Aw, man. This is rough. Diablo III‘s hardcore mode is not for the weak-willed or the unfocused. It’s not for the casual or the stoned. It’s a winner-take-all, loser-take-it-on-the-chin setup where a single death kills your character forever, no matter how far you’d made it in the game.
And so it’s all the more heartbreaking to watch this guy lose his level 60 (level SIXTY) character to the second act boss in hardcore mode.
See the shocked silence; imagine the slowly growing emptiness that has surely infiltrated this man’s heart. Hear his friend’s nervous words… trying to make him feel better, unable to come to terms with the loss that has just occurred.
In one instant, dozens of hours of hard work, snuffed out.
“It’s all good,” his friend says, hollowly.
The ensuing silence communicates the truth of the matter: It is not, in fact, all good.