Blizzcon Opening Ceremony

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So, the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2014 is done and dusted, but it left some pretty damn huge ripples.

World of Warcraft

First and foremost, there was practically nothing about World of Warcraft announced, but then with Warlords of Draenor on the horizon, were we really expecting new things to be announced? Steal from their own expansion’s thunder? No no no.

Diablo?

Nothing about Diablo either. In fact, even less as at least Warcraft mentioned the movie. I don’t play Diablo (yet!) but I’m sure some people who DO play it might be a tad stung.

Heroes of the Storm

In Heroes of the Storm news, Jaina, Thrall, Lost Vikings and reportedly Sylvanas have been announced as new characters, and there’s several new stages too. Sky Temple, and Tomb of the Spider. I recently got into the alpha for this game, which is pretty exciting, but the closed beta begins January 13th!

Hearthstone

In Hearthstone news, you’ll be able to play it on your Android tablets as of December! Not only that, but the first Hearthstone expansion was announced!

Goblins vs Gnomes! With over 120 new cards, and it launches next month!

StarCraft 2

New expansion announced! Legacy of the Void, focusing on the Protoss, with Zeratul as the main character, and is set to be the final chapter of the StarCraft 2 trilogy.

Overwatch!!!

Probably the major news of BlizzCon so far, Overwatch is a new IP announced by Blizzard in the last 20 minutes of the opening ceremony. It’s a team-based shooter set in the near-future on Earth. There’s 12 characters announced so far, with “many more to come”.

And you know what? These characters are really diverse. We’re not talking typical muscled white male space marines here, we’re talking people from all backgrounds, badass ladies AND men.

An Important Message

Right at the very start of the ceremony, however, Mike Morhaime took to the stage to make possibly the most important statement of all.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about something serious. Over the past couple months, there’s been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things. They have been making some people’s lives miserable, and they have been tarnishing our reputation as gamers. It’s not right. Blizzcon is a great example of how positive and uplifting gaming can be. Let’s carry the good the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round. There is another person on the other end of the chat screen. They’re our friends, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters. Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment. Let’s redouble our efforts to be kind and respectful to one another. And let’s remind the world what the gaming community is really all about.

And isn’t that what it’s all about? Us as a community standing alongside one-another, not against?

Seriously people. I don’t want to get too heavy here, and so I will keep this brief.

Harassing ANYONE, whether male, female, gay, straight, trans, bi, what the fuck ever, is a terrible, terrible thing. You do it? You should be ashamed. Despite your differences, you also have so much in common, and you just can’t see that. It’s depressing.

nonono

Here’s a panda. Pandas make me happy.

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