Play Nice: Blizzard Entertainment's Rollercoaster Ride - A Tale of Triumphs and Turmoil
In the realm of video game legends, few names echo as loudly as Blizzard Entertainment. They have enchanted us with their iconic franchises like Warcr...
In the realm of video game legends, few names echo as loudly as Blizzard Entertainment. They have enchanted us with their iconic franchises like Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, cementing their status as titans of the PC gaming world. However, behind the scenes, scandals and rocky game launches have clouded the company's once-glistening reputation. But fear not, my fellow gamers, for the full story is about to be unveiled in an epic chronicle penned by veteran games journalist Jason Schreier. Brace yourselves for "Play Nice: The Rise, Fall, and Future Of Blizzard Entertainment."
Within the pages of this extraordinary tome, Schreier weaves a tapestry of Blizzard's 33-year-long history. Imagine journeying through time, traversing the realms of console gaming in the early years, when the studio's creations were yet to be known by the masses. Picture yourself basking in the golden eras of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo during the '90s and 2000s, when these franchises became the very lifeblood of gaming. And brace yourself for the seismic shifts that followed, as Blizzard merged with Activision in 2008 and was eventually acquired by the gaming behemoth, Microsoft. It's a tale of triumphs and tribulations, of legends born and reputations tested.
The title of the book itself, "Play Nice," is a nod to one of Blizzard's core corporate values: "Play Nice; Play Fair." But as we delve into the pages, we shall discover whether this mantra has truly guided the company's every move or if it has become a mere whisper amidst the chaos.
Mark your calendars, fellow adventurers, for this extraordinary journey begins on October 8. Preorder your hardcover edition for a mere $30 at the grand emporium known as Amazon. And fear not, for Amazon's preorder price guarantee ensures that you shall pay only the lowest price, with no charges until the day your order embarks on its own epic quest to reach your doorstep. Keep an eye out, for discounts may yet descend upon this magnificent opus before its publication date. And for those who prefer the ethereal touch of the digital realm, a Kindle edition awaits you, priced at a modest $15.
Schreier, a seasoned scribe of the gaming realm, has graced the pages of esteemed outlets like Kotaku and Bloomberg since 2011. "Play Nice" marks his third foray into investigating the intricate tapestry of the gaming industry. His previous works, "Blood, Sweat, and Pixels," which delved into the development stories of beloved titles like Stardew Valley and Dragon Age: Inquisition, and "Press Reset," which shed light on the labor issues plaguing game development, are both worthy companions on this literary adventure. And behold, dear readers, for Amazon offers a feast of delights with their buy one, get one 50% off promotion on select books on video game history. Explore the depths of knowledge with works such as Lost In Cult's "A Handheld History," the enchanting "Ask Iwata," edited by the esteemed Hobonichi, and the captivating "The Game Console 2.0" by the illustrious Evan Amos.
So, my fellow adventurers, prepare yourselves for a rollercoaster ride through the annals of Blizzard Entertainment's legacy. From the heights of triumph to the depths of turmoil, "Play Nice" promises to captivate, educate, and entertain. Discover the secrets that lie beneath the surface, unravel the tapestry of legends, and brace yourself for a tale that will leave you breathless with awe.