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1-25-2012 @ 8:25AM
Speaking strictly as a WoW guy, I'd honestly rather there be no Blizzcon than anticipation and speculation met with "Geek is".People want news out of Blizzcon. If there's no news, no major announcement (and there's no reason to expect one this year), it's a waste, IMO.Again, this is speaking strictly from a WoW perspective, but if Titan's not on the map, Diablo's "big news" for 2012 is "it's out, yay", and Starcraft has nothing new happening, the sentiment could extend to those franchises as well.
1-25-2012 @ 8:32AM
Can I uprate this a dozen times? I agree, completely. Blizzard's philosophy has always been that they'll release a product when it's done. Blizzcon is a product. If it's not going to be great, they shouldn't have one.
1-25-2012 @ 8:45AM
Geek is:Caring about your game of choice enough to say "no party until there's something worth partying over.Geek is:Never again throwing a party for "Geek is". ;)
1-25-2012 @ 8:46AM
I agree that BlizzCon is best used as an event to make big announcements, and that if Blizzard doesn't have something they're eager to showcase, it's better to save the expense of BlizzCon and hold it back for a year. That being said, I thought the "Geek Is..." speech was pretty valuable, because it did a great job of showing us that Blizzard's devs (and Metzen in particular) have the same interests that we all do, and for aspiring writers, artists, and game designers, that's a heartening thing to see them expend resources on. I don't see them ever doing that again (and it's important to note that Metzen is really the only speaker of quality on the staff when not speaking specifically about a game) but I don't feel that "Geek is..." was a waste of my time or money.
1-25-2012 @ 8:56AM
Hey, don't get me wrong, I thought the whole "Geek is" speech was awesome, loved it, it resonated with me.It was the placement, and the sense of watching Master Metzen walk off stage afterward that left me with the conclusion that motivated my post here today.Blizzcon is about news. This is a "doing" year for Blizzard, and I'm happy to let them keep doing, even if it means no announcement, so I can understand not holding the "announcement party" if there's none to make. :)
1-25-2012 @ 12:27PM
Nina, I don't want to be "that guy", but I feel like Blizz lost their "release it when it's ready" philosophy when they released WotLK without some features promised on the box. Yes the old "dance studios" argument, but also the aerial dogfights that were on the box. Neither feature was ready, but WotLK launched anyway. It may not be true of Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria, but it at least felt that way with WotLK. WotLK was still great, I'm just bringing up that it was released when 2 of its many features weren't ready.
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