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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard 93

motang (1266566) writes Rob Pardo, Blizzard employee of 17 years who has worked on Warcraft and Diablo is leaving the company. "I'm looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard," Pardo said. "It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck."
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

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  • Blizzad (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @03:28AM (#47405613)

    This seems to be the second title typo in the span of three articles. Can I fetch you guys a coffee?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Stay awhile, and listen...


  • "Blizzad" (Score:5, Informative)

    by jones_supa ( 887896 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @03:46AM (#47405655)
    Now might be the point to start paying attention to the quality control of the articles. We're already seeing too many typos and editorial mistakes.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Time to replace all the editors.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    WoW has seen better days. WoD looks like a dull rehash of BC. I just cancelled sub, despite preodering WoD. I think this, along with the departure of Ghostcrawler, signals the end of days for Blizzard.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Agreed. When they started selling children's Warcraft building blocks (and by children, I mean five-year olds) I knew I would never go back.

      I miss it. I miss spending months getting to the highest level. Now, you get one character automatically set to the highest level just by joining. Or you can spend 60$ to get any other character to the highest level.

      Still, I'll miss the game.

    • You can call them and get the preorder cancelled. If you're serious that is. Most of the folks like you aren't. You'll see thread after thread on the Wow forums with people quitting left and right but do you know how many times crackheads, alcoholics, and junkies in general say "I quit, this is it. Never again!" Pretty much all of them. It lasts a few days at most and they're right back at their addiction. I've quit wow before. I hate kung fu pandas soooooo fucking much. Guess what I'm doing now? L
  • It only took 5 days to post this one...

  • Who? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @04:48AM (#47405771)

    Come on editors! First a typo in the company name and then rattling off some guys name and saying he's an employee of some misspelt company who's been somehow involved in some games?

    I clicked on the article to find out why I should give a damn. Then I was going to write about why is this news. Would it have killed you to use the words "Chief Creative Officer", or "Lead Designer of World Of Warcraft", or pointed out that he was listed in Time's 100 most influential people?

    Nope apparently he's just some dude who's been working at some company too long. Much like the editors here, although it seems the word "working" in Slashdot's case would be a heck of a stretch.

    • by gsslay ( 807818 )

      This is pretty common on slashdot. A hazard of submitted stories where the person submitting it is very familiar with the people/companies/concepts/software/whatever concerned, and can't imagine anyone who isn't.

      You just hope to god they don't also write documentation.

      • No it's a hazard of editors not doing their job. That is their job, to be the buffer between the reader and the source, to edit submissions so they make sense to the readership. If we palm that responsibility of to the submitted then there would be no point in hiring editors.

    • Duh, he was that announcer on Saturday Night Live.

    • Next week, a 5-part in-depth exposé on the retirement party and future plans of Bob Smith from accounting.
  • by mtthwbrnd ( 1608651 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @05:00AM (#47405795)

    I have never heard of you but just want to join in with the tributes.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Let me know when they fire Alex Afrasiabi aka Furor. The game would be vastly better off.
  • a blizzad of orthographical errors.

  • And he worked at Blizzard too??

  • by towermac ( 752159 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @01:19PM (#47408391)

    I miss the game so much. I was just watching some of my last avis the other day - my glorious feral bear in Tol Barad. Charge, mangle, swipe - then charge away so they hit air. I loved it when healers and casters stand out of range - always gave me an out when things got hot (bears are quite flammable). Always on the move, running figure 8s thru my victim. 'Hey, bears aren't supposed to do this kind of damage!' Heh.

    The feral bear was so badass. I was the first to come out of the 'closet' and tank HoR out in the middle of the room. Only the bear could do that. A real epic move, hard to pull off, was to resurrect my healer while tanking. If you ever bear tanked in Wrath, then you know what I'm talking about.

    I started PVPing the bear back in Wintergrasp, back when bears were "not viable in PVP", being tanks and all. I died a lot, for a long time. PVP was hard enough, but to do it with an underpowered class... I was always the only bear (save for dying desperate restos trying to get away - always a mistake imo). It was really really hard, both to learn, and after that, just to play well and not spaz out. Epic battles... It would sometimes take a dozen men to bring me down.

    And then to get into rated BGs. That was a hell of a day, when I finally earned the best weapon in game (not counting legendary) that seemed so impossible when the season started. For a few minutes once, we had the best 10 man BG team on the server. The most fun I've ever had while looking at a screen. By far. Realize I'm a 47 year old dude at the time, and had to completely give up TV to do this.

    If you've got somebody willing to do that, *and* pay you $15 a month for it; my advice is to not eff that up. I understood that Wrath of the Lich King was going to be hard to follow. They really got the story together for that, and while story has little to do with PVP, Warcraft overall needs the backstory.

    So I guess knowing they were going to fuck it up, they actually made that the core of the next expansion. They literally broke the world, and made it part of the story. So they took away feral, my best time, and they took away Ashenvale, my other favorite thing - lost in a magical fairyland as a low level noob... Then they followed that with pandas...

    Everything I liked about the game, they changed. It's almost like I wish I had never played. Because now I know what I'm missing.

    • by Zynder ( 2773551 )
      Bears are the only class I can consistently roflstomp with very little attention payed. I don't know what you managed to do no one else could figure out but bears are still the only class "not viable in pvp". Even prot pallys are better! And that was in Cata. I gave up on pvp in Pandaria. They broke it badly. Hell, I gave up on Pandaria period. I don't care how many people want to point out brewmasters in WC3- Blizz CLEARLY copied Kung Fu Panda. Fuck pandas!
  • Poor WoW! A dead game!

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