The Designer Insights series by the Hearthstone development team, primarily by Game Director Ben Brode, is something the community has come to cherish. While many of those that work on the game communicate pretty frequently via Twitter and Reddit, there's just a certain clarity that is more easily expressed through the video form.
A total of eight have been released to date, but the frequency of which the Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm teams communicate has left many Hearthstone fans pleading for the team to do more content like this.
"It takes [a] significant amount of time for people involved to make those but we want to do more for sure, tweets Senior Producer Yong Woo.
The community found this among his replies and quickly ran with it, upvoting it to the front page of the subreddit.
Once Brode saw the thread, he took some time to respond to players admitting that the proper set up isn't available at Blizzard headquarters in Irvine and that he currently films them from home which requires extensive planning. He goes on to admit that not all members of the team want to be featured in videos since it inherently draws attention to them and "there is a lot of harassment that comes with being more public."
A little more context for you!
I make those videos at home after my son goes to bed. Since daylight savings hit last spring my son goes to bed at 8:30 instead of 7:30, so I have an hour less time each night. I have to move my computer because otherwise you see my bed in the background (like in my first video) and that's a bit weird/unprofessional. Also because I record at night, I have to set up my studio lights.
Once I have it all set up, I do several takes. Often I flub a line so bad I start over. I hate editing together cuts because I think it looks kind of jarring and distracting. Once I have something I think might work, I send it to the rest of the people who care about this stuff on the Team, like Jason Chayes (Production Director). Sometimes they remind me of key points I totally forgot to mention, and I have to find another free night to do another take.
This is all pretty dumb, so we've been working on getting space that is permanently wired for making these types of videos at work. It's more challenging than you'd imagine as often we have trouble finding an empty conference room to have a meeting in, much less a room we want to leave empty all the time so nobody messes up our lighting rigs.
Regardless! I love doing videos, and I think I can convince more of the team to get involved, so it's not just me. Not everyone is as excited about being a public face as Yong and I are, though - there is a lot of harassment that comes with being more public.
My 2 month paternity leave ends next week. I'm excited to get back to work!