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COMIC REVIEWS FOR 6/12/19

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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #5 - IDW Comics
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WHILE BIG EVENTS HAPPEN, COMICS ARE STILL BEING RELEASED!

While E3 is in full force in Los Angeles, we still take a few minutes to read the latest comics!

 

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #5 - IDW Comics
IDW Comics

STAR TREK: THE Q CONFLICT #5
IDW Comics

Writers: Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Artist: David Messina
Cover Price:  $3.99

We came in late to this mini-series crossing the various Star Trek TV series.  Is it worthy of its pedigree?

The story by Scott and David Tipton is surprisingly accessible in this issue.  Although I have some early confusion, the exposition-via-dialogue is just enough information to get me up to date on what is happening.  As the issue progresses, we are similarly caught up to a lot of the positioning of Trek’s more famous characters.  Meanwhile, the dialogue of these characters is fitting, although uninspired.  There does not seem to be any chances taken to build on the mythos of the sci-fi series.  Moreover, a lot of easter eggs aren’t just implanted in the story, they are outright presented to the reader.

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #5 - IDW Comics
Star Trek: The Q Conflict #5 – IDW Comics

In addition, the art by David Messina is similarly challenging.  While each character is easily recognizable, there is no emotion or energy in the art.  There is no visual flow.  No action or character is especially dynamic.  The comic has an overall look that reminds me of several actor head shots photoshopped together to make a single image.  I can’t tell you any single image in this issue that sticks out in my mind.

This issue is fairly well written, though it is not visually appealing.  I do plan to read the entire mini series, although I would need a mid-volume break with some Rat Queens or another energy-filled series.

The Flash #72 - DC Comics
DC Comics

THE FLASH #72
DC Comics

Writers: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Howard Porter
Cover Price:  $3.99

The Flash is getting a Year One origin!  Is this issue as inspiring as this kind of story has been for Batman or Superman?

Joshua Williamson is on my list as one of the writers that can craft a good story.  This story isn’t that.  While a hero that is learning his powers can make for compelling character work, a lot of that is swapped out for Barry Allen picking up powers fast and getting lucky.  Moreover, his enemy in this issue, the Turtle, is able to slow down those around him.  However, he moves at normal speed while talking excruciatingly slow.  The disparity in speed, action, and speech makes this issue frustrating in pace.  The character dialogue is also full of cliche puns and items that may matter to long-time Flash fans.  Although, those same items can feel like a series of dad jokes.

The Flash #72 - DC Comics
The Flash #72 – DC Comics

Howard Porter’s art is very busy.  He uses a lot of deep lines for details combined with blacks that give everything a hard, edgy, and scratchy feel.  Except, because of this style, the art fits the story extremely well.  the action has the right energy and visual effect to tell the story well.  While Porter’s expressions can use some refinement, they are easy to infer emotions from.  The body proportions are better than average and the character placement is great.

The Flash #72 is visually interesting, although the writing can feel like a not-too-interesting episode of the CW show.  With that said, I do see the potential here.

The Amazing Spider-Man #23 - Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23
Marvel Comics

Writers: Nick Spencer
Artist: Ryan Ottley
Cover Price:  $3.99

When you deal with Kraven, you deal with a “hunt.”  Although this issue is more.

Even though this issue is one long epilogue, Nick Spencer does not skimp on the story.  This issue is slightly bigger than the average issue, although it doesn’t end any particular story.  In fact, it advances quite a few stories and characters and leaves tantalizing clues to Spider-Man’s future and foes to come.  Additionally, this issue deals with a panicked Spider-Man.  It humanizes the character more than usual as he attempts to rescue those close to him.  Even the final few pages has a reveal that is both familiar and profound.

The Amazing Spider-Man #23 - Marvel Comics
The Amazing Spider-Man #23 – Marvel Comics

Ryan Ottley handles the art.  His style uses a lot of thick line work and some moderate detail, both light and dark.  He has come a long way in the last few months.  (I used to describe his laughing characters as drunkenly burping.)  Although his characters can still be blocky and his faces can be strangely square.  Meanwhile, his expressions are easier to read.  The action is easy to follow and has a kinetic spirit.  Additionally, the characters in anguish are in palpable pain and it pulls you in further in those moments.

This comic is the jump-in point a lot of series pine for.  You are yanked into the story and given multiple items to look forward to in the future.

