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'Diablo 3' beta opens its doors wide open, all weekend long

Diablo 3
Blizzard Entertainment

Despite the eagerly anticipated release of "Diablo 3" being less than a month away (May 15), demand among diehard fans for beta access is still quite high.

So the game's developer and publisher, Blizzard Entertainment, is sure to make everyone's weekend a good one, because it's opening up access to all players, provided that they have a Battle.net account.

The open beta weekend kicks off in just a few, at 12:01pm PDT today. It's primarily designed to be a stress test for the game and Blizzard's servers, for the next three days.

Again, all you need to be part of the action is an account with your multiplayer service. The open beta lasts until Monday, April 23 at 10:00am PDT. There is little doubt that some will be playing right up until the very last minute. For more information, simply head on over to Blizzard's announcement page.

Matthew Hawkins is an NYC-based game journalist who has also written for EGM, GameSetWatch, Gamasutra, Giant Robot and numerous others. He also self-publishes his own game culture zine, is part of  Attract Mode , and co-hosts  The Fangamer Podcast . You can keep tabs on him via  Twitter , or his personal home-base,  FORT90.com .