We've all heard the news that there will be no BlizzCon 2012, which has left me sad. No, friends, I am not sad because I will not be in the crowd for the next big announcement this year. No, I am not sad that I won't get to bask in the Californian autumn sun. I am sad because I will not get to see you, my best friends, until 2013.
Everyone just asked:
Will there be no BlizzCon in 2012?
That is correct. Blizzard has just announced that due to the amount of work left to be done in the triple game lineup for 2012-13, it will not be hosting BlizzCon this year and instead holding the Battle.net Championship rounds in Asia near the end of the year.
Why is Blizzard canceling BlizzCon this year? I've got a few of my own reasons, and I'm sure the community is ready and willing to speculate on what exactly is going on over at Blizzard in the wake of this decision. BlizzCon could be a very nasty red mark on the spreadsheet for costs this year while three products make their way through crunches. The resources could be tied up in other places. There are a million reasons, but the one that definitely isn't the case is attendance, as BlizzCon 2012 was bigger than ever and filled to the brim. There's definitely more to this story, and I hope we'll hear more about it soon.
In your opinion, what's the best piece of WoW music (from Vanilla or any of the expansions)?
My favorite pieces of WoW music came from Wrath of the Lich King in Howling Fjord and the Storm Peaks. Both of those zones had such epic and scenic music that set the tone and beautifully captured how gorgeous those places were. Blizzard works incredibly hard on its music, and it shows.
The new Horde and Alliance themes from Cataclysm, however, are the new de facto best music, because they take from the past to create a brand new medley of old favorites and new pieces. It's a wonderful mashup of old, new, and different, with pieces of music from all of the expansions so far. I loved those themes.
Blizzard music doesn't always get the same appreciation as Blizzard art, but fret not, stalwart musicians -- we love you and your work because it is amazing.
El Oreo asked on Twitter:
whatever happened to the WoW and Facebook integration? And do you think wow will ever integrate with twitter?
As many know, I am a proponent of the idea that a "social Battle.net" is in store for us in the future and that those features will all be rolled out together with the new Battle.net service. It is my best guess that we will see hints of those features in 2012 and then a full announcement at BlizzCon in Octo -- aww...
I certainly hope we get mounts to be account-wide. It's always disheartening to think about the 100+ mounts I have on an alt.
Definitely. One of the hardest reasons for me to stop playing one character and pick up another is the feeling that I'm somehow neglecting my main character in terms of time farming for cool titles, mounts, and other character-specific rewards. If these were opened up to all of my characters, I would feel comfortable playing any character as long as their progress would contribute to the rest of my squad of alts. Pets, mounts, and titles would all make excellent account-wide systems, but so far we really only know about pets for the Pet Battle System.
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