GLOW #2 - IDW Comics
IDW Comics

PICK OF THE WEEK
GLOW #2
IDW Comics

Writers: Tini Howard
Artist: Hannah Templer
Cover Price:  $3.99

This comic reminds me so much of the Netflix show… it is GREAT!

Tini Howard has captured so much of the spirit of the Netflix show and the actors, I don’t think they’ve skipped a beat from the live action.  The characters have retained their quirky voices in the dialogue.  Meanwhile, they are put in a situation that promises to push them to the limits of their capabilities.  This story could easily be a third season for the show with minor alterations.  The interaction between characters feels organic and logical.  Additionally, everything is kept so simple, it is easy to figure out everyone’s motivations.

GLOW #2 - IDW Comics
GLOW #2 – IDW Comics

The art by Hannah Templer could be more detailed.  She uses just enough lines to make the characters recognizable.  outside, that, there is no detail at all in the characters.  Moreover, there is minimal detail in the clothes.  If it wasn’t for smart application of colors, these people could look so alike as to bring this issue down.  With that said, there is a lot of life in the images.  Everything appears upbeat and the emotions on display are easy to discern.  The art has a slight manwha quality mixed with classic Archie Comics.

GLOW #2 - IDW Comics
GLOW #2 – IDW Comics

As both a fan of the show and someone that has spent a little bit of time in a wrestling ring, the story really hit home with me.  It focuses on the differences between the GLOW wrestlers and the Star Primas, a group of more physical performers who do not see GLOW as in the same business.  Moreover, it shows how hard it is for some people to see eye-to-eye, despite their similarities.

Although you need a decent knowledge of the show to understand some of the character interactions, this comic does a great job of advancing the stories of a lot of them.  I was hoping for a bit more Marc Maron in it, but, realistically, it isn’t his story.

Which comics did you read this week?  Let us know in the comments below!  In the meantime, here is a link to the latest episode of our comic book podcast, the Part-Time Henchmen!

COMIC REVIEWS FOR 6/5/19

Comic-Con Revolution 2019 – A Review

DR. DISRESPECT SUSPENDED FROM TWITCH AND BANNED FROM E3

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Dr Disrespect
Suspended from Twitch.com and E3

ONE OF TWITCH’S MOST FAMOUS STREAMERS IS OFF THE AIR.

Dr. Disrespect is one of the first and biggest stars of Twitch streams. He has bold, brassy videos that garner a lot of attention. Meanwhile, his mullet wig and cheesy sunglasses are a signature look recognizable throughout the blogosphere. However, Twitch has suspended the controversial streamer. Additionally, E3 has banned him from the convention.

Dr. Disrespect, real name Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, did his first live stream from the floor of E3. While he isn’t the first person to do a live stream from the floor and Beahm was his usual antagonistic self from the floor. However, the stream went far into questionable territory when Dr. Disrespect went into the men’s restroom at E3 and the camera followed him inside. Dr. Disrespect did not break stride and continued his live show. Unfortunately, this was not the only time Beahm did this, because watchers of his stream saw four different visits to the men’s room in that stream.

Dr Disrespect E3
One of Dr. Disrespect’s visits to an E3 bathroom

Those videos put Dr. Disrespect in conflict with California laws against invasion of privacy, making it illegal to view the inside of a bathroom with a camera.

Additionally, Twitch also has rules against invasion of privacy in their community guidelines, stating, “sharing content that violates another’s reasonable expectation of privacy, for example streaming from a private space, without permission.” That can certainly include someone’s personal time in a restroom. Twitch community guidelines further state, “Violating our policy against harassment will result in your account being suspended. Depending on the severity of the offense, harassers may be indefinitely suspended on the first violation.”

DR. DISRESPECT’S CURRENT STATUS

Currently, Dr. Disrespect is suspended from Twitch with no date of return set. As we previously mentioned, E3 has also pulled his credentials and banned him from the convention.

His banishment from both Twitch and E3 has divided fan opinion. Some believe that Dr. Direspect did overstep bounds and deserves the suspension. Others do not see anything wrong with his activities and want him reinstated immediately.

Dr. Disrespect’s banishment from E3 has other streamers scrambling to take his place. Another streamer, Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar, believes his channel is now getting more traffic due to Dr. Disrespect’s unavailability. Beahm posted a recent tweet wherein he says he has fired his video director, Alex.


