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2-06-2008 @ 6:24PM
I really think there's no need to add anything to this holiday yet. The content it delivers is plentiful, and I believe this is only the third time it has happened, so it's still a fairly "fresh" holiday. By comparison, Winter Veil and Hallow's End were on their fourth iterations last year, so far as I know, so naturally they needed a little freshening up. They were also a little lackluster compared to more recently added holidays such as the Lunar Festival(natch), Midsummer Flame and especially Brewfest, none of which are especially high-profile in North America in their real world equivalents. By contrast, Halloween and Christmas are pretty much the two "biggest" holidays in the US, as far as universal anticipation and revelry go.Before anyone accuses me of American bias, I'm Australian. We don't even have anything like Halloween here, and we make a much bigger deal out of, say, the New Year(both European and Asian versions since, respectively, we need a holiday that's a good excuse for lots of drinking as we lack Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest is marginally practiced, and we have a rather high proportional Asian population). I'm simply noting that the US market is the most important for Blizzard itself, so naturally the holidays the US loves the most should be the most significant in the game.
2-06-2008 @ 6:31PM
Oh, I should note that I'm counting the 4th of July fireworks ingame event as separate from though associated with the Midsummer Flame Festival. Obviously, Independence Day is a Very Big Deal™ in the US.
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