I was wondering how much this is going to task my connection. I have a 10Mps connection (usually runs 4-6Mps with speed test) and will have 3 of my friends comming over to play on the 16th. With no LAN option should I expect much lag. I understand the DRM but why not enable LAN play with loot and DRM controlled by Blizz so my network is not so tasked?
From what I've read and heard this game is quite eh 'light' and should not give any problems on that setup. And things in the game are being controlled by the servers of Blizzard its not just a DRM online only thing.
I've ran the beta on a 8mps, 15mps, and 30mps connection. I didn't have problems until 3 people were trying to play all at once on the 8mps line. I've also heard it said that the game can be played on a tethered 3G connection, with little to no lag except during really mob intense areas.
The reasoning behind not allowing LAN and offline play is because by using a client-server architecture, and keeping much of the code server-side, instead of client-side, the code is encrypted and not public, which makes hacking and duping much more difficult. They don't want the game ruined by botters and spammers and such like the previous games, and this is a great step in that direction. I just wish you could log into battle.net as invisible if you wanted some super-happy-fun-diablo-time alone...
Playing alone is different than playing in "appear offline" or "invisible" mode... People can always see that I'm on, they can always see if I'm in the menus or if I'm doing this quest or that. It's not such a big deal for me, but I can understand how people would like a little privacy every now and then, blast some tunes and kill some baddies without being troubled by that guy steve from work or whoever else might be a bit nosey...
Google battle.net invisible. Havent read it myself, but did see someone post a way to sign in and set yourself so no one can tell your online. Dont kill me if it doesnt work, as all I really remember seeing was a forum post title on the D3 forums I believe.
I was just thinking it would be nice for DMG and toon placement to be controlled on my LAN but still just be connected to the DRM and loot drop on the servers to cut down on lag. Just seems like they could have cut down the bandwidth requirement ALOT.
Bandwidth shouldnt be an issue, uses a lot less, if you guys were play WoW, now Wow actually uses quite a bit. Ah anyway, I REALLY HATE THEY DIDNT ADD LAN FEATURE. There will probably be a ways around it as usual, people always find a way.