Blizzard Responds To SCII Outcry

"Blizzard COO expressly denies claims of milking the Starcraft series"

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Blizzard Responds To SCII Outcry
 
Blizzard announced last month at BlizzCon that Starcraft II would be split into three games, one for each race.  Immediately, there was an outcry from gamers claiming that this move was made solely to milk the series as much as possible.  Well now Blizzard has made a response.  In an interview with VideoGamer.com, chief operating officer Paul Sams denied these claims.
 
He said: "The fact of the matter is, it's absolutely, positively untrue about us trying to stretch it out and milk it. People think that it was a monetary driven decision. I can absolutely, positively tell you, with 100 per cent certainty, that that was not part of the conversation. I guarantee it. I give my word. There was never, ever a conversation where we said, 'let's do this because we're going to make more money'. I guarantee it. As a matter of fact the sole reason we did it was because we thought it was going to be a better experience. Anybody that says otherwise is not correct. It is absolutely not what we did it for."

At the time of the announcement StarCraft II lead producer Chris Sigaty revealed that Blizzard decided to launch the game in three parts because it got bigger than they expected and to include all three campaigns from the get go would have delayed the game for years.

Today Sams backed up that comment, saying it was a "quality driven decision".

"We're doing just fine," he added. "The customers, the players of Blizzard games have rewarded us handsomely for making the right decisions on gameplay. We don't ship games before they're done and we try to provide the best experience that we possibly can because that's our priority. We shipped a ton of games that have been great but we've also cancelled a ton of games that every other company that I know would have shipped. We don't compromise on quality, and so it was a quality driven decision. It's absolutely not a monetary decision. That's absolutely not true."
 
This could simply be seen as a typical company denial to claims made against them.  However, Blizzard has a strong reputation, and they already make quite a bit of money off of World of Warcraft.  It would seem pretty much meaningless for them to milk the series.  Then again, the same could be said for many other businesses.
 
Do you think this response is simply a token denial?
 
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09-11-2008, 16:17:08

D-Cyph3r
If this is your first time I really wouldn't bother with including NB, SB and mosfets. It's hardly required for decent overclocks, you'd be hard pressed to find suitable blocks for an i7 mobo so soon and it will make the whole process incredibly difficult for a first time build.

What i'd do is put the CPU and GPU in 1 loop for now, then upgrade/change things about once you know how to properly set up and drain a waterloop. In truth the Cosmos S isn't very good for multiple loops, there isn't really anywhere else other than the roof to mount a radiator (unless your happy to go external). A Lian Li A70/71, V2k or Silverstone TJ-07 will be far better in that role.

The highest performing radiator you can fit in a Cosmos S without mods is a BlackIce GT Extreme, which will have enough cooling power for an i7 and a single GTX260. Pair that with a DDC Ultra+XSPC Reservoir top and your blocks of choice and you should have some pretty good results.:)


EDIT:

And dont bother ever running anything in parallel, pumps like the DDC and D5 push coolant at such a rate that the temperature is virtually identical through the whole loop. Splitting the loop only serves to reduce flow to components, which is quite detrimental to performance. ;)

10-11-2008, 02:49:12

Luigi



1: triple rad-(splitter)->cpu -------------------------->(splitter)->res->pump...
---------------------->(splitter)->nb ------>(splitter)-^
--------------------------------->mosfets-^

2: dual rad(?)-(splitter)->gpu-(splitter)->res>pump...
----------------------->sb--^

Sorry for all the questions. I want to get this right first time.

P.S. Which clips are more reliable?



I dont understand what the splitters are for?

I think what would work best (in easiness and getting it working) would be to have a triple rad loop on the cpu and gpu, but leave the rest till a later date. Getting another rad in the cosmos S wouldn't be easy..

10-11-2008, 13:49:24

AlexUK
I pressumed using the splitters would ensure fresh coolant supply to each sector without transferring heat, but I am new to all this so still learning.

Will just the one loop for cpu and gpu suffice without the need for air cooling in the case? As I am planning on overclocking both these.

D-Cyph3r... You mentioned the DDC Ultra and XSPC top res. Is the top on pump large enough to also act as a reservoir?

10-11-2008, 14:02:53

Luigi

I pressumed using the splitters would ensure fresh coolant supply to each sector without transferring heat, but I am new to all this so still learning.

Will just the one loop for cpu and gpu suffice without the need for air cooling in the case? As I am planning on overclocking both these.

D-Cyph3r... You mentioned the DDC Ultra and XSPC top res. Is the top on pump large enough to also act as a reservoir?



aslong as you have the fans that come with the case installed, the rest of the system should cope...

The idea of splitting doesnt really work tbh, its must easier without :)

10-11-2008, 14:41:55

AlexUK
Thanks Tekno. Ideally I wanted to go fanless though. Any suggestions?

10-11-2008, 15:10:11

Luigi

Thanks Tekno. Ideally I wanted to go fanless though. Any suggestions?



Well water cooling the whole lot will need more fans/pump work than just keeping it to cpu and gpu, so get some decent noctua fans and you should be fine

10-11-2008, 15:43:35

AlexUK
You reckon 1 loop for cpu, gpu, nb, sb and mos will be ok using dual DDC Ultra pumps with dual tops and noctua/yate loon fans on triple BlackIce GT and XSPC dual res be ok?

Once again, sorry for all the questions. I appreciate the advice.

11-11-2008, 11:32:26

Luigi

You reckon 1 loop for cpu, gpu, nb, sb and mos will be ok using dual DDC Ultra pumps with dual tops and noctua/yate loon fans on triple BlackIce GT and XSPC dual res be ok?

Once again, sorry for all the questions. I appreciate the advice.



I really dont think all of that is nescasary, you will get far better results with just cpu and gpu..

11-11-2008, 11:46:15

D-Cyph3r
As I say I would definately skip watercooling the motherboard on a first attempt mate. Every block you add is another potential problem, motherboard blocks are quite capable of shorting the entire board unless installed absolutely perfectly (then theres always the chance of cracking a north/south bridge chip if you apply to much pressure).... It's definately an advanced user thing.

I still stand by the recommendation of putting the CPU and GPU loop in for now. As for going fanless, not a possibility. The whole idea around watercooling is using radiators with huge amount of surface area so you can get away with multiple low speed fans over single high speed ones, the more you cool, the more fans required.

When I had my Cosmos S I set up my fans like so:

[IMG]http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo187/D-Cyph3r/caseopen.jpg[/IMG]

Never had any issues with temps on my motherboard, RAM, HDD's or pump.:)

11-11-2008, 15:47:45

AlexUK
Thanks very much for your help guys/gals. Always figure it's better to hear personal accounts as apose to the general search engine info. You covered a few points I hadn't considered.
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