Here’s the latest Hearthstone TV commercial

    
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Have you seen the new Hearthstone TV commercial? It’s up on the newly released MOBA’s YouTube channel, in case you miss it on the boob tube.

It’s a brief clip that clocks in at just 40 seconds. It centers on a duel between a Stormwind Champion and an Ogre Brute, and, well, you’ll just have to watch how it plays out after the cut!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3KpSFHoBo4#t=29

Source: YouTube; Via: BlizzardWatch
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Cyberlight
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Werewolf Finds Dragon As for the Horde vs Alliance thing, I always understood (through my limited reading of the lore) that the Orcs invaded Azeroth. How then is it wrong to paint the Alliance as the aggrieved party?

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Werewolf Finds Dragon

I wasn’t going to comment until I’d read what was going on and … oh dear. I’m not sure how to feel about it, usually the Handsome Caucasian Hero defeats the Only-Evil-Because-it-is-a-Popular-View-of-Ugliness Creature, except in this case the little dwarf saves the human which is an attempt to play the Handsome Caucasian Hero as some kind of victim?
It’s slightly better than Aryan ‘Good’ versus Diverse ‘Evil,’ but also slightly worse, because I still don’t like the idea of the Ayran ‘Good’ being a victim as usually they’re the violent aggressors in any setting I can think of. Genocide and eugenics is usually their approach, after all. So this has almost a vibe of the superior white man being saved by his midget slave. Just unsettling symbolism there, that’s all. Though no different than what Blizzard has ever done, really.
I mean, I remember rolling my eyes so hard a few years back when they said they were redoubling their efforts to make the Horde come across as a vile evil, and the Alliance appear to all as a holy good. Hence the whole Garrosh catastrophe.
Except I never saw it quite how they did.
We should kill all them orcs. Genocide’s too good for them, though! Good, pure people shouldn’t have to lay their superior eyes on something that… looks like that. And sure, many orcs might not have done us any harm, but it doesn’t mean they deserve life any more. So you may ask ‘why kill the orc?’ I would reply ‘why not?!’
Yes, I borrowed from Warhammer 40k a bit there, but only because everything Blizzard is pretty much a Games Workshop rip off, anyway. :P
Point is… lots of bad symbolism, and most people just won’t give a damn. People are weird, though. I remember Rocket stealing prosthetic limbs, not once, but twice. The audience thought this was hilarious and loved it. Couldn’t say I agreed, but I’m not them.

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yeahreally Leylin  MTGO has been failing in the online space for longer than a decade.  They will majestically flop.

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yeahreally

Leylin Different communities have different norms. When you consider that Hearthstone is less P2W than Magic, it makes sense that no one in the CCG community thinks its a bad scheme. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Hearthstone’s player base when Magic’s F2P CCG is released this summer.

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Leylin Someone else will take Blizzard’s place, it will all work itself out.  If Blizzard ignores the MMO crowd that space will be for the taking from someone that deserves it.

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Leylin

LilyCheng Leylin The personal attack was not necessary. 

There are many ways MMO P2W could happen that are not at all in line with what you describe. First of all, to be clear, what you said is not actually true. If a game company increases the power cap in a new patch, that does not make the P2W gap higher. It just negates almost all power acquired at the lower “tier.” Secondly, I don’t understand how rules and caps change the undeniable fact that a player who spends hundreds of dollars to get all the rares popular in the meta will have a significant advantage over a free player or a player who has only spent a meager amount of money. 

Also, I was trying to comment on how profitable simple games like this are and how it may spell doom for more complex games that require much more funding.

LilyCheng
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Leylin That’s because MMO P2W has no caps on how far you can P2W, with updates every 2-3 months that increase the power cap and hence makes the P2W gap even higher.

A card game has very set limits, rules and caps in place, once you get the cards you need you can’t win just because you paid more than your opponent who also has all the cards they want in their deck, did you take more than a few seconds to think about what you just typed before hitting post?

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dragonwhimsy

While the commercial is amusing, it’s also a failure. If you don’t already know what Hearthstone is, as many who watch TV will not, then you have no real idea what the game is and have no reason to try it. Putting up a black screen with the Hearthstone logo for 30 seconds would have been just as effective.

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Leylin

With how profitable games like Hearthstone are you really start to worry about the future of MMORPG gaming… I can’t imagine it took that much money to develop this game and it is just raking in the money. The real kicker is that games like this are always P2W and it isn’t that big of a deal in the CCG industry. MMO industry P2W gets shunned…

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hardy83 eLdritchMD SallyBowls1 Wratts I think the original HS team was a dozen or two people.  And HS servers have to be cheaper than MMO servers. Same for expansions.