Welcome to the Frozen Nerdz Podcast Episode 101 entitled “Butt It’s April Fools”
We are a your Blizzard Entertainment discussion podcast. The show you are about to hear was recorded on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016.
On this week’s show we talk about the Blizzard April Fools Jokes, the StarCraft Nova Covert Ops, Tracer gameplay inside the Nexus, the end of Season 5 in Diablo, the Tracer victory pose, and the new Widowmaker animated short Alive, and then onto our World of Warcraft discussion. This week in Warcraft we discuss the upcoming weekend events, updates to the Legion Alpha, and then a new Warcraft Book series! Then we introduce a new Blizzard Arcade game. Then we wrap up the show by saying our weekly goodbyes.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns for the show, feel free to contact us via email at IceBox@FrozeNerdz.com. But without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy Episode 100 of the Frozen Nerdz Podcast!
5.)Still more content than WoD
4.)I’m glad someone gets paid to write this.
3.)The real April Fools joke is that they’re serious this time.
2.)I want my inflatable garrison…….NOW!
1.) *You have to listen to Episode 101 to find out!*
Another April, another list of April Fools jokes coming from Blizzard Entertainment. Check out the list below!
This past week introduced the first three missions of the StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops DLC. In these missions you get a close look at the lore behind Nova and the Spectres. You will definately want to check out these three new missions here!
This past week the Overwatch community exploded over a forum post discussing a specific Tracer victory pose which started the trend of #BootyGate on Twitter. The original poster said, “WHAT? What about this pose has anything to do with the character you’re building in tracer? It’s not fun, it’s not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer. It just reduces tracer to another bland female sex symbol. We aren’t looking at a widowmaker pose here, this isn’t a character who is in part defined by flaunting her sexuality. This pose says to the player base, oh we’ve got all these cool diverse characters, but at any moment we are willing to reduce them to sex symbols to help boost our investment game. ” And then Jeff Kaplan (Game Director of Overwatch), responded after the community blew up!
“Well, that escalated quickly…
While I stand by my previous comment, I realize I should have been more clear.
As the game director, I have final creative say over what does or does not go into the game.
With this particular decision, it was an easy one to make—not just for me, but for the art team as well. We actually already have an alternate pose that we love and we feel speaks more to the character of Tracer. We weren’t entirely happy with the original pose, it was always one that we wrestled with creatively. That the pose had been called into question from an appropriateness standpoint by players in our community did help influence our decision—getting that kind of feedback is part of the reason we’re holding a closed beta test—but it wasn’t the only factor. We made the decision to go with a different pose in part because we shared some of the same concerns, but also because we wanted to create something better.
We wouldn’t do anything to sacrifice our creative vision for Overwatch, and we’re not going to remove something solely because someone may take issue with it. Our goal isn’t to water down or homogenize the world, or the diverse cast of heroes we’ve built within it. We have poured so much of our heart and souls into this game that it would be a travesty for us to do so.
We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision, and that’s okay. That’s what these kinds of public tests are for. This wasn’t pandering or caving, though. This was the right call from our perspective, and we think the game will be just as fun the next time you play it.
If it isn’t, feel free to continue sharing your concerns, thoughts, and feedback about this and other issues you may have with the game, please just keep the discussion respectful.”