Diablo III Launch Marred by Technical Errors

As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once said, “The waiting is the hardest part.” After more than ten years since Diablo II, it has been a long wait for fans of the hugely popular action-adventure series from Blizzard.

But it turns out that there might be something worse than waiting for a new Diablo game: getting your hands on a flawed, buggy copy of the hotly-anticipated title.

Diablo III launched Tuesday, May 15, more than a decade after Diablo II. It’s an action-adventure game that challenges players to defeat Diablo and the forces of darkness in the world of Sanctuary. With oodles of items to equip one’s constantly-evolving character, it’s easily one of the most addictive series in gaming history.

That’s why it’s so disappointing that Diablo III’s launch has been this troubled. According to new reports, many players have completely lost connection to the game’s servers and have even been blocked out by an “Error 3006″ message. This reportedly occurs when a Templar side character is equipped with a certain type of shield.

Experts are warning players to avoid tinkering with Templar equipment until Blizzard announces it has addressed the issue.

For now, Blizzard says it has been able to fix a number of other problems. However, some players say they’re continuing to have trouble with the game preventing them from connecting to a server or doing strange things during the character creation process.

Other players say they’re experiencing surprisingly laggy performance despite owning PCs with more than adequate hardware specifications. Many experts speculate that this could be related to clogged servers as millions of gamers go online to play.

For role-playing fans familiar with Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, these kinds of problems will seem eerily familiar. But it’s a rather shocking turn of events for Blizzard, which is known for producing extremely stable games.

Here’s hoping Blizzard does a better job than Bethesda in fixing annoying technical issues over the next few weeks.

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