BlizzCast Episode 2 Released!

#0 - Feb. 28, 2008, 6:45 p.m.
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The second episode of the official Blizzard Podcast, BlizzCast, is now available! It begins with none other than our Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen who shares his thoughts and experiences on building the stories for our franchises. From the origin of Starcraft to the conceptual stage of continuing stories in Wrath of the Lich King and Starcraft II, we get to share with you his point of view on making some of the most epic stories we’ve ever had a chance to play.

We also got a chance to sit down with one of our raid designers, Geoff Goodman, to discuss the evolution of the raid dungeon encounter Magtheridon and the changes it will see in patch 2.4. Then thanks to the response from our players and fans we finish with a Q&A session that has information on Starcraft lore and World of Warcraft design changes.

Both episodes 1 and 2 are available right now here at the BlizzCast webpage:
#8 - Feb. 28, 2008, 7:09 p.m.
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Ugh...and I'm stuck at work with no headphones. :(

The transcript is available just like the first one if you want to read it all, but I definitely recommend listening when you can as it's much more enjoyable that way.
#13 - Feb. 28, 2008, 7:16 p.m.
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zomg 1st
and like no new information again!

It's not the intent to release big/new previously unannounced information in the BlizzCast. It's to give more insight into various topics of interest and hopefully insight into Blizzard Entertainment itself. :)
#17 - Feb. 28, 2008, 7:20 p.m.
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so... why not change your intent? :)

Oh, you never know what we'll come up with. ;) Give it time and constructive feedback, criticism is welcome, though do try to be kind.
#25 - Feb. 28, 2008, 7:49 p.m.
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Why can't they ask some real questions for once?

I don't care about Magtheridon when I'm in BT/Hyjal. I'm sure plenty of SSC guilds just skip over him.

Retribution Paladins will still not have a place in my guild.

We're tired of getting 20x dagger drops that just get DE'd or given to people as joke weapons. Just get wrid of them already.

Why no discussion about class dominance in PvP? Warrior, Druid, Warlock, Priest?

PvP gear is for PvP , PvE gear is for PvE.

Also, why no discussion on getting wrid of the damn pillars in arena plus balancing the BGs we already have?

Too much fluff if you ask me.

We'll try and fit in some "nah uh" or "we have no information at this time" answers in the future but I won't guarantee it. ;-)

There are a lot of different points of view out there on what people are looking for so our goal is to provide some unique perspectives on as much as we can though we know not everything will be everybody's cup of tea.
#29 - Feb. 28, 2008, 8:01 p.m.
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If you are interested in having your questions considered for future Q&A sessions, please read the thread here:

#49 - Feb. 28, 2008, 11:53 p.m.
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A post you made earlier last week seemed to suggest there would be an answer as to why PVE players can get PVP gear while doing raids, but the exact opposite isn't possible. It can be found here:

Basically, a player wanted to know why PVE players can get PVP gear, and opposite isn't possible. Your post said it would be addressed in the next Blizzcast... but there isn't anything there.

So, players are able to do PVE for their reputation PVP gear, trade in T4 T5 and T6 tokens for PVP gear, and.....PVP players will still have to do PVE if they ever want to get PVE gear.

Could you please address this? I was hoping (and I'm sure others were, too) that we would get an answer to this.

Here you go:

"It won't necessarily be the absolute best stuff that's in the game, in the same way that if you're just doing PvP, you don't necessarily have the absolute best gear for PvE. But, it should at least get you to a point where you're competitive. "

Please keep the feedback coming everybody, it's very appreciated!
#69 - Feb. 29, 2008, 3:35 p.m.
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1. Your flash player pretty much blows. I'm on 20 Mbps downstream FiOS, and it is popping, crackling, and generally is almost unlistenable as it stands.

2. Neth... you REALLY sound like you're reading from a script. I mean horribly so. Sorry, but it's true. You don't sound natural at all.

2a. Hearing the scripts from you and Goodman being moved doesn't help to make it sound like it isn't scripted.

2b. Not that I expected to hear it mentioned, but the complete lack of people bothering to do Magtheridon since he is no longer needed for the attunement quest wasn't brought up, but it seems pretty obvious that this is the reason his mechanics are being changed.

3. Glad to hear the music is a bit lower, but it might be able to be even slightly lower so it is more in the background-- it basically just needs to be there to not have absolute silence in the background, so dropping it another 3 or 4 db won't hurt.

Thanks for the feedback. It will get better. ;) Hopefully we improve with every new cast and given that I'm not usually on a mic talking to people normally, I'll get better at that as well.
#90 - March 5, 2008, 5:25 p.m.
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I was astounding at the questions that were being asked to Tom. Shamans getting shafted over and over again for years and they want to talk about daggers and ret pallies. Rogues are strong and while ret might not be a good spec, prot and holy are both great specs, one for pve and one for pvp.

If shamans are continually going to be ignored and the focus is going to be on classes that do not need attention then let shaman reroll to a different class and switch thier gear over to a equivilent in that different class.

Jumping on another character and then going 1 to 70 and then getting the gear takes a lot of time.

We openly requested questions in a thread similar to this before we recorded the second episode of BlizzCast:

Keep in mind we prefer constructive questions. ;-)
#92 - March 5, 2008, 6:54 p.m.
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Thanks, Shurelia. I'll take it into advisement. I didn't want things to seem like I was the one that would be doing all the talking and wanted to make sure the focus was on Geoff and the encounter, but I'll work on improving that. ;)