Nergrage is in the Air with Diablo 3.
Ever since it was first released, Diablo 3 has generated a copious amount of nerdrage from its huge fan base.
The rage was fueled by a decade of anticipation for the purportedly epic third release of the greatest franchise ever, and beloved memories of Diablo and Diablo 2. Understandably, when Diablo 3 finally came out, wave upon wave of disappointment hit the hardcore fans, causing an unseemingly ending torrent of nerd rage.
The first hit came right after launch, when scores of fans tried to log into the game for the first time – and could not. Error messages taunted gamers for days, and when they finally got in they breezed through Diablo 3′s content, only to face an insurmountable end game, and too soon. Not to mention the widespread incidents of hacking, and Blizzard’s slow response to soothe the customers concerns, and it was more than enough to cause a massively explosive nerdrage bomb.
Looking at Diablo 3 as the perfect example, the anatomy of the nerdrage could then be broken down.
The game’s long development cycle. After years of anticipation, nerds have already formed a vision of the perfect game in their heads, and would expect that the sheer amount of time it took to develop should be more than enough to accommodate this vision. And then when they finally experience the game, they realize that it is not the case.
Maybe things will get better. All of these gamers just want their beloved game to rise above its imperfections, and do end up running out of patience when it is taking too long to do so.
Interestingly enough, majority of the nerds who succumbed to nerdrage are still playing the game. It is just too addicting, they love it too much, and they can not help but continue to hate it.