I actually played Diablo 3 for about an hour last night.
This is both a big deal and no big deal, from different perspectives.
Its a big deal because I am not a gamer, in the traditional sense. I don’t play lots of games. I don’t have time. I play WoW, and that’s the only video game I have played with any regularity for the past 6 years. For any game to convince me to try it is a big step.
However, its not a big deal because I didn’t pay for D3. I got the WoW annual pass, so D3 came with the package. Therefore, there is no investment involved in playing D3. No risk.
On the other hand, its somewhat notable because I hated Diablo 2. Way back in the late 1990s I had played the original Diablo, and I got Diablo 2 the first week it was out in 2000. I played it for an hour, and that’s all it took to convince me to uninstall it. I really thought I was done with the whole franchise.
After an hour with D3, its got me involved enough that I plan to play it more. I have no intention of going all hardcore on it. I don’t intend to make millions on their real money auction house. I’m not going to fly through the storyline. However, based on my first impression it has earned a share of my leisure time.