The Daily Grind: How do you think BlizzConline went?

    
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Reactions around the MOP offices on Blizzard’s BlizzConline effort this past weekend were, I think it’s fair to say, mixed at best. Some folks were really unimpressed, some were excited and ready to plop down money for one thing or another (Diablo 2!), and most were somewhere in the middle. I personally haven’t been super thrilled about any of gaming’s online events this past year, but I’m also not going to hold it against any of the studios still valiantly trying to make a go of shows in a safe way during the pandemic. (There are way too many industries behaving unsafely right now and putting people at risk over entertainment, and gaming is not one of them – so far be it from me to complain.)

At the same time, BlizzCon has definitely seen better days, and that was more than just not having that hyped-up live audience: Between the self-inflicted wound of the WoW leak Thursday and the fact that the company’s pipeline is just not ready yet, it was a little on the meh side for me. I fully expect the show to see better days again, but WoW was the prize boat for this show, and I wonder whether too much of the wind was taken out of its sails by the leak.

How do you think BlizzConline went? What were the highs and lows for you?

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I’m pretty much meh for any trade or fan show at this point. I would be more excited to see a blurb on a web page or a YouTube video than being surrounded by unwashed neckbeards in a convention room to get the same propaganda bullet points and non-information.

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Shanoobis

I think you summed it up perfectly with, meh.

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Motherball

I really enjoyed the voice acting piece (Draka) and the part about Shadowlands where they were talking about the intricacies of death. Metallica was a nice surprise. Looking forward to flying for sure.

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Peregrine Falcon

Did they remember to ask if everyone had phones?

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Pandalulz

I didn’t watch any of it, but I didn’t watch any of the last live one either. Just haven’t been into Blizzard products in a long while, so seeing it’s mostly just remakes and sequels to the things I’m not really into is whatever. But they didn’t do anything stupid, which is probably why I’ve heard so little about it this time around at all. I guess that’s good.

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NeoWolf

When you get past all the Didn’t we do well, aren’t we awesome pieces.. in terms of announcements there wasn’t a whole lot there.

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NeoWolf

Cosplay competition was good though, those guys n’ gals really went all out this year :)

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EmberStar

I have no opinion on BlizzConline (other than “the name is kind of stupid.”) I didn’t watch it, and I haven’t been a Blizzard customer for years.

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Hurbster

I’m fairly sure just watching it gave me a redemption story.

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Bruno Brito

Weakly. It had little substance. WoW had a patchnote, OW2 had some promises, Diablo 2 remaster was their biggest prop, Heartstone…whatever, we have Magic Arena now.

It was weak. That’s all.

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Strixxx

TBC, big patch for retail wow. Lots of OW2 news and footage, DiabloIV footage and news.. lots of good stuff. Diablo 2 remaster looks amazing. Well, what other company has as much awesome stuff to reveal ?

TBC and retail will once again blow all new mmos out of the water lol.

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Arktouros

Seemed fine to me, but I don’t usually need or like the presentation parts to announcements. A web post listing everything off works just as well for me than a convention style presentation with interviews and other propaganda, scripted talk.