Blizzard buffs security, sets WoW expectations ahead of this weekend’s BlizzCon 2018

    
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We’re just a few days away from this year’s BlizzCon, which will be taking place this weekend in Anaheim, California, and in preparation for the event, Blizzard Community Manager Ythisens has popped by the official World of Warcraft forums to give players a heads-up about what to expect from the convention in terms of both content and security.

Content-wise, Ythisens notes that although the devs have been and continue to be hard at work on WoW’s next major content update, Tides of Vengeance, it won’t be the primary focus at BlizzCon. “We do plan on discussing some of it,” Ythisens writes, “but as many of you know, BlizzCon is where we typically talk about longer term goals and plans.” As such, fans can expect the majority of the information to be about the content that’s in the works following the release of Tides of Vengeance.

Ythisens also wants attendees to be aware that the con will be implementing extra security measures this year, adding metal detectors and bag checks “at every point of entrance this year.” In light of these changes, it may take a little bit longer for attendees to get into the convention than it has in previous years, so it might be prudent to arrive a bit earlier, “especially if you’re wanting to catch the opening ceremony live on Friday.”

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Sorenthaz

Edit: Derp wrong article.

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Mordyjuice

I’m still holding out hope Diablo has something coming down the pipe line, even if it’s just another class with a few maps.

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TomTurtle

Hopefully things go well security-wise and there are no major incidents.

Regarding WoW, please have something good to share about 8.2 and beyond. Could really go for something to look forward to at this point.

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Mordyjuice

I wouldn’t worry about it, most of the Incels play MMOs like us so they won’t shoot up their fellow neck beards.

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Minimalistway

This is expected after what happened in Madden tournament (august this year), no one want to see another shooting for whatever reason.

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Zora

The no-reveal blizzcons tend to be historically lukewarm for the wow crowd and I’ve been harbouring the belief the company has its ambitions firmly elsewhere for a while now, so managing expectations is turning increasingly easy

That said, call me jaded but it’s my impression they are going out of their way to stamp out any glimpse of enthusiasm that heavens forbid anyone might still have left somewhere for whatever reason about the current direction

Good grief, they sound so uninterested that if someone proposed to officially add lockboxes to the game (not that they are -not- already there in some capacity) devs would lament that if they did they’d then have to actually work on some stuff to put inside :P

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Venomlicious

They don’t need loot boxes when they release an addon that locks 90% of their players out of content needed for the new currency that is being released in 8.1 for gear. The only real path to these items are WoW tokens because it don’t matter if you suck to hell and back the p2w token can buy you these runs.

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Venomlicious

Ythisens also wants attendees to be aware that the con will be implementing extra security measures this year, adding metal detectors and bag checks “at every point of entrance this year.”

Sounds like Ion is in fear of his life after he killed the game many called home

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Utakata

I think it more has to do with deterring attendants who plan to go postal in a jurisdiction with liberal gun laws. Also see: This why people can’t have nice things. o.O

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I would never argue with pink pigtails, but I do wonder what Utakata means by calling California a jurisdiction with liberal gun laws. California, by U.S. standards, has strict gun laws. But what one considers strict or liberal may be a result of perspective. According to the National Rifle Association, California is the home of Satan. But, according to the Satanic Temple, Satan is the symbol of rationality. Therefore, one could say California has rational gun laws. California is also a liberal state.

I see your thinking here, Utakata. Yes, California has liberal gun laws.

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Utakata

I was trying to be diplomatic without getting to any gun control debate as that wasn’t the goal of what I posted. But I have noted that was mostly in vain, as Ms. Bree had to do some clean up in the replies earlier. /le sigh

That said, and to answer your question…I was going by the US of A meta as opposed by state by state. Because to frank and frances, I don’t live down there….so there is a degree of ignorance I am naturally going to display of local laws. So for example, I can’t tell you what the laws are for pee’ing on the streets there in the Sunshine state when one has their own “Tides of Vengeance” issues with the bladder. :(

What I can say though, it may not matter in the end. If other states have lax guns laws, the California laws may not prevent the flow of guns and gun users that enter into that state. Especially if that state is a popular place to visit. As I doubt they would have border checks, like they do here coming into my country of Canada, eh. Even then, that’s does not always deter gun users and what they do with it. So I am surmising that the event owners (ie. Blizz) have done their math and have decided to air on the side of caution here.

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Sorenthaz

Real talk though it’s probably more to do with the Madden tournament shooting that happened. Pretty sure PAX also upped their security measures for similar reasons.

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Armsbend

This news, along with headline band Train, points towards this being the worst BlizzCon in it’s history.

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Venomlicious

That ok because then it won’t clash with the worst expansion in history.

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Bree Royce

What about 2012, the year they skipped BlizzCon altogether? :P

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Ryan Allgood

Honestly I think that’s the only reason they’re even doing one this year.

They figure they’ll catch less flack for having a lackluster or disappointing Blizzcon than they would if they skipped it again.

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Armsbend

I think I’d rather have no Blizzcon than see Train live.

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Mordyjuice

To be fair, I’ve never seen a Blizzcon with a decent band, maybe the one with Metallica but they haven’t been cool for almost 25 years.

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Armsbend

Band opinions are the most subjective things on earth but I like most of the bands they’ve had in the past. Even Blink 182 has a few tracks that are fun. Not so with Train. Even Train doesn’t like Train.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

But don’t they make up for it by having Lindsey Sterling???