Can't say about now, but up until 06/07 it was still really strong. You could jump on any time of the day or night and find loads of games on all three difficulties, includiing specialised games dedicated to, say pindle runs,(for gear) baal runs (for experience) and countess runs (for rune drops).
How's the D2 community holding up? I've been thinking about re-buying the Battle Chest to play it again.
I guess D2 was a big enough game that there will always be a sizeable community.
Here is a good place to start.
I'm quite interested on how these are programmed. Note that I do NOT intend to cheat like saying IDFA: instant duped items. No, I just intend to do something unethical, like putting a machine to do a player's job. Obviously Diablo is a game to be enjoyed, and by deploying droids specifically for the boring parts, I'll get to better enjoy the exciting parts. No one loses, not even the teammates (which all they'll see from their POV will be a very valiant player doing repetitive tasks as the bot).
To be honest, I didn't do any actual configuring of bots. I had friends who loved tinkering around with stuff like this... you know, sysadmin guys, professional IT guys through and through, that I used to play with. Having a quick look around the web just now, it seems that getting and configuring bots now for D2 is a little easier than it used to be. Me, I just brought a lot of Diablo 2 knowledge to the table. Items, runewords etc etc. Used to know all that stuff cold. Heh. Had a Pally with a 6 soc ethereal 'zerker axe with BOTD, ethereal HOZ with Zod rune, perfect pally torch (+20), enigma plate, all the good gear etc etc. Tanking for Uber Tristram runs, though was still hard enough that I still needed a good necro to lifetap me and a good healer to keep me up, especially against Uber Mephisto. He was badass. Not that any of this probably means much to anyone here. Aaah good times.
Seriously tho, if you are talking about playing D3, I have read that it is easy enough that bots are not worth the effort. D2 was a much harder game with all the Uber sections, and only the best legitimate characters had a hope. It was an actual achievement to beat the Ubers legitimately, and botting took the edge off all the hard grinding that was required to get a good character with the best gear.
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