After reading some of the follow-up responses to Neth's and my posts, I have a slightly different, more personal angle on this discussion I want to share!
01/15/2014 10:39 AMI'd love to be a fly on the wall in a developer meeting where various things are discussed and ideas thrown around brainstormed. And probably get bored after realizing it's not as exciting as I imagine it.
Posted by Oratory
Maybe I'm being xenophobic here but I think the high production values of things Blizzard puts out with all the translations hampers the ability to do more things. Quality over quantity is usually ideal but raw dev notes would be pretty cool.
I totally understand this desire you and others have expressed. I kind of relate it to desires I have to know more about how bands I listen to get along outside of playing music (social dynamic, if you will), what their rehearsals are like, how they collaborate when writing, what their production process is when making an album, etc. I have the same kinds of curiosities about movies and the actors/staff making them.
It's pretty analogous across all arts and entertainment industries, and I think it's because the overarching goal is to create an extremely polished piece or product that moves, inspires, and/or entertains people. The audience is usually not given much of a view into the nuts and bolts of any particular project though, unless some sort of behind-the-scenes feature is released. But even then it's generally not raw video footage, or some producer's diary made public. In whatever format it's delivered, it's scrutinized, polished, and packaged for public consumption first. And that's really what I was getting at in my initial posts, including why it takes resources from around Blizzard to create any such behind-the-scenes material. Profits and revenue aside, employees are resources, of which there is a finite amount, who have any number of day-to-day tasks to keep this ship sailing. :)
Maybe this is getting too esoteric or abstract... I believe that those who pour blood, sweat, and tears into creative endeavors to ideally entertain the masses want to have a lot of control over how information about the work and its creators is presented. The process of completing the work might sometimes be boring, or even dirty, and if an audience gets to peek behind the curtain too much it might irrevocably change their perception of the finished product -- not necessarily because the revelation is damning, but because it takes impact away from the intended experience of the creation itself.
And, all that said, we still want to share with you what we can when we can, because World of Warcraft
is ultimately an ongoing collaborative endeavor, in which having an engaged and informed audience providing input is incredibly important. That's why we talk everyday with the public on the forums and social media. We can talk more candidly without necessarily showing you all the nuts and bolts we use to generate the 1.21 gigawatts necessary to keep the mystery and the history unfolding. WHAT.
01/15/2014 02:07 PM
Posted by Artefon
As for being "full of myself"... all I can do is smile and laugh.
That's the spirt Neth. Life is more fun if you're laughing. Also sidebar thanks for my first blue response of any sort in all these years.
P.S. If Zarhym is still sad give him a /hug for me. Candles can /hug right?
No harm, no foul! You originally said:
01/14/2014 10:41 PMThe tone from Zarhym is fitting here as I was just running through Diablo III the other day joking with a friend about how arrogant Zarhym must be in real life after coming upon our the fifth or sixth gold champion pack with a lead named Zarhym. We saw quite a few more playing through to the end of the act...
Posted by Artefon
Then you think about all of their cool guy twitter pics. Selfies in shades sipping posh beverages. "Cool and aloof" take 3403. Click! Couple that image with the comment about the public show for interviews and you quickly realize there's no point in asking them to just be real people. Those at Blizzard in the spotlight seem to be too deep in the abysmal depths their own semi-celebrity nerd status and can't be asked to come up for air anytime soon.
Would be awesome to get a real glimpse of what it's like behind the scenes, but I wouldn't believe it.
If the argument is that image matters to people -- whether it's the image of an individual, a company, or a brand -- and you're not usually seeing a person at "face value" by looking at their social media profile, I wholeheartedly agree. That's pretty much inherent in social media and not exclusive to any person or group of people, be they celebrities, "semi-celebrity nerd status" folks as you describe, or anyone else. ;)