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Ten Years Of Diablo &
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The last week of December 2006 marked the tenth anniversaries of both Diablo and from Blizzard Entertainment. To commemorate the occasion Blizzard released a retrospective of the action RPG and the online service which helped to turn the company into a household name for gamers.

During the last week of 1996, Blizzard released Diablo, a groundbreaking action role-playing game (RPG) set in the dark fantasy-themed world of Sanctuary. As a lone hero attempting to save the town of Tristram from the Lord of Terror, the player (in the role of a warrior, rogue, or sorcerer) must venture underneath the town in search of Diablo’s lair. However, the journey proves to be a dark and dangerous one, as Diablo and his minions are bent on far more than the destruction of just one town...

Completely free to use, the version of that shipped with Diablo allowed gamers to create and join multiplayer games from a central hub. Diablo players created accounts and then were assigned to a channel, in which they could chat with other users as well as set up and join multiplayer games. In Diablo, the mix of compelling gameplay and well-implemented and well-supported multiplayer aspects resulted in a dedicated and passionate player base. This formula for success, the roots of which could be seen in Blizzard’s first two games – Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness – would continue to be a hallmark of Blizzard game design in the years to come.
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