Remember that whole ugly troll business we had with Jeff Kaplan and Overwatch recently, that thankfully saw a happy ending? Perhaps this isn’t on the exact scale as that, given that it isn’t a slamming from such a high profile name, but nevertheless, it emphasizes just how much it goes on in gaming communities, and just how prominent it is amongst Blizzard games.
With the Rise of the Necromancer release right around the corner, its understandable (along with the new locations and other goodies coming with patch 2.6) that this new class is the talk of the town amongst Diablo fans. So what about this release could possibly be trolling? The price, perhaps? The lack of content that goes with it? Still no news on Diablo 4?
Not anything quite so debatable, sadly. Its worth mentioning that Diablo III is rated M for Mature for blood and gore, making it all the more surprising to see user Seek post the following on the thread entitled NECRO ART TERRIFYING:
It’s narrowing the market to a corner where people with sick mind think that is entertaining. AIN’T BUYING NECRO. What kind of sick mind would think showing a bleeding female dead body is entertaining?
Of all the places to post a complaint regarding violent portrayal in a video game, the Diablo III forums probably isn’t the best place to start. As many played it off for what it was, technical support MissCheetah stepped in to say not only what we were all thinking, but a rather amusing revelation of the a previously attempted trolling:
You tried posting this on the Necro Beta forums and only got many many downvotes, a reminder that the game is rated M for mature for blood and gore, and called a troll (probably rightly). Did you really need to post the same thread again just to get the same results again?
In the user’s defence, if this is a personal issue for them, then you could give the benefit of the doubt. Yet the fact the argument has been pushed into another thread after being downvoted so many times already, it can easily come across as trolling in that case. Diablo III is renowned for its portrayal of violence and everything that goes with it from the get go, so there’s a time and a place for everything, and this wasn’t one of them.