Diecast #231: Diablo Immortal, Witch Watch, Enduring Games

 
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This week we bring you yet another show, now with 15 extra minutes of show. You get 25% more show for the same money. That’s a good value! On the other hand, the first 25 minutes are basically a spoiler for my column later in the week.

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Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.

Show notes:
00:00 Blizzard’s new game.

Dear Diecast:

Last year, Shamus wrote an article about stuff the industry should do, and one of the points listed was “hire a gamer.”
https://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=39431

This year at Blizzcon, one of the major announcements was a new Diablo game! …for phones! The reaction was negative, to put it lightly.

I’m not going to be one of the “they shouldn’t have made this game” people, but I will say that didn’t anybody in a marketing position realize how this would go over? Did they just not KNOW that there’s a lot of overlap between “willing to go to Blizzcon” and “holds phone games in contempt”? I’m hoping this won’t turn out like Dungeon Keeper Mobile or Command & Conquer Rivals, because Activision isn’t as bad as Electronic Arts, but they’re still pretty bad, and phone games have a reputation for being bad, cash grabby, and frequently both, to the point that it’s newsworthy when a mobile game that gets popular isn’t sucking ass and money at the same time.

In short, do you think if anybody in a position of power actually knew anything about the culture, would the announcement of this have been a quiet aside instead of a major deal?

– MechaCrash

Here is the YongYea video talking about how Blizzard has mobile versions coming out for all of their IP:


Link (YouTube)

20:52 No Time for Programming

:(

24:30 Witch Watch

We’re going to be spoiling most of my book, which you can buy on Amazon. Although now that we’ve spoiled it you’ll probably be less likely to do so. Whoopsie.

45:12 Close Encounters of the Third Kind

During this segment I said that the movie came out in 1979, but it was actually from 1977. I was six when it came out, and probably 10 or so when I saw the movie for the first time. In case you missed yesterday’s post, here’s the music I made as a result of watching the movie:


Link (YouTube)

53:09 California is on fire again?

Or perhaps California is still on fire? I’m not sure how it works.

59:04 Mailbag: Long-lasting games.

Hi there, Diecastians!

Recently, I had to explain in one sentence to a non-gaming person what is Heroes of Might and Magic 3, and I chose to focus on its longevity, since I have friends that still play it on a semi-regular basis. What are your favorite games that have (so far) stood the test of time?

Thank you for your thoughts and lovely voices,
Galad_t

Here is a link to Paul’s World of Warcraft photojournal.


Link (YouTube)

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