So, we had a great time watching Blizzcon this weekend. Way fun, especially things like watching the Paragon live raid and cheering them on. Had a nice visit with my brother and mom too even if Mom didn’t quite “get” Blizzcon.
The most interesting thing to me was how well it worked as a showcase for the company. It was really neat getting a glance at some of the inner workings. As a software engineer, I could look at that environment and understand just what it would be like to work there, and once again say nope, that was not the career path for me. I’m glad some people can enjoy it and make awesome games for me to play though.
I’ve never played Diablo, didn’t think I wanted to play Diablo – but watching a few clips and some interviews about Diablo 3 made me interested in trying it. It helped that I could look at the videos and immediately identify a class that looked fun to me (no, not demon hunter. Reversion is the ranger-hunter-type of the pair. I’m the “giant balls of fire from heaven SET YOU ON FIRE” one.) So now we have that to look forward to.
Ok, I’ve already seen half a dozen posts already but… Blizzard. Women. They have a higher female audience than most video games so why do they just try to screw things up? Ignoring/brushing aside a female player’s concern that all the women look like they come out of Victoria’s Secret… how about answer straight up? You could say “we don’t think they do” or ask for more details – I’ve seen confusion over whether she meant body style or outfit, player or N PC. It’s still a valid point and I thought their answer was rude, crude, and dismissive.
Then the tree form bits – it was obvious to me whenever tree form came up that there were a lot more women unhappy about Ugly New Tree than guys. So why act like “making a female version” of the tree would be so hard? It really shouldn’t be and if so, who cares? You guys screwed up and made a really masculine tree, and it makes us sad. I think they may be shocked just how many “grandma trees” there are running around. (And again: you called old tree form ‘grandma tree’ which I think is… rather revealing)
Someone asked during open Q&A how many women were on their team. The answer was exactly what I expected…. more or less none. Maybe some on the art. I could have told you that, both from my industry knowledge and the results. You can tell from some of their decisions that there just aren’t women in the decision loop. Things that would just not get past a woman who was at all sensitive to these issues. Things like, oh, RealID. Or Super-Male-Ugly-Tree, I refuse to believe a female artist signed off on that one.
Anyway, I really loved watching and I don’t want to get all negative about it. Watching from home gave me most of the fun of being there without the stress and hassles and ack-twenty-thousand-people-must-not-panic sensations. I’m stoked for Cataclysm (dear hipster bearded dude types: ‘clysm’ or ‘the clysm’ is not a cute or hip way to refer to the expansion. ‘Cata’ is a better shorthand if you must use one in conversations). But this week I have to come up with my plot for NaNoWriMo, so excuse me….