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    Quote Originally Posted by Kharill View Post
    Because he will gladly bow to his Chinese overlords that are Activision and do whatever the fuck they say. He's a yes man basically.
    Yep, and he will also gladly kiss Kotick's ass.

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    Being President of Blizzard Entertainment is more than just being a good producer on one of the most successful games in history. Perhaps before judging harshly it would be useful to know just what he brings to the equation.

    Speculating wildly here I might guess that Brack internally has been an advocate for faster turnaround on new IP's and games. That seems like something that a good game producer would know about. Blizzard's culture is famously fat and slow. It needs to be leaner, more agile and more flexible on titles and platforms. Brack may be just the guy for that. It's probably useful to understand that a producer is not a designer. A producer co-ordinates teams to get shit done as much on time as possible.

    I can well believe after the last dozen years that Blizzard needs help to become more responsive to the marketplace. If Brack's primary focus is less on the financial side and more on production/execution it may be a good thing.

    Other than that, this thread is a pointless exercise in picking a well-known name and trying to create drama.
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    Well, he worked as a producer, more or less, for close to a decade on WoW and from what little I've heard from those with inside access, was extremely well-liked and successful in that role, which was more about management and resource allocation than game design.

    However, by all accounts he's also more of a behind-the-scenes type and has never been a people person. I think you can tell from any of the interviews he's done over the years, but he's a prickly guy, and kind of sardonic and mean.

    The reality is we don't know what his exact responsibilities were or what they've become, we don't know about the decisions and situations he's put in day to day, or how well-suited he is to high level decision making. We don't really have much of a glimpse behind the curtains, but Blizzard at this point is a huge company with numerous teams and layers of management, so trying to point to one person and explain why they are responsible for any perceived decline in the company is a pointless and futile exercise. None of us actually know what the top-to-bottom development pipeline really looks like.

    What I can say is that he's got the charisma of a cactus and despite obvious PR training, his public appearances haven't really inspired confidence in the company. With figures like Metzen and Brode departing, the company very much lacks a likeable consumer-facing representative, and needs one desperately. Kaplan can only generate so much good will.
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  4. #24
    I can't stand his old guy hippy hair. It is literally the worst look in history.

    That being said being well-liked by everyone, good looking and charismatic isn't necessary to be a good businessman. Just look at Bobby Kotick,

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    I wonder the same thing as to why Kathleen Kennedy is still allowed to make Star Wars movies. Both have brought out nothing good as of yet, quite the opposite actually, yet they remain in a leading role. Brack also seems incredibly disconnected with the playerbase and thinks to highly of himself, he thinks he knows what the playerbase wants and doing these fake apologies while they actually just want to stay on China's good side. Ofcourse this is all based of what we see and hear from him and I don't know how he acts behind the screens.

  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by Kharill View Post
    Because he will gladly bow to his Chinese overlords that are Activision and do whatever the fuck they say. He's a yes man basically.
    Probably this

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    Quote Originally Posted by McNeil View Post
    I wonder the same thing as to why Kathleen Kennedy is still allowed to make Star Wars movies. Both have brought out nothing good as of yet, quite the opposite actually, yet they remain in a leading role. Brack also seems incredibly disconnected with the playerbase and thinks to highly of himself, he thinks he knows what the playerbase wants and doing these fake apologies while they actually just want to stay on China's good side. Ofcourse this is all based of what we see and hear from him and I don't know how he acts behind the screens.
    Because no one wants her job. To be ravage by a community that gets pissy over the smallest thing. Disney offered it to JJ, who turned it down. I bet same is with Blizzard President position. People dont want to deal with pissy communities.

    EDIT: Why wouldn't the President of Blizzard Entertainment listen to HIS BOSSES at Activision? You telling me you dont listen to your boss? Jesus

  8. #28
    He seems like a good yes man.

