Episode 101 – “Butt It’s April Fools”

Episode 101

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!

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Our Weekly Top 5

Top 5 Saltiest April Fools Responses

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!*

General Blizzard News Banner

Another April, another list of April Fools jokes coming from Blizzard Entertainment. Check out the list below!

Hearthstone: The MMO.
World of Warcraft Legion Alpha Patch Notes
Blizzard introduces Azeroth TV
Transportation Tensions Mount as Flightmasters Face FLYT.
New Faction: The Frostdoge Clan
Heroes of the Storm: In Beta Nexus Lane View
StarCraft: Introduces Maximum Novadrive (Actually playable).
StarCraft: Carbot Zergling Co-Op Cammander
StarCraft II: Balance Manager 2016
New Diablo 3 Clothing Line

StarCraft News Banner

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! 

Heroes of the Storm News Banner

Overwatch couldn’t contain her awesomeness, so Tracer makes her way into the Nexus! She’s zipping around the map slaugthering the other team. Check out some gameplay footage here!

Diablo News Banner

It’s been out for awhile, but all good things must come to an end. Season 5 is coming to an end! Check out all the details here.

Overwatch News Banner

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.”

Thanks,
jeffrey

Check out the whole discussion here.

Also this past week, the Overwatch team released a new animated short about Widowmaker called “ALIVE.” Check it out over on the Playstation Network here! 

World of Warcraft News Banner

Upcoming Warcraft Events: April 3-9th Darkmoon Faire; Pet Battle Bonus Event — April 6–11.

This week’s World of Warcraft discussion topics:

1.)Legion Alpha had a large 5GB update this past week nearly finishing all aspects of the game except for 2 zones and 1 spec. Check out all the details here!

2.) This past week, World of Warcraft announced a partnership with Scholastic to release an upcoming Warcraft: Traveler Book Series. Check out all the details here!

Blizzard Arcade Coverage Banner

Each week we pick a game from the endless library of the Blizzard Arcade to test them out and help the listeners find some awesome stupidly fun games.

Game: Boundcraft – Open Prototype v0.17
Type:  Puzzle
Creator:  Bob
Details: Dodge the Explosions and survive.

Final Rating (1-5): 3.25

Stupid funability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

Ease of Play (1-5):

Epic – 5
Kilroy – 5

AI incorporated(1-5):

Epic – 1
Kilroy – 1

Replayability (1-5):

Epic – 3
Kilroy – 4

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Personal Twitter: @KilroyKT, @Epic_Insanity

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