Overwatch 2: Is it Too Early for a Sequel?

Vulpera One Step Closer To Becoming Allied Race

 

Overwatch 2: Is it Too Early for a Sequel?

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The Original Overwatch

Overwatch debuted just over three years ago, and there’s already talk of a possible PVE sequel to the FPS. Overwatch consists of two teams fighting to push a payload, capture a point, or complete a hybrid of the two. Not long after it’s release, Overwatch became a popular eSports, and it’s fanbase seemed to grow continuously. Blizzard obviously wants to capitalize on Overwatch’s success, but is this the right way to go about it?

The Rumor

According to sources, Blizzard canceled a StarCraft FPS to put more resources into Diablo and Overwatch, specifically Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. Overwatch 2 will be primarily PVE, comparable to Left 4 Dead. I expect these games to be Blizzard’s big BlizzCon announcement’s in November.

It’s important to remember that these are just rumors. Even if Blizzard is working on Overwatch 2, it doesn’t mean that it’ll ever be released. It could be scrapped much like the previously mentioned StarCraft, so don’t get your hopes too high just yet.

Are We Ready for a Sequel?

My answer; no. I understand that this is only a rumor. Even if it does come to fruition, it will be years down the line before we finally see a finished product. I’m not sure if this is where Blizzard should be focusing their energy. Overwatch has some significant problems to deal with before we even contemplate playing a sequel.

Overwatch Workshop Courtesy of eSportsTalk

For example, I don’t think Overwatch has enough content. The maps are cool, and I love the characters, but releases always make me want just a little bit more. More lore based events could help the player base reconnect with the game. I’m also a firm believer that holiday events are becoming a bit obsolete. While I enjoy the changes these events bring to the game, I think they would be better if they focused more on events in the game world instead of real world holidays.

Overwatch still has a lot of balancing issues. The inconsistency with who Doomfist can punch out of ult, the existence of stun abilities, and Bastion’s point and click adventure all decrease enjoyability of the game. While I understand it can never be perfect for everyone, I think the game is going to lose more players if it doesn’t address these issues.

Overwatch 2 sounds amazing, but Blizzard needs to be spending more time fixing their already released game before Overwatch 2 can become a reality.

Vulpera One Step Closer To Becoming Allied Race

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Vulpera race

Data mining shows that Vulpera could become the next Allied Race.

Blizzard has not introduced any new Allied Races for 8.2, but it is possible that new Allied Races could be coming for Patch 8.3. In fact, Wowhead reported that Vulpera is included in the file scenescripttext.db2. This file is used for in-game cutscenes with your character present.

Vulpera confirmed 8.3

This particular line of code is of interest. It all but confirms that Vulpera will be the next Allied Race in World of Warcraft.

Vulpera in 8.3?

We do not have any release date for Patch 8.3 (let alone Patch 8.2). We do know that with this info, that the Vulpera will be joining us in this expansion. It is more likely they will join the Horde than the Alliance. The storyline shows the Horde helping the Vulpera in the Vol’dun quest line.

What will be the corresponding Alliance Allied Race?

At this time of writing, we know that Allied Races come in pairs. According to a March 15, 2018 developer Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas, players asked questions about the new Allied Races. We most recently got Kul Tiran Humans alongside Zandalari Trolls. However, there is no evidence of the corresponding Alliance Allied Race as of this writing.

Hazzikostas said, “I don’t know that we were trying to cause a debate, but it’s inevitable that it was going to happen. You see a character that you really like and think, ‘Why can’t that be Alliance?’, and vice-versa for the Horde, but that’s part of what gives those factions their excitement and charm. We want people to pick a side or a race that they identify with – that they want to be them in this world. And who knows, that may actually result in players changing factions, or at least rolling a second toon on the opposite side.”

Do you think the Vulpera will be the next Allied Race in World of Warcraft? What do you think the corresponding Alliance Allied Race will be? Let us know in the comments below!

Final Fantasy VII Remake Coming March 2020

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Final Fantasy VII Remake

The long wait for the Final Fantasy VII remake is over.

Final Fantasy VII is one of the games I grew up on. I had spent hundreds (and with the release of the Steam version of the game, hundreds more) of hours on the game itself. Fans have demanded a remake of this legendary JRPG. Wait no longer: the Final Fantasy VII remake is coming on March 3, 2020 for the PlayStation 4.

