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The idea is that if people delete their accounts they wont' recreate them,but if they can't delete the account it remains and they may reuse it
The ability to tell their shareholders the number of accounts didn't take a giant plunge.
That does not fly in several legislations, including the EU.
I was actually able to request my account deletion before Blizzard pulled this shit.
I will point out the fairly likely possibility, given this is running on Blizzard tech, that it's really a case of "too many people tried to delete their accounts at once and crashed the system". Which is not a good look for Blizzard either, but is in line with the quality of online support Blizzard uses elsewhere.
Blizzard also issued an apology - to China◊.
Oh, for fuck's sake...
Why has Activision/Blizzard decided to start their campaign for "Worst Company of The Decade"? And why with this move?
well, they've only got about fourteen months to lock it up, so they've got to get a move on
They better cancel blizzcon, there are going to be riots.
I find it likely that the auth shutdown is just genuine problem for the system and is triggering automatic error preventions.
Big lol at the apology tho.
> They better cancel blizzcon, there are going to be riots.
Only after they cancel the event and refuse to do refunds
I think they'll just try to run Blizzcon as normal, pretend nothing happens... Annd then get trolled hard on it with a whole spam of anti-china stuff popping up everywhere. They'll basically be unable to online broadcast anything. Any crowd shots? Gotta watch out for slogans! Any Q&A? HK questions just outta nowhere.
Questions are screened before they answer so..
They might also need to filter out the audience.
They could ask the WWE for their expertise - those guys have experience with replacing booing with recorded cheers.
This is getting attention from a couple Senators, one from each side.
Blizzard fucked up so hard politicians are taking notice. That's a new one for me
It is also bipartisan attention too.
...Imma go check for flying pigs now.
Politicians in Europe are taking notice. This is international news now.
Nothing brings politicians together better than video game outrage, even if it's completely warranted.
On the plus side, usually “video game outrage” refers to behavior (real or imagined) on the part of the consumers, so this is a step in the right direction for politicians.
don't count on it. a broken clock is right twice a day. this issue really has nothing to do with any of the other video game "issues" that have been in the news lately; it's only tangentially about gaming. we're not going to see real progress on this front until boomers stop ruining everything for everyone who isn't them.
Oh, trust me, I’m counting down the days until there are no boomers left to mess things up for everyone else. I’m just appreciating the reminder that there are tools available for when the right people take them.
I cannot give any particular insights. My parents weren't technically Boomers, but the people I talk to seem to be remarkably oblivious to the needs of people in poverty and convinced that people who aren't making it in the world simply aren't trying hard enough.
There's this intense feeling of "got mine, fuck you" about it. "Why should I give my hard-earned money to people who want to live off the government?"
As for why they hold power, it's simple: they vote. And they have disposable income to donate to politicians and disposable time to be politically active.
Edited by Fighteer on Oct 9th 2019 at 9:37:55 AM
Re:Enchanted Portals: Honestly what's surprising is that something like this hasn't happened earlier. Having hung out in fan-space for some time, I can say that "I like this, I want to make something just like it" is a very common reaction. The only reason that we're not flooded with clones of popular works is that money-men don't like investing in them
Re:Blizzard: Tripling down on the China-pandering, I see. Yeah, they're almost certainly going to do something about Blizzcon, though we'll have to wait and see what
Edited by Hylarn on Oct 9th 2019 at 7:22:19 AM
I'll make sure to have popcorn ready for it.
It's interesting. This really seems to be the year in which greed and unethical behaviour has started to caught up to the gaming industry.
Between the UK legislators lengthy discourse against lootboxes and Blizzard kowtowing to China backfiring globally this is going to make it to the books.
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