Blizzard's Secret Sauce

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Don't you wish we didn't have the World of Warcraft? I can't get away from it. Nearly everyone I know who is into gaming these days speaks "WoW" instead of English. I get asked more often about my nonexistent WoW characters than my birth sign! How did this happen? The Escapist is running a great piece called Secret Sauce: The Rise of Blizzard. The article takes us all the way back to 1991, before the world wide web. Pioneers like Sierra were trying to bring online gaming to the masses, but it wasn't working out very well. You'll read all about how Blizzard seized the opportunity to become the juggernaut it is today. Do we have any Dune II fans here? I must admit, that's another one that slipped under my radar back in the day.

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number6
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Blizzard argh!!!!

I despise World of Warcraft mainly because Blizzard has neglected all of it's other franchises in favor of this WoW bull crap!

Blizzard has 2 game franchises that are screaming for an update: Diablo and Starcraft. I guarentee that they would sell millions of copies for updates to this software. All Blizzard seems to care about is WoW nowadays. I guess they make enough money milking this new franchise that nothing else matters to them. I am totally disgusted with Blizzard, a company I used to hold in high regard.

forcefield58
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Diablo and Starcraft

I would certainly pay for an update to Starcraft; one of the highest rated PC games on my list!!!

I tried WoW and didn't get into it.

Did you try Diablo II? Most excellent, but came out awhile back.

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Bill Loguidice
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I believe there are rumors

I believe there are rumors Blizzard is working on new entries in their classic series' and also some new IP's. Apparently even the farmed out "Starcraft Ghost" is still in the works. Blizzard, like Bioware and Valve, is in a position to take a few years between major products and tweak the hell out of them. I think their track record speaks for itself and frankly I don't think we'd want it any other way ultimately. It's rare that such high quality gets its just rewards.

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
Nice article, though I can't

Nice article, though I can't say I learned much from it. Gamespot had a similar article a while back.

A Starcraft update in particular would be quite nice.

I would try out WoW, but my PC is too ancient to run modern MMORPGs, LOL.

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Matt Barton
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World of Warcrack

Ha, I know what you mean, #6. You might also want to read World of Warcrack on Wired this morning. The conclusion to the article is really interesting:

Some call it the new golf. But it’s more than that: World of Warcraft is millions of people with diverse backgrounds collaborating, socializing, and learning while having fun...It represents the future of real-time collaborative teams and leadership in an always-on, diversity-intensive, real-time environment. World of Warcraft is a glimpse into our future.

Hmm...

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Bill Loguidice
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Unfortunately, anything like

Unfortunately, anything like a MMORPG that I pay a monthly fee for comes with a built-in obligation to play it regularly, something I can't commit to. I don't mind paying ~$50 for a whole year of Xbox Live Gold, as I'm assured of getting value from even sporadic use. I'd love to jump into a good MMORPG, but I wouldn't want the guilt or pressure of the commitment. I realize there are a few free games in the genre, but between the time requirements to get much joy out of it and a few other hurdles, I don't think it will ever be all that much more popular than they are now (which frankly is pretty darn popular and financially successful)...

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