News of a remake began surfacing in the early 2000s. Square ENIX showcased a technical demo in 2005. Rumors spread that the remake would be ready by 2007 on the PlayStation 3. Several more years would pass before we heard anything more about the remake. In 2015, Square ENIX confirmed that the remake did, in fact, exist. This restarted the rumor mill for the game. Some reports placed the game’s release out as far as 2023.

The combat system is now real time, which will allow players to fully explore the environment in the game. As you can see in the video, the remake also features voice acting, which will probably delight fans of the original game as well.

Is the remake the full game or an episode of the game?

It is unclear whether or not the release date is for the full remake or just an episode of the remake. “We will be making further announcements tomorrow, but for now, please have a look at the short version trailer we revealed today,” director Tetsuya Nomura said in a tweet yesterday.

Square ENIX’s E3 keynote is tonight at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET, so we should have clarification on whether or not the release date is for part of the game or the full game. We here at DVS Gaming will keep you updated on the latest news regarding the Final Fantasy VII remake.

Did you play Final Fantasy VII as a kid? If not, do you plan to get the remake? Let us know in the comments below!

COMIC REVIEWS FOR 6/5/19

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Young Justice #6 - DC Comics
Go on... TOUCH IT!

COMICS WON’T STOP AND NEITHER WILL WE!

We are back in business and pulling more of the latest comics for review!  What’s in the bin this week?

Incredible Hulk #1: Last Call - Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

INCREDIBLE HULK – LAST CALL #1
Marvel Comics

Writers: Peter David
Artist: Dale Keown
Cover Price:  $4.99

Marvel’s Hulk is revisited by two of his most renowned creators!  Did it recapture it’s prior magic?

Peter David is a writer I adore.  However, in this work, he is summarizing the character’s history and feelings in 30 pages.  He stays within the well known beats of the Hulk.  Banner’s depression, his marriage to Betty Ross, his recriminations, etc.  The characters have familiar voices and stay within classic parameters.  There are a few pages of new story, although it feels like a rushed ending.  In fact, given what is going on in the Immortal Hulk series, I am not certain which version of the Green Goliath appeared in the end of this comic.  It is finely written, but it isn’t an entertaining story.

Incredible Hulk #1: Last Call - Marvel Comics
Incredible Hulk #1: Last Call – Marvel Comics

Dale Keown’s art on his prior Hulk run made him famous.  He has not lost a lot of that visual punch.  His characters can appear lanky.  Moreover, he uses minimal detail to maximum effect.  Keown uses multiple lines to create gradients.  It isn’t burdensome, though it can be a visual grind after a while.  Meanwhile, Keown’s hulk is still amazingly massive and bulges off the page.  The action has good impact and motion.  The color work in this issue was oddly off, though.

This isn’t a bad comic by most metrics.  It’s just dated.  There is room here to tell a great story, however, it isn’t a must read to follow on current storylines.

Young Justice #6 - DC Comics
DC Comics

YOUNG JUSTICE #6
DC Comics

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: John Timms
Cover Price:  $3.99

We are at the end of the first story arc!  How was the finish?

Brian Michael Bendis has used something in this issue that you may not be used to from him… energy!  These characters read well and have fresh and fast dialogue.  Moreover, and more importantly, they have a youthful energy that transcends the story and feels more at home in an entertaining cartoon!  I found myself giggling at these heroes chatting and their admitting that they were in over their heads at the walking castle (non-Howl’s, but still).  The overall story was buried beneath the strong character interactions, though.  It somehow feels like the story was less important than the result of these characters being together.

Young Justice #6 - DC Comics
Young Justice #6 – DC Comics

John Timms’s art is THICK!  He uses very bold outer lines.  This can make characters stand out from the background, although it can also add this heavy, strangely tactile sensation while looking through the comic.  From there, Tims uses minimal line work for details.  It reminds me of Chris Bachalo’s art without the floating debris that is in his own work.  Do not overlook the backgrounds, however.  They have a wild charm in their own right.  The art is a solid compliment to the story.

This is a fun comic if you focus on the characters!  The villain was so disposable, he was dispatched too fast to matter.

Ignited #1 - H1 Comics
H1 Comics

IGNITED #1
H1 Comics

Writers: Mark Waid & Kwanza Osajyefo
Artist: Phil Briones
Cover Price:  $3.99

This is a story that resonates more than it should.

