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Friday, March 1, 2002

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Blizzard's Roper Talks Diablo II Dups
9:27 AM | David Finley | Comment on this story

Frustrated by item duplication and other forms of cheating in Diablo II online multiplayer games? Blizzard Entertainment has implemented many different strategies and policies in order to reduce the possibilities for cheating on the Realms and ensure the best of all possible gaming environments.

PlanetDiablo recently posted excerpts from an interview on this subject with Blizzard Senior Producer Bill Roper, along with their own running commentary. A sample:

PlanetDiablo: Are any actions being taken to remove duplicates of items from earlier versions of the game?

Bill Roper: In reviewing all of the currently known duplicated items we are determining what will be the most fair course of action to take that maintains an enjoyable and balanced play experience for every user. We will remove any and all duplicate items as we deem appropriate after our analysis of which items exist. This may mean some, none or all of the current duplicate items will be removed from the world.

Afterthoughts: For those of you who didn't catch it, that was the huge alarm signaling aversion of the question. Items from versions of Diablo II before 1.08 are not susceptible to the current duplicate scans, and as far as we can tell, Blizzard doesn't know what course to take (if any) to deal with this case. As always, the community is proverbially screaming (in other words, in dire need) for a policy on item duplication, to be enforced with punishments for those players who participate in this form of cheating.

For more of the interview, click on the PlanetDiablo link below.

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