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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Blizzard, converged

It's always informative to see how SJWs regularly ignore their own Terms of Use in order to serve the Narrative:
Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo forced the guild “Make Azeroth Great Again” to change their name.

WoW Classic player and the leader of the guild Cogblast spoke to GameByte after they reported another guild called “GAY BOYS” was forced to change their name.

Cogblast told Gamebyte, “[Blizzard] did the same thing to my WoW Classic guild ‘Make Azeroth Great Again,’ which was just a tongue-in-cheek name for what was really just a social guild. We got it changed back, and then twelve hours later it was force-changed again.”

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Cogblast shared emails he received from Blizzard with Gamebyte that detailed the name would be changed with the specific infraction being an “inappropriate name” and that the guild had been reported multiple times.

In fact, the original email stated, “Due to these player reports we have renamed your World of Warcraft Guild.”

However, a subsequent email from a Blizzard Game Master detailed that the name should not have been changed. The Game Master told Cogmaster, ” took a look here and I am very sorry this happened. I fixed your name and removed the penalty from your account here.”

They added, “You are correct that the name does not break our [Terms of Service].”

However, as Cogblast told GameByte, the name would be forcibly removed again.

Cogblast explained, “[A Blizzard rep] contacted me in-game [and] he basically told me that the name was not ‘RP friendly,’ and that this standard was at least partially based on the opinions of the server.”
Sometimes it matters, and sometimes it doesn't. Regardless, their hypocrisy knows no bounds, so we should not hesitate to force them to conform to our standards and social mores.

59 Comments:

Blogger stevo October 23, 2019 12:46 PM  

Off topic but pretty cool. Here's the last paragraph of a statement put out by Eric Trump recently.



To quote the great Marcus Aurelius from The Gladiator, “Your faults as a son are my failures as a father.” I owe all of my work ethic, character, integrity, and moral fiber to my father. Hunter Biden can say the same.

Blogger anorganicbear October 23, 2019 12:51 PM  

I guess they don't want Azeroth to be great again ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Blogger DonJuanBear October 23, 2019 12:52 PM  

The case of Blizzard is especially sad. I will always remember WoW circa beta thru WotLK as being a work of true genius and some of the best gaming memories of my life.

Make Azeroth Great Again, indeed.

Blogger Brett baker October 23, 2019 12:56 PM  

TRUMPSLIDE 2024.

Blogger Sweet, Sweet Victory October 23, 2019 12:58 PM  

Blizzard has been converged for around 5 years, ever since they made that faggotry questline in WoW and replaced the thicc old WoW models with fat dykey ones.

Blogger Joe Smith October 23, 2019 1:03 PM  

@2 This is very true. They have tried to sabotage classic multiple times, after informing us that we don't really want it in the first place. Blizzard can't admit live is garbage because they're stupid.

Blogger Doktor Jeep October 23, 2019 1:18 PM  

Reported multiple times...
As someone who played MMOs for a time have and was even in a large WoW guild it certainly appears that middle aged women are a scourge. From pussy hats on the street to report button on the screen. Only the simps agree with them. It's a roastiepocalypse out there.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother October 23, 2019 1:40 PM  


"stevoOctober 23, 2019 12:46 PM

Off topic but pretty cool. Here's the last paragraph of a statement put out by Eric Trump recently.



To quote the great Marcus Aurelius from The Gladiator, “Your faults as a son are my failures as a father.” I owe all of my work ethic, character, integrity, and moral fiber to my father. Hunter Biden can say the same."

MUH LIVER SHOT

Blogger Teleros October 23, 2019 1:43 PM  

A few BlizzCon 2019 events:

Challenging Preconceptions
A Culture of Respect at Blizzard
Starting at Blizzard as a Female Manager
How Blizzard Embraces Self-Expression
Leveraging Experiences to Affect Change
Understanding Autism
Fuerza y Orgello: Grappling with Cultural Identity
It's a Perfect Day for Some Mayhem [note: a bipolar software engineer's struggles]
Accessibility: Levelling up our Epic Entertainment
A Personal Journey to Leading Responsibly

All found on the BlizzCon app, but thankfully I can't find them on the site.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch October 23, 2019 1:48 PM  

@3 yes.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch October 23, 2019 1:49 PM  

@9 You serious?

