I haven’t written anything about gaming lately and I’ve wanted to write about Diablo III‘s announcement for the past few weeks. I kinda missed the boat on timeliness, so I won’t talk about it too much.
I think it’s interesting how Blizzard is planning their development cycle. If you recall back to early 1998, when Starcraft was launched, they also announced that Diablo II was in the pipe.
Fast forward 10 years. Starcraft II is due for launch in Q4 this year, and Blizzard officially announced Diablo III. It’s clever, and I think it does a lot to communicate with Blizzards VERY loyal audience.
It’s somewhat nostalgic; it reminds me of the last summer in which I didn’t have a full-time summer job as a teen. I spent a lot of my free days playing Starcraft at a friends’ house over his home LAN.
When done well, this kind of cyclical development builds an emotional connection between gamers and their games. Particularly for a developer like Blizzard that launches hit after hit, which practically spawn cultural revolutions in the video game world. I think it’s smart.
I’m going to finish with a list of some of the games I’m into these days.
- Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (Nintendo DS) – I’m on the last level. I just haven’t picked it up to play in a while. Might bring it with me on the street car today.
- We Love Katamari (Sony PS2) – The sequel to Katamari Damacy. Definitely the goofiest and most fun game I own. It’s a tough title to find these days. I just happened to visit EB games and ask about it on a day when they had copies.
- Megaman X Collection (Sony PS2) – I picked this up the same time I bought Katamari. Takes me back to the old Super Nintendo days. It’s wicked fun platform action.
- Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (PC) – I’m also on the last stage of this episode. Just haven’t sat down in weeks to finish it. Maybe I’ll do that this week.
Thanks for reading!