On the topic of Diablo Immortal, I think you guys didn't quite get the reason for the outrage, it wasn't as much the fact that people were offended at the idea of a mobile game (which honestly is probably going to be OK and definitely successful) but it was the fact that Blizzard was so disconnected from its fanbase and its audience that they thought Blizcon, a convention attended by HARDCORE PC-gaming fans in majority, a con people pay money and flight tickets and hotels to attend to, was the adequate venue to sell them on a mobile game nobody attending wanted.
Keep in mind Diablo fans have had nothing in the way of a major content update in the past 4.5 years. Keep in mind that its not even Blizzard developing the game, but Netease, a chinese mobile developer known for creating mobile MMOARPGS laden with IAPs. Keep in mind that this is Blizzard we are talking about, a company who would axe games like Starcraft Ghost and Titan after 4 years of development.. and now are outsourcing the Diablo franchise to a chinese developer.
Had they presented this at some place like Pax East, as a side-thing from Blizzard, people would have probably been excited.. but to a audience of hardcore fans like those attending Blizcon, it really shows that Blizzard is disconnected from what the community has been asking for years. That is the reason of the anger.
I also think its a shitty thing to make a dev feel bad in his presentation.. but given the circumstances, making a "joke" like asking if Diablo Immortal is an off-season April Fools joke is relatively harmless, no personal insults were thrown and it perfectly embodied the disappointment of the Diablo community. Diablo Immortal will be hugely popular and successful, I have no doubt at all. But Blizcon was not the place to sell it and expect a positive reaction.
Wombat I believe said that at the start of the conversation, as I outlined in my post in the CAGBag thread:
I made that post to get it to them ahead of the discussion so they didn't just dismiss us as being raging lunatics, which some of us definitely are.
Cheapy, glad to hear you and Tai enjoyed Streets of Rage 2! I love that game, probably my favorite retro game. I really like the soundtrack as well, I listen to once a week or so. Check out this live show that the composer did with music from all 3 Streets of Rage games. I would have loved to have been there!