Blogger CarpeOro October 23, 2019 2:08 PM  

I believe I played WoW not too long after release and up until the Lich King add on. My first mmo, I got to a point where the big raids once a week burned up my Friday nights every week. I started my relationship with my wife to be and decided I preferred real world to game world and dropped out - I play games now I can either play for a short time like Warbots or I can simply hit pause. I do miss some of the people from WoW, sad to see Blizzard putting the pedal down as they approach the precipice of Wokeness.

Blogger Andrew Seaton October 23, 2019 2:14 PM  

Tempted to resub and roll a character just to join that guild.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( yo dou spook speener? figh hive! ) October 23, 2019 2:15 PM  

1. stevo October 23, 2019 12:46 PM
Hunter Biden can say the same.


oh snap. shots fired, nigga done a drive by, cokehead down in the street.

Blogger DonJuanBear October 23, 2019 2:20 PM  

I actually switched to tabletop gaming right after wrath of the lich king. I kind of wanted a break from the online thing to and wanted a more face-to-face experience. Also I felt like it was about that time during wrath of the lich king that they started to make all the classes the same, that is all the classes could do everything equally well. They could all tank heal and DPS just as well as each other and that kind of ruined the individuality of the players.

Blogger Nostromo October 23, 2019 2:24 PM  

Wow! That's gonna leave a mark.

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Blogger Richard Martel October 23, 2019 2:41 PM  

Anyone know the whereabouts of Corn Pop?

Blogger JRR October 23, 2019 2:42 PM  

I ran a WoW guild for years. Some moron complained because he didn't get a raid spot the very day he joined the guild and reported our name, "Two Bit Horde." We were forced to change it. It literally means "50 cent Horde." So, either Blizzard is offended by US coinage, or by their own faction. Either way, that was the end of a 400 person strong guild. Our Guild fell apart after that because most of the core group either cancelled their account in protest, or just lost interest and played too sporadically. Fuck Blizzard.

Blogger Karhu October 23, 2019 2:44 PM  

Not entirely off topic, since corporate convergence cancer turns out to be the cause, an update on https://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/03/hultgreen-curie-architecture-edition.html

The NTSB has released their findings on the Florida International University bridge collapse that killed six, and the woman run company that designed it, that aspires to create "art" above all, and uses that to get contract wins under Federal rules, was responsible.

The synopsis is devastating: https://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/2019-HWY18MH009-BMG-abstract.pdf Not only did they incorrectly design it, cheap out on the peer review so their errors didn't have a chance to be caught, and ignore three weeks of it cracking starting as soon as the concrete forms were removed, it appears no single human anywhere fully understood what they'd designed. Their understanding was so bad they thought it had redundancy when it had none!

For more on the technical details, this discussion is good: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21329870

Blogger Teleros October 23, 2019 2:47 PM  

Yes. Most of them seem short, around 15mins, and not being on the website but just the app makes me think they are all pre-recorded segments.

Blogger God Emperor Memes October 23, 2019 2:58 PM  

Colour me unsurprised

Blogger Damelon Brinn October 23, 2019 3:02 PM  

A few years ago, a name like "Gay Boys" would have been untouchable, as long as the boys were indeed gay. Now even homos can't express themselves. It must be hard to keep track of the shifting lines. No wonder social media moderators are suicidal.

Blogger Zaklog the Great October 23, 2019 3:13 PM  

Off topic, but I think Vox would appreciate this. A very interesting post today on Ace of Spades HQ from someone who I once would have called at least neo-con lite: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/383918.php

Blogger John Bradley October 23, 2019 3:19 PM  

Karhu: I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

What would be actually shocking is if anyone went to jail over this.

In the distant past the architect would be the first one to walk across a newly constructed bridge. I suppose it's a 'win', architect-lifespan-wise, if the bridge collapses before it's even completed...

Blogger Karhu October 23, 2019 3:34 PM  

I share you shock @25 John Bradley. The NTSB has no enforcement power, but this cutting line from their recommendations will do something for those who have shame:

"To FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc.:

10. Train your staff on the proper use of Pc (the permanent net compressive force normal to the shear plane) when calculating nominal interface shear resistance."

Blogger Halvar Andersen October 23, 2019 3:36 PM  

Has anyone seen the new, improved Classic WoW version of C'Thun? Just like The original that everyone wanted, but better.

https://imgur.com/a/8P6120R

Blogger My Dead Gramps October 23, 2019 3:44 PM  

Pfft,wasn't even on an rp server, so naming rules wouldn't even apply.

