I used to play D2 back in the day, and I bought a new cd key set for D2 and LOD this morning, since mine was in use. Made a new account and everything. I had to make a new email account just to satisfy the bnet regulations, since you can only have one copy of each game per account, per email. I downloaded the game, then I signed on and made an account and a character, then tried to join a game. It said new games couldn’t be made. I tried anyway, but it put me in line at like 150k. I looked it up and it seems like I’m in the middle of a 72 hour ban. How is this possible? It’s not fair that I should be able to spend the money on the game, the time to download it, and get hyped up just to find out I’m somehow preemptively sh*tlisted. I’ve read mentions of VPN use and things like that, and that’s obviously not the case here.
I submitted a trouble ticket two hours ago and have yet to receive any response. This is an absolute outrage. I feel as though I have been targeted by a faulty policy.
I understand that there are measures in place to combat bots and things, but I don’t care about that. Bots have been a fact of life in D2 since the beginning, and I wouldn’t even want to play without their help in providing items and runs to the community. We’ve all been in a Baalrun and nabbed that sweet drop just because the bot’s inventory was full, and that’s satisfying as hell.
If there are still anti-botting measures in place, I can almost guarantee they haven’t been updated or modernized to reflect modern computers’ faster processing and loading speed. My friends say they can join games in literally one second, and have gotten temporary realm down alerts just bouncing in and out of trade games.
I get that Bliz needs to meter their server usage (to avoid having to upgrade it) to provide a stable gaming experience for all, but that’s a huge cop-out for a company offering a 20-year-old game, unbundled, requiring two purchases and downloads, on what’s most likely a seriously inadequate server. Reading about the catastrophe in the Asian server merger, I can pretty much tell that those in control really don’t care about their player base or the quality of the services they provide, regardless of how a purchase should entitle the player.
I really am disgusted with the way this venture has turned out for me. Rather than playing with my buddies and enjoying a little nostalgia, I’m just learning about how corporate negligence has completely taken over what used to be my favorite game developer family.