Diablo II (Photo credit: Dekuwa)
Releasing for the PC and Mac on May 15, Diablo III is just around the corner. Passionate fans have been waiting years for this -- it's been over a decade since Diablo II first stormed shelves -- and with midnight sale launch events occurring all over the country on Monday, there are going to be millions of red-eyed gamers dragging themselves to work Tuesday morning. Those who don't phone in sick, that is.
But why the fervor? What makes this particular action/role-playing romp such a big deal? Here are five reasons:
1. Diablo helped pioneer Internet gaming.
2. You'll never have to play alone.
3. New auction house could be lucrative for players.
4. It's bringing the gaming world together.
5. Deckard Cain returns!
Cain's positive impact on fans was clear, given Blizzard released a medieval-themed Deckard Cain rap as a promotional Easter Egg for Diablo II starring the original actor. More recently, Blizzard's April Fool's Day contribution in 2010 was marketing a GPS voice pack with "carefully considered directions from everyone's favorite antediluvian archivist."