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Diablo III Beta Begins 102

dotarray writes "Diablo III really can't be that far off now. Blizzard has just announced that the closed beta test for the game has kicked off – meaning you can start checking your inboxes for an invitation now." The expanded Friends&Family test had been underway for a week or so, but now gaming sites are getting invitations. Of course, given the popularity of Diablo III, phishers are out in force with fake beta invites. For those who opted-in, the best way to check is to simply log in to your account. The beta is limited in terms of content — it only includes the first couple hours worth of play in Act 1 — but all five classes are available for play. There's no NDA, so plenty of commentary has sprung up already. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has early impressions of the Demon Hunter. Blizzard has also created a skill calculator for anyone who wants to play around with character builds ahead of time. The beta will be expanding in waves as they ramp up stability tests.
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Diablo III Beta Begins

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  • by Deflatamouse ( 37653 ) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @01:39AM (#37464672) Homepage

    Alright! Another 3 years of my life is about to disappear!

  • by Sasayaki ( 1096761 ) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @01:39AM (#37464674)

    ... but I already gave both my wrists to Diablo and Diablo II. They are now RSI ridden husks, ready to be discarded and replaced with official Blizzard prosthetics.

    While the body fails me, my mind -- sharpened in the Halls of the Blind and practiced at hunting for elusive pixels outlined with the tab key -- remembers is training well, ready to once again take arms against the forces of Hell.

    Sometimes, when I sleep, all I can hear is the clicking of the mouse and the 1, 1, 1 of potions chain-quaffed in haste. The clicking, like the jaws and mandibles of a billion fiendish ants, coming to tear me limb from limb unless I find the last piece of Tal Rasha's Wrappings. ... and the Baal runs. Endless Baal runs, searching, always searching...

    Now gaze ye upon my graveyard of Hardcore mode characters, mortal, and despair . Despair as I do when inspecting this broken, shattered life; a veteran of a digital war, a soldier of fictitious battles... ... stay a while, and listen.

  • by sortius_nod ( 1080919 ) on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @02:32AM (#37464934) Homepage

    Tell me about it... oh well, might as well quit my job now.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 21, 2011 @03:18AM (#37465110)

    i've already won ten million dollars in the British lottery and may need to see a doctor about how large my penis has become, she wants me so badly.
    on top of that, my account has been under investigated for ilegal actions and i need to login to and click the "i am the owner of the account shown below" button so they don't ban my diablo 3 beta trial key and prevent me from claiming my free winged zebraconponycar.

    blizzard keeps telling me not to click links in emails, but just to login to my account to see if i've got a beta invite, but heck the link looks so inviting..

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