MMO Week in Review: So BlizzCon in a couple of weeks is gonna be interesting

Assuming, you know, it's not canceled

    
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This week, Blizzard shot itself in the foot and then waited a few days and shot itself in the other foot just to make sure we knew exactly what to think about it.

On Friday, we covered the news that Daybreak had suffered still more layoffs, confirmed on Saturday along with news that the company will indeed be spinning out its multiple teams into different studios. We also published a lengthy investigative report on a major Guild Wars 2 hack incident that led to court drama in the EU. It wasn’t the best week for MMOs, in other words.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.

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Diablo: “Boy, you know that whole Diablo Immortal thing was just a disaster. Can’t wait for this year’s BlizzCon and get that further behind us.”

Hearthstone: “Hold my beer.”

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Mordyjuice

You know what, Brack could strangle Winnie the Pooh on stage at Blizzcon as a love note to China for all I care as long as Diablo 4 is announced with a release date.

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Anthony Clark

I hope it’s the lowest pop at Blizzcon to date.

I really wish NO one would show up.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Id bet money that Blizzcon will be filled full as always

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TherecDaMage .

Yep, any tickets sold in protest will immediately be bought.

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Utakata

Sure…but any less of that would be consider a victory for the protestors. And assuming that those who show up to it are not there to protest it…which if they are, would likely be more embarrassing to Blizz, regardless if they end up being “full”, half full or otherwise.

…so be careful what you wish for? Non? o.O

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Techno Wizard

I remember the recent BlizzCon when a mobile Diablo game was announced. It didn’t go down well. They’ve even topped that this year.

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Oleg Chebeneev

All I care about is new WoW expansion announcement and Diablo 4 if they announce it

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I’m genuinely interested in how many people cancelled, how many people don’t care, and how many people care, are still going and are gonna boo everything on stage.

I’m still firmly in the “Get all the way bent, Blizz” camp.

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Arktouros

It’s already starting to die down as predicted.

Someone is going to do something to push boundaries at Blizzcon and make a scene/event, but it won’t have the same level of backlash/outrage.

People will have moved on to the standard cynical comments and memes by December.

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Grimalkin

Why are you getting this impression? I mean, I’m genuinely curious, as far as I’m following the story, it’s getting more traction as more third parties are getting involved by the day, and the mainstream media are just picking up the news. Even in my backwards country it started to make the rounds, and not just in the gaming circles.

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TherecDaMage .

The constant Reddit threads have stopped. The constant twitter posts have stopped. The mainstream media coverage has moved on. There are still threads, but the surge is over.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Even if this BlizzCon is the most tame event in recent memory, the damage Blizzard has done to its standing and reputation is significant. Also, simply because people don’t maintain 24/7 outrage about something, doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about it. That is unfortunately a frequent conclusion in the age of twitter/reddit. It’s a corrosive perspective.

For example, am I constantly ranting on various sites about healthcare and Rx prices? No. Do I care deeply about these things? Yes. Am I ever going to forget who Martin Shkreli is? Never.

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Arktouros

Yes but that’s that simmering disapproval of the way things are which is just about always universally present. A lot of various topics that frustrate and infuriate simply are incredibly complicated even if we don’t think they should be and thus rarely have a satisfying resolution.

Really that’s more the status quo at this point, and what few companies and corporations we don’t regard with that baseline of that impotent contempt seem exceedingly rare and fastly disappearing.

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TherecDaMage .

Oh damage was done no doubt. People quit who are never coming back. The point is, the wave of outrage leading to future damage is over. Whatever damage happened, that’s pretty much it at this point. Whoever has quit has quit, and whoever has decided to keep playing will keep playing. There may be a few stragglers but Blizzard knows now the damage they caused and what they need to do to try to recover.

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Arktouros

When it was at it’s height there was no where you could turn where it wasn’t the topic of discussion. For example on Imgur or Reddit everything was either about Blizzard or something China related (NBA, companies that deal with China, etc). Like it was a huge deluge. However all of that has largely died down at this point and things are resuming back to normal. That doesn’t mean there aren’t posts or discussions, only that it’s contracting not expanding at this point.

You have Blitzchung’s response (which basically is a big thanks to Blizzard and a call for people not to pressure each other into quitting Blizzard’s games) and that should wrap things up pretty neatly here. Some people will wanna keep that outrage train rolling, but over all people have started to move on.

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Utakata

Out of his head as per usual. >.<

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Arktouros

As usual, you have nothing to add but personal attacks (:

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Utakata

No, not really. Just you where making an assessment without citation or real evidence…so I am going to assume it’s an ongoing opinion more or less optimized for the media cycle. (And yes, I find that problematic. Sowwy.) Meanwhile the protests in Hong Kong which has being going on for awhile seems to have no signs of dying down…

…if we where honest with ourselves, we have actually no indication where this will all go. So sure, this could be a nothing burger or Blizz’s worst nightmare that isn’t going anywhere soon. My bet is more on the latter. So can we say stay tuned?

Btw, I don’t usually contribute when I feel enough has already been contributed. /shrug

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Arktouros

Yes and Grimalkin already questioned me on what gave me that impression. To which I replied showing examples of various social media sites that went from all the content being over Blizzard/China to now being vastly reduced. That’s how a normal conversation looks like, in case you’re wondering.

I never commented on Hong Kong or their struggle. The HK situation has too many factors involved to realistically predict where that will go or how it will end or stop.

The Blizzard situation however is very easy to predict how that will go. This isn’t the first or the last big company that people are upset with. You don’t make “cynical comments or memes” about companies you’re happy with, so any implications that I’m saying people will forget everything are flat out misrepresentations of what I’m saying.

Personally I don’t see personal attacks as contributing anything.

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Utakata

I’ll agree to the last part. If you feel that my first quip was so, then you are free to /flag it as such. And if it disappears, then I’ll walk it back and try to soften my approach in the future. My dispute with your claims still stands though.

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Arktouros

I don’t report comments for removal. As I’ve told Bree I prefer to let people’s words and actions stand for themselves about what kind of person they are and how they choose to interact with others.

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Utakata

Well okay then…be careful what you wish for though. o.O

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Malcolm Swoboda

I died down my talk because *I uninstalled all my Blizzard games and removed payment info*. Most talk for me now is face-to-face, like with friends visiting this weekend.

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BigAngry

Also, I don’t remember if I said this earlier, but nice damn job sinking your teeth into that GW2 hacking story, Bree. That was interesting as hell.

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BigAngry

Y’know, for once, I think I’ll look forward to the Q&A session recaps from Blizzcon.

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zoward

Meanwhile, in good news we have … ummm … never mind.

Carry on.

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Sorenthaz

Fortnite is (temporarily) gone. That’s the best news.

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EmberStar

Meh, it’s a marketing stunt. One that seems to be working beautifully. A massive portion of the internet is staring at a stream of a computer animated black hole, waiting for it to… not be a black hole again. People who don’t care about Fortnite at all are still talking about it. People who *do* care can’t think about anything else, since they can’t even log in an play (because black hole.)

When it does come back online, it’s probably going to break Twitch or something with all the “Fortnite is back!” streams.