Stay Awhile and Listen: Book I: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire

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Digital Monument Press, LLC, Oct 31, 2013 - Computers - 400 pages

Two companies. Two opposing cultures. One multi-billion-dollar video-game empire.

Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire - Book 1 invites readers to discover the origin of Blizzard North, a studio built by gamers, for gamers, and Blizzard Entertainment, a convergence of designers driven to rule their industry. 

Composed from exhaustive research and hundreds of personal interviews, the Stay Awhile and Listen series divulges the fated meeting that brought the two Blizzards together, the clashes that tore them apart, and their transformation from grassroots democracy to corporate empire. At the center of it all—Diablo, a hack-and-slash adventure through the darkest recesses of Hell that changed online gaming forever.

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Editorial Reviews

David Craddock's Stay Awhile and Listen masterfully retells the tale of the game development Camelot created by the founders of Blizzard Entertainment. -Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima series

Stay Awhile and Listen tells how passion, maxed-out credit cards and sleepless nights spawned a gaming phenomenon and unearths the game design secrets that made Diablo an enduring classic. -Tristan Donovan, author of Replay: The History of Video Games

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the storied history and development of Diablo and the early days of Blizzard Entertainment. -Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare
 
Stay Awhile and Listen shows that there was a potent mixture of talent, opportunity, and personality that drove the meteoric rise of Blizzard Entertainment from its earliest days. I can't wait for the next installment. -Julian Gollop, creator of X-COM: UFO Defense
 
Craddock takes his time introducing each person, and by the time he explains their contribution, I felt like I knew them as human beings, not as developers--what they were like as kids, where they came from, and what their aspirations were. -Venture Beat

Stay Awhile and Listen
 is a rare and intriguing look into the people and experiences behind some of my favorite video games of all time. -Randy Pitchford, co-founder of Gearbox Software

 

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A look at the history of the creators of Blizzard and their games, Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo. The book gives an interesting look at the creators, their backgrounds, influences, and personalities ... Read full review

Contents

The Corpse
Silicon and String Bikinis
Desktop Heroes
Project Condor
Superman Cant Kick
The Business Plan Du Jour
The World of WarCraft
The Game Well Make Someday
The Golden Times
Phenomenon
Chapter 6
Chapter 2
Condors Lost Games
Cartridge Chronicles
Interview with Brian Fargo Founder
Interview with Feargus Urquhart

The Velvet Hammer
The Condor Test
Spit Bubblegum and Floppy Disks
Light and Dark
Battles and Battle
Interview with Scott Coleman and
Interview with Efraim Wyeth and Mike
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