Diablo III Completed On Inferno With Hardcore Character

By Jim Rossignol on June 20th, 2012 at 5:00 pm.


One of the frontiers of gaming has been conquered! Unlike real frontiers, in gaming we get to just make more when they run out, so cheer up, there’s going to be a new Antarctica for you to perish in before long. Anyway, the latest greatest in gameworld is the completion of Diablo III on Inferno with a hardcore character. So that’s completing it on “very hard” with a character who is permanently dead if he gets his plug pulled by netherworld bullies. VG247 pointed out that Blizzard community manager Bashiok was able to verify the claim via the unmagic of their stat collecting tech. There’s a video below, but it’s a bit spoilery if you’ve not finished D3, obviously.

Well done, anyway. This is something I am not even going to attempt. The sedate games of this I play with Lady Rossignol are much more about just sifting for treasure in the heaps of debris we leave behind as we clean up the unruly demons. Nice and gentle. Yes.

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  1. x1501 says:

    His parents must be proud.

    • sabrage says:

      “About Kripparrian’s channel

      What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of…no…

      It’s VIDEO GAMES! I LOVE to play, theorycraft, and compete in games. This channel is a collection of my guides, events, and experiences.”

      …Jesus.

    • derbefrier says:

      Ahh a snide remark that attempts to downplay an achievement. Well done sir you win douche of the day.

      • x1501 says:

        Wow, I know it’s a gaming website, but let’s keep some sense of perspective here, okay? Beating a game on its hardest difficulty may not be something most of us can [or ever aspire to] do, but the act itself is about as pointless and unproductive as human activities can get. A suicide bomber just killed 21 people in Afghanistan, and I’m the douchebag of the day…

        • Nim says:

          You are a boring kill-joy who is no fun at parties. Just leave and close the door on your way out.

        • Toberoth says:

          “A suicide bomber just killed 21 people in Afghanistan, and I’m the douchebag of the day…”

          No, you’re just the douchebag of the thread.

          [Edit] Douchebag of the thread actually seems a bit strong. I mean I guess you were trying to be funny or witty or whatever, but honestly you are posting on a gaming website where most people are likely to be at least vaguely impressed with this guy’s achievement. So either play to your audience a bit better or pipe down, would be my advice. Because in the context of games this is actually pretty cool.

        • zairekaboom says:

          He has enough viewers to get a paycheck from twitch.tv for streaming his sessions. He is working, having fun and inspiring nerds at the same time. What’s unproductive about that?

        • Xardas Kane says:

          Did you honestly just compare a suicide bomber to a Diablo 3 player? Seriously?!

          O_O

          I think the rest of the replies have already covered what I have to say about this.

          • x1501 says:

            Yes, that’s exactly what I did. I just called that the guy a Bin Laden incarnate. Your reading comprehension—or lack thereof—continues to be a never-ending source of amazement for your humble fan.

          • Toberoth says:

            @x1501 — Gosh, your sarcasm and lack of humour set off my block-o-meter (yes, that is a thing that I have).

          • Xardas Kane says:

            Ah, he got me there, I barely skim through his comments, they are always so negative, needlessly sarcastic and unfunny. You are definitely the douche of the day on RPS, have a cookie. It’s impressive how you managed to tip off so many people here, I guess being overly-negative is in your blood.

          • Barnaby says:

            X1501, your comment was dickish and unnecessary. Why try to explain something away that is obviously not well thought out, and not even really reflective of your actual opinion according to you.

            I think people were annoyed because generally it is the non-gaming public that tends to look down on gamers for their hobby. I’m sure many found it annoying that the very first comment on the post about a video game achievement is met with a not-funny/snarky/unnecessary comment saying the guy shouldn’t take pride in his achievement because it’s in a video game. I don’t care that much, I was just surprised that you were surprised that people had a negative reaction to your shit comment.

            *edit for clarity*

        • Beelzebud says:

          Oh don’t worry, it’s not just for one day, I’m pretty sure you’re set for life.