Mark Waid is a comic creator powerhouse.  Kwanza Osajyefo has high concepts, though doesn’t always click as a writer.  Together, these two have a story that hits very close to home and is very organic.  The characters come through very clearly without dropping into stereotypes.  Actually, Waid and Osajyefo captured the frustration of being young.  Of being expected to handle everything without being given the respect to be asked how to deal with anything.  The frustration of every character comes through in different ways and they are all within the realm of believability.

Ignited #1 - H1 Comics
Ignited #1 – H1 Comics

Phil Briones’ art combines with the story to bring everything to vivid life.  Some character’s faces can feel a bit to lean at times, although everything else is very crisp.  Moreover, Briones has a difficult job of showing disaffected and disenfranchised people and bringing those emotions to life.  He succeeds in a way few artists can.  The action in this issue is light, although very dynamic.  Additionally, the composition and positioning of these characters is top-tier work.

Ignited is the right story at the right time and can speak to a lot of people.  This is the comic that makes superstars out of its creators.

Uncanny X-Men #19 - Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

PICK OF THE WEEK
UNCANNY X-MEN #19
Marvel Comics

Writers: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Carlos Villa, Carlos Gomez & Bob Quinn
Cover Price:  $3.99

Yes, I am a big X-Men fan, although that is not why this is my Pick this week.  It’s because this comic surprised me.

Matthew Rosenberg wrote a story centering on Emma Frost from just before the Extermination event until the current pages.  He writes an interesting version of the hero-turned-underworld figure.  Rosenberg’s character work on Frost goes a long way to paint her in a new light.  However, that may be to the detriment of several other X-Men characters that litter this comic.  Moreover, he is very careful to show that Frost has been a part of a lot of what has happened to the X-Men post Extermination and been careful to stay out of the spotlight.

Uncanny X-Men #19 - Marvel Comics
Uncanny X-Men #19 – Marvel Comics

Meanwhile, the art is by three artists and I do not know whom worked on which page.  I would not classify any of the artists as bad.  In fact, the artist that worked on the pages during a shopping spree by Frost and Marrow is pretty sharp and downright sassy in feel.  That art had a detail and sheen that made the characters stand out in a number of different ways.  However the other artists weren’t up to the same level as this one and the shift between the three is fairly noticeable.

Uncanny X-Men #19 - Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

So, you are probably asking, why is this a Pick of the Week?  Honestly, it is because of the revamping of Emma Frost.  She is normally known as a capable person, though only in manipulation.  In this comic, Rosenberg transforms Frost into a character that has foresight and a talent for tactical decision-making.  Moreover, she has a lot of empathy for those in her charge.  This is the kind of character evolution that can lead to big things down the line, assuming the editors pay attention to this forward motion.

This Pick of the Week isn’t flashy.  It isn’t a game changer.  It is the kind of comic that makes you see more possibility in a character, and that can lead to huge things in the future.

What was the best comic you read?  Let us know in the comments below!  In the meantime, you can listen to our comic book news and reviews podcast, the Part-Time Henchmen!

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Comic-Con Revolution 2019 – A Review

Nate Nanzer Leaves Position as Overwatch League Commissioner for Epic Games

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Nate Nanzer Leaves Blizzard

Overwatch League’s commissioner Nate Nanzer has left his position at Blizzard to oversee competitive eSports at Epic Games. His announcement on Twitter included a thank you to the teams he worked with and the League’s fans.

“I can’t wait to see where the team takes the Overwatch League in 2020 – and beyond. And I’ll be cheering right there alongside you, every step of the way,” Nanzer said.

Nanzer’s Role in the League.

Nanzer has been with the League since it’s creation. He first pitched the idea of Overwatch eSports to Jeff Kaplan in 2015. While at Blizzard, he helped expand the League between the first and second season. He also worked on the League localization that’s set to occur in 2020.

Nanzer’s Replacement

Former Fox Sports executive vice president Pete Vlastelica, the current CEO of Activision Blizzard eSports League, will replace Nanzer as League commissioner.

“As President & CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, I am stepping in as Overwatch League commissioner, effective immediately. We have the best team in the business working incredibly hard to realize the vision we set out to create years ago, and I’ll be working very closely with our staff, the teams and partners to do just that,” Vlastelica said in a statement.