What do SJWs always do?

Blogger Jon D. October 23, 2019 3:56 PM  

They banned my Warlock "Raypin" for some reason too.

Blogger Karen took the Kids October 23, 2019 4:01 PM  

Donald Jr, meanwhile is busy hanging round with Charlie Kirk. Not a good look.

Blogger Karen took the Kids October 23, 2019 4:03 PM  

I would have thought Blizzard would be on board with "Gay Boys." It is pro-LGBT + more mental illnesses after all.

Blogger Cataline Sergius October 23, 2019 4:17 PM  

Blizzard seems to have come up with a new tradition.

Shooting themselves in both feet when it's time for Blizzcon.

Admittedly, there was no way to make themselves look good after the Hearthstone bans and firings.

But they honestly would have been better off just outright saying, "knuckling under to China is the price you have to pay, if you've coupled yourself to China like we have."

Instead they released the stupidest corporate lie of the year, right before Blizzcon.

I am actually tempted to get a virtual ticket because you know there are going to people making trouble at Blizzcon where ever they can this year.

I'd like to be part of it.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 23, 2019 4:30 PM  

Karhu wrote:The NTSB has no enforcement power, but this cutting line from their recommendations will do something for those who have shame:

Dude, it's a woman-owned firm. Can't shame the sluts, because they have no shame.

Blogger Damelon Brinn October 23, 2019 4:42 PM  

@30, Be more obvious.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 October 23, 2019 4:56 PM  

And I actually liked Diablo III...

Blogger Doom October 23, 2019 5:58 PM  

If only there was a way to vote for the God Emperor *harder*.

Blogger Dave Dave October 23, 2019 5:59 PM  

Reminds me of when a RuneScape developer made a gay pride event without consulting the dev team or asking the players. The result was in-game KKK protests and riots calling for a removal of the gays.

Blogger FP October 23, 2019 6:06 PM  

" Regardless, their hypocrisy knows no bounds, so we should not hesitate to force them to conform to our standards and social mores."

Exactly.

Blizzard has long been bi-polar on their TOS when it comes to player names and guild names. Its all based on popularity and who complains the loudest. That and what game GM who deals with the complaint.

I've lost track of sex pun names based on the rogue class alone over the years that no one seemed to ever have a problem with.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 23, 2019 6:13 PM  

"Not a good look."

Concern duly noted and discarded.

Blogger tublecane October 23, 2019 6:44 PM  

What would happen if they dropped the hypocrisy and admitted the alter names and ban whomever they want by whim? Like a mad despot. Would people be offended, or just go along with it depending on how much they enjoy the product?

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey October 23, 2019 6:47 PM  

Best WoW guild name ever was on my old server:

Sapped Girls Don't Say No

Those were the days!

Blogger Korbin Ransley October 23, 2019 7:20 PM  

@24 Good news and a good read. I wish the Kurds well, and have a feeling Putin deserves a lot of credit too. It would be great if the U.S. and Russia had better relations. I guess they are better now than they would be under Hillary Clinton.

On topic, I remember talking about how cool StarCraft was with my buddies not too long ago. Blizzard makes great art. Convergence sucks eggs. I hope some folks over there got there hands on SJW's always lie. It's cool to think Jordan Peterson has and is taking something away from it's contents. 8^)

Blogger JAG October 23, 2019 7:26 PM  

I still play WoW, but only because I am knowingly letting the sunk cost fallacy get the better of me. It is loosening its hold on me because of the idiocy of Blizzard the last couple of months regarding being converged.

Don't care for the increasingly random number generator reliant game systems. Nor do I care for transparent time wasters becoming much more common as a means to increase their "time played metrics" or "MAU" metrics.

Been their since Vanilla WoW, and if 9.0 is more of the same as the current expansion then I should be able to finally kick my World of Warcrack addiction.

Somewhere, burried deep on their old forums is a post of mine predicting things would turn out this way once Activision got control of Blizzard. It took a few years longer than I originally thought, but the results are what I figured they would be.

Blogger Student in Blue October 23, 2019 8:50 PM  

Some people are mistaking "converged" with "poisoned by Activision".

WoW's been on a slow decline for quite a while now, no minor thanks to profits-focused Activision subsuming Blizzard during the time of Burning Crusade.

