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The Diablo No-No.


Diablo 3 is kind of a big deal, and now that I’ve referenced both Guild Wars and Ron Burgundy in the opening sentence I’m content to move on and talk about some of the spam you can look forward to avoiding over the next few weeks.

Case in point: Youtube, Spamblogs, dubious crack / keygen sites and even Pinterest are filling up with Diablo spam as fever builds over the somewhat problematic launch issues.

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Some of the above links lead to unrelated flash games, spam linkdumps, “online key purchasing” websites, a “donation experiment” where installs of the software offered enters the user into a prize draw giveaway, Youtube videos and even something that claims to be a guide to becoming a top of the line Diablo 3 player:

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The video is particularly entertaining, given that the guide creator talks about the game as if he’s been playing it forever – no mean feat considering that A) the launch is today and B) the beta gave “a partial look at the first act on normal difficulty“.

Elsewhere, we have Youtube and Surveys:

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Of course, this leads to the usual “sign up to lots of offers and refer friends” deal we’ve seen so much of recently.

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Of course, hunting for free downloads on search engines will also potentially result in rocks fall, everybody dies. As issues with simply playing the game threaten to linger, it’s possible scammers out there will ramp up the promise of “free” or “working” versions of the game so please be wary and use common sense where getting your fix of Diablo 3 is concerned.

Or just play Guild Wars.

Christopher Boyd

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