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June 6, 2013

Former QA and GM Spills Blizzard Secrets?

A person who claims to have been a Blizzard employee from 2006-2012, working in Tech Support, QA, and as a WoW GM took part in a spontaneous AMA on Reddit today. There’s no real proof that this person is legit, but she sounds pretty authentic in her knowledge of internal company function and politics. There’s zero secret game info and almost no mention of Diablo 3, but quite a bit about GMing in WoW, company policies for user help in that game, catching gold botters, dealing with developers, dishy details about which game devs are the most arrogant, why they ignored DoTA and let others cash in on their game, and much more.

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September 20, 2012

Matt Uelmen Interview: From Condor to Torchlight 2

Since last year, I’d been threatening to conduct a career retrospective type interview with famed Diablo and Torchlight composer and sound guy, Matt Uelmen. We kept delaying it, mostly due to Torchlight 2 not being finished yet, but once the game finally had a firm release date, the interview was a go. So, Matt and I spent several hours chatting last weekend, and you can view the results below. The interview covers Matt’s entire career, from his earliest days at Condor (before they became Blizzard North), with a special focus on his work helping to create Diablo I, Diablo II, and the first five secret years of Diablo III. We also touch on his contributions to WoW:TBC, and his more recent work on Torchlight 1 and the brand new Torchlight 2.

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