Ups and Downs – Episode 395

In this episode, I talked about Proletariat withdrawing their union petition, and a New York Times article about unions and video games. I read to you a thread regarding GDC and COVID safety. I also talked about a Bloomberg article that feels sketchy to me. The person mentioned in the Bloomberg article tweeted what really happened.

Blizzard released patch notes and/or PTRs for Starcraft II, Diablo II: Resurrected, and Diablo III.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Polygon posted an article titled: “Workers at World of Warcraft studio Proletariat withdraw union petition”
  • The New York Times posted an article titled: “Unions and Video Games”
  • @drjclau tweeted a thread criticizing the COVID Requirements at GDC (Game Developers Conference)
  • GDC posted its Health & Safety rules
  • Bloomberg posted an article titled: “Blizzard Manager Departs In Protest of Employee Ranking System
  • @BrianBirming posted a thread explaining what happened – and noting that Bloomberg never reached out to him or spoke to him
  • @valentine_irl posted a short thread regarding Blizzard’s culture
  • @AggrendWoW posted a short thread in which he critiques the “journalist” from Bloomberg
  • Wowhead posted an article titled “Classic WoW Tech Lead Brian Birmingham Departs Blizzard Under Protest”
  • Starcraft II got 5.0.11 Patch Notes
  • Diablo II: Resurrected PTR 2.6 is live!
  • Maxroll posted an update to their Amazon Leveling Guide
  • Diablo III PTR 2.7.5 will go live on January 31st!
  • PezRadar (Blizzard Community Lead) posted “Looking at 2023: Diablo Immortal”
  • Polygon posted an article titled: “Diablo Immortal’s ‘misleading’ Blessing of the Worthy gem under legal scrutiny”
  • @RodFergusson (SVP, GM of all things Diablo) tweeted that Diablo IV won an Inven Award
  • The Diablo development team posted a YouTube video titled: “Diablo IV | Official Release Date Trailer Breakdown”

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