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Blizzard Continues Crabby the Dungeon Helper From April 1st, 2011 Today

1 April 2013 | No Comments » | Mordil

Blizzard sure does love their running jokes. For April Fool’s Day in 2011, Blizzard announced the addition of Crabby the Dungeon Helper.

Today, I visited WoW’s home page to look for April Fool’s Day gags, and I found this pop up immediately:

He at first asked if I couldn’t remember my password, and gave me hints on how to recover it.

Be on the lookout for gags from companies as the day moves on. If you see any that we don’t catch – let us know via Twitter or Facebook.

So far I’ve seen Razer and Mojang post things for April Fool’s Day. What’s the best you’ve seen thus far?

Guild Wars 2 Announces ‘Super Adventure Box’ (April Fool’s Day)

1 April 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

In the yearly routine of one-upmanship hilarity, ArenaNet may have initiated a preemptive attack to stave off would be competitors. The creator of Guild Wars 2 has announced the Super Adventure Box, a gag that’s been in the works since the March patch.

The Super Adventure Box may be the most elaborate prank in an MMOG. The April Fool’s Day prank includes new content to the subscription-less title that takes players out of the RPG setting and plops them firmly in a Minecraft-inspired platform dungeon complete with puzzles. Gamers up for a challenge can enjoy the all new “difficult” encounters, such as King Toad, and reap the benefits of digging around a zone Zelda style.

Read more on the Super Adventure Box on the official FAQ.

April Fool’s Day: Blizzard Focuses On Edutainment Market with Blizzard Kidzz

1 April 2012 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA

Blizzard is at it again, dedicating an entire mini-site to its annual April Fool’s Day prank. This year’s project is set to shake up the Edutainment video game genre. A blend of education and entertainment – a complex and  little invested design challenge – the market has never grown like its strict entertainment cousin. Blizzard is not your average developer.

The upcoming lineup includes a demo of Zergling Teaches Typing, a frustrating game with far too many Zs and seemingly no end. But hey, it’s beta. If your skills at slamming the keyboard to produce incoherent gibberish for those of  non-hiveminds, Reader Ravager may be more to your liking. Reader Ravager teaches children that reading isn’t just fun, but also delicious. Turbo Science Vessel informs those under 10 years old the basics to modern science as they travel through the Koprulu Sector. Warp drive, supernovas and the daily activity of scanning colonists for deadly diseases are ingrained in the junior scientist’s brain. Strat Blaster with Edmund Duke trains children 12 and up the finer points of warfare.

The crown jewels of the are Where in Sanctuary is Deckard Cain and The Westfall Trail. Two aspects to know about these titles; you’ll never be good enough at Rated M for Mature puzzles and everyone gets dysentery.

Check out screenshots from each of the games after the jump.

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More Blizzard Shenanigans: Crabby the Dungeon Helper, Horadric Cube App, and the Future of StarCraft

1 April 2011 | 3 Comments » | pixiestixy

Blizzard sure is busy this morning, and has unveiled a heap of new game features for all of its major titles that are sure to excite us all!

In addition to the blindly awesome Tomb of Immortal Darkness, we’ll also be seeing a trio of other new and exciting ideas:

  • The Introduction of Crabby the Dungeon Helper in WoW: First we had the dungeon finder, and now we have Crabby at your side, ready to provide tips and hints to help you when you’re stuck. He provides encouragement, even after the umpteenth wipe of the night. Just remember — nothing escapes Crabby’s unwavering gaze. And for now, he cannot be disabled. He’s your friend, whether you want him to be or not.
  • A Horadric Cube transmutation app that allows smartphone users to combine any apps on their devices to create new versions with smart features. Just imagine – you could combine your WoW armory app with Facebook and call it Real ID. An old controversy reborn anew! Blizzard also promises that a translocation feature is on the horizon.
  • The Future of StarCraft looks bright indeed with its inevitable return to consoles. A breakthrough Motion Overdrive technology will allow players to control the game with their own movements. Check out a spectacular demonstration of the technology in the video below

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WoW’s Next Dungeon in Patch 4.1.11 — The Tomb of Immortal Darkness

1 April 2011 | 4 Comments » | pixiestixy

Get ready to quake with fear. World of Warcraft developers have introduced the next dungeon we’ll be taking stabs at — in the dark — for Patch 4.1.11.