Nanzer’s new job will be to lead eSports strategy for Epic Games, as confirmed by the company in this statement: “We’re excited to welcome Nate to the Epic Games team, where he’ll be working with us on competitive Fortnite.”

Nate Nanzer at the Blizzard Arena Courtesy of Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The Skeptics

Of course, not everyone is convinced that Nanzer did a good job as the League commissioner. Issues like the Rober Kraft case and the “Ellie” social experiment went almost unnoticed by Nanzer. You would expect a commissioner to publish statements and run investigations, but Nanzer’s job was to sell, and he did that well.

Hopefully, Nanzer will be able to improve Fortnite’s competitive scene. Fortnite has had issues with bugs and cheating.

The Fate of the League

This departure doesn’t mean much for the League in the long run. Nanzer may have had a significant impact on the League’s humble beginnings, but it’s unlikely that him leaving will negatively affect the eSports scene. Nanzer may make Epic Games eSports rise to and beyond the Overwatch League. Only time will tell.

The Dangers of WoW Classic Nostalgia

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WoW Classic

A return to a simpler time, such as WoW Classic, may not be necessarily for the better.

We know that WoW Classic is well underway and is scheduled for a release date of August 27, 2019. Players who are currently playing in the beta are also erroneously reporting “bugs” that aren’t really bugs. This leads to the question: are people who are diving into WoW Classic for the first time (aka those who haven’t played Vanilla between 2004 and early 2007) really ready for the game? Or is the wave of nostalgia just false hope for those players who continue to be spoiled by the watered-down features of retail World of Warcraft?

World of Warcraft Classic Beta

The wave of nostalgia is all-consuming and all-powerful.

The wave of nostalgia has swept over every single thing on the planet. Movies, music, TV, video games, you name it, nostalgia is claiming it. For example, popular boy band The Backstreet Boys have been active for over 25 years, but had their heyday in the late 90s and early 2000s. In February, the group released a new album that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album, DNA, came almost 20 years after their last number one album, Black & Blue. This is proof that the Backstreet Boys are, quite literally, larger than life. Parents who listened to the Backstreet Boys in their heyday are possibly introducing the band to their children to create an entire new generation of Backstreet Boys fans.

Like it or not, nostalgia will always be part of the pop culture scene, especially with music. The Rolling Stones have been around for over 50 years and are still performing to this very day. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are probably household names for your parents and even your grandparents. Reunion tours for bands of yesteryear are always happening.

Rolling Stones
WoW Classic as seen by people who didn’t play in Vanilla

But what about video games? They are no exception to the rule. The remake of Final Fantasy VII has been in development for over a decade—this is before the PlayStation 3 came out. Nintendo has re-released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) for fans who weren’t even alive when these iconic systems were flying off the shelves. What makes World of Warcraft any different, you might say, than the music industry?

The lack of preparation for nostalgia.

Players who are spoiled now may be forced to work hard in Classic.

Today, players can get mounts as early as level 20. People can queue for dungeons with complete strangers and never see them again, which is a huge roadblock to building a community. Every class is different than it was in 2004. Death knights, demon hunters, and monks didn’t even exist. Your value as a player is determined by your Raider.io score. If you don’t link your AOTC achievement or have a high Raider.io score, you can’t clear end-game content. Today, this has been drastically reduced to a couple of raids and farming Mythic+ dungeons every week. Players now hope for an upgrade that will either warforge or titanforge with a socket. To a lesser extent, players will hope to rank on Raider.io because they cleared a +20 key.

Raider.io

While all this requires hard work, this is nowhere near the hard work that was required in Vanilla WoW, and this carried into The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King for the most part. Many of my former guildies quit after Wrath. Of course, we’ve had five expansions since then, and people are always going to be joining and quitting.

Before I go on, there is no doubt in my mind that World of Warcraft will remain the most popular MMO of all time. Nobody has really figured out how to dethrone it, although games such as Final Fantasy XIV have made strides in doing so. Attuning to raids, server-wide gathering of resources to unlock the gates of Ahn’Qiraj, and the building of communities within servers are challenges that required amounts of time that players may not have the time nor patience for anymore.

Many players who joined after Wrath may not like the slower pace of Classic.

The beginning of a World of Warcraft expansion always brought a few people back. For the most part, many players who did play in Vanilla are now done with the game. Every time Blizzard releases a new expansion, these people pop back in to see if anything has changed. Quite a few people leave when they find out that gearing up and clearing endgame content is more of a job than an enjoyable experience.

