Diablo III Patch Prevents Players From Gaining XP

The Wooster

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Diablo III Patch Prevents Players From Gaining XP


The latest Diablo III update has broken a few things, but there's an easy fix.

According to the game's official forums [http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5870067684?page=1], numerous players running the latest update have discovered that they can't gain any experience, their followers are capped at level 13 and health globes have been rendered invisible.

The bug apparently comes with the v.10.3.10057 update and only affects those with a digital copy of the game. Fortunately, there's an easy fix, albeit one that doesn't come from Blizzard itself. According to player chatter, changing your game password will fix the issue, allowing you to start leveling up once again.

I fired up my digital copy of the game, and I didn't run into any of the aforementioned problems.

There's no word from Blizzard yet as to whether this a legitimate issue, but the numerous posts and confirmations on the game's forum seems to indicate this isn't a prank or some kind of super-elaborate phishing attempt.

Source: Diablo III Forums [http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5883928416]

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2clueless

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If true, that is one heck of a way to get people with an easy password to change it.

"Problems in game? Well, maybe if you had a more secure password.."
 

th155

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If this is a legitimate bug/fix, i really want to know exactly why changing a string fixes anything.
 

Denamic

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th155 said:
If this is a legitimate bug/fix, i really want to know exactly why changing a string fixes anything.
The issue is that the internet tubes got filled up with lots of informations, and changing your password is like flushing it.
 

The Wooster

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Cecilthedarkknight_234 said:
...blizzard are you even trying anymore??
I have to agree with this.

it is starting to get embarrassing.

Edit: MORE embarrassing anyway.
 

Amnestic

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Online game gets patch, patch affects something else but is easily fixed.

Truly the greatest outrage of our time. *eyeroll*

Just to get some perspective: Have you guys ever seen an online game which didn't have new bugs come in with a patch? Ever? Can you name even one? How about single player only? Any?
 

giller13

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I'm sorry, but XP drop rates have been "balanced" due to the addition of the auction system...
 

evilneko

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th155 said:
If this is a legitimate bug/fix, i really want to know exactly why changing a string fixes anything.
Obviously, the password is not stored as a literal string.

It is likely it is also used to generate a key server-side that is used to access character data.

Databases are arcane things, it's no wonder DBAs are paid big bucks.
 

RvLeshrac

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Cecilthedarkknight_234 said:
...blizzard are you even trying anymore??
The fact that people bought this piece of shit is evidence that they a) Didn't try and b) Don't actually need to ever try in the future.
 

The Wooster

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All that work and and nothing to show for it? Sounds like a legitimate Blizzard problem.
Denamic said:
th155 said:
If this is a legitimate bug/fix, i really want to know exactly why changing a string fixes anything.
The issue is that the internet tubes got filled up with lots of informations, and changing your password is like flushing it.
Oh, so it's the servers again.
 

RvLeshrac

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Amnestic said:
Online game gets patch, patch affects something else but is easily fixed.

Truly the greatest outrage of our time. *eyeroll*

Just to get some perspective: Have you guys ever seen an online game which didn't have new bugs come in with a patch? Ever? Can you name even one? How about single player only? Any?
It isn't "easily fixed." I don't just casually wander around changing my 30+ character passwords on a whim. It shouldn't have been broken to begin with, and the fact that you're defending the most idiotic of bugs based on "Well, there are bugs in other games" is just stupid. That's like defending a doctor who leaves a tool in a patient by saying "Well, other doctors have done it."

There's no excuse for sloppy QA.
 

The Wooster

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Wow. Oh wow.

Just today I said Blizzard was breaking new ground with just how far they can rocket down past my expectations. If this is true, they did it again. Bugs that get fixed if you change your password, I gotta admit, I've never heard of it and would never have even imagined something like this. Good job.
 

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DVS BSTrD said:
All that work and and nothing to show for it? Sounds like a legitimate Blizzard problem.
Denamic said:
th155 said:
If this is a legitimate bug/fix, i really want to know exactly why changing a string fixes anything.
The issue is that the internet tubes got filled up with lots of informations, and changing your password is like flushing it.
Oh, so it's the servers again.
man, good thing we can just forget playing online and play by ourselves while Blizzard fixes the proble- oh wait....


I am still amused at all the problems that Diablo 3 has that could ofbeen avoided had there been offline play.
 

Invariel

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Actually, the changing password fix makes sense to me. (And, yeah, for a stupid reason.)

It's entirely possible that
evilneko said:
Databases are arcane things, it's no wonder DBAs are paid big bucks.
is closer to the mark than intended. My belief is that there was a giant schema update, and if there was no problem, you're good to go, but if there was a problem, changing your password would force the entire record that is you to be saved, filling in the missing entries where they belong, fixing you.

It's a bit out there, but it would explain the behaviour.
 

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RvLeshrac said:
Amnestic said:
Online game gets patch, patch affects something else but is easily fixed.

Truly the greatest outrage of our time. *eyeroll*

Just to get some perspective: Have you guys ever seen an online game which didn't have new bugs come in with a patch? Ever? Can you name even one? How about single player only? Any?
It isn't "easily fixed." I don't just casually wander around changing my 30+ character passwords on a whim. It shouldn't have been broken to begin with, and the fact that you're defending the most idiotic of bugs based on "Well, there are bugs in other games" is just stupid. That's like defending a doctor who leaves a tool in a patient by saying "Well, other doctors have done it."

There's no excuse for sloppy QA.
Battle net passwords are only 16 characters max. So why post on this matter when you don't even have a battle net account. Before you all start a lynch mob note that Blizzard have already fixed the issue on the same day the patch went live- just as all fixes on a buggy patch should be. I'm no fan of Diablo, I still think Blizzard shouldn't have released it as it was, but attacking it with a buggy patch? maybe you should stick to single player games?

@the editor- stop trying to earn a quick buck by continually posting this garbage as news.
 

CardinalPiggles

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Blizz, you dun fucked up. I hope they're taking these claims seriously.

Cecilthedarkknight_234 said:
...blizzard are you even trying anymore??
No, they're just partying all the time. They sold all their computers for strippers and booze.
 

AzrealMaximillion

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ex951753 said:
RvLeshrac said:
Amnestic said:
Online game gets patch, patch affects something else but is easily fixed.

Truly the greatest outrage of our time. *eyeroll*

Just to get some perspective: Have you guys ever seen an online game which didn't have new bugs come in with a patch? Ever? Can you name even one? How about single player only? Any?
It isn't "easily fixed." I don't just casually wander around changing my 30+ character passwords on a whim. It shouldn't have been broken to begin with, and the fact that you're defending the most idiotic of bugs based on "Well, there are bugs in other games" is just stupid. That's like defending a doctor who leaves a tool in a patient by saying "Well, other doctors have done it."

There's no excuse for sloppy QA.
Battle net passwords are only 16 characters max. So why post on this matter when you don't even have a battle net account. Before you all start a lynch mob note that Blizzard have already fixed the issue on the same day the patch went live- just as all fixes on a buggy patch should be.

@the editor- stop trying to earn a quick buck by continually posting this garbage as news.
Obviously a hyperbolic point for emphasis, thanks for coming out. I honestly hate how people get vilified for criticizing Blizzard on this. This is a below standard release and handling of a game overall and will be remembered as such at the end of this year I'm sure. Yes there are a few bugs that come after patches but very rarely has one game gotten hit with as much of a lack of quality control and testing as this game, at least this year. This is pretty bad overall.