Blizzard introduces Tomb of Immortal Darkness

Deep beneath the crumbling tombstones of Duskwood’s Raven Hill Cemetery, a dark and mysterious power is emerging. Drawing strength from the blackest night and fiercely jealous of the sighted, a once-devoted follower of Leotheras the Blind is spreading his shadowy tendrils across the land. Heroes of Azeroth must delve into his pitch black lair to face Omgsogoth, Dark Lord of Twilight, before the world is plunged into eternal night.

Omgsogoth sounds horrifying. So does the cutting-edge Deep Dark® technology,which achieves “new highs of creepy realism” by plunging you and four other lost souls into complete dark as you navigate the corridors of horror. The dungeon features new daily quests from NPC Dean Weasel, updated monster models (only seen in your worst nightmares), some great achievements and all-new unique loot (if you can find it). The development team spent over 9,000 hours on the breakthrough tab targeting system alone.

In both normal and heroic modes, players also will face the maniacal Twisted Spiral Fool and Duc Ulah, The Winged Keeper.

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It’s April 1: Don’t Be a Fool

1 April 2011 | 2 Comments » | pixiestixy

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

Every year, the number one rule starting… oh, right about NOW, is to stay away from the tricky, lying interwebz. It’s the one day of the year where, for some reason, all logic is thrown out the window and people get a free pass to tell you the most outlandish things with a straight face and get away with it. Yes, today is April 1, and the time to run away and hide is upon us once again.

Ok, maybe I’m being a TAD melodramatic. As long as we go into today with the full knowledge that we absolutely are going to have our legs pulled in multiple directions, then have fun with it. Just don’t be an April Fool.

If it sounds crazy, and the information about it is announced or “leaked” today, chances are it’s 100 percent fabricated nonsense.

Last year from Blizzard alone we had the ultimate Gear Score slap-in-the-face, and the transformation of our armory toons to all Tuskarr. Of course, they’re not the only ones who partake in the shenanigans, but they certainly are one of the biggest players.

So, what will it be this year? Magical girl transformations for our MMO heroes? Another rendition of World of DanceCraft? Plants vs. Zombies in an MMO (oh wait…)? Ninja pandas?!

Only time will tell. Watch yourself. You’ll see what I mean.

Click through for some more of our favorite April Fool’s jokes from years past. And keep watch right here for coverage of the best April Fool’s jokes from our favorite games.

Lore Hound On The Twisted Nether Blogcast

12 April 2010 | 5 Comments » | Amatera

No, readers, we aren’t adding another podcast to our line-up (at least not for the time being). Rather, we’d like to highlight one that you may or may not already listen to. Not just because they’re good folks, but because they were kind enough to feature Lore Hound on their latest episode!

I joined Nibuca and Fimlys of the Twisted Nether Blogcast for nearly two-and-a-half hours of quality conversation! Now, I like my podcasts long, but if you’re short on time, be sure to at least listen to the first hour or so of content to get the most of your Lore Hound fix (or better yet, break up your listening sessions, and hear the whole thing).

I talk about such things as Lore Hound (duh), the potential future of the site, my own personal experience with the game, and what I’m sure many long-time fans have been wondering: what happened to Project Lore. Now, I couldn’t go into too many details, but I did try to talk about things from my own perspective.

So, there should be plenty of interesting and juicy details to digest after listening to the podcast! One thing I should note, though, is that the Lore Hound Haiku Contest is referenced towards the end of the episode. That contest is now over (I recorded this about a week-and-a-half ago), and prizes have, in fact, been passed out.

Before I give you the appropriate links, I’d like to thank my wonderful hosts again for the opportunity to appear on their show!

Here are your options:

Happy listening!

The Lore Hound WoW Podcast: Episode 1

2 April 2010 | 3 Comments » | LHStaff

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Join the Lore Hounds as they discuss this week’s news in WoW. This week’s lineup is Heartbourne, pixiestixy, and Juggynaut. World first Heroic Lich King kill, 10% buff in ICC, and April Fool’s pranks, and more are on the agenda today. Click the player above to listen, download the podcast, or subscribe via RSS, and leave a comment to let us know how you liked it!