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  1. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    According to GameIndustry.biz, Activision-Blizzard's sales continue to decline, though Activision still turned a minor profit. Some of that can probably be attributed to Bungie's split; but the...
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    Re: I am going to Blizzcon

    All the pessimism and misgivings aside, this game is looking utterly gorgeous. I am really digging the Renaissance inspiration with the art direction.

    Here's a set from the art book. The ones...
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    Re: I am going to Blizzcon

    I am utterly in love with the art direction. The art book depicts paintings reminiscent of Renaissance masters, employing sfumato, caravaggist, and baroque art styles to stunning effect.

    However,...
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    Re: I am going to Blizzcon

    Sooo how was the Diablo IV reveal, Undead?
  5. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    God I hope not.
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    That's interesting, thanks for bringing that to my attention Blade. I know China also has some holdings in New Zealand and are dramatically investing in many African countries.

    I look at politics...
  7. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    I'm familiar with several of those, but Australia? What's going on there?
  8. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    People are apparently being banned for mentioning Hong Kong in a twitch stream during a Hearthstone Masters Tour.

    I never hated Blizzard. Hell, I was fine with the crappy story we got out of SC2,...
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    Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Blizzard condemning them for their actions and urging the ban on Blitzchung be reversed.

    The letter in full can be found here, signed by Rob Wyden, Marco...
  10. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    The members of the American University team that held up a "Free Hong Kong" sign during a match have all just been handed 6 month bans.
  11. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    Oooh, you're just adorable.

    ESL and Riot are capitulating to China's demands with regard to HK, apparently.

    EDIT Apparently an Overwatch for Switch launch event was also canceled. Whadya know.
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    Re: Old school models from Blizzcon

    I examined the carrier model in the Editor, and it is so incredibly faithful to Makato's rendition.
  13. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    Blizzard finally issued a statement on the matter. In my opinion, it's full of bullshit.



    In the words of Alarak:

    "You lie with such conviction. It's almost admirable."
  14. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"

    In the midst of Blizzard's ongoing silence, there are small tidbits here and there.
    ...
  15. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    Several Blizzard employees walked out and demonstrated at the Irvine campus yesterday. A friend also said they plan on demonstrating today, too.
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    Apparently, another Blizzard-sanctioned event elicited Hong Kong statements. The player's camera feed was almost immediately cut before the coverage ended prematurely.

    Moreover, various...
  17. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    I love that Mei is becoming a symbol for opposition. Unfortunately, I read her voice actor is pro-CCP.

    So I've spoken with a friend of mine who works for Blizzard. They are of the mind Blizzard...
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    Oh, is that what made their LAN decision for them? I never realized. I never realized so many of those things were due to the Chinese market. Jeez.

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    There's some discontent within Blizzard....
  19. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    Yong Yea responded to the controversy:

    OdCNGszoP0U

    EDIT Oh dear, NPR is getting in on the action too.
  20. Re: Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    I can and will do both, thank you very much. Good to know you're giving them a pass, though.
  21. Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

    https://kotaku.com/blizzard-suspends-hearthstone-player-for-hong-kong-supp-1838864961/amp

    A Hearthstone player was disqualified from competitions upon voicing support for Hong Kong, and the two...
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    Re: Stalker Lore Question

    I wonder about that. It's stated that Terrazine is a gas that comes from the Void, so I'd think its composition would be homogenous regardless of its origins. Of course, it could have some...
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    Re: Stalker Lore Question

    Potentially. Also keep in mind the Chain of Ascension, which would retroactively explain Nyon's force's continued loyalty to him. These Tal'Darim may have even been "exiled" from the main body,...
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    Re: Stalker Lore Question

    Dude, we were given the "reason": Alarak stated that Nyon had gone insane from harvesting terrazine. The writers didn't consider from the outset the overarching story where the Tal'Darim were...
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    Re: Stalker Lore Question

    *shrug* I just assumed it was the same material as the Keystone, and was likewise a type of programmable matter whose true form was in some implicate order or quantum non-local hidden variables; or...
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