        • derbefrier says:

          lol

        • felisc says:

          to be fair i just saw someone miss an omelette on tv and he’s a far worse person than you now.

        • Tven0 says:

          An awful lot of people make a living playing video games. Also on this website, btw. These guys all get paid to do the above, complete video games. So if you think they are pathetic then you also think RPS is pathetic. And if that is the case, why are you here clogging up the comments section?

        • DodgyG33za says:

          We as a society put plenty of people up on a pedestal for doing stuff that is difficult but of no intrinsic value.

          How is this different from the Olympics exactly?

    • thesundaybest says:

      As proud as your parents when you comment on a PC game site.

    • Waldkoenig says:

      Yes, they most probably are. He is an educated kind guy who is standing on his own feet and isn’t ashamed to show his compassion for his hobby.

      Now your parents on the other hand…

    • oddshrub says:

      If you really want to go there I have yet to see his stream be below 10.000 viewers since the game released. With subscribers and commercials you need around 2.000 viewers to make a living so he’s actually making good money playing video games.

      He’s also going to get world wide recognition for his achievement, it being featured at places like RPS and all. Sure it’s only gamers who give a rats ass but that’s still some sort of fame.

      In those regards he’s probably going to have achieved more recognition this past month than you will your entire life, and, he made bunch of money doing it.

      Are your parents proud?

      • x1501 says:

        Of course my parents are proud of me. I’m also not unemployed, and one of my lolcat YouTube videos scored millions of views, effectively rendering me a productive and valuable member of the human race. And yes, I really, really wanted to go there with my painstakingly thought-out, carefully worded, and not at all tongue-in-cheek 5-word-long thesis. Any more questions?

        • Waldkoenig says:

          I don’t think it was tongue-in-cheek. It was just dumb. Nice attempt at damage control though. Why don’t you be a man and own what you say? Just apologize for it. We all have our moronic moments.

        • Vorphalack says:

          You think employment means guaranteed positive contribution to the human race? Go spend a few weeks in a cold calling centre trying to push payment protection insurance, time shares or high interest loans onto the most vulnerable members of society. Don’t worry, you get to cash a pay cheque at the end of each month to help you live with yourself.

          You may not find what this guy has done remotely interesting, but at least he is harmless, and defiantly does not deserve to be attacked for being passionate about his hobby.

        • Tven0 says:

          GG on lolcat video, that is pretty much all your parents can be proud of you for.

    • The Great Wayne says:

      Blimey, the nerd lobby is on rampage today.

      Seriously, I’ve seen worse comments around here get far better reception. Guess that’s diablo making people go all hormonal. .

      X1501, whatever be my thoughts about your post, you got my sympathy for a harsh reaction you didn’t deserve. Don’t throw the stone at the smartasses guys, this is The Internet and you know what you’ve done last summer.

      • x1501 says:

        Thanks. People seem to be under the impression that I don’t like the guy personally. I do, and about as much as one can without actually knowing anything about him. In fact, as a veteran gamer, I think that what he did was rather pretty awesome. It’s the overreaction of the “politically correct” lynch mob that I don’t really care for, not the player.

        • Totally heterosexual says:

          But you do understand that you were being a bit of a cunt, right?

          • x1501 says:

            Seriously? This is what my “his parents must be proud” has led to? I get why the dyslexia kid up here is after me—I happened to disagree with him that Civ V was the best goddamn sequel in the history of human existence—but to get this reaction from the rest of you? Yes, let’s go after someone with an array of most offensive insults for saying something so outrageous, so grossly offensive, that even the alleged victim of that remark would probably only find it mildly irritating at worst, if at all. This would be funny if it weren’t so disturbing.

            Oh hell, it is still funny. May I suggest death threats next?

          • Totally heterosexual says:

            Oh no dude. No one is “after you” or anything. We all just want you to understand that you were being a bit of a cunt. Once you accept that, the world will be a better place.

        • Tven0 says:

          ‘This would be funny if it weren’t so disturbing.’

          A bit like your throwaway disparaging insult about a gamer on a gaming website? Get over yourself.

