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Old Apr 20, 2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Blizzard Launches Free Open Beta Weekend for Diablo III







Ahead of its May 15th launch date, Blizzard is opening its Diablo III beta test to all comers as a stress test on the game's servers. The free open beta weekend runs from now through Monday morning.
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We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game's release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now!

From Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT you'll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.
Blizzard's website has more details about exactly how to join the open beta. Diablo III will be $59.99 when it launches on May 15th and will be available as a digital download from Blizzard, or via the more traditional boxed copy.

Article Link: Blizzard Launches Free Open Beta Weekend for Diablo III
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Thank you Blizzard! You not only make amazing games, but you have been great about supporting the Mac platform.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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Oh shittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:20 PM   #4
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Thank you Blizzard! You not only make amazing games, but you have been great about supporting the Mac platform.
Have you even tried to get in? It's a complete mess.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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keep getting the Error 37 ... and i even have a authentication code which makes logging in right now a total nightmare :/.... but im thankful i can at least have a chance to play
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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keep getting the Error 37 ... and i even have a authentication code which makes logging in right now a total nightmare :/.... but im thankful i can at least have a chance to play
It's because people will only be able to play from 21:00h CEST time.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:28 PM   #7
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ARGgggg my MBP is officially out with its x1600 graphic card!

Apple move your arse and release some Ivy Bridge computers please!
(Any for that matter! Mini or iMac preferably)
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:32 PM   #8
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Have you even tried to get in? It's a complete mess.
It's a pre-launch stress test to find exactly these issues early enough to fix them for May 15th. It's not like they can simulate the load of say, a million+ crazy folk who will spam the login button before, during and after the launch on their own.

And it serves as advertising for those still on the fence (and realize it is a stress test).
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:43 PM   #9
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YEEEEESSS!!!

I already got my pre-order copy, but this is AWESOME.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:50 PM   #10
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I know the download for the installer is only 49 mb, any idea how much mb/gb you need to download total? Careful with data cap.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:51 PM   #11
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I know the download for the installer is only 49 mb, any idea how much mb/gb you need to download total? Careful with data cap.
It's around 3GB, maybe a little over.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:15 PM   #12
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This is awesome. Downloading it now. I haven't played Diablo since the original. I still play the PSX version on my Mac via emulation every now and then.

I don't really game but this I may get into.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:23 PM   #13
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Diablo Size

it is actually closer to 9 GB. I have the full installer, but it says it is still raining fire on Diablo III so I can't enter. Im going to check Battle net for details
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:24 PM   #14
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Login button is greyed out for me..
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:24 PM   #15
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Oh no so is it 3 or 9?! lol

9 means I can't play, 3 means I can
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:26 PM   #16
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Was closer to 9 for me as well.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:38 PM   #17
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Oh no so is it 3 or 9?! lol

9 means I can't play, 3 means I can
Not sure. Using the downloader in the link it says around 1.6GB for playable and a further 1.4/5GB for optimal. Get an error 3003 when I try and login though.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:48 PM   #18
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Been in the beta since December so I don't plan to be on this weekend with likely all the server issues. Great game though. Looks amazing and still has the classic Diablo feel to it which I was worrying they'd ditch to make a WoW clone.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 04:58 PM   #19
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Tried a bunch of times every 15 minutes or so.

Stress test: FAIL!

Next time maybe don't wait 11 years.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 05:01 PM   #20
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Damn, I should have finished the beta before it went open. Hopefully they'll improve the load handling on the servers so I can continue playing next week.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 05:09 PM   #21
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woo! got to play through the skeleton king as a barb - it was great!
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 05:56 PM   #22
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Thank the holy pasta monster I've been in closed beta and don't have to put up with the stress testing and long waits.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 07:24 PM   #23
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Game's lagging just the slightest bit on 2560x1440 res on my imac.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 07:31 PM   #24
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Nice, but I doubt the GT120 in my MP will be up to the task. DLing it now...what's odd though is that the dloader is reporting a speed of like 350KBps, but iStat Menus is reporting 700-900KBps. Oh, and when I started dling it, it was about 3.87GB in size.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 07:38 PM   #25
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I know the download for the installer is only 49 mb, any idea how much mb/gb you need to download total? Careful with data cap.
Hmm not sure why but my Diablo III Beta folder size ended up being around 5.4GB. That's with my installer showing the complete green bar on "Optimal." I coulda swore the Installer said it would be 15GB total so I was a bit confused.

I even moved the folder around and ran it again, just to make sure everything was in there.
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