this past month then I have in quite sometime.
    "The problem with quotes on the internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity." - Albert Einstein

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    Quote Originally Posted by Neinball View Post
    Some people don't like the game, others do like the game.

    I, for example, think D3 is doing a lot better then it was 7 months ago. Many issues that plagued the game have been resolved but that's not to say there isn't a lot more that needs to be done. And to add to your anecdotal forum evidence I've seen more D3 logos on my friends list this past month then I have in quite sometime.
    Exactly this. I remember thinking to myself "Wow, my D3 days are already over. I have absolutely no desire to continue playing this game." But since the last major patch, I find myself enjoying the game again. There are so many new ways to play, and I dont find myself farming for items, rather farming for Paragon Levels. So instead of grinding to find that one upgrade, I'm actually playing the game again to level up my character. The way RPG's are meant to be played.

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    Quote Originally Posted by Neinball View Post
    And to add to your anecdotal forum evidence I've seen more D3 logos on my friends list this past month then I have in quite sometime.
    My Diablo 3 friends list consists of only IRL friends. Either friends, colleagues or coworkers (15 in total). From which, only 2 were "HC" Diablo players. All others were casuals and never played any Diablo. They ALL pre-ordered Diablo 3 and were excited to play on release day.

    1 month after release they ALL reached the "meh" phase and moved on.

    None of them have any interest in replaying Diablo 3. None log in since August. They don't look for news or get excited about patches. They just don't care about it anymore. All15.

    When you tell me your "friends" list is full of Diablo 3 players, that's because you mostly only interact with the avid gamers. OF COARSE they still play some or a lot of Diablo 3. They are gamers. When you look at the casuals, which are the biggest audience you can see the real picture: "Meh".

    So, if personal experiences count for anything, mine goes against everything Blizzard promised to do with Diablo 3. That's why I tend to agree with Galtrovan's "statistics".

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    Quote Originally Posted by themeros View Post
    When you tell me your "friends" list is full of Diablo 3 players, that's because you mostly only interact with the avid gamers. OF COARSE they still play some or a lot of Diablo 3. They are gamers. When you look at the casuals, which are the biggest audience you can see the real picture: "Meh".
    Just as with every other game I've played. I've got loads of friends that started playing D2, Warcraft 3, WoW, starcraft 2. After a month or three, 90% of them had left. May be even more that left this time, perhaps 95%, but it's just the same. Casuals leave, that's what making them casuals.

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    The same story many others have written here. Most people playing a month or two after release then quitting for good.
    The most popular thread on the diablo 3 forums is the complaints thread. I'm waiting for the game to become darker like diablo 1 and have better itemization like diablo 2. Until then i have very little to discuss :(

    The game is a huge disappointment overall and that reflects the amount of forum users (6000 down to 200)

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    Re: Player / forum activity on incgamers in the last year

    I'm guessing Blizzard's internal play numbers are worse than you can imagine.

    The first few months after D3's release it quickly became apparent the community was not receiving the game that well and were raising major issues. Blizzard basically spent the first 3 months post release patting themselves on the back for the massive sales and poo-poo'ing criticism.

    What caused them to change their tune so dramatically? I mean, look at the Pardo and Wilson posts recently, as well their tone in general. It sounds apologetic, they basically have come out and said "Ok, ok, we admit it, it kinda sucks, we'll fix it" in more PR-friendly terms.

    The only thing that would ever prompt them to do such is if they see that basically nobody is playing it.

    Clearly a huge chunk of casual players buy the game, play it for a few months, and then quit. But Blizzard probably knows what their expected player retention rate is after this time period and I'm guessing D3 is way, way, way below it, and that's what made them realize that it wasn't just haters blowing smoke this time but them actually dropping the ball.

    D3 can be fixed and made to be epic, the fundamentals are there, but they need to be open to making some major changes in expansions, like completely redo'ing the skill and item systems and doing their best to abandon/retcon the horrible story, as well as making a very real effort to promote community.

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