We have a new Blizzard release coming up. In this case it is the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, which is due out on March 25 of this year.
And, as seems to happen with all such Blizzard releases, email scams are beginning to show up. I have seen one in particular show up a couple times now, so I thought I would pass it along as both warning and humor.
I think the first hint that this was a scam was the message title.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls now Invite you to join!
Say what you will about Blizzard, broken English just isn’t one of their faults.
Then there was the come-on part of the pitch, the bait to get you to fall for it. In this case, I must admit they might be on to something, as they gave you a big string of characters and claimed that this code would enable Reaper of Souls on your account.
Go ahead, try the code
Usually they just tell you to click the link to get the game. Here they have a code for you that they say you have to redeem on your account. And, of course, a handy bogus link to a Battle.net look-alike site where they will steal your account information and use it to strip your account bare.
As is often the case, all of the other help and support links point to legitimate Blizzard sites, but the key one is a trap.
So be wary.
We hold the Bible completely sacred, and we’ve gone to great lengths to maintain authenticity. For this reason, we formed an advisory team of four well-respected pastors and ministry leaders to make sure all of our storylines and characters are historically accurate. Although we consider ourselves devoted Christians, it’s amazing how many details this team has caught and adjusted to make sure we stay accurate to the biblical record.
–Phoenix Interactive Studios, on their Bible Chronicles RPG Kickstarter
Yeah, you think working with Tolkien or the Star Wars IP is difficult? Think again!
While they have wisely opted to stick to the Old Testament, even there it isn’t like we have a universally accepted interpretation to work with. Cornerstone of three major religions? Sure, let’s make a video game out of that! I cannot foresee anybody getting angry about choices made around interpretation!
Color me a pessimist, but they may have chosen more wisely than they suspect when it comes to the main image used for their web site.
Metaphor or premonition?
Of course, on the flip side of that, teaching the Bible… or a given interpretation thereof… seems to be pretty much perfect for the WoW model MMO format, where quests have only one possible end state. The story will move on only when you do the right thing.
It will be interesting to see if people will be any more likely to read the quest text in this game than they are in WoW. The forum questions about that ought to be amusing. I foresee “Can’t watch the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah without being turned into a pillar of salt!” Any other likely candidates?
No word on the business model… subscription vs. free to play… that this project will follow on release. [Addendum: because it isn’t an MMO. Silly me.] Of course, they still have a $100,000 Kickstarter goal to surmount. But for $2,500 you can have a character in-game modeled on your appearance, and for $5,000 that character will be one of the kings of the local city-states. You could be Melchizedek!