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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 4:35PM (Unverified) said

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@Dunraven I'm not saying you are hater, I just say you tend to post about blizzard negatively using a lot of hyperbole and you like to put your worst case scenarios of possible future events as proven facts.



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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 6:21PM (Unverified) said

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@Eamil
It can't be declared non canon. The comics were mostly a platform to finish questlines that were intended to be done inside WoW, such as the Missing Diplomat, but because of "we gotta balance PvP" for a game where high end PvP was never intended, as well as including other things non Warcraft fans wanted, the storylines were never done in the game.

With the comics cancelled, where is all the hanging threads in Cataclysm's story going to play out?
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 6:48PM (Unverified) said

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"blizz lost a bit under 2 mill to last count and around 1.5 mill people have gotten swtor, most likely a coincidence =P, many of those will stay, but many others will go back."

You sarcasm on that seems to be missing the point that Blizzard lost most of it's 1.7 million long BEFORE SWTOR was even released, or close to being released.

It's also funny how so many so they will "be back". After the Q1 conference call it was "Oh they will be back for Firelands, subs will jump up then". Q2, more subs lost. The excuse "Oh it was just a gold seller and botting ban". Nevermind the point that last years HUGE ban hammer of botters and gold sellers didn't make a dent in sub rates, and none of the ban hammers over the years ever have.

What happens if the Q4 numbers show a fourth straight decline? What will the excuse be and how will people claim that the majority of this year when there will be no new content, will people use to say subs will come back?
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 6:52PM (Unverified) said

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@Eamil
You're right, people do sort of make their arguments seem trivial when they don't get that fact straight, but the appearance is essentially the same.

Vivendi made Kotick, the person who single handedly ruined Activision's reputation the boss over the merged company. The result is no different than had Activision bought Blizzard.

But you are right, people should understand the fact that Vivendi bought Activision and then merged them with Blizzard.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:30AM dudes said

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Where's my 2012 pony, Ghostcrawler?

Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:32AM (Unverified) said

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So, the people who run Blizzcon, are also the makers of all said games?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Blizzard being "busy" with their postponements and removing things from their games, should have nothing to do with the staffing who run Blizzcon.

In fact, they should have MORE time, because there aren't as many features to work on.

Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:45AM Eamil said

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You can't exactly have dev panels and interviews if all the devs are too busy working on their respective games to even show up.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:35AM Dunraven said

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Jamed packed my ass....they are skipping Blizcon because WoW is still hemorrhaging players (what is it over 3 mil lost now? ) They fired the producer for D3 and the game is still nowhere near launch ready and SC II wasn't the genre crossing blowout that the investors thought it would be (More Koreans are still playing SC i than SC 2) Blizzard is on its way down... people laugh scream and say no way..but it's true..

I had a couple mates actually attend last year’s Blizcon flew all the way from Bristol...they said you could tell it was the last one. WoW lost a ton of players to TOR (despite the whole well funded smear campaign and that whole Tortannic rubbish) and will lose a hell of a lot more to GW2. By 1st Q 2013 WoW will be lucky to have five million players worldwide...I'm betting on more like Three million

My uncle works in the industry and he said they have been hearing rumors for months that Chris Metzen and Sam Didier are leaving Blizzard to form their own company....in four years Blizzard will just be another brand name of Activision that cranks out their MMO and RTS titles. And please don’t take this post as me crowing about it. I’m beyond upset Blizzard once was the industry leader for a damn good reason. Bobby K took a remarkable company and ran it into the ground in less than three years.

Blizzard is a lot like SOE was when WoW first launched ....but this time the King is having to deal with Two developers that are shaking up the industry Arenanet and Bioware…..and I get that it’s popular to say
Bioware has failed…but multiple GOTY awards high ratings and three million and growing subscriber rate isn’t a failure and GW2 will be the game that everyone just buys to check out whether they will be avid players or not.

The industry has changed…I don’t think it’s change for the belter though.

Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:44AM Dunraven said

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@Dunraven sorry for the double post Joystiqs blog seem to be borked lately
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:45AM Eamil said

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@Dunraven

Heard you the first time.

With this site's comment system as weird as it is, it's usually best not to assume your comment didn't go through if it doesn't show up right away.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:57AM Dunraven said

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@Eamil yeah colour me embarrassed but lesson learned.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 10:12AM Eamil said

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@Dunraven

Case in point: Your reply to your own comment apologizing for the double-post wasn't there when I posted, so now I look like a dick. ;)
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 10:25AM Dunraven said

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@Eamil nope it's cool :)
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 10:58AM (Unverified) said

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@Dunraven

Not 3 million. They lost 1.1 million subscribers. They still have 10,000,000 subs which is millions more than the second most popular subscription based MMO.

They never ran a smear campaign. Infact the president of Blizzard was quoted as saying something along the lines of they welcome a new player into the AAA MMO field and hope it introduces more customers to MMOs. They were never competitive with Bioware.

"My friend in the industry." Well my friend in the CIA says you don't have friends in the industry and that friends aren't credible sources.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 1:22PM (Unverified) said

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Actually your wrong as well in your smugness. It's 1.7 million (and still counting since Q4 numbers have not been released). Odd are it will be close to that 3 million mark.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:36AM Greyhame said

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Not overly surprised to be honest. Their big annoucements were last year, and there's not much to announce this year since all the things they are working on (except Titan) don't really need any new information that warrants it.

Diablo 3 should be out this year, so while they are still making changes, there's nothing to really announce.

Mist of Pandaria was already announced, and they probably plan on having it out this year (I would hope so at least, Dragon Soul isn't that good), so chances are all the interesting information would come out during beta time.

Heart of the Swarm had it's major announcements of new units and other things, along with Blizzard DOTA, at the last one. Not much else to add there except maybe a release date.

Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:47AM Eamil said

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@Greyhame

Lack of major announcements hasn't stopped them before. I really don't count the years they announced a Diablo 3 class at the opening ceremony as "major announcements" though.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:52AM Greyhame said

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@Eamil

Well, lack of exciting announcements for some people. Nothing to really generate press would be another way to put it.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 11:43AM Masync9 said

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@Greyhame

Good points. Historically what I have seen of the money men. They only care about well, money. They will burn buildings down in a second if it will make them some fast cash.

They have never been about long term, infrastructure or anything that lasts past a single quarter.

ActivisionBlizzard is run by their favorite son - Bobby Kotick. He has never on record asked to have any of his infamous quotes corrected. That means he stands by them and actually agrees that it should be part of his image.

Its all the same. When the junk hits the fan, they will all put on their Teflon jackets and start the blame game, piracy, mismanagement in the lower ranks, etc.

The real kicker is? They have this damned cult of personality that people keep buying into. Example: They just crashed a jet liner into the ground, then walk over to the next company's jet "Woo! That was one hell of a ride! Hey do you like money? I like money, that gives us a lot in common. Say, that's a mighty nice looking jet you have there. Let me fly that thing for you and we can make a lot of money together...."
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Posted: Jan 25th 2012 9:49AM Sorithal said

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You get easily offended by sarcasm.

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