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Tuesday, August 6, 2002
Blizzard Interviews
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Two interviews have recently been posted relating to Blizzard Entertainment. The first interview is with Bill Roper the Vice-President of Blizzard and largely concerns all things Blizzard and Bill Roper without going much into specifics about games. This is actually quite a good read since it is very different from the vast number of Blizzard interviews we usually see. Here is an excerpt from the interview, concerning the question of how to increase mainstream respect for the gaming industry:

Roper’s prescription is simple: star power. “As we get more celebrities talking about games, that’s going to be great for us,” he says. He notes that Robin Williams is now an outed gamer, and that John Woo, Kid Rock, Pam Anderson, Trent Reznor and “that tall guy with the beard from ER who kind of looks like me” all showed up at this year’s E3 trade show. As people hear “cool” celebrities talking about gaming, Roper figures the cool factor will start to attach to gaming, as well.
The second interview is a video interview with Stewart Rose one of the graphics designers of World of Warcraft, talking about said title. This is a far more standard interview, but does have the nifty bonus of showing you pictures of the game in the background.

To check out these interviews please use the links below. Note that the video interview is in DivX.

Interview with Bill Roper
Video interview with Stewart Rose
Blizzard Entertainment

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