Morning Q&As

  • WoW
    The World of Warcraft Q&A on GamerGod talks with Blizzard Designer Shawn Carnes about their MMORPG: "Current retention is high, and I am more impressed by the low turnover than our resubscription spikes during patches. The WoW live team continues to work on content directed to the existing customers to keep them interested in the game. If I had to guess, somewhere between 15 - 20% of our accounts have at least once 60th level character, so the content needs to cater to those customers. "
  • Digital Distribution
    Can Digital Distribution Deliver? on File Rush offers answers from Valve's Doug Lombardi and 3D Realms' Scott Miller about the digital present and future of game distribution: "The ability to auto update an application has proven to be even more valuable than we originally thought. Back when we were doing updates via monolithic downloads, the proliferation of the content introduced in the updates was relatively unknown to us and to many of our customers. With Steam, however, when we release something new like HL2 Deathmatch, it automatically appears in everyone's game menu. And with that, we've taken a weakness of PC games away and replaced it with a distinct advantage."
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Re: It's always the same isn't it...
Aug 31, 2005, 00:44
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Re: It's always the same isn't it... Aug 31, 2005, 00:44
Aug 31, 2005, 00:44
 
MooOOOooooOOOO

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Aug 30, 2005, 22:57
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Aug 30, 2005, 22:57
 
some would say existence isnt the same as perception

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It's always the same isn't it...
Aug 30, 2005, 22:05
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It's always the same isn't it... Aug 30, 2005, 22:05
Aug 30, 2005, 22:05
 
Seems like every discussion i have these days goes from
WoW -> Existentialism -> Farm Animal Noises.

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Aug 30, 2005, 20:55
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Aug 30, 2005, 20:55
 
Some would say that all of existence is a meaningless illusion.

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Aug 30, 2005, 17:34
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Aug 30, 2005, 17:34
 
Too bad that progress is still a meaningless illusion

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Re: Blizzard = idiots
Aug 30, 2005, 17:12
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Re: Blizzard = idiots Aug 30, 2005, 17:12
Aug 30, 2005, 17:12
 
"... 15 - 20% of our accounts have at least once 60th level character, so the content needs to cater to those customers. ". What a joke. How about this: "80 - 85% of our accounts don't have 60th level characters, so the content needs to cater to those customers."

This bullsh!t is why I moved to guild wars. I can actually enjoy the experience playing a few hours a day and feel like I'm making progress.

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Re: Blizzard = idiots
Aug 30, 2005, 15:14
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Aug 30, 2005, 15:14
 
Sounds like a "maybe" to me.

I like the part about describing the character. Makes it sound like a missing person report. "Yeah, he was about 7' 2", with blue skin and big muscles."

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Re: Blizzard = idiots
Aug 30, 2005, 14:42
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Re: Blizzard = idiots Aug 30, 2005, 14:42
Aug 30, 2005, 14:42
 
A new level 60 raid instance counts as tons of new content in my book! I would estimate that they lose 3-5% of level 60s per month, and that they gain about 3 times that in new level 60s. There are always many many new low level people looking for their first guild.

Of course, I probably count as a Bliz fanboy at this point...

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On GW - Six Ix - Warrior/Monk of Blue Conclave
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Re: Blizzard = idiots
Aug 30, 2005, 13:37
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Re: Blizzard = idiots Aug 30, 2005, 13:37
Aug 30, 2005, 13:37
 
I really don't believe their retention is that high. I bet they bleed a lot of customers. They make it sound like they have tons of new content with each patch, which is complete and utter bullshit. Everything they're claiming sounds like BS.


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Blizzard = idiots
Aug 30, 2005, 12:18
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Blizzard = idiots Aug 30, 2005, 12:18
Aug 30, 2005, 12:18
 
After some nagging/begging/encouragement from people, I was considering going back to WoW for a month.

Before I did, I wanted to know if they had the ability to restore a character that I had deleted prior to my leaving (I left in quite a bit of disgust and a few people had commented that Blizzard can restore deleted toons.)

I explained the situation and just asked, yes or no, if Blizzard had that ability, if I came back.

It took Blizzard six days to answer this yes/no question. Please note that the account departments had a disclaimer on it that most replies should be sent out within twenty-four hours.

And the reply?

Our Game Master (GM) staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist with this sort of situation.

To contact a GM, first log into the game with another of your characters, then follow these steps:

1. Press the "Help request" button or "?" icon in your game tools
2. Click the option for issues that GMs can assist with.
3. Choose the issue type (Character).
4. Describe which character was deleted and which realm the character is on.
5. Press the "Submit" button.

So, explaining that I do not have an active account and that my entire question is going to be based around whether or not I come back to the game, Blizzard support just tells me to log into the game (the one I cannot play, the one I cannot log into, the one I cannot access) and ask there.

Typical, typical Blizzard support. None of this is new to me or any of the people that have been trying to get me to come back.
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