Massively OP Podcast Episode 314: Blizzard’s a hot mess

    
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In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Activision-Blizzard’s unfortunate layoffs, Lord of the Rings Online’s latest patch, Star Wars: The Old Republic’s bright future, Magic Legends’ open beta test, and an Acti-Blizz rant to end all rants!

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Connor

Say what you want about Blizzard’s $200 gift card compensation, but $200 in Hearthstone currency will buy you a lot of salt.

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Dantos

There will be no wipes for Magic Legends. It’s in their open beta FAQ. They literally say it’s a soft launch. I also was somehow able to get both the Arc and Epic games promo packs, so it’s possible.
https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/magic-legends/news/detail/11485593-welcome-to-magic%3A-legends%E2%80%99-pc-open-beta%21

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Hostagecat

The thing is that people forget is Bobby Kotick is the norm in all industries now. They are all about squeeze every dollar, and are destroying fine companies with these policies of keep those stock prices high by doing things that are very destructive of team environment.

Yes your friend is suffering from Stockholm syndrome, the Bobby Koticks of the world is in no way good for long term health of any company. Renenber the corporate raiding strategy of the 80s run the company in the ground then sell off the pieces cause they are more valuable than the company. Well in the new century its do things good for short term and my bottom line because in the end you wont be there in the long run.

Look back at the beginning of the 20th Century… Ford didn’t invent the industrial factory line. His greatest innovation was paying his employees better than the other companies. Why? it would seem obvious it attracts smarter people, it promotes loyalty, care in the product they make, and you can afford to buy that product. When corporations used to treat people as not cost centers but valuable talent, when layoff was a sign that your company was failing, and not a trick to drive your stock price, or a means to concentrate on your competencies. No it was seen as your management has issues, and isn’t running a good ship. Nobody wants to have long term steady growth, or a company that been there for 100 years, because that is not sexy and brings in the riches. We want quick rises in stock prices and then we bail when its high and it has had effects on how we run companies now. How in this new age we can be doing really well revenue wise but still have layoffs?

Unfortunately this is systemic and in all the industries, i loved hearing about NCsoft and it positive employee investment. This is a great start, alas i do not think any other corporation will do this. Its just not in there wheelhouse. By the way i am still ticked at NCsoft about city of heroes, but stuff like this has helped me soften my hate.

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Bruno Brito

Boss, Justin…

Considering the botting problem in WoW, i’m willing to bet that these gift cards will be put to good use :^)

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Turing fail

CEOs like Bobby Kotick are a strong argument for investing in Big Guillotine… trust in Bobby my shiny metal ass.

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Minimalistway

The reverse world podcast was great, don’t apologies for it :-)

You talk about LOTRO and SWTOR and now i have a strong urge to install them both, i really miss SWTOR, it’s been a long time since i played it last time.

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Bree Royce

LOTRO is going to get me again too – it’s just a matter of time!

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Hostagecat

I agree i liked it, i still have SWTOR installed so its not so hard to go back.

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Minimalistway

Now i’m watching Swtorista videos and it’s not helping 😂 like i’m playing another MMO right now, i can’t play two of them, but i’m going to install it anyway, when i run out of time with my current game i’ll buy SWTOR sub.