Diablo II Resurrected coming soon?

Wow, I heard about they were going to remake Diablo II but didn’t know that they were doing it so soon. But apparently it is in beta already and you can actually play the beta now. Don’t you just love the wonders of capitalism? Paying to test games for a big company. But I am guessing this is how it is nowadays. Most games are released in an uncompleted state and it will usually take a long time before it is finally polished enough for players to really play the game. But for Diablo II Resurrected, it is a different case. The majority of the changes for Diablo II Resurrected is just eye candy – it is being overhauled with better and 3D graphics. The other changes to the game is just increased stash space and some other quality of life changes. In other words, nothing too major. There will not be any new content added. So again, why can’t Blizzard released the game only when it is completed? I don’t know. I really don’t know.

Anyways I am a big fan of the original Diablo II. I remembered queuing up at Funan just to buy the game. And honestly it was my first time playing a single game for that long. Those long grinds can be really tough but come on, it is very addictive to say the least. And the atmosphere of that game is just amazing. Sure the graphics did look a bit dated (even at that time) but going down level after level and the chills that follows. It is just so great! But it looks like Diablo II Resurrected will be both an online and offline game. Which is kind of interesting but I think nowadays players are so used to playing games online, I don’t think players will find any fault with that nowadays. And that would be good right? We get to compete the leaderboards and play with friends. Yes I did hope that the developers would at least add some more content into the “remake” but seems that they will not be doing that. I mean for players coming back to Diablo II and for those who are still playing Diablo II, it would be a welcome addition. More content means more re-playability in my humble opinion. And I think they could have learned some stuff from Path of Exile. Now that is surely a game with lots of content. And there is less chance of players getting bored with the game.

However it seems that Resurrected does require quite a high end graphics card. Looks like the recommended graphics is an nVidia GTX1060 or an AMD RX5500XT. And with the graphics card prices nowadays….hopefully it will still be smooth with my nVidia GTX1660Ti. I hate playing laggy games.

I should be only getting the game once it launches. My gaming PC is currently doing some mining so I probably won’t have too much spare time playing games anyway. And Diablo II will probably take up a lot of time. It is a game that rewards players who grind levels after levels. Oh…brings back memories!

Crypto Games

Upland! Quick playthrough

Have you heard of the game Upland [referral link included]? I just started this the game – looks pretty okay for a “Crypto” game. Especially since it comes with a Llama. It has been online since January 2020 so its community should be pretty decent in size. What basically you need to do is to explore the virtual cities available, buy virtual properties and then either resell them or to earn income from holding those properties. And these virtual properties are tagged to real world properties. A bit like real life vagabonds with some cash and a real estate fetish!

And what you are betting on is that the Upland [referral link included] game will increase in popularity and hence the prices of the virtual properties in the game will also increase. That actually makes perfect sense! Property investment yo!

So you will need to sign up for an account and after that you will be thrown into the game. In the beginning, a “cheap” property will be given to you. This is called the FSA or Fair Start Act where newbies like us are able to purchase properties at a reasonable price. There are players with over excess of a million UPX in the game, so these players will price us out if there is no such feature in the game. And now you main mission in the game is to go exploring and hunting for these FSA properties. These can be denoted by “FSA” but you will need to be “nearby” in order to purchase these properties. So after getting your first property, go ahead and let your explorer (aka you) go and discover new areas.

Once you spot an FSA property or even if casually browsing the city map, you can move your explorer nearby by using the Send command on a property nearby. And go snap it up! The main goal of this game is to get as much properties as you can and hoping for the price to go up.

The green properties in the city map are properties up for sale. Click on them to see what are the prices being asked for them. For the light blue ones, they are properties owned by other players. You can actually do an offer as well. Those properties in deep(er) blue are those owned by you. The currency in this game is UPX. If you want, you can purchase UPX directly from the developers. There is however also a developer fee. That is how the developers make money to help further develop the game.

The next step you should consider is to complete “collections“. These give players extra earning boost (rates) and some UPX rewards as well. Some are pretty easy to complete so make sure you make use of them. Yes this game takes time and you most likely won’t having like a thousand properties in a few hours. After playing for a like 2 weeks, I only managed to get like 10 properties and this is after I spent USD 50 to purchase UPX on this game. You will need to login everyday to collect the daily rewards as well. For me, it is not an issue to login daily to collect the daily rewards as I spend a lot of my time online anyway.

The coolest thing about this game is that when you purchase an FSA property, you are actually “minting” a Non Fungible Token (NFT) on the EOS blockchain! As these virtual properties have never been owned and once minted it will provide the minted date and proof of ownership via the EOS blockchain. Isn’t that cool? You are supposed to be able to show proof of ownership (via EOS ID) in the EOS blockchain explorer. Of course if you buy properties from other players, you should be able to see the actual transaction with proof of transfer as well. NFT in an actual game! Yes technology is so very fun!

Well lets to hoping that one day Upland will make it big and we can all enjoy the profits of flipping properties, just like in real life. And is there a way for the price of virtual properties to completely tank in a virtual world? Maybe players need to cash out their properties due to some virtual disaster or something? No idea. They have an option to play in fiat money (USD) as well. But lets have some fun while we are at it. It is only a game anyway. Use my referral link if you want to.