        • Phasma Felis says:

          You don’t actually know what “politically correct” means, do you?

      • Tven0 says:

        The nerd lobby?

        I am pretty sure that any human being insulting anothers hobby, on said hobbies community website, for no apparent reason would garner the same reaction.

      • Splotch says:

        I agree actually. Everyone is usually nice to each other on this website but i was kinda shocked after reading some of those replies to x1501. I don’t know what other comments he has posted in the past but geez… it sounds like everyone wants to kill him up there ^ for making a little joke?

        And to all the people who still say u mad; u jelly etc. Please go to ign.com or grow up a little, thanks.
        *Keyboard Warrior Level II Accomplished* ;)

    • Tven0 says:

      And your parents would be proud of you for insulting people online x1501? Hmm. The person who needs to get a life is you.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      I think I speak for the rest of the internet when I say your return to the areas of the internet where this type of comment are seen positively and encouraged if not held in high regard would be most appreciated if it was conducted in a timely manner.

      or to put it in the type of language you’ll understand:

      TL;DR – Fuck off back to 4chan/reddit/SomethingAwful.

  2. mrjackspade says:

    Now that looks like insane fun. Why the hell do I have to play through the entire game on easymode before I can get into it properly :(.

    • Xardas Kane says:

      Agreed, that almost made me quit the game. And here I thought Torchlight was too easy…

    • nrvsNRG says:

      not the ENTIRE game.
      hell mode with 2 or 3 others is a decent challenge, solo is easy however but why the hell would you even bother with solo.

      • elmo.dudd says:

        Probably has something to do with its longstanding history and lore as the tale of a single hero rising up among it all to conquer evil… Only the first Diablo did co-op okay, but 2 and 3 feel like Happy Party Friend Time. It destroys what little atmosphere they do have.

        • Xardas Kane says:

          Would you believe me if I tell you about 5% of the time I’ve spent on all Diablo games was in multiplayer? :) For the exact reasons you listed.

          • elmo.dudd says:

            I would, as that is the same for me. Sure there is better loot in mp, but the game scales so poorly at the cost of atmosphere – if I want community I’d rather play windowed with irc in the background, and let the game maintain its world.

  3. Hoaxfish says:

    I assume everyone agrees that this counts as “someone has completed the game”.

  4. Eric_CC says:

    This guy has no life

    • xenogrant says:

      if this was a real life forum, perhaps this would be a valid point, however since it’s a video game website i don’t see how that’s pertinent. Bitch less, play games more.

    • Coroner says:

      Neither do I, but I still probably wouldn’t be able to do that.

    • jrodman says:

      Shame. Behave better than this on R P S.
      If you want to be mocking, have humor at least.

    • The Godzilla Hunter says:

      Echo niner-niner, we have a Code Alpha, I repeat, a Code Alpha. Subject is masquerading as a hobbyist video gamer, but we have confirmation that he is, in fact, a vampire. Send in delta squad with theta squad in backup.

      • Vorphalack says:

        This is echo niner-niner, that’s a negatory on delta squad. They picked up two bogeys in Act 1 Inferno, turned out to be lag monsters. Perma-deathed the whole team. What god damn mess. Suggest laying down suppressing sarcasm until replacements can be leveled.

      • Milky1985 says:

        This is Delta Romeo Mike, we have managed to secure the area around delta squad so we can retrieve any and all equipment, we will hold off any civilian attempts to infiltrate the area and erect barriers to stop the vampire from leaving or entering. Operation Error 37 is a go, i repeat Operation Error 37 is a go

    • BioSnark says:

      Quit being defensive and read his team’s name, guiz. Come on.

    • DodgyG33za says:

      Actually I think the idea of hardcore is that he has exactly one life.

  5. AmateurScience says:

    Zane Lowe plays D3, who knew?

  6. Freud says:

    They did it with a lot of clever use of game mechanics, but it is still a very impressive feat.

    • Koozer says:

      How did you expect them to do it? By altering the state of the universe with their mind?

