Blizzard Umbrella #9 : How much do you like a good story?! Does it drive gameplay?
This week Blizzard Umbrella is back for the sixth recording of the Dusty and Ryan duo. You can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. You can also find us on Twitter @BlizzUmbrella and e-mail us at BlizzardUmbrella@gmail.com. The website is now up and running and you can find it at www.theblizzardumbrella.com. This week the show discusses how important story is to the success and popularity of each of Blizzard’s games.
Ryan has worked very hard and very quickly to get the website up and running. There has been a lot of caffeine involved and blood shot eyes but it has all been worth it and very fun. Go check it out at www.theblizzardumbrella.com and give some feedback!
What We’re Up to:
This past week both Ryan and Dusty have been very busy. Ryan spent most of the first half of last week working on the website and the show. The second half of the week Ryan was off in Chicago enjoying some family and friends time. What little game time he had he spent boosting his competitive Overwatch rank on the climb to Gold and beyond. His guild managed to get Gul’Dan down to 8% and have his demise in their sight. To top it all off Ryan jumped on Mass Effect Andromeda as it went live!
Dusty finds himself starting to get a little tired of doing world quests in WoW. It’s not quite to the point where he wants to stop playing but he is finding himself not logging on every day while he waits for 7.2. Dusty also tried out Probius on the PTR and enjoyed him quite a bit. Not much Diablo this week but lots of Hearthstone in anticipation of the new expansion! Other than that Dusty is picking up his copy of Mass Effect and can’t wait to play.
Blizzcon dates are announced for Nov 3rd and 4th and Ryan is going to try and get tickets to take the podcast along with him.
How much do you like a good story?! Does it drive gameplay:
Blizzard does a great job with creating a story. All of its’ games are story driven and each of these stories are some of the best around. Obviously. a story can make a game more fun or less enjoyable but how much do these stories drive the success of Blizzard’s games? Dusty talks about how if it weren’t for the story, he probably wouldn’t play much World of Warcraft. While this isn’t the case for Ryan it certainly does hold some validity. When you look at this large spectrum of players who all play these games for their own reasons, this begs the question, if it weren’t for the story of each of these games how much would people play them. Games like Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Starcraft all have the ability to circumvent story and jump right into multiplayer. With this in mind, does the story of these games still provide motivation in some capacity for players to play. Ryan feels like story absolutely drives gameplay. Story causes players whether they get into it or not, to enjoy killing villains like Gul’Dan and Xavius. It also is extremely motivating to play heroes who have been killed off like Varian when they are introduced into games like Heroes of the Storm. Another driving force behind story motivated game play can be attested to Blizzard’s ability to create story outside of the games. Dusty feels like some of the best out of game story has come out of Team 5 with their Hearthstone content. Dusty talks about the Overwatch shorts and Ryan talks the WoW movie and memorabilia. Story even makes Ryan want to play Starcraft when he doesn’t enjoy RTS games. Does age change any of this for players? Do the older players like story more, typically speaking? Is there enough nostalgia there for the older players to really register more with story? Or, is age not a factor? What do you guys think?
World of Warcraft:
-There will be a quest to unlock the new artifact traits
-In order to get the new challenge artifact appearances (which are inspired by quests for weapons such as Anathema and Benediction) you must have unlocked the new traits, be 110, and the mage tower needs to be up
-You can repeat these quests after/if you fail. It will cost to do it again after the initial free attempt
-New artifact knowledge levels up to 40
- Season 10 drops very soon
- Necromancer early reveals
- Journey to Un’Goro is on its way pretty quick and card reveals will continue
- Dusty really likes the Sunkeeper Tarim legendary Paladin card, Volcano, and also the Priest card, Tortallan Shellraiser
Heroes of the Storm:
-Probius is still on the PTR
-A few minor tweaks to other heroes
- Lucio has a range reduction on his song and his ultimate
- His healing gets a buff
- Wall speed is increased and a speed boost after jumping off a wall is given to Lucio’s kit
- Orissa hits quickplay on live and will join the competitive play pool in a week
Where to find us:
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