Ufff..... I've been watching diii.net since it was made (diablo III annoucnment following the data transfer from dii.net).
I never played WoW (refused to give it a try), but I'm a huge blizzard fan (they are second only to Sega!).
I played diablo 1 when it came out, till the xpansion (hellfire by Sierra, not official), and then diablo 2, and then its expansion.
I played diablo 2 (uswest, ladder & non, normal & hc), for over 7 years. It was the reason I got in 2 relationships, and also the reason I got out of those two relationships.
I played the game for so long, that at one time, i was classified as the "top fury wolf" of uswest, for over a year (pre patch 1.10, after which I just stopped trying as every zealot with drac's or exile just wouldn't stop messaging me).
I sold everything I had, including piles of legit 1.08 items (not obvious things like wf or arkains, but rarities like viscernouts defender), and a few private bugged items that have never surfaced on the duppers' market, for well over $800.
I've quit and started the game multiple times, I've owned a few official d2 t-shirts, I have the entire book collection (READ THEM!), a necromancer toy (the others are rubbish, had the unraveler, was fun but not as cool as the necro), and a few copys of the game (all released versions like the origonal, new warchest, special limited edition).
I hate blizzard so much, that damn game rulled my life for so long.
The announcement / release of DIII is the reason I chose to get a netbook instead of a new pc/laptop, because I SPECIFICALLY DO NOT WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME.
I'll own it. I'll buy it and keep it on my mantel. But Dear GOD keep it away from me! I can't play this game.... You guys would literally never see me again.
I'm pretty sure that Blizzard injects digital CRACK into their games. I played starcraft alot too in between diablo. Shit even Blackthorne on the 32X (made by blizzard!) made me keep coming back more than most genesis games!