RJ 17 said:
In the words of Alexander Anderson a la Hellsing Ultimate: "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMEN!" Blizzard has become a lot like Square-Enix in my eyes...they need to work on releasing something GOOD rather than just re-hashing the same crap over and over.
The fact that Mists of Panderia is the next WoW expansion says a lot as to just how much Blizzard can't stop humping that dead horse. They've already killed off all major villains from the WoW series, now they're having to dig far up their asses for ideas to crap out on the table.
There are SO many things wrong with everything you said, I can't help but think that you're trolling.... despite that, however, you can consider the bait taken:
1) They've become a lot like Square-Enix? Um... no. There are absolutely no similarities between Blizzard and Square. Heck, there are so many things not in common with these two companies that I could probably write an entire novel's-worth of a post JUST on this point... so unless you have something relevant that I can work with on this one, we'll just move right along.
2) Re-hashing the same crap over and over? Blizzard doesn't release ANYTHING over and over, let-alone the debate of whether or not said (non-existent) releases are just rehashes.
3) Dead Horse? I don't consider 11-million subscribers to be a "dead horse". I'd more liken that to a lush orchid with more apples to pick than Blizzard could possibly know what to do with. Yes, I know the latest news is that WoW subscriptions are down. Firstly, we're still talking about a figure that's roughly 10x higher than what would have been considered successful in the MMO genre, even as little as 5 years ago. Secondly, it's my understanding that a lot of those lost subs were Chinese, and Blizzard is always having problems keeping the game running over there because of Chinese laws.
4) As for Mists of Pandaria (it's Pandaria, btw), people bashing on the Pandaren by claiming that it's Blizzard just pulling ideas out of their asses REALLY need to stop pulling excuses to hate Blizzard out of their
asses. Does the phrase "among the most requested thing" mean anything to you? No? Well, that would explain why you don't run a multi-billion dollar company. Heaven forbid that a company maybe listens to its audience once in a while to see what they're saying. And no, a vocal minority's qualms going un-answered doesn't count.
OT) Ah well. Kinda sucks since I've made the last 4 years in a row (and go with enough people that someone
is able to get tickets for everyone else), but at least in 2013 I can still say that I've made the last 5 Blizzcons in a row, just won't be able to say "for the last X years in a row" anymore.