      • MrWolf says:

        I’d subscribe to that YouTube feed.

      • DodgyG33za says:

        Isn’t that how we do everything?

      • BoZo says:

        More like exploiting. They had set up another computer so if they would ever come close to dying, they would try to login to the same account with that computer, thus instantly leaving the game.

        • fish99 says:

          Wasn’t that just a backup for if they disconnected? I never saw Kripp use that the many times he was close to death in act3/4, or the time his previous char died, or the several times Krippi’s (the other guy) Wiz died. Everyone on stream would see if they did that.

          Also Kripp talked about that openly, about what it was for and when he would resort to it.

  7. aliksy says:

    They’re lucky they didn’t die horrible lag related deaths.

  8. Cooper says:

    At 20:10 lag causes him to rubber band back into an area that almost kills him.

    Why the hell would you spend hundreds of hours gearing up and getting ready for this when the idiot decision to have much of the game logic server-side means you can be undone (irrevocably) if connection slows / drops.

    Perma death because of my own fault / lack of skill: Fine.

    Perma death because my ISP drops out, the servers stop, or just lag: Not fine.

    • Brun says:

      Why the hell would you spend hundreds of hours gearing up and getting ready for this when the idiot decision to have much of the game logic server-side means you can be undone (irrevocably) if connection slows / drops.

      Because he can? The fact that he did it despite the constant risk of lag or disconnecting makes it that much more impressive.

      • jrodman says:

        Disagree. It doesn’t impress me more than random chance didn’t prevent his victory.

        I mean, if you told me a story of a lot of people flipping coins and someone getting 100 heads, I won’t find that impressive. Someone else might, I suppose.

        Perhaps it makes it more singleminded!

        • Brun says:

          Couple of things:

          1) Due to the very nature of Diablo’s mechanics, random chance will always be a factor. Things like dodge and critical strike are all based on chance, and a timely series of dodges could easily mean the difference between victory and defeat. So even if this were happening offline, random chance would have been a factor in his victory.

          I think most people discount this because it affects everyone in the same way. This brings me to…

          2) Internet connectivity is a factor in EVERY online game. You don’t see the top players of highly competitive games like LoL or Starcraft 2 living out in the boonies with 500 pings. You didn’t see people in top 25 raiding guilds in WoW using satellite internet, because at that level it’s inadequate for the job. It’s unfortunate because it locks a segment of players out of being truly competitive, but it’s also unavoidable and not at all unique to this particular game. And as I noted below, the only way this achievement has meaning is online, so even if Diablo 3 had an offline mode, anyone attempting it would have to deal with connection issues.

          3) Your coin flip analogy makes it sound like random chance was the ONLY factor in his victory, but at Inferno difficulty, you don’t get very far on luck alone.

          4) And it’s not just that random chance didn’t prevent his victory. There are instances in the video where it actually made things harder on him, but he STILL managed to pull through. That is what makes it more impressive.

        • PopeJamal says:

          I agree with your disagreement.

          It makes his accomplishment more “valuable”, or less likely to be attained, but not more impressive because his level of skill is completely unrelated to the quality of his internet connection.

          At least 33% of the risk in this achievement is artificially caused by Blizzards design choices.

      • alundra says:

        Because he can? The fact that he did it despite the constant risk of lag or disconnecting makes it that much more impressive.

        Oh you mean to say introducing lag and disconnections in single player games is actually a feature act-blizz devised to make the game more exciting?

        Very clever!!!

    • Freud says:

      You do realize that even if D3 had an offline mode, these guys would have played online? As did pretty much every serious HC player in D2 a decade ago.

  9. dsi1 says:

    So Blizzard forces everyone to be online and thus has perfect stat tracking capabilities but they didn’t have anything special planned for this event?

    What’s the point again?

    • Brun says:

      They don’t usually do anything special for events like this. They didn’t do anything special for world first kills in WoW – in fact, they usually didn’t even confirm it with their internal statistical tools like they have here. The community were always the ones tracking (and subsequently glorifying) “world firsts.”

