WoW trends, part 1

Now that I have had a few more days with Battle for Azeroth, one thing that strikes me is the clear emergence of trends and patterns for this game — many were started in Warlords of Draenor, further developed in Legion, and seem in BFA to have emerged as full-fledged and constant features of the … Continue reading WoW trends, part 1

Epiphany

Over the weekend, as I was cooking for, cleaning for, picking up after, and entertaining relatives, out of the blue I had one of those forehead-slapping moments. For months now — maybe even a couple of years — I have been baffled by Blizz’s apparent business model shift from a game accessible to nearly everyone … Continue reading Epiphany

What do corporate goals mean for WoW?

We recently got the public Q4 2017 report from Activision Blizzard (ATVI), along with the investors’ conference call transcript. The actual report, unless you are a real accounting geek or investor, is pretty dry reading (okay, it is dead boring), but the conference call is often interesting because you can get some excellent ideas of … Continue reading What do corporate goals mean for WoW?

Activision Blizzard earnings and what it means for WoW

Activision-Blizzard (ATVI) published its Q2 2017 earnings report a couple of weeks ago. I usually write about these reports, but decided not to write about this one when it came out. However, MMO-C -- I guess because it is a slow news season for WoW -- wrote up a little summary about it today, so … Continue reading Activision Blizzard earnings and what it means for WoW

Housecleaning

Lately it has been challenging for me to come up with decent topics to write about in this blog. (Read the one from Wednesday and you will say something like "That's for sure!") We are pretty deep into summer game mode, I suppose -- Patch 7.2.5 is old news, and 7.3 is months away. People … Continue reading Housecleaning

Time and the bottom line

Activision Blizzard conducted its public Q1 2017 Earnings Call yesterday. For those of you unfamiliar with this quarterly ritual, it is a conference call conducted to inform ATVI stockholders of the company's financial status. The company being traded publicly, the transcript of the call is published for anyone when cares to read it, and in … Continue reading Time and the bottom line

Cheats and chiselers and lines not to be crossed

Blizzard just announced that they had "taken action" against some players who were accepting real world currency for in-game assistance, such as carrying players for raid clears. You can read the Blue Post here, courtesy of MMO-C. This is absolutely reasonable action from Blizz. The activities were clear violations of the Terms of Service agreement, … Continue reading Cheats and chiselers and lines not to be crossed