World of Warcraft will add glowing hand customizations to Nightborne characters in patch 9.1.5

    
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Other glows.

Do people refer to your Nightborne character in World of Warcraft as “Ol’ Glowyhands” or “McGlowhands” or “Captain Glow of the Hand Brigade”? Of course not, your hands aren’t glowing. Your eyes are glowing, but your hands remain resolutely free of light emitting effects. Clearly, this is an unsustainable state of affairs, and so it’s a good thing that Blizzard has announced that patch 9.1.5 will feature a new hand glow customization for Nightborne player characters.

While there is no direct preview of what this customization will look like just yet, the official announcement of this upcoming customization states that it’s a tricky thing to figure out but the team is confident in being able to deliver on this new customization option. The fact that it’s a thing at all, though, shows that new work is going into these options rather than just having been hasty ports of existing features. So now perhaps you really can be called “Handyglow of the New Hampshire Handyglows” by your friends.

Source: Wowhead
Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial company in the MMO and gaming space owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In the summer of 2021, the company was sued by the state of California for fostering a work environment riddled with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which has further compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. As of fall 2021, multiple state and federal agencies are currently investigating the company.
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Toy Clown

How is it that NPCs of the same race as a player character can have a feature, but it takes a lot of work and effort to give it to a player-made character of the same race?

Non-developer minds want to know!

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Utakata

*Pigtails mumble something or something about players giving Blizz the glowing finger may have prompted them to add this*

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Made my day, Utakata.

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Ben Stone

Not going back, but damn 9.1.5 sounds really good hah.

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styopa

Anyone else feel like Blizzard can’t get out of its own way now?
I mean, being the target of a federal investigation and justified vilification from pretty nearly everyone will do that, I get it, but setting that aside, it’s like they’re completely stunlocked.

Which is a sign, as if we needed one, of OPERATIONALLY shitty management.

Look, competently-run businesses of all sizes have things like succession planning (if A gets hit by a bus, who do their responsibilities devolve to at least in the short term) and contingency planning (if our building burns down, what do we do the next day to keep running).
This situation is a little outside the usual, of course.
But the sort of cascade of dumb little bandaid announcements, nobody (as far as I can see) grabbing the rudder in a meaningful way and saying “ok this is what we’re doing” in non-mealymouthed language, these meaningless little patchy things just seem so …directionless. It’s like nobody is in charge.
And yeah, it’s a difficult role to be in, after catastrophe.

HINT: that’s why they pay you so much, dummy. In good times a business largely runs itself (if you have moderately competent people). It’s in bad times that those people who RELY on you for their livelihood need you to pull up your big-kid pants and lead. They are YOUR responsibility.
And BTW you should have spent all those previous calm days, planning against disasters. If you didn’t, you weren’t worth what they paid you.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

It is hilarious. They must be frantically going back over all those forum and reddit posts trying to find any quick thing to throw to the unclean masses to keep them happy.

The more they do this, the more desperate they look.

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Bruno Brito

Considering that Blizzard messes up even under normal circumstances, you’re probably correct, they’re extremely badly managed.