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2-17-2009 @ 12:26PM
Clearly they didn't learn their lesson from last year.1) Move the Convention to San Diego, where their Convention Hall is 3 times the size of Anaheim.2) Actually allow someone who sells tickets FOR A LIVING (like Ticketmaster) to handle ticket sales, Blizzard's site simply can't handle it. And it won't. We're gonna see the same wretched grief from last time. 1 million requests for 30,000 tickets. Instant crash, guaranteed.
2-17-2009 @ 12:28PM
Not likely they'll move it out of Anaheim, since they're headquartered there: providing that kind of tourist boost to the city = clout when it comes to decisions on zoning and other economic issues that might affect them.
2-17-2009 @ 12:35PM
Not to mention if they contract it out to Ticketmaster, I bet they lose 25% of the ticket sale as commission.
2-17-2009 @ 12:43PM
Tickets would be $100.Then Ticketmaster will charge $25 extra EACH for handling and then another $5 to e-mail them to you.While agree with you that Blizzard needs to solve the "failoc" issue, I hate Ticketmaster with every fiber of my being.I'm also not liking it to be in August. Flights will be costlier as well as hotel rooms. Peak vacation season FTL.
2-17-2009 @ 10:53PM
No! I live less than a mile away from the Anaheim Convencion Center!
2-18-2009 @ 8:46AM
They're actually in Irvine, which is not Anaheim but still WAY closer than San Diego. The layout of the Anaheim Convention Center is way better than San Diego in my opinion and I really like the fact that they keep it in Anaheim.I live about 10 minutes away from the Anaheim Convention Center and get a hotel next to it every year for BlizzCon. I wouldn't mind driving to San Diego for BlizzCon and doing the same thing (I did it for ComicCon) if there were some benefit to it, but I don't believe there is.San Diego is great for non-centralized conventions like ComicCon because every vendor, exhibitor, etc... is doing their own thing. At BlizzCon these are either Blizzard or companies that make stuff based on Blizzard franchises and the layout of the Anaheim Convention Center keeps everything really easy to access. It's literally a straight line walk from one end of the Convention Center to the other. It's great.Cheers, Blizzard. I look forward to wasting another day at work when the tickets go on sale. I spent (literally) all day last year buying tickets to go and plan to do the same thing this year if I have to. Hopefully things will return to the way they were in 2007 where I had tickets within minutes of them going on sale, instead of nearly 8 hours later like last year.
2-19-2009 @ 4:10PM
Clearly you don't work in the entertainment industry and therefore have to frequently work with (or around) Ticketmaster's incompetency. Even still, I would expect that by now most people who regularly attend any type of concert/convention/event would have learned that the Ticketmaster name guarantees at the very least you'll be ripped off to the tune of 25-40% and that's IF they hold their infrastructure together long enough to actually sell you a ticket.Ticketmaster regularly makes last year's Blizzcon shenanigans look like a walk in the park, the only difference is people have learned to expect such poor service and outrageous fees from Ticketmaster whereas people expect nothing less than perfection from Blizzard, which speaks to their regular quality of service I think.
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