      The snipe at always-online is cute, but it has very little to do with this accomplishment.

      • Highstorm says:

        As I recall, WoW had a number of achievements related to reaching the (latest and greatest) level caps first on your server. Both for first character and then first for each individual class. So rewarding this kind of achievement isn’t exactly unprecedented.

      • Milky1985 says:

        Yep, in wow server first typically gave everyone int he guild who particpated a feat of strength, so they do track adn they do reward.

        The snipe at the always online is valid because its another example of it being forced on us but not used where it could actually benefit the game.

    • lordfrikk says:

      They said they won’t. I’m sure you can find more info using the magical Google if you want to.

    • iucounu says:

      Wait, what: nothing special for the first person to manage this? What an absolutely incredible PR opportunity missed for no good reason.

  10. barelyhomosapien says:

    I say congratulations to the guy for achieving something he set out to do, I don’t get why people feel the need to be down on him for managing it.

    As to losing a character to lag or disconnections. Happend to me when my ISP dropped out, wasn’t impressed and made me wonder why Torchlight II is taking so long! However it won’t stop me trying again.

  11. quaunaut says:

    Hey, those of you with the “no life”, “parents must be proud” comments:

    Feel free to get the fuck out. He enjoys what he’s doing, he accomplished something. If you don’t care about it, congratulations, you still have the right to not care. But dogging someone for achieving a goal they set for themselves?

    That’s just pitiful. That makes you a pitiful person.

    • Fincher says:

      Congratulations on supporting always online singleplayer! It was a goal with questionable ethics but nevertheless you stuck to your guns and did it, so credit where credit is due.

    • Vinraith says:

      But they have to make their parents proud by tearing people down on the internet! It proves they have a life!

      I’ve no interest in D3 personally, but I’m not going to begrudge anyone else their self-imposed challenges and victories. I don’t see how any remotely self-aware gamer could.

    • x1501 says:

      No, the way you make your parents proud is by singling out every pitiful joker on the Web. By achieving this important goal you’ve set for yourself, you show everyone around you that you, for one, have a much more successful and fulfilling life than they do.

    • DrGonzo says:

      My father plays games, but I’m sure he would see this as a bit weird.

    • Jesus H. Christ says:

      Judgement is endemic to humanity, see your post for example. Really, the only judgement free person I’ve ever met was a Buddhist monk who had been training his mind for 30+ years.

    • alundra says:

      No, why don’t you get the fuck out?? If you don’t like hearing the truth go to a site filled with absolutely no life nerds patting each others in the back for an achievement which is for acti-blizz anyway

      somebody was lucky enough as not to suffer a perma toon death caused by lag.

      Way to go activision!!!!

  12. nrvsNRG says:

    this is an awesome achievment.
    i have a demonhunter and wizard in inferno on softcore mode and ive hit the brick wall everyone gets at act 2 (but i am working on gearing up my dh) so this is impressive!
    (just want to say ive had 1 disconnect (on the very first day) and NO LAG DEATHS since the release of the game and my experience has been nothing but positive)

    • psyk says:

      The same reason people play any of the other online games with permadeath that are out.

      edit – well that went in the wrong place.

  13. mouton says:

    “a bit spoilery”? What does mean? What is the spoiler here? That you fight Diablo?

  14. Tiax says:

    It’s kinda cute when they finally kill Diablo and of them says that he can’t yell out of happiness because someone is sleeping in the same house.

    It’s also mesmerizing to see that even at this level of difficulty, killing the hardest boss in FREAKIN’ HARDCORE gives only rubbish loot.

    • Moraven says:

      Yah, got that a lot in Titan Quest. Which like D2 you could do boss runs for higher chances at set items and epics. Usually got them from random chests or mobs.

    • Lamb Chop says:

      While the point stands, that’s largely because they don’t have any Nephalem Valor stacks because they were aiming for content rather than loot. The new patch gives, I believe, guaranteed rare drops from champion mobs with 5 valor stacks.

