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Edalia

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #75 on: September 09, 2016, 06:42:40 AM »
What?

I'm beginning to think that the hunter devs have no imagination.

I guess you're Marks and don't find Windburst impressive? Having a second pet in BM and a channeled cleave in Survival seems neat!
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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #76 on: September 09, 2016, 12:22:40 PM »
What?

I'm beginning to think that the hunter devs have no imagination.

I guess you're Marks and don't find Windburst impressive? Having a second pet in BM and a channeled cleave in Survival seems neat!
Got it in one!  I don't consider a high dps ability with a long cast time and a cooldown to be particularly innovative.  :)

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #77 on: September 09, 2016, 12:43:21 PM »
Got it in one!  I don't consider a high dps ability with a long cast time and a cooldown to be particularly innovative.  :)

Oh, sure, it's not innovative. It's high DPE, which feels meaningful sometimes, but it's not going to change your gameplay. Maybe it's cooler in raids where you can use it to help a bunch of folks to run out of Something Bad!
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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #78 on: September 13, 2016, 06:42:09 AM »
Don't know if this falls under the rubric of "WoW is dying!", and I'm also sure everyone has seen it by this point, but Chris Metzen is retiring at the ripe old age of 42. The Internet has taken this news with its usual introspection and nuance, with opinions ranging everywhere from, "Man this guy was transformative of my early gaming life and I will miss him" to "He's no better than George Lucas and has almost killed the franchise several times with his awful storytelling" to "He is a literal hack who stole all his ideas from Warhammer so good riddance I'm sure Blizz can find someone better than him to tell its stories."

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #79 on: September 13, 2016, 06:48:40 AM »
I hope they get a Thrall VO replacement who doesn't say "shay-men." He was the only one who said it that way!
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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #80 on: September 13, 2016, 08:27:02 AM »
I hope they get a Thrall VO replacement who doesn't say "shay-men." He was the only one who said it that way!
Unless you used to watch Olivia Grace (Legendary or wowhead weekly) before she got hired by Blizzard.  (And then recently by Curse, but she still isn't doing video content.)

Anyway, Thrall will probably continue to be voiced by Chris Metzen: https://twitter.com/ChrisMetzen/status/775564770996912128

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #81 on: September 13, 2016, 09:39:51 AM »
I'm sorry, I typed too fast. I was talking about the Shaman intro scenario in Legion, where lots of Earthen Ring folks are saying "shaman" like "shah-men".
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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #82 on: September 14, 2016, 01:51:56 PM »
Don't know if this falls under the rubric of "WoW is dying!", and I'm also sure everyone has seen it by this point, but Chris Metzen is retiring at the ripe old age of 42. The Internet has taken this news with its usual introspection and nuance, with opinions ranging everywhere from, "Man this guy was transformative of my early gaming life and I will miss him" to "He's no better than George Lucas and has almost killed the franchise several times with his awful storytelling" to "He is a literal hack who stole all his ideas from Warhammer so good riddance I'm sure Blizz can find someone better than him to tell its stories."
Is he responsible for the Khadgar plotline?  I should throw a party.

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #83 on: October 12, 2017, 08:16:06 PM »
Blizzard posted a photo of the WoW dev team, which makes it possible to count how many people are in it.  My back-of-the-envelope guess is about 140 (ten rows of 15, minus ten-ish people for the statue).

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #84 on: August 12, 2018, 08:58:52 PM »
wowhead's site director says "We're already up 1-2 million users compared to the equivalent Legion pre-patch period".  That probably says more about wowhead's market share for news versus mmo-champion's than about people playing WoW, or maybe about people being interested in the story even if they don't play the game.  (Also there's no baseline; is 1-2 million users a 20% increase?  A 5% increase?)  But it's still a positive sign.

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #85 on: February 13, 2019, 06:29:38 AM »
Blizzard (Activision) had some layoffs this week (8% of workforce), after rumors had been circulating for a while. A friend of mine who works in the non-gaming areas was hit. Kotaku (below) says that Activision cut gaming in other divisions but at Blizzard seems to have cut only non-gaming personnel.

https://kotaku.com/activision-blizzard-begins-massive-layoffs-1832571288

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #86 on: February 13, 2019, 06:48:27 AM »
The layoffs came at the same time as the quarterly earnings call, which reported record profits and plans to grow the development teams for six games by 20% (including WoW, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Diablo).  So this is more about restructuring than necessity, which has a lot of people upset.  Most of the affected positions I've heard about seem to be in the PR and community management area.

https://www.wowhead.com/news=290235/activision-blizzard-lays-off-8-of-employees-in-massive-restructuring

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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #87 on: February 13, 2019, 07:06:54 AM »
Most of the affected positions I've heard about seem to be in the PR and community management area.


I mean, I don't run a business, but I'd argue that maybe after taking a pounding for the past year about how shitty your communication and rapport with players is, maybe PR and community management maybe isn't where you want to make cuts.

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« Reply #88 on: February 13, 2019, 07:09:41 AM »
It's a real bad look for Blizzard
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Re: WoW is dying!
« Reply #89 on: February 13, 2019, 08:28:30 AM »
It's a real bad look for Blizzard

Agreed, this is piss-poor in terms of caring about humans. Which I assume most of you are.