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Blizzard Issues Update For 16-Year-Old Diablo II 54

Blizzard this week issued an update for the popular Diablo II game. The update, dubbed v1.14a, comes roughly five years after Diablo II was last updated, and four years since the release of Diablo III. Blizzard says the update aims to resolve glitches introduced by modern operating systems. While Blizzard's commitment towards its 16-year old game is unquestionably commendable, it appears the new update is causing issues for some.
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Blizzard Issues Update For 16-Year-Old Diablo II

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    It seems that updating an existing install (with all the patches and workarounds required to keep it going on a Intel-based Mac) is problematic.
    Backup your game-characters and delete the game. Then download and re-install from scratch. That works fine.

    The download doesn't show for some reason in the normal clients-download under "My Account" on Battle.net (only the Windows version).

    If you go to the generic downloads section https://battle.net/account/clients it is there.
    Please note: For LoD you need to down

    • by lgw ( 121541 )

      Just got LoD going on a iMac 5K. Pixels are really big :-) because the 800x600 display gets stretched (thankfully with correct with aspect-ratio) to full-screen. Leaves a big black border on left and rights sides, but that doesn't really bother me.

      16x10 is the One True Ratio (mostly if you like older games). Too bod there's only the one 5K monitor - anyone know of any others with better than 1920x1200?

      • Well, there's all the 30" 2560x1600 monitors. Though if you like older games, I wouldn't bother because who wants pixels the size of your thumb? If I was to put together a classic gaming PC, I'd probably use the 19" Sony Trinitron in the closet.

  • by batwingTM ( 202524 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @07:56AM (#51688909) Homepage

    Yesterday I was trying to install D2 and LOD from my account into a Windows 7 install and it just would not work.
    So, I put in the good old Blizzard support ticket highlighting all the issues I had.

    Today it's been fixed and works perfectly.

    Not saying that I caused this, but you are all welcome anyway ;-p

    • by Anonymous Coward
      *click* *click* *click* *click* What? it's really hard to hear you while I'm playing Diablo... *click* *click*
    • Seriously though, I hope this has something to do with an eventual Graphical refresh patch or something of the sort, where the resolution is bumped up to HD for modern machines to use on classic Blizzard titles. If they do some kind of re-release, I hope it goes out free to those with currently working copies of the game.

  • by jabberw0k ( 62554 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @09:30AM (#51689155) Homepage Journal
    It sure is tough to keep one running. Finding ribbons is tough but have you tried locating daisywheels lately?
  • Wow... I really feel old.

    • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

      That moment when you realize today's kids don't even know what a BBS, or have a memorized Hayes command set, and don't know that Kermit was both a puppet and a transfer protocol.

      • When I studied CompSci we had some real fun when a professor once tried to demonstrate a modem connection. He had loads of arcane option screens that all had to be set in the same settings as the guy on the other end had. The guy in the building next door, I might add. After 30 minutes he gave up :)

        Things certainly have improved a lot.

        Also fun to watch: Teens react to Windows 95 [youtu.be].

        • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

          The first thought that comes to my mind with Win95 are "winmodems" and man were they a fucking mess.

  • by HalAtWork ( 926717 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @10:07AM (#51689275)

    Blizzard is planning to update Warcraft 3 this week as well, bringing player communication improvements as well as some surprises with the new 1.27 update.

  • They went to the trouble to include a native Mac client, but they ignored Linux. It's a nice effort to get back to the reputation of the old Blizzard, but it still seems a little half-hearted. It's a cruel criticism, I know, but even Microsoft is taking Linux seriously these days, so I'm not sure why big game studios are still dismissive.
    • Re:but no Linux? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Dutch Gun ( 899105 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @01:09PM (#51689833)

      Microsoft is taking Linux seriously as a server platform, in which it has a significant presence and market share. Game developers target client machines, in which Linux has a very tiny market share (under 1% according to Steam). It's the same reason fewer developers bother making apps for Windows Phone, yet Microsoft itself is targeting iOS and Android with its own apps. Developers go where the market is.

    • Up until Overwatch, as of which they have abandoned the Macintosh, Blizzard was a cross-platform developer supporting Mac and PC as far back as I can remember. But I'm not sure they ever supported Linux. Since they already have the existing and supported code base, the extra effort to include the Mac in this patch was probably trivial for them. But the development work to do a new client for a third platform is probably more than the Diablo 2 team has allocated to them. Hell, I'm more than a bit surpri

      • by Rakarra ( 112805 )

        Up until Overwatch, as of which they have abandoned the Macintosh, Blizzard was a cross-platform developer supporting Mac and PC as far back as I can remember. But I'm not sure they ever supported Linux.

        They supported Linux, but only behind the scenes.
        A few blue posters have mentioned they filed bug reports against wine.
        Blizzard worked with Transgaming (cedega) when Blizzard's Warden incorrectly flagged wine users as being cheaters.
        No Linux clients, but they've sometimes seen Wine as reducing the pressure to need a Linux version.

    • by kuzb ( 724081 )

      Linux users whine that the games aren't being built for their platform, but refuse to make it a platform that the average person wants to use. You can't say "adopt Linux" while simultaneously saying "don't dumb it down, just learn to use a command line like the rest of us".

      Microsoft literally laughs at the Linux desktop effort. It has so many people pulling in so many different directions that it will never get its shit together unless someone takes direct control of enough components to put it all togeth

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I've been Modding Diablo2:LoD for several years, and while it's neat to see an official update, most Modders I'm aware of use a base version of 1.10. Blizzard removed some really useful bug-features with v1.11 that make the later versions less open to modification.

    I'm using Windows 8.1 and running Diablo2 v1.10 without trouble, but I can appreciate where Apple's chip changes in the last decade could be problematic.

    • by Quirkz ( 1206400 )

      Do any of those mods allow you to ever complete an item set? I'm pretty sure that I never once successfully completed one in all my runs through the game. Years later I read a bit suggesting wonky math made several of them nearly impossible, and it left me feeling like I should just set the game box on fire. Pretty sure that's the last time I bothered trying to play, too.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Slashdot here with another story that's over a week old! News at 11.

  • I've been playing it on Windows 7 just fine, I was hoping this update would focus on spam bots.

    I can't enter a game without the max number of players immediately joining, spamming the entire chat for several minutes shilling for cheats or websites that sell items, then leaving.

    It used to be that you could set the maximum level difference and all bots were level 1, but now they use leveled bots.

    Freaking spam fest.

    • That's one of things that really amazed me the most about Diablo II and Battle.net is that spammers/bot/cheaters/hackers could pretty do whatever they wanted on there and it seemed Blizzard really didn't give a shit. While totally eliminating it would be impossible, it doesn't seem like it would be too hard to identify bots like that as they make themselves extremely obvious, and ban their CD keys.

      Then again, I guess Battle.net is free and still supports 16 year old games so they do have that going for the

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