May 22nd 2008 8:42PM "grand dog and pony shows are a thing of the past and have been for quite a while."
Absolutely not. Many companies still do huge shows to present new products or services. Take the Cannes film festival for example. Many large movie studios still wait for that weekend to release their movies because of all the hype that's built around it. Blizzard waited until Blizzcon to make the Starcraft 2 announcement, Apple puts on huge shows for their product releases, etc, etc.
I could go on for a while, but you get the idea.
May 22nd 2008 8:10PM "any action Blizzard takes against these sites is misdirected"
I disagree. While these sites may not be the ones who actually leaked the information, they are disseminating it. And because these sites reach a much broader audience, they could actually be doing just as much harm.
We may all think that Blizzard is over-reacting, but let's see things from their perspective. They've been working hard on this expansion, and they are/were excited to make a big show out of the announcement. Now their big moment is ruined by people who were trusted by Blizzard, enough to help them polish their latest creation. They feel betrayed, understandably so.
The morons who did this aren't just hurting Blizzard, they're also hurting all of the folks who are taking part in the alpha. And probably future alphas, since Blizzard is likely to be rethinking this policy.
May 14th 2008 6:25PM I'm not sure I see why online games are any different from other extra curricular activities. Wouldn't the experience gained from leading a softball team or volunteer group be just as valuable as leading an MMO guild?