Diablo (the first one) is available now on GOG

    
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Diablo (the first one) is available now on GOG

Want to get your hands on some authentic SVGA 4-player dungeon-crawling? You can get in on that now with Diablo on GOG.com. Not a later title in that franchise, no. The original Diablo in all its now-grainy glory. It’ll run at a butter-smooth 20 FPS, if you consider running at a very slow rate “smooth,” but it’ll be exactly the game you remember from 1996, which is very useful if you can no longer find your CD. And it’s only $10, so it’s nice and cheap.

According to statements made by GOG, the service will also be hosting other older Blizzard titles such as Warcraft and Warcraft II. Notably absent is Diablo II, which should be fuel for the rumor crowd that there’s a remake of that game in the works; obviously Warcraft III and StarCraft have already received remakes or are in the process of getting remade. But if you want to play the original… hey, it’s right there.

Source: GOG.com, Kotaku

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Melissa McDonald

I did indeed play it all weekend. What a blast. It’s harder than I remembered, and you have to think creatively. Your first quest is to kill The Butcher. You cannot possibly fight him toe-to-toe, unless you level up quite a bit and return to level 2 in the dungeon to face him after you’re much stronger. The strategy is to find a room with a door and also a latticework wall. You have to run faster than him (not easy), you have to get into the room THEN shut the door before he blocks it (not easy), and then you can goad him into appearing in front of the lattice and you can shoot him from behind cover. I died a couple times before I got it right.

Boy, did I ever re-learn how to Save my game after that :) Now I save after every little advancement.

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Michael18

Wow, this is a classy move by Blizzard. They could easily sell D1 via their launcher, so it seems like they wanna support GOG for what it has done for older games. And with the Epic store and its aggressive exclusives GOG can use any additional high-profile game it can get.

+1 Blizzard!

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zoward

No, they couldn’t. They more or less said the networking code was completely incompatible with modern Battle.net (and a security nightmare in 2019). Still, it’s nice that they let GoG sell it.

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16:9 support?

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Nope sadly – from a 21:9 monitor

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Melissa McDonald

Long have I awaited this! my 2nd online multiplayer game after The Realm. Let the nostalgia (and the beer) flow tonight!! :)

Say it with me, Bobby – DEMONSPIKE COAT! :)

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semugh

now that’s something new…
put it on steam too and I’ll buy it …… again.
(I want to play it on linux legally.)
(and I don’t have a CDROM to install it lol.)

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s possible to use Proton (the WINE-based Steam translation layer that enables Windows games to run on Linux) to run non-Steam games; the main gotchas tend to be DRM, but the GOG version shouldn’t have any. It isn’t even hard, though it does require more effort than running a Steam game.

If you’re gonna try this approach, though, do keep in mind that while the success rate is very high when running games using Proton it isn’t perfect, so leave yourself some time to request a refund in case it doesn’t work.

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zoward

The success rate for running classic Blizzard games under Wine is pretty high in general. I still have the original Diablo and Diablo II/LOD running in a (by today’s standard very small) window, along with three different versions of WoW.

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agemyth 😩

Never liked the first Diablo because of how slow and ugly it is, but seeing Blizzard sell it on GOG.com is nice.

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Melissa McDonald

For its time it was revolutionary. It ran on an ancient S3 Virge graphic chip. That’s about the same as saying a hamster on a wheel. The realism of the flames on the loading screen, the sound, graphics, and excellent presentation, it was a big deal.

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Xijit

I bought it mostly because I know GOG has been lagging in sales and had to do some layoffs lately, which made me think abiut how ling it has been since I bought something from them.

Plus, buying the shit out of this, but not touching Diablo: immobile sends a pretty clear message to Activision on what players will and will not support.

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Greaterdivinity

Meh on the first one, but the absence of D2 implying a D2 remaster pleases me.

The D2/WC3 remasters are probably the last games I’ll spend money on from Blizzard. Gotta get me my nostalgia, even if nostalgia has reminded me that I’m totally AWFUL at Starcraft compared to teenage me.

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camren_rooke

FRESH MEAT!

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Bought it first thing. It works. The improved version scales nicely on my big monitor. Much better than the whole Darkening of Tristram event in Diablo III.