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Diablo II

Posted on 2009.10.19 at 16:15
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It was the year 2000 and I was in Massachusetts for a 3-month stint when I found out they were sending me drax0r as backup. I was excited because a 3-month long business trip is excessive, and that leads to boring fast. And although I didn't know drax0r well (he'd only been to the house a couple of times) I knew him well enough to know he enjoyed gaming, and I couldn't wait to get started on some Starcraft LAN games to pass the time!

When he arrived, my boss and I met him at the airport. He got his rental truck, and the first place we went was Sam's Club in Salem, New Hampshire where drax0r purchased a brand new game which had just been released and was in fact sitting on an entire palette of itself: Diablo II. He was very excited about this game about Satan and I feared it would distract him from entertaining me with Starcraft.

But it didn't. Despite having a new game in his hand, because I was so excited about not being in Massachusetts for three months alone - and playing Starcraft with him - he did indeed play many games with me. Later, during one of our breaks, he asked me if I'd like to play his new game with him.

Now I didn't much care for the few RPGs I'd played, and I certainly didn't want to play a game about Satan, but I recognized how magnanimous he had been with me so I reluctantly agreed. IT WAS FANTASTIC! I don't think I'll ever forget that day as long as I live - I had never before had so much fun with a video game. We didn't play anything else the duration of our trip.

And that's how I feel about playing it now its been so long. And my son as well. He's having an absolute blast - really getting into it. I can't wait for him to play Dungeon Siege after cutting his teeth on this. I feel this is going to be one of those things in which fulfills children's desires; quality time with their father. In a couple of years maybe my son and I will revisit this game with my daughter on another terminal? Bring her into the fold...

I had to make that gif myself. I've looked far and wide for one for nearly a decade without success. And let me tell you something - fire is not easy to master, even when you don't have to render it yourself. There's something elusive in its burning ebb and flow. That's sixteen frames of discrete images and yet it still looks choppy. I feel like a caveman.


mr_dowg at 2009-10-19 21:57 (UTC) (Link)
I have never played that game before....I guess I never really got into playing games on the computer much because I always had game systems that I was playing on!
ehowton at 2009-10-20 01:21 (UTC) (Link)
When I was in the Air Force I had a Super Nintendo. There was this one guy with crazy eyes in the dorm who played "computer" games. Yeah, I thought that was a little excessive. After all, consoles had all the best games, and you could hook it up to a huge television instead of a tiny monitor.

My move to PC games was two-fold.

1.) Consoles kept being replaced; you couldn't upgrade them. And while some games were only for one platform and competing games for competing platforms, the PC could usually play them all.

2.) Two years of 12-hour overnight shifts with a brand-new laptop and young gamers on shift with me. They opened my eyes and kept me endlessly entertained.

Maybe the next time you and I get our drink on, it ought to be in a side-by-side LAN game? Oh hell yeah!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-10-20 02:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'm excited that you are excited about playing games with your boy!!!

However I'm willing to make a wager that once he plays Diablo II and then plays Dungeon Siege he will run back to Diablo II and look forward eagerly to the release of Diablo III.

Edited at 2009-10-20 02:04 am (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-10-20 02:50 (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, I'm quite sure I own nothing which could even load Diablo III let alone play it.
irulan_amy at 2009-10-20 03:06 (UTC) (Link)
You make fire!

Tim loves Diablo. A while ago, there was a great Diablo I and II pack at Target. I don't think I saw Tim for weeks. He beat it, then went back through to find all the extra stuff. Diablo III is supposed to come out one day soon-ish I think. Soon in Blizzard speak anyway.

I get hooked into video games so fast, and I have no will power. WoW is tempting though...
ehowton at 2009-10-20 03:51 (UTC) (Link)
I saw one at Best Buy that included a Player's Guide! Had it not been $40 I'd have picked it up (I may still later ;)

Has Tim played Dungeon Siege? It sounds like he'd love it.
irulan_amy at 2009-10-24 13:04 (UTC) (Link)
He hasn't, I let him know that you recommended it. :D
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2009-10-20 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
I was a pretty hard core Diablo 2 player back in 2000 as well, good times. Started out as a pikezon, then moved on to a trap-loving, knife-wielding assassin when the expansion pack came out.
ehowton at 2009-10-20 18:42 (UTC) (Link)
I never had the patience to be an assassin, though I was always impressed with them when we had one in our group. And that's why I despise MMORPGs. They're impersonal. I don't even like playing games in single-player mode. But a LAN party on the other hand...You can taste the excitement in the room - the electricity - and feel the tension as it builds.

We're starting the expansion pack as soon as we finish the game, though I don't remember if you keep your current character or start over.
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2009-10-20 18:47 (UTC) (Link)
When I was really into it a bunch of us had accounts and we'd log in together to do quests on battlenet. TBH I don't think I ever played single player beyond dabbling a bit, and LAN play was limited as well.
ehowton at 2009-10-20 19:10 (UTC) (Link)
I was actually looking for the linux binary to set up a closed-realm at-home "battlenet" server that we could connect to without interrupting game play.

Then all my hardware failed. But how cool would that be? But seriously - LAN play to me is so much more exciting than online.

wardlejew at 2009-10-20 16:03 (UTC) (Link)
My son is approaching that age. I'm looking forward to gaming with him. It should be pretty fun when all 3 of my boys are of age. I'm going to have to have a "server room" to keep us cool.

I was introduced to Diablo II when I started work at my current position. It was a couple years after the game was released, but it was my first experience. It helped me get to know my boss and our consultant. Good times.
ehowton at 2009-10-20 19:05 (UTC) (Link)
Diablo as an icebreaker - what a great idea! When I'm playing with both my kids, and a new game comes out that we want to play as a family that won't run on our systems, that's a lot of hardware upgrades. I think I'm beginning to understand the idea behind consoles again...
thesweetestnote at 2009-10-20 19:02 (UTC) (Link)
I think my sons love to play video games with me because they always defeat me early. That's when I break out the wrestling moves and pretzel 'em. Think of that "Meet The Spartans" scene when he's getting his boy. LOL

One day I know they'll use those moves on my old ass :/
ehowton at 2009-10-20 19:48 (UTC) (Link)
Didn't your mother ever teach you its not whether your win or lose, rather how you plan the game? I walk quietly and wear enchanted armor ;)
thesweetestnote at 2009-10-20 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
No. But she did supply my weapons and armor. Without ever knowing how to use it I forged on into battle. Many dents and many bruises but I forge on my friend. Time to plan...look before I leap. I always miss that crucial step :|
Real Life AD&D 2nd Edition Rogue
20thlvl_rogue at 2009-10-21 05:10 (UTC) (Link)
Aye! Wicked ace gif mate!

Don't forget to introduce your little ones to the great animated adventure games as well, such as Monkey Island and the like.

You think you really won't be able to run Diablo 3? Come on, you're a computer guy. You can find a way, for the sake of your kids you can!
ehowton at 2009-10-21 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
MAYBE I have one box which will play it if I configure it correctly, but that means I'd have to play alone :(

MOSTLY the kids play online flash games or their DS. But my son approached me about playing something a little more comprehensive (my word, not his) and damn but doesn't Diablo sound like all sorts of fun?

ARE you also a fan of Starcraft? That's right around the corner too!
catttitude at 2009-10-26 02:17 (UTC) (Link)
It brings joy to my heart to see the two of you sitting at the side by side playing. Even if I have to give up my computer. Just another moment in time, eh babe?

Edited at 2009-10-26 07:37 am (UTC)
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