The mania of the SJW is a slightly different scent of sulfur, and in Blizzard's case that only manifested itself in the past couple of years, noticeably with all the really dumb stuff they tried pulling with Overwatch. Which, I believe, was a gambit on the moneygrubbers-in-charge to let it slide in since their normal methods of fun-by-committee started backfiring on them.

Blogger JAG October 23, 2019 9:09 PM  

Student in Blue wrote:Some people are mistaking "converged" with "poisoned by Activision".

There is no mistaking going on here at all. We are quite capable of discerning the difference. We were even capable of this without a smart boy's help.

Blogger Mandos October 23, 2019 9:53 PM  

I wonder how much the Warcraft IP is worth. Certainly in the 10 digits range for now, but as they seem hell bent on alienating their playerbase to grovel at the feet of their various masters...

Blogger Student in Blue October 23, 2019 10:20 PM  

@JAG
For some reason I thought it was a couple of people up the thread who made that claim about how obvious it would turn out this way since the Activision buyout, instead of just you. I should have addressed you directly instead, which is my fault.

That said, I don't agree with your premise that it was basically inevitable, and more importantly that it could be predicted accurately, that WoW would be SJW converged. SJW convergence like it is now, was nothing of the sort that I can recall from those years. So why, particularly way back when, would you believe that and predict it?

Blogger HouellebecqGurl October 23, 2019 11:04 PM  

"All found on the BlizzCon app..."

Wait, wut? Those are real? I was about to compliment you on your satire until I got to that line.
Guess you guys can stick a fork in that joint, it's way past done.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl October 23, 2019 11:08 PM  

Thank you for that. I've been hoping for good ammo to smear in the faces of a couple of young builders in my co-op who've got a touch of the Millennial SJW-ery.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl October 23, 2019 11:15 PM  

"I wish the Kurds well..."

You wish Antifa supporting commie terrorists well?

Why?

Blogger Korbin Ransley October 23, 2019 11:47 PM  

As a matter of principle I try not to wish ill on anyone. I would prefer enemies of the West exiled from the West as opposed to executed. Not to mention the Kurds Alliance with the U.S. Empire of which I am a citizen.
If there is any truth about western deep state playing both sides better the sides stand down than the U.S. train arm and encourage two groups to fight each other and then abandon condemn or destroy one or both when expedient.

Blogger damaris.tighe October 23, 2019 11:57 PM  

We continue to watch the permutations of social media's Terms Of Use. It is only brute force that will move it.

Blogger damaris.tighe October 24, 2019 12:08 AM  

Dave Dave wrote:Reminds me of when a RuneScape developer made a gay pride event without consulting the dev team or asking the players. The result was in-game KKK protests and riots calling for a removal of the gays.
I play a girls horse game with my niece and a club owner tried to mandate a Gaypride event. Poor turnout.

Blogger Angantyr October 24, 2019 12:25 AM  

OT - one way to take care of the migrant crisis...
2019 Grays Incident

To borrow a line from Norse mythology: "Dry tears shall Þökk weep."

Blogger ArthurTintagel October 24, 2019 6:15 AM  

Blizzard has been converged since they added freaking Pandas to World Of Warcraft.

Blogger Unknown October 24, 2019 10:08 AM  

I'm currently involved in the WoW classic community that are reliving the game as it was 15 years ago.

Here is an awesome world PvP video that that the most hardcore guild released a couple weeks ago - Gotta be 40/80 horde and alliance on either side. Even Blizzards new servers still cant handle that amount of players in one area

@vox you may appreciate the level of coordination in the tactics by the raid leader

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd97o-gEBuk


I've gotta say the gamer-gate mentality is true in this community, people are still spamming "free hongkong" in chat, no one has said they have been banned yet.

Blogger Unknown October 24, 2019 10:10 AM  

@previous comment

Skip to 4:25 for when the full initiation happens

Blogger Joe October 25, 2019 2:39 AM  

I knew Blizzard was done when all I kept hearing about Overwatch was how gay the characters were, which was meant to be a good thing.

Blogger Joe October 25, 2019 3:04 AM  

"Blizzard has been converged since they added freaking Pandas to World Of Warcraft."

Sons of Hodir quest dailies from WotLK are full of gay innuendo, with such gems as: "Polishing the Helm" and "Blowing Holdir's Horn." Occultists would view player participation as tacit approval.

https://www.wowhead.com/faction=1119/the-sons-of-hodir#quests

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