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What We Learned At BlizzCon 2014

A look back at two days of games, geeks, cosplayers and Metallica

The doors are closed. The darkened interior has been stripped of merchandise, gaming pods and fast food stalls. The banners are gone from the outside of the Anaheim Convention Centre. BlizzCon is over for another year, but 2014 will go down as one of the best ‘Con’s the Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo faithful has ever witnessed – and not just because a certain metal band closed the event. Here’s what we learned at BlizzCon 2014...

1. Blizzard Hates Trolls

While Gamergate* wasn’t explicitly mentioned, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime had a few choice words to say on the subject of trolling and online harassment in his BlizzCon keynote. The upshot? He and Blizzard are less than impressed with the practice of hounding people through social media and would prefer it if the trolls could lay off. It’s not just a lousy practice, he said, it gives the whole gaming community a bad name. 

“They’ve been tarnishing our reputation as gamers and it’s not right,” Morhaime yelled from the BlizzCon podium. “Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment and let’s redouble our efforts to be kind and respectful to one another. Let’s remind the world what the gaming community is really all about.”

*If you don’t know what Gamergate is, we envy you and urge you to keep it that way. Move on. Nothing to see here.

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