With Diablo 3 on the horizon, like a Rancor in Jabba’s Palace, I can’t help but salivate in anticipation of all the shinies (droped loot from killed enemies i.e. rings, armor, weapons and gold) left behind by fallen foes. Oh to hear the “baaaaaaa!” noise a Satyr makes as he falls and his hoard is laid bare at my feet. Images of Blizzard’s Diablo 2 and its expansion Lord of Destruction keep flashing into my head. I can envision the inventory screen laid out in front of me with all the rare, unique and set items positioned ever-so upon my person or in my stash – with multiple Stone’s of Jordan grouped together.
Diablo 2 and, even the earlier Diablo, tapped into my O.C.D. like no other game before or since. A slight boner would present itself almost every time Deckard Cain would say, “Hello there.” as he would prepare to identify my newly found magic shinies.
This game created the desire to continue to play even after you finished the main story line once, twice, or even three times. After the first play through you could decide to start the storyline over and play it in a more difficult mode and then do all over again. Each time the game would become harder and your character would seem weaker. Each time the shinies that were dropped were that much more joyous to find…and powerful.
What was it that compelled me to continue my quests to find the next best thing? Did I need to complete a magical, 4 or 5 piece, set of armor and weapons? Did I need to find a helm that was just a little bit better? Or did my amazon warrior just look a bit sexier with a giant rare javelin in her hands [Please insert your own Freud joke here]? The answer is yes to all those questions. The desire for shinies could be justified in so many ways.
With the change in art design from Diablo 2 to 3 and an almost entirely new cast of playable characters, there has been some worry about the game remaining true to its past. I believe as long as they shroud the storyline in the same deathly-dark atmosphere as in Diablo and Diablo 2 then results will be very satisfying – but hey Blizzard, make sure to shed some “light” on the atmosphere with a heavy dose of SHINIES.