The Diablo 3 Podcast #99: Turning Down a Blizzard Job


Xanth discusses how close he came to taking a job with Blizzard Entertainment, with details of how he applied, his trip to Blizzard, loving the campus and culture, and why he sadly had to turn it down.

See Xanth’s new column for a written account of this nearly life-changing adventure. Part One of this podcast was all about game stuff, and will be posted tomorrow.

  • 1:30 — How and why Xanth applied for the job. Time frame for Blizzard’s reply and subsequent phone interview, etc.
  • 6:25 — Visiting Blizzard, in-person interview, loving the Blizzard environment, and turning down the dream job.
  • 12:00 — Increasing the community engagement and interaction. How the Diablo community differs from other gaming communities. Why do so many haters who clearly haven’t played in 8 or 10 months stick around to complain?
  • 19:00 — Touring the Blizzard Offices and (almost) seeing secret stuff. Encouragement to others who might be dreaming of working in the gaming industry.
  • 27:00 — Diablo 3 play plans for the evening. Power creep over the months and shock at viewing the top gear of dead Hardcore chars from months ago.
  • 32:00 — Final thoughts and Xanth’s happiness from 2 years of writing about Diablo for Diablo.IncGamers.com. Plus, help wanted! And anticipation for speculation podcasts about D3X, coming in just a few months, plus Blizzcon plans.
  • 39:40 — Moo moo moo, and a fading tease…
  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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      • I’ll post 98 tomorrow. I should have gotten it up earlier this week but things have been very busy. We basically structured the recording as two halves of the show, and since Xanth’s article went up I wanted to get up the related podcast ASAP.

        This order will make sense in the archives long term since 98 is the intro to this show and mentions Xanth’s job interview coming up later. It’s only confusing today!

    1. My thoughts exactly, Billyj! Where´s 98?

      Btw, that whole “welcome back X an th! thingy on the upper right side is kinda creepy! Time to work out the login issuses! Give them hamsters some more chow, damnit!

    2. The structure of time has changed.

    3. Where’s the female monk pic 🙂

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