World of Warcraft South Park

What made Classic so great, then, if everyone lacks the patience to attune to raids and gather resources for a greater objective? The answer is nostalgia. But there are dangers to such nostalgic feelings. One of the biggest obstacles will be to walk everywhere until Level 40. I remember being excited to ding Level 20 or even Level 30 (this was when the max level was 70) because I wanted to get on a fancy mount and go places faster.

As previously mentioned, players were reporting bugs that weren’t even bugs in the first place. One of those bugs? “Creature respawn rates are much slower than in Battle for Azeroth.” You won’t find people hovered around world quests trying to kill X number of enemies. You’ll actually have to wait for enemies to start respawning to do a kill quest if hundreds (if not thousands) of players are funneling through The Barrens and trying to find Mankrik’s wife.

Players may find old gameplay mechanics annoying.

In Vanilla, there were obvious class imbalances. One of those class imbalances can be shown in this YouTube video below, when 40 priests took down Onyxia.

Certain specs were not viable in Vanilla. Paladins, for instance, mostly tanked or healed. Some classes may have been brought into raids just for the utility they provide. The list is endless, and could even be an entire article in of itself.

Thankfully, we have 3 months before WoW Classic drops and we can (hopefully) prepare for all the things we once held dear about the game before then. But the dangers of nostalgia are still present. We have to prepare to address them and how we will deal with them when the game drops.

Comic-Con Revolution 2019 – A Review

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comic con revolution ontario

COMIC-CON REVOLUTION IS THE RIGHT KIND OF CONVENTION AT THE RIGHT TIME OF YEAR!

I have been at each of the Comic-Con Revolutions since the convention began.  This year gave me some great conversations and opportunities!

LOCATION

Firstly, I want to point out how well the Ontario Convention Center adapted to weather changes.  That sounds like an odd compliment, I know.  During Saturday, May 18, the sun gave way to clouds, though there wasn’t any rain.  Moreover the metal detectors were outside under portable awnings.  Fast forward to Sunday and it had been raining a lot of the night.  The ground was wet and the air damp.  When we approached the convention center, the staff had already moved all of the metal detectors inside and were funneling people through quickly.  I’ve been to a few conventions here, although I have never seen the staff this reactive before.

DEALER’S HALL

Meanwhile, the Dealer’s Hall had a better-than-usual variety of items.  I saw toys old, new, and rare, purses, jackets, a new gamer gummy energy snack (really), statues, and, of course, a lot of comics.  In fact, this convention made sure that they had plenty of comic vendors selling current issues, key issues, Golden Age, Silver Age, full runs, and variants everywhere.  I even found one I have been coming Los Angeles for without success.

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The Dealer’s Hall

Additionally, the Artist’s Alley that made up the core of the hall is littered with industry stars and personalities.  I had short conversations with Pernille Orum, Gregg Berger, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Todd Nauck, Livio Ramondelli, Art Thibert, and David Walker.  In a moment of impulse, I even added a Ray-Anthony Height original to my art collection.  It came out even better than I hoped!

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A terrific Iceman by Ray-Anthony Height!

I managed to add to my collection of signings by super-friendly creator superstars Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti!

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I was just hoping for signatures!

PANELS

The panels were also entertaining.  I sat in on a panel by legendary voice actor for Donald Duck Tony Anselmo.  He worked with Walt Disney on the original animations through to today’s remake of DuckTales.  After that was a Star Wars retrospective with the voice actor of Darth Maul, Sam Witwer, as a panelist.  Mere minutes behind that is a panel of Transformers voice actors that included Michael Bell, Alan Oppenheimer, Gregg Berger, and more.

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Tony Anselmo – the voice of Donald Duck!

In the end, Comic-Con Revolution is a bit short or small, although it offers a lot for genre fans.  Casual fans may not understand why people are lining up for Overwatch voice actors, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, or Mike Zeck.  However, if you have a passion for comics or pop culture, this is an easy way to begin finding your convention legs before San Diego or New York Comic-Con later this year.

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Anjali Bhimani – Voice Actress of Symmetra
Carolina Ravassa – Voice Actress of Sombra

Comic-Con Revolution takes place in Ontario, California in mid-May.  The dates for 2020 have not been announced as of the date of this article.

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