I know what you’re thinking. Maybe I’m jumping the gun a little. Blizzcon 2017 was just announced a couple days ago. Tickets aren’t even on sale yet. Why would I even mention something as silly as the Saturday Blizzcon hosting gig?
Well, after last year’s fiasco, it probably wouldn’t hurt for Blizzard to start giving this a bit of early consideration. Assuming they haven’t already, of course. If they were smart, they would have started flipping through their rolladeck to see if there was anyone willing to return their calls before the body of Thomas Middleditch got cold after Blizzcon 2016.
You remember him, right? He’s the guy from the HBO TV show Silicon Valley that drew question marks when he stepped onstage at Blizzcon 2016. His schtick ticked all the boxes – he was a nerd, a gamer, a bit awkward. Someone that Blizzard fans were supposed to relate to. Unfortunately, his comedy routine fell flat, and the fans shat on him for it. I’m not going to say bullied, but he was ridden hard. He was smashed to the point that, not only did former host Jay Mohr tweet his support for Middleditch, but Thomas felt the need to defend himself on his Instagram.
So what’s the move then? I had a couple of ideas in my post that I made just after Blizzcon 2016, and I’ll just touch on them again here:
- Blizzard seems to like having some kind of celebrity in that hosting spot. Why? Is it to attract more people to buy the stream? Fine, but stop getting comedians. Or at least comedians who don’t play any Blizzard games, or aren’t familiar with the product. Do you really need someone to make jokes at the contestants of the dance or cosplay contests? Do you need someone to do five minutes of stand-up to warm up the crowd before the contests? If ever there was a crowd that was already filled with HYPE, it’s a Blizzcon crowd. They don’t need a warm up act to set the mood. So if you just want someone with some mainstream celebrity status to slap on ads, there’s plenty of celebrities who have admitted that they play WoW – Warcraft’s own Rob Kazinsky, Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, Fast and Furious’s Vin Diesel and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. And that’s just for starters.
- Saturday’s hosting gig is mostly to cover competitions, so have a contest for the hosting gig! There is no shortage of people putting out video and audio content as it relates to Blizzard games – podcasts, Youtube channels, Twitch streams. Give them a chance to compete to star on the biggest stage a Blizzard content creator can appear on – CENTER STAGE AT BLIZZCON, BABY!
There are about 230 days before Blizzcon 2017. It probably wouldn’t hurt to start looking now. I doubt Blizz will find a former host actively willing to volunteer for the gig. Why not change things up this year?
Fingers crossed, I’ll be there to see it unfold LIVE.
Do you have a favorite host from a past Blizzcon? Who do you think would be a good host for Blizzcon 2017?
Twitch TV is an interesting phenomenon. When I first heard about it, I actually thought it was kind of stupid. Why would I want to go to a site and watch other people play video games, when I can be the guy who is actually playing the game! Not very voyeuristic I know, but I can watch myself playing video games and, dare I say, probably get more enjoyment out of the experience.
However, I’ve come to learn that Twitch is more than just watching the worst chatroulette ever.
It’s About Content
Blood Legion is a raiding guild that takes a raid encounters, pushes its face into the pillow, and tells it to bear down. On Twitch, you can watch them have their way with Warlords of Draenor raid encounters in beta. I haven’t raided anything but the fridge, so it’s nice to be able to see encounters like this that I would never have the opportunity to see otherwise.
It’s About Learning New Skills
The best way to learn a skill is by watching other people do it. Sure, you could do it yourself, but if you have no clue what you’re doing then you might as well be humping a doorknob. Figuring out PVP by doing it is like sticking a fork in a wall outlet. You knew it was going to hurt before you did it, but when it happened (and happened very fast) you were sprawled out on your back, halfway across the room, with smoke coiling off your body. Quick and painful is what I’m saying here.
Gold making is another skill that somehow people just can’t seem to figure out in WoW. It’s like they’re trying to figure out the square root of the letter G. They’re boggled, and after selling all their gear they have just enough cash to buy a tabard to cover their shame.
A number of gold farmers and highly skilled arena/pvp studs spend hours a day doing their thing on Twitch. Watching what they’re doing can put some coin in your pocket, or honor/conquest in your honor/conquest purse.
It’s About Meeting New People
There are some unique snowflakes out there streaming content, yo.
Sodapoppin plays WoW, League of Legends, and a little bit of Sims. But mainly he’s on WoW doing PVP, and generally engaging in good-natured dickbaggery. He’s a guy who makes gold in-game by accepting 1v1 challenges from viewers who want to kick his ass. And they pay big gold to do it too. It shows a good reflection of his character. Little bit cocky, a whole lot of entertaining.
Umren wanted to hit one million gold before WoD. He’s done it, and after watching him fly in circles for hours at a time… well you can certainly understand why he looks a little haggard in his black cowboy hat. He offers a free guide to viewers to help others make a pile of gold of their own. By mentioning this, I have also fulfilled my TGIF gold making tip for the week. Brofist!
Bajheera is a guy who I’ve spoken about on numerous occasions. He’s a top-shelf PVPer who really interacts with his community. He often involves his views by doing transmog raids with them, or battlegrounds. Those who have the chops, he’ll even do arenas with. Hit ‘im with a flex!
Kaceytron primarily plays League of Legends, but she also involves herself in WoW every once in a while. Yes, the ladies or “girl gamers” also have channels on Twitch. Many of them sit with their cleavage on full display (gotta get them subs!), and even more are harassed because DURR PRETTY GIRLS ON COMPUTER! Kaceytron is different because she actually trolls the trolls. She plays the character of elitist girl gamer, who isn’t really as “diamond” as she thinks. But she knows how to ride out the wave of horny angry boyslabs, and she’s actually kind of entertaining once you “get” her. But she usually has plenty of cleavage unleashed, which pulls the blood from the brain and therefore makes trolling the trolls that much easier for her.
Do you watch Twitch? Who are your favorite Twitch streamers?
What the Hell. Might as well make this PVP week complete with my “The Gold I Find” entry for the week that I’ll never be able to do.
I’m not being negative. I’m just being a realist.
To pull this off, you need to fulfill two important prerequisites:
1) You need to be very good at PVP, specifically 1v1 duels. This takes a great deal of practice and countless battles. Experience is key.
2) You need to be a bit of a dick so that people will line up to give you absurd amounts of gold, just to try and kick your ass. This takes, well, being a dick. Not a raging boner, just enough of a dick that people kinda like you, maybe find you entertaining, but really want to shell out to take you down a notch.
Sodapoppin is that special kind of
The Gold I Find. Quite applicable today, since it is pretty much about finding gold. On mobs. That I kill. Repeatedly.
I almost feel guilty about posting this video. There’s no secret location here, and no surprise reveal. In fact, I think I may have posted a similar video to this in the past. The location being farmed is well-known to farmers (not Halfhill farmers, but they’re already got a sweet location for gold). It’s popular, easy to get to, and with a Potion of Luck it can be pretty lucrative.
There’s two reasons I’m posting this video. One, the author does a very good job in explaining what makes the spot valuable. Two, he gives some insight in using this pre-90 as a potential XP spot, with all the pros and cons included.
Like I said, this is a popular location. Umren, a gold-making mogul on Twitch, also uses this spot for farming Guo Lai Keys. Here’s a guy who is committed to making gold, and goes into detail about swapping to dead servers for farming. Gold, tips, and a wicked looking hat.