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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 8:50PM Borick said

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@Traptz He later ammended that it was "bad phrasing" and that he meant "they're going to do a great job" (from his Twitter feed).
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 9:03PM (Unverified) said

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@Borick

Thanks for the clarification. I was wondering the same thing.

Found it: https://twitter.com/#!/retailsails/status/160242330333483008
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 10:33PM drunkingamebar said

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@(Unverified) A message within a message? Honestly you have to watch your P's and Q's when leaving a company, that is if you ever want to get another respectable job.
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 8:39PM Faction 3 said

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Pretty much my exact feelings here, however, I did at one time, anticipate its release, which was back when the Monk was first revealed...now its just like...not a phase of "give a rats ass" exists in me because of the umpteenth reasons to do so....RMAH, etc...

GW2 and Path of Exile are really the only games Im dying for at the moment...

Oh, and Borderlands 2.

Posted: Jan 21st 2012 8:41PM KTrell said

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looks like the gaming industry is going to "hell" all together. It apears to me that the real world is bleeding trough our little virtual gaming paradise.

We are Legion.

Posted: Jan 21st 2012 8:44PM MithranArkanere said

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Hm...

Maybe they want to turn Diablo III in another crappy WoW and the guy is opposed to that
Or maybe the guy wants to stick to the crappy "grindy" ways of the previous two Diablos and go more for something more like GW2 after seen how people like it.
OR maybe they are completely destroying the plot of the franchise making up stupid stuff.
Or maybe they are adding some kind of cash shop...
Or maybe they are adding Little Ponies to the game or something...

Well, I suppose we'll know sooner or later.
I'll just have fun conjecturing until then.
I conjecture now. Conjectures are cool.

Posted: Jan 21st 2012 8:56PM Adeptus Enginus said

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@MithranArkanere

"Or maybe they are adding Little Ponies to the game or something..."

Well, actually....

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/pony-references-in-diablo-3-secret.html
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 9:18PM MithranArkanere said

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@Adeptus Enginus Oh, gods. I hope you get to KILL the ponies.
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 8:46PM toychristopher said

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@(Unverified) I'm was expecting Diablo 3 to release before GW2. Now I'm not so sure.

Posted: Jan 21st 2012 9:02PM (Unverified) said

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It's possible that maybe he's leaving because the job is done. But considering that news just came out a couple of days ago that some major changes are happening to D3 at the 23rd hour, it has more of the appearence of someone who is completely disagreeing with the direction of the game.

It also gives more fuel to the fire that Kotick's reign as CEO of ActiBlizz is just making it's mark on Blizzard titles more and more.

Posted: Jan 21st 2012 9:45PM Utakata said

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Not sure this has anything to do with this but here:

http://www.diablofans.com/news/1060-patch-10-not-this-week-conference-call-senior-game-producer-leaves-blue-posts/

Note also the conference call, which is also posting the quarterly subscription numbers for WoW last year:

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2625-Blizzard-Q4-2011-Conference-Call-Mists-of-Pandaria-Talent-System-Warcraft-Art

...things may not be going as well for Blizz/Activision as they intended. Perhaps this is has something to do with the drastic changes for D3 and the noted key resigning. That is, the bottom line is not being met somwhere overall, setting things into scramble mode Kotic style.

But I am no stock analyst and your guess is likely as good as mine on this. /shrug
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 10:15PM DevilSei said

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If the job was really done, Blizzard wouldn't be hiring a new Senior Producer, which is exactly what they are looking for now that he left. So it makes the "disagreement" angle more likely.
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 10:56PM (Unverified) said

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That's my point. Some people are suggesting he's leaving because the job is done but I disagree with that. No, we don't have proof, but I think you are right as Utakata.

I don't think there is much doubt Kotick is running the once great Blizzard into the ground.
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Posted: Jan 22nd 2012 12:12AM Utakata said

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Just to note, correlation does not always equal causation. The negative numbers of WoW's subcription numbers may have nothing to do with the D3 changes and a Senior Producer leaving. But they could have. So I pointed it out not so much as a theory or even an observation, but more of potentially something to watch for.
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Posted: Jan 22nd 2012 4:21AM (Unverified) said

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I just think it's an overall attitude at Blizzard now that Kotick is in charge of the division.

Some people can bash what they call Blizzard "haters", but most of us that are often referred to as haters actually love the old Blizzard. I have always loved their games.

But it became very obvious after the merger that something changed. The World of Warcraft no longer has anything to do with Warcraft. I would dearly love for them to bring the story back in the game so I could go back. I would love to play D3, but D3 is something that Blizzard has never done with a game before, and that is restrict gamer's choices rather than expand them.

This is why I think Steve Parker left.
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Posted: Jan 22nd 2012 12:18PM Utakata said

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I tend to agree with you.

However, the issue is a problem with Blizzard's holding company relationship. It's strange...one would think that due to it's ridiculous success with its games, Blizz could get up and walk out the door telling where it's parent should go on the way out. Thus becoming a wholey self-owned independent corporation. But it doesn't work that way.
No matter how successful Blizz was and is, it still has to look up to it's parent company. So when *Vivendi (Blizz original parent company) decided to sell it's shares to Activision, all Blizz could do is stand there and watch...and soothe the fears of the WoW forums that this deal is not going to turn WoW into World of Guitar Hero.

My point being, I'm not sure the gradual melt-down of Blizz was entirely preventable baring Vivendi selling/merging it to a more competent and far less meddling parent company.

*Note: Vivendi had merged with Activision the year before Activiion took over Blizz.. Apparently Vivendi is still is the major share holder of Activision. Now if your head hurts after reading that, I don't blame you...so does mine. :(

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activision
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Posted: Jan 22nd 2012 3:59PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, that's the thing, Blizzard just can't walk out and leave. Sure, the individuals could, but Vivendi owns the rights to the Blizzard name. Morhaime, Tigole, Samwise, Metzen, all of them, could walk out and leave and you would see Blizzard's Warcraft 4 and it not have a thing to do with them.

a similar thing happened when Activision Blizzard bought out Infinity Ward. Kotick wanted to make changes to degrade Call of Duty and when the Infinity Ward people stood up to him to defend their product, he fired them. So while Call of Duty may still carry the label, no one who had anything to do with it's creation has anything to do with it. I think this is one reason Blizzard seems to go along with it. I believe they know the moment they openly defy Kotick, they get fired and no longer have any involvment on their creations.

The major problem is Vivendi and them naming Kotick as CEO of ActiBlizz when they bought Activision.
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 9:08PM Maseno said

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I was really excited when I heard about D3.... over a year ago..... now I just don't care.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 1:57AM jslim419 said

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@Maseno i was moderately interested in GW2 five years ago when they announced it. now that i've become completely sick of GW1, and that GW2 is no where near closed beta yet.. i just don't care.
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Posted: Jan 21st 2012 9:36PM Rheem said

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Just because someone leaves a company somewhere doesn't mean it has to be a dramafest. They could simply of wanted to take some time for their family or gotten a better offer.

Even if he did leave / get fired over conflicting opinions, it doesn't mean that he had good ideas and they conflicted with blizzards bad ideas, it could be the other way around. Or it had nothing to do with that at all.

You people read too much into things.

And shame on massively for pandering to it. Also, that's not a Diablo 3 logo, thats the Diablo 2 logo with an extra I added.

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