"And just for the record, nowhere are we acting or pretending Diablo III is the perfect game"
In the interview with gamespot, you (jay wilson himself) described it as perfectly executed
why is this?
is this how easily activision-blizzard changes their mind?
also why do peoples posts get deleted, are we in some sort of dictatorship environment here? not constructive you may say, but was jay wilsons facebook post constructive?
If you think in absolutes then no game would ever be able to live up to being perfect, we all know that. But perfect execution is different than a perfect game. IMO I will say what I feel is perfect execution of a game.
A game that works where there are very, very, few or no broken skills. I mean ones that do not work at all. Not underpowered skills or OP'd skills. Ones that just do not do anything at all. Like say the monk had a skill where he should be able to dodge all monster attacks for 5 seconds. When you hit the button he does not dodge hardly any attack. City of Heroes when they launched had a few powers in the Dark Miasma power set that did not work at all.
If there are no main quests in the game where they are impossible to complete. Very, very, very few side quests or achieves are broken and need some fixing.
All affixes on the gear do what they are suppose to do. If IAS of 7 is suppose to increase your damage by 500, then that is what it should do. These are the things that I think of when you talk about perfect execution. It is a game that is working as it was designed to work.
That is totally different than a perfect game. Perfect executed has nothing to do with making bad design choices, it has nothing to do with having too many features cut just to get it out on time. The question you should ask here is this. Did the game work as it was designed to work? If the answer is yes, with only a very few exceptions like exploits, maybe a few broken side quests or achieves. Along with the normal server stability issues that plagues most online games. Then I would say that D3 was perfectly executed.
It like computers, let's say you design a system to work within a 5% tolerance. The program is designed for that system and works within it's designed tolerances. So if both systems work according to their designs, well within their tolerances. Then that system and program are considered working to perfection. But both the computer and the program may not be what the customer expected them to be.
I think that is where you are coming from. You expect D3 to be more like D2, or even a perfect copy of D2. When it turned out to be D3, and had very little to no comparison to D2.
It would be like my above example. A person buys a Dell computer thinking it would function like a Gateway computer and are not happy that it is not like a Gateway computer.