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Mike Morhaime Mingles with Fans in Israel


An interesting news item from Israeli site Gamepad, which describes a recent appearance by DiabloWikiMike Morhaimeat a sort of informal gamer conference. Many thanks to Ido for spotting the article and sending us a translation which he greatly cleaned up from the Googlebot translation.

Here’s an excerpt; click through to read the whole thing. The photo was taken by one of the attendees at the event.

Although it was pretty rushed, Mike Morhaimes appearance was excellent. He briefly reviewed the history of Blizzard Entertainment, from its roots in the early nineties, through its first projects (The Lost Vikings and Warcraft) to the absolute insanity that is World of Warcraft. He quipped about Oracle, and how they thought their databases could handle the crazy increase in the amount of people who played World of Warcraft much better, and revealed a variety of interesting stories from Blizzards past – like the time when Itzik Ben Bassat had convinced him there was a market for MMORPGs in Europe, or the way in which angry Chinese crowds attacked Blizzard in broken English shocked that the Panda, China’s national animal, is dressed in Japanese clothing.

At the end of the evening, when the guests got the chance to exchange a few words with Mike Morhaime, many of the guests gave him their business cards, introduced a concept to a game they have developed, or asked him to sign a game they own. I chose to whine a bit about one of the stories we enjoy complaining about recently – the constant internet connection requirement of Diablo III. Mike tried to explain to us that “there are a lot of problems in an offline game – you can never play with this character together with friends, or sell (trade?)* items it collects”. When several people told him they knew that, he asked in wonder “And you really want to play like that?”, And when they nodded in return, he smiled apologetically and said, “Well, I’ll see what we can do about it.”

They didn’t do anything “about it,” but obviously Mike was just saying something to put off his interlocutors. I do find it amusing that he went for the, “noobs made SP chars by accident” excuse, though. I thought they’d given up on that one and moved to a more straight out anti-piracy explanation as their current online-only talking point?

Click through for the full article, and thanks again to Ido for the tip and translation.


Original article here.

A short evening with Blizzards president. In Holon.

Mike Morheim, the person who founded the Blizzard company under the name Silicon & Synapse in the early nineties, has gone with his wife on vacation in Israel. This is not exactly the kind of event you’ll find headlines for in the weekend tabloids, but Garage Geeks saw this as an opportunity, and invited Mike to appear in their warehouse in Holon, and talk to anyone who wants to hear him.

For those who do not know the Garage Geeks, the event might look a bit odd – Mike Morhaime addressed a distinguished group of several hundred people (maybe 200 – I have no real way of knowing) in a yard in the Holon industrial zone, with the plants which inhabit the area interrupting him sometimes. But that is what the Garage Geeks are like – The event is free (though guests are asked to bring along refreshments), informal, and at the end gave guests the chance to exchange a few personal words with the guest of honor.

Although it was pretty rushed, Mike Morhaimes appearance was excellent. He briefly reviewed the history of Blizzard Entertainment, from its roots in the early nineties, through its first projects (The Lost Vikings and Warcraft) to the absolute insanity that is World of Warcraft. He quipped about Oracle, and how they thought their databases could handle the crazy increase in the amount of people who played World of Warcraft much better, and revealed a variety of interesting stories from Blizzards past – like the time when Itzik Ben Bassat had convinced him there was a market for MMORPGs in Europe, or the way in which angry Chinese crowds attacked Blizzard in broken English shocked that the Panda, China’s national animal, is dressed in Japanese clothing.

At the end of the evening, when the guests got the chance to exchange a few words with Mike Morhaime, many of the guests gave him their business cards, introduced a concept to a game they have developed, or asked him to sign a game they own. I chose to whine a bit about one of the stories we enjoy complaining about recently – the constant internet connection requirement of Diablo III. Mike tried to explain to us that “there are a lot of problems in an offline game – you can never play with this character together with friends, or sell (trade?)* items it collects”. When several people told him they knew that, he asked in wonder “And you really want to play like that?”, And when they nodded in return, he smiled apologetically and said, “Well, I’ll see what we can do about it.”

Apparently he was not going to see what we can do. I do not believe that the policy Blizzard is pushing hard for several months now will change because of some rude Israelis questions. But if some change in Blizzards policy does happen in the future, you’ll know it’s because I have a pretty face.

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  1. i wish mike ask that question more often…….. ” and you really want to play like that?” Then maybe blizz can start to comprehend what its customers really want, not what they assume we want…. ah well, our world is not ideal.

  2. You know what I realized.
    There WILL be a single player offline version of Diablo 3. It will not be the PC version though, but the console version. To play online with other players xbox owners have to pay the Xbox live gold fee and to this day there is not a single game that exclusively requires you to pay this fee in order to play. In other words there are no online only Xbox games afaik (someone correct me if I’m wrong and no xbox live arcade games do not count).
    And I’m willing to bet the bean counters at Actiblizzard are not going to allow the development team to alienate a good portion of the xbox installed user base who doesn’t have Xbox live gold from buying the game.

    On the SONY side they are covered though, since PSN is free.

    • It’s a good point, but why would Bliz care? The whole benefit of doing a console game is that it’s not going to be pirated, or reverse engineered to assist hackers — at least not at anything like the rate that PC titles are. Hence Blizzard wouldn’t mind an SP mode for the console.

    • Good point, now it makes sense why it seems like they are only developing for the playstation, not the xbox.

  3. i think it would have been good if everyone asked him why d3 doesn’t have a release date after being in beta since September.

  4. The zionist politicians should give back the land they are building houses on and occupying to the Palestinians, so that they can also play some Diablo3 and enjoy other nice things in life like us. What they are doing atm is a crime against humanity, and it must be changed.

  5. I (FallenOne) was there with my buddy Belphegor, at the event. we are both from Diablo3.co.il
    the event was GREAT! and Mike is a very nice guy. he even took a moment to sign my new Book of Cain, which is awesome 🙂
    http://www.diablo3.co.il/%D7%93%D7%99%D7%90%D7%91%D7%9C%D7%95-3/%D7%97%D7%93%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%AA/we-met-with-mike-morhaim-in-holon.html

  6. I am completely in support of their online-only decision, and even I’m irritated at their constant use of of that shitty excuse for it.
    The real reason is that they are basically building an MMOARPG. Sure, you are only ever killing stuff with up to a few other people (pretty much the same as running instances), but I don’t see much of a difference between standing around in Orgrimmar and sitting in a public Bnet channel. With the auction houses and the online-only requirement, this is an MMO.

  7. As I noted when sending this in, personally I’d take any quote in that article with a grain of salt, as it was translated into Hebrew which then I translated back to English.
    Too bad I didn’t hear about this event, as I basically live right next to the where it was in Holon.
    BTW Flux, how did you know my name? I don’t think I added it to the email and I don’t see it in my personal info on this site too…

  8. Sullle, They can play Diablo3 if they want to.

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