Massively OP Podcast Episode 195: April fools at BlizzCon

    
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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin recap the weird and somewhat underwhelming BlizzCon 2018, celebrate the launch of Old School RuneScape, talk about making forts in Torchlight Frontiers, and more!

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Jack Pipsam

Runescape on Switch would be pretty dope.

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TomTurtle

From what I heard, the Mike Morhaime moment with J. Allen Brack went so weirdly because of technical and staging issues. They chose the wrong camera angle to show off the crowd with the papers, which was apparently supposed to spell out “Thank you Mike” and the glow sticks further back weren’t caught on camera.
With the blinding lights on stage, Mike and Brack couldn’t really even see well. Brack supposedly had a speech he was prepared to read thanking Mike but couldn’t see the teleprompter. It was all a surprise for Mike and he had no idea what was happening, couldn’t even see the message and he froze up. Brack was thrown off after that for things not working out as intended.

I was amused when you two started talking about Classic and Justin tried to lead Bree into mentioning the release date and subscription. Bree, you had so much on your mind you totally went right past those two major points. I can relate to the idea of your mind being 10 steps ahead of you, so it amused me.

I agree with Justin about the excitement over allied races. A lot of conversations I see on various sites for WoW discussion are about allied races, much of which is speculation and wanting them a great deal.

Void elves, which are relatively new to WoW, are already greatly populated on the Alliance.

People rally around popular allied race ideas creating community discords, helping to bump multi-page threads, creating fanart, memes and mock-ups. Every new NPC race datamined drives people into crazy speculation on whether they’ll be playable or not. Even with the ho-hum retreading of Kul Tirans and Zandalari at Blizzcon, people were still buzzed to learn about their racials and what classes they could be.

People care about character cosmetics, a lot. Blizzard opened pandora’s box and have sort of created this frenzy due to how quickly they can seemingly pump out allied races in comparison to previous race releases. And I say this as being one of the people driven by allied races.

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Mordyjuice

I tried tipping this to MassivelyOP but I may have messed up my email address since frankly I really don’t use the email address associated with this account so I probably made a mistake when I entered it any way.

This was a reaction video from Rhykker, it’s very balanced, not one iota of toxicity, it does happen to be almost 1.5 hours but he articulately talks about his impressions of what happened, his fear for the future of the Diablo community, for his career since he has no idea how to cover a mobile game on Youtube or Twitch, it also included an interview he landed with one of the founders of Blizzard.

It really gave me some perspective other than a burn the witch mentality, while I don’t regret my reaction as I feel it was justified I don’t believe there’s any malignant indifference towards Diablo’s PC community from Blizzard.

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Kenny

I’d also recommend watching LordFluffy’s video. Since he was the guy who asked about it being ported to PC at some point. He also interviewed the red-shirt guy.
Red shirt also understood what he did was a dick move but he was also quite frustrated.

Ironically enough, Blizzard actually did make an April fools joke about making a diabo mobile game. So i guess we’ve come full circle.

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rafael12104

Meh. It’s not about picking sides as in either you’re with Mr. Aprils Fools or you’re against him. I’m glad he made the comment as it shines a light on a big disconnect.

Oh, it was a cut. A bitting criticism. But all things considered, I don’t think it was misplaced or out of line. From where I stand it brought home or should have brought home, just how far off the mark Blizz is.

I think it is also fair to point out that it is likely that the presenters didn’t have much of a choice in what they were presenting. And yes, I felt sorry for Cheng as you could tell it was affecting him.

But given the occasion and how Blizz was using that crowd to hype a game not catering to the D4 fanbase in attendance and watching across the net, I think well-placed snark was warranted to wake everybody up.

He didn’t call them idiots. He asked if they thought the loyal D4 fanbase were idiots.

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Suikoden

I have to say that I agree with Justin in regards to April Fools Guy. I think it was more than appropriate and could have been way more tactless than it was. And I do disagree with Bree a little, in the sense that I do think the majority of questions were not very hard hitting. I was expecting most people to blatantly ask the panel if they think they’ve lost touch with their fan base. So the April Fools comment was more than acceptable, it was very much needed.

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Vagabond Sam

With regards to Sherrod of the Avatar being given credit for their update cadence, I personally find it difficult to consider what they deliver to be worth recognition. Quality versus quantity I suppose.

An example of this is that a recent Ultima Codex post identified that out of 43 NPC cities in the world, only 9 are ‘complete’. 9 are ‘incomplete’ and 25 are ‘completely incomplete’

If the game released some time ago, yet something as integral to world immersion as ‘complete cities’ is still in this state, I can’t give them credit for the marginal changes they make monthly

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On Red Shirt Guy…..

I was watching the reaction stream with one of the more popular ARPG streamers – he actually streamed Diablo 3 for/at Blizzcon years ago. He also gave Blizz a warning tweet the same day they started the hype.

Many people in that Twitch chat were asking about this being a badly timed April Fool’s thing there before the questions even started at Blizzcon. I am unsure if Red Shirt was also in a similar chat or also just had the same thought.

Why….because in 2014 Blizz made a April Fool’s joke about a Diablo mobile game.

The page is still up on the Diablo site – https://us.diablo3.com/en/blog/13607363/ascend-to-victory-with-happy-reaper%E2%84%A2-4-1-2014

Looking at Youtube videos it was playable and may still be – there are links.

This why everyone called Red Shirt Guy a hero and why it was the most entertainment I have gotten out of a Blizzcon.

However everyone felt/feels bad for Wyatt Cheng and has nothing but praise for him as both a person and developer. It appears he just got put in a bad situation.

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Peregrine Falcon

“We’re gonna announce the mobile version of Massively OP.” – “Everybody’s got phones, right?”

ZOMG! I love you guys! :D

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Completely agree, Bree. Gating cool stuff behind raids, etc., has turned me off from WoW.