Super MEGA nerd post incoming:
I got selected for Gamer of the Year tournament after placing 1st in a Halo tournament. It's going to be 3 random games and the 1st gets some cool prize.
Anybody want to cheerlead me on?
Go team geek!
On a related note, I'm beta testing Diablo 3. Oh yeah.
Can you talk about Diablo 3 or are you under an NDA?
You may know some of it already. All graphics are CG, and not composite pixel files. If you played Diablo 2, it plays very similar, and you'll feel right at home with the layout. Just like Diablo 2, it's created primarily as a single player, but setup for easy co-op through battle.net.
So far, it really just feels like a newer D2, which I think is good and is (1) exactly what return gamers want, and (2) was also the platform that was both unique and attractive for the last game. For example, unlike WoW, there are no arenas, raids, etc to perfect your character for. The gameplay is more geared towards running the story either by yourself (through various difficulties), or with others. There are four difficulties (normal, hell, nightmare, and inferno), and most (they say ~70%) of the gameplay (gear, spells, ability) doesn't even comeout until hell level *which you don't need in normal*. Therefore, you get hooked, and your next run is a little different, and more fun.
I love the new animations that help create the atmosphere of the stories (hero who kills demons that come to Earth). Not just in the hit-kill animations, but the way an old house collapses when you pass it in the zombie infested town of Tristram. That was my favorite part of D2, the way the story atmosphere was built up so you're not just playing a game, but living a story. They kept it going in D3.