I'm sure there will be an offline-playable version within days, just like SC2, and i'll play it offline without stupid DRM, just like i did SC2.
D3 was one of the games i expected to buy the moment it comes out, but this limitation (and RMT crap too) is a total deal breaker for me.
That's just fucking crazy, god i'm happy that i live in a sane country.
Over here we pay something like 40$ for "healthcare tax" monthly from your salary - it covers pretty much everything that you ever going to need, if you wan't to be real safe add 20$ for the "extended insurance" that covers even more.
My father had a hearth attack last year and needed surgery - we didn't pay anything at all for it, and now that he has to take 5 different prescription drugs we get like 95% of their price covered as well.
The "news" seems to be the p2p search protocol, which isn't really THAT new of an idea, and isn't too useful until it's supported by all the major clients and they actually manage to be compatible with each other, which given their track record will happen in a century or so...
I'm not sure how it works in most of the world, but here the law applies to anyone. Registration as a bank gives you some protection from those laws (stuff like money laundering and tax evasion by your clients) and in return you have more reporting to do and have to follow some basic regulations set by the national bank.
I sure as hell hope that in most of the world (or at least those countries where paypal have representation and assets) anyone who actually looses money from their actions can go to court and have them pay back disregarding registration as bank, this is how sane laws work.
Back in first grade I've stabbed some idiot that was trying bully me and was a few years older with a pen into his neck... The guy spent a few days in hospital, i was questioned by the cops but they agreed it was self defense (not that they could anything to someone 6yrs old...), and i got a reputation that prevented people picking fights with me for many years after.
Anyway... it's fucking 2010... the last time i wrote anything with a pen/pencil on a piece of paper (if you don't count signatures) was probably half a decade ago, i think it's time to retire the whole "handwriting" thingy from schools.
An anonymous reader writes: Continuing with the trend of sites attempting to emulate MySpace and Facebook, Blizzard has decided to use real names in game. Previously this was restricted to players who elected to become RealID friends with each other (and anyone RealID friends of your RealID friends). Now Blizzard is taking this a step further by requiring all posts on the Battle.net forums to include a real name.
"The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID — that is, their real-life first and last name — with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain classic forums, including the classic Battle.net forums, will remain unchanged."