Just after midnight, Blizzard announced "Diablo III Now Live--Evil is Back," and fans voracious for the third game in the classic Diablo series could finally satisfy their dungeon-crawling needs. But rather than being treated to the paradise of hacking and slashing through virtual hell, Diablo III fans looking to download the game ASAP were subjected to a different kind of hell.
Fans, who have been without a new Diablo game for about 12 years, were supposed to be able to pay for and directly download a copy of Diablo III via Battle.net. But rush of activity caused server errors--"error 37," accompanied with a note that the server is busy. This was so prevalent that, according to Examiner.com, error 37 fueled a Twitter trend. On one hand, this is not surprising, as Diablo III has been reported to be the most pre-ordered game of all time.
By this point, plenty have fans have enjoyed successful downloads -- some even engaging in marathon game sessions to advance or clear Diablo III already.
Of course, anybody having issues downloading the game can simply bypass the frustration and purchase it in a retail store.
Diablo III is available for both Windows and Macintosh systems at a suggested price of $59.99; a special Collector's Edition is available for a suggested retail price of $99.99, and includes several extras.
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