The B-Movie Gimmick From The '60s (That We Want Back)

We’ve discussed William Castle here at Cracked, the all-time king of horror movie gimmicks. And among all his contrivances to get butts in theater seats to watch B-grade schlock, there's a particularly clever one used in one of his ‘best’ movies, Homicidal.

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Blizzard Gives Up, Announces 'Diablo Immortal,' The Diablo Game Nobody Wanted

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Diablo Immortal is coming to the PC! Ok, sorry, that probably calls for some catching up. Back in 2018, fans of the totally clean Activision Blizzard were beginning to feel the Overwatch high wear off and surviving solely on the rumors that Blizzcon would feature the announcement of the upcoming Diablo title. They did get a Diablo announcement, yes, but it wasn't Diablo IV, the full-fledged AAA sequel that would further the story of the series they loved, but rather Diablo Immortal, a mobile cash grab interlude between the already dead Diablo 2 and 3. The reveal was met with so much contempt that an attendee even asked whether that was an April's fools joke.

But a very poorly written and even more poorly-timed April Fool's joke it was not. Even though the announcer wasn't expecting any sort of backlash because '2018 Blizzard was a perfect company that could do no wrong in the eyes of fans, he quickly conjured the perfect explanation for the move by saying that “you guys have phones… right?" Fans had so little of it that the backlash forced Blizzard to swipe Diablo Immortal under their very large and very crowded rug and come up with an actual announcement for Diablo IV.

It looks neat, but that's yet another CGI trailer that conveniently doesn't show any gameplay. Development on the actual Diablo IV has been rife with problems that might have stemmed from the internal decision of turning working on Blizzard into an actual hellish experience, so the company is now bringing the game nobody wanted to play even on a tiny screen to a type of screen that's so much more difficult to ignore.

The only reason why this isn't the lamest piece of Activision-Blizzard-related news of recent times is that we also discovered that Bobby Kotick, Activision's CEO used to date Sheryl Sandberg, a Facebook higher up who allegedly used her power to kill the spread of allegations about all sorts of rampant abuse inside his company.

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Pictured: the villain of Diablo IV before putting on her makeup and going to work at Facebook.

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