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I gave Diablo III 15 minutes

19 Nov 2013

2013-11-19 02:17:48 -0600

The awesome thing about having a library with video games is that I got to play Diablo 3 and then choose to not play it any more with zero guilt.

I didn't buy it. I didn't pay to rent it. It wasn't lumped into a monthly game rental membership. It was almost totally free (libraries aren't totally free of course, because taxes).

What I was most excited about was the prospect of finding foreigners to play with. That was what I did with Diablo 2 back in the day. I would find German games to join and play with German peeps to level up my German skills.

But in Diablo 3, 4 players seems to be the max and in all of the games I joined, there was only ever me and the other person. I ain't good with the one on one stuff. And none of them appeared to be foreign.

And unlike in the Diablo 2 days, there would be no keyboard with which to communicate. Holy hell, I might have to speak into a mic.

I'm already too chicken to speak period, just cause I'm a chica. Also something about undiagnosed social anxiety. Trying to speak in a foreign language would take a massive boost of courage.

Which leads me back to the 1 on 1 thing. I've been lucky enough to randomly find multiplayer coop games in Uncharted where people were speaking Spanish. And by people, I mean, the 2 other guys spoke Spanish while I sat silent and lurked. Well, I did more than lurk of course. I kicked butt. Or at least I'd like to think so.

So, a 1 on 1 situation means I get no opportunity to lurk and learn.

And playing Diablo III in single player was just too boring.

But what the heck was up with the French accent on the, um, monk (my character class names were in French, I think it was the monk)? She was rolling her Rs like crazy. I'm decently certain there are no rolled Rs in French.

Her accent was interesting sounding. I almost thought it was Russian or something from that general area. Not that I'd have any idea what someone from that area would sound like speaking French though.

But see, I have this good/bad habit of absorbing/parroting what I hear and I think it would be a bad idea to absorb a really bizarre French accent so early on. If I'm going to mimic someone, I'd far prefer it to be Alice David from Tomb Raider than some bizarre non-standard French accent.

I still get messed up from time to time based on the fact that I practiced my Spanish with an Irish accent a little too much.

Still amusing sounding at least.