  15. Stevostin says:

    Not playing the game I must this is a pretty dull show.The health bar practically don’t move. I assume that’s because they play well and avoid the big hits but still, no show, no show.

  16. Ruffian says:

    i know that online singleplayer sucks, but I really don’t see why everyone is bitching about it here. He’s not even playing single player for one.

  17. Waldkoenig says:

    I just want to add that there was quite some drama about Bashioks “confirmation” for the world first.

    The first thing he did was pissing on their parade like the bitch he is:
    People think that was the first HC Inferno clear? Weird. Webcams r 2 legit 2 quit. hay HAY

    Only one day later he admitted to being a moron.Although he blamed his spreadsheets for not properly doing what his deranged mind told them to do:
    My apologies Kripp and Krippi, looks like you were 1st HC Inferno clear. (my spreadsheet deciphering isn’t what it used to be) Congrats!

    Btw: I’d like to plug my website into my name like all the other cool people. How do I do that? Didn’t found any obvious option in gravatatar.

    • Toberoth says:

      “@Bashiok The way you worded your statement speaks volumes about you and the company you represent.”

      Zing!

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Bashiok is an ass. It is known.

      In fairness, this doesn’t particularly distinguish him from most community managers working for major videogame companies.

  18. Carra says:

    Well done.

    I’ve died in normal mode at times because of a lag spike. No way am I going to play hardcore…

  19. Sami H says:

    Who knew Ashur from Spartacus was such a geek?

  20. CaptainFunky says:

    It’s a bit shame that they got it and by “they” i mean people that used exploits in the game “before they were nerfed”. Because yes, getting a character from 1-60 in about 5 hours is an exploit. But what won’t you do to the mada effin first in the world in something that noone really cares about.

    • Hidden_7 says:

      They didn’t get from 1-60 in six hours, they beat act IV Inferno in six hours. Which is very doable considering on normal you can easily do it in under an hour.

      As for the ‘nerfs,’ they were trying to beat it in a way that made it harder on themselves. The patch that just came out that they were racing made Inferno mode easier. They weren’t trying to take advantage of exploits that would be patched away, they were trying to beat the game at a difficulty level that Blizzard deemed too difficult and was about to patch away.

  21. Easy says:

    It was actually quite soothing to watch, I loved how cool and collected they are throughout. I tip my proverbial hat.

    • Lamb Chop says:

      Yeah, they don’t sound much like a lot of top-class WoW guilds where the voice chat is a shitshow. Granted 2 people /= 25 people. If you watch their Azmodan kill, Kripp is soloing it while Krippi waits, and when he voice chats him, Krippi’s says basically, “oh, yeah, I’m around, what’s up?” as if he didn’t know what was going on. Cracks me up.

  22. Zarunil says:

    Well done on completing this without dieing to lag. I don’t see how it is possible, but apparently it is.

  23. Mikkoeronen says:

    I will now talk on general level, not just about games.
    I find it sad that some has to say someone’s achievements are pointless because it doesn’t do….what?
    We work, but who does it benefit? We get paid for doing our job but does what we do at work really change our lives or matter to us?

    Be it any physical, puzzle, tactical achievement we do in this world, I think we do need these. Even if they don’t affect our lives on personal level we need to see what we are capable of. We need people like these to push our limits and say “hey, it’s not that impossible you know?”. In gaming world, this will also help the developers, if they have enough brains to follow the achievements community do in their games, to keep the difficulty on the right level and to plan the mechanics by watching what tactics players use.

    Now of course it would be awesome if I could dedicate myself to reach this in Diablo 3, but no it would not change my life. However If you mock other people’s personal achievement, you should really take a good look at the mirror.

  24. Longrat says:

    Good for him!

  25. BZAGENIUS says:

    I was watching this live, and it was actually really nerve racking. Congrats to the both of them. Without taking away from their achievement, it’s important to note that Krippi would have almost certainly died on a number of occasions if he wasn’t using the hydra life on kill exploit.

  26. psyk says:

    Diablo III Completed On Inferno With Hardcore Character and exploits

    Is that a achievement?

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