Diablo III for 2012? And more on social games.

I was talking to a friend last night about Diablo 3 and when it might be out. “We haven’t heard anything yet,” I said optimistically, “So maybe towards the end of this year.”

Apparently Activision haven’t heard anything about this recently either. RPS reports that they are predicting a release in 2012 because Blizzard haven’t mentioned a release this year to them yet. As John says in the link, it does make you wonder about the relationship between Activision and Blizzard.

Still, maybe by the time Blizzcon 2011 rolls around in October, they’ll deign to tell us a bit more about it. Other games likely to feature in this year’s Blizzcon are the next SC2 expansion, and hopefully more information about Blizzard’s next MMO and maybe the next WoW expansion as well. Should be busy.

Excuse me, I have to go cry my eyes out in a corner somewhere. OK, back now! Think brave thoughts about Dragon Age 2 and The Old Republic and ((insert forthcoming 2011 game of your choice)), chums!

Facebook games that beg/ plead/ cajole/ threaten you to tell your friends

This is an unrelated link that caught my eye since I haven’t written much about Facebook games recently. Sociological Images writer Lisa Wade describes (with graphics) why Zynga’s new hit Cityville is more annoying than ever.

So they still haven’t really cracked that, “Let’s make a fun game that doesn’t annoy everyone,” idea yet. But then, zillions of people play the darned thing so presumably it either doesn’t annoy them or else it annoys them into playing it.