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    The same reason anyone gets promoted. The right people above you like you enough and you've be there long enough theres no one else worthy. And they have faith you will keep the ship steady and not rock the boat.

    Everyone loves a team player.

    Also known as a company yes man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matheney2k View Post
    This thread seems to be nothing more than an attempt to create a hate circle jerk, but hey you do you
    Yeah, but isn't that MMO-Champion's specialty?

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    Sucked a lot a' dick to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    Sucked a lot a' dick to get there.
    Same ol' story: it's about who you know and who you blow.

    US corporate culture is riddled with a lot of problems, and one small facet of it is someone like JAB becoming head of Blizzard. It's a system that rewards a very specific set of behaviors, and those are not necessarily the same you'd need to make a stellar product. Which is fine, because "stellar product" is usually not the goal anyway - maximum money in the short to medium term is, because that's what career investors care about.

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    Board of directors that's what happened, they probably looked at whom will bend over the easiest and is loyal to their interest, that's how you become CEO in a company like that, or any large company for that matter. I'm not sure there's even a better option than him, they all seem inexperienced in leading virtually anything.

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    He'd have removed Ion from WoW by now if he was worth anything as a president.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoanaLisa View Post
    I can well believe after the last dozen years that Blizzard needs help to become more responsive to the marketplace. If Brack's primary focus is less on the financial side and more on production/execution it may be a good thing.
    And this thinking, right here, is where things went completely wrong at Blizzard, IMO.

    For the fans of Blizzard, people knew how it worked - Blizz didn't respond to the marketplace... the marketplace responded to Blizzard. THAT is what they (Blizzard) have lost.

    Blizzard was smart enough, spread enough, and financed enough so that it didn't have to "respond to the marketplace" - it just took its sweet-ass time and made a kick ass game. They responded to what THEY thought was a good game.

    They weren't the first on the RTS market, but they came out with the best one.
    They weren't the first MMORPG out there, but they came out with the best one.
    They weren't the first ARPG out there, but they recognized it and bought it to make it the best one (back then...)

    This was the company who literally made "the market" recognize/respond to a phrase known as "Soon™". No company in the world could've gotten away with doing that...

    ...Until, as you say, they started "responding" to the market instead. So now they're just playing catch-up, like every other gaming company today. =/

  16. #36
    He won the mak'gora easy

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    No one knows, but that won't stop people from pretending to know to insult someone they never met while acting as if they know far more than said company will ever know.

    Gonna take a stab though and throw the curveball of maybe he did a good job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvaliz View Post
    And this thinking, right here, is where things went completely wrong at Blizzard, IMO.

    For the fans of Blizzard, people knew how it worked - Blizz didn't respond to the marketplace... the marketplace responded to Blizzard. THAT is what they (Blizzard) have lost.

    Blizzard was smart enough, spread enough, and financed enough so that it didn't have to "respond to the marketplace" - it just took its sweet-ass time and made a kick ass game. They responded to what THEY thought was a good game.
    Blizzard hasn't released a new game in four-and-a-half years and that was recovered from the shambles of their most public and expensive failure ever. Gaming has moved on and the market cares little about a studio that can't seem to produce a new title on whatever platform they prefer to play on in nearly five years. There's nothing much on the plate for this year either. A WoW expansion at the end of the year for a game that is no longer attracting new customers to any great extent. Diablo IV (another sequel) who knows when, not in 2020. An expansion for Hearthstone this year sometime. Starcraft: Dead. Heroes of the Storm: Left for dead. No new IP's announced.

    That's not healthy and someone needs to shake them up. Maybe it's Brack and maybe it's not. Whatever time you're talking about is years and years ago, probably pre-Titan which I still believe broke the company and they still haven't recovered. There's an argument to be made that if in all those years Morhaime couldn't shake them out of whatever funk they've been in maybe it's a good thing he's out of the way.
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    I know nothing about him or what he's responsible for at Blizzard, but he was right about Classic for most people

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