WoW! Talk! #131: Bans, Taxes, and Blizzcon

April 30th, 2019

The gang is back to talk about some recent bans and Activision-Blizzard’s taxes and the Blizzcon Announcement! But first, Rei, Eric, and Harv talk about their experiences with puggers in Battle of Dazar’Alor. Nick, meanwhile, has been focusing on the A Nation United story so he can unlock his Alliance-skinned wolf.

Longtime listener YepX emailed in with two questions! First, he asks about Activision-Blizzard not paying any taxes and actually receiving a rebate. The gang agrees this isn’t a good look given the recent layoffs after reporting such a profitable 2018, but they acknowledge that plenty of companies do it and while that’s not justification, the problem is bigger than just Activision-Blizzard and needs to be addressed in the political arena. Nick tries to make a comparison to Diablo II.

Second, YepX asks about the recent Blizzard bans for using add-ons that modify the client-side game files. He also looks for opinions on integrating player-generated content into WoW. Everyone agrees this would be cool to see but no one expects Blizzard would be likely to do it anytime soon. They also talk about how Blizzard undid the bans since several people thought they were just making graphics changes and Blizzard would rather issue a warning to those people at this time.

Blizzcon 2019 was finally announced to take place November 1st and 2nd this year. There was a slight price increase for the tickets and the gang talks about the new portal pass. Nick doesn’t think it will sell very well. They talk about the statues being given in lieu of goodie bags this year as well.

A recent PTR file change intended to improve Blizzard’s database performance has concerned the datamining community. Blizzard files are now given randomized names which make it harder for miners to review them. This especially affects the machinima and cosplay communities as they use these files in their projects.

Blizzard also announced that items in Classic WoW will use their last version, as of patch 1.12.

Lastly, we look back at episode #31, which was right when Patch 6.2 was coming out.

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Hosts

Host of WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin. Sometimes known as the Video Games Public Defender. Wants to play more Destiny and Marvel Heroes but WoW is all-consuming. Decent F2P Hearthstone player. Sad that he lost the Wii that had Wrecking Crew on it. Would be happy if the only game ever made was M.U.L.E. Gragtharr on Skywall-US. Garresque on Ravencrest-US.

Rei is the 1 of the 5 SEELE members and the Back Office Manager at MTB. She enjoys social gaming ( AKA gaming as a group IRL and GW / WoW ), cooking, anime, and spending WAY too much time organizing or making more spreadsheets.

Auto mechanic, car enthusiast, gamer, runner and almost never serious, Eric has been ditching responsibilities and gaming since age 7. His favorite genres are FPS and racing, although most of his game time is currently spent on WoW

Chris has been playing World of Warcraft since 2007. When he's not playing his hunter in Azeroth, he's probably playing one of his many alt hunters. If not doing that, he's probably playing a different hunter.

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