Posts Tagged ‘blizzard’

The Making of the Cataclysm Opening Cinematic

28 November 2010 | 2 Comments » | pixiestixy

The first time I loaded up WoW after downloading The Shattering Patch was a magical moment. I had seen the new opening cinematic previously after it was unveiled at BlizzCon 2010, but not in such pristine detail across my full screen. That, and the realization that while I had been patching, the Shattering had occurred and Deathwing was now on the prowl sent shivers down my spine.

While I haven’t yet encountered Deathwing in-game since that fateful moment, I have seen the the destruction that this vile, vicious, frightening creature has wrought upon the lands that I love. And I know that someday, he will pay.

What was it that made me conjure up these images of future retaliation? It was a quality cinematic produced by the creative minds at Blizzard. I love behind-the-scenes looks at game development — and this quick look at the making of the Cataclysm opening cinematic makes me appreciate the work that went in to giving WoW players around the world these same feelings that I had upon loading up the game after the latest patch.

Hope you enjoy it, too.

Lore Hound LivePlay: Maraudon, Scarlet Monastery, + Revisit VC/Stocks/SFK

24 November 2010 | 5 Comments » | Mordil

Begins at 2 PM Pacific Standard Time. Learning from mistakes last night, I come again renewed and refreshed for another LivePlay session! In these runs I will be doing Maraudon – The Wicked Grotto, Maraudon – Foulspore Cavern, Marudon – Earth Song Falls, and Scarlet Monastery – Armory. I  may also revisit Deadmines, Stockades, and Shadowfang Keep to fix what people missed last night. Remember: Blizzard split up long instances, such as Maraudon and Uldaman, and made them “winged” as separate instances like Scarlet Monastery. Plus, all redone instances, such as Deadmines and Stockades, have their loot tables shared amongst all the bosses — no more “hope he drops this specific piece” because they all have a chance to drop it.

Lore Hound LivePlay: Reconstructed Dungeons [Spoiler Alert!]

23 November 2010 | 2 Comments » | Mordil

Sorry for the abruptness, and for the time; but the content I’m seeing just cannot wait.

In this, I will run the three new re-done instances: Deadmines, Shadowfang Keep, and Stockades. Be forewarned — you will be spoiling yourself by watching, and it is some intense stuff.

[Stream is now concluded. Keep watch for more LivePlay exploring the newly Shattered Azeroth coming up soon.]

Lorecast Episode 26 — Cataclysm Got Your Tongue?

11 November 2010 | 3 Comments » | Amatera

Weekend Confirmed! After taking a few weeks off to allow room for the video podcasts that we recorded at BlizzCon 2010, the audio version of the Lorecast has returned with Episode 26! Cavin “Amatera” Smith and Patrick “iTZKooPA” Mulhern, as usual, take up more time talking about junk than they ever planned on using! Black Ops and Castlevania occupy most of the “Whatcha Been Playin?” talk while World of Warcraft dominates both the news and discussion topic. Among other things, the pair also delve into recent (and exclusive) site interviews with Hi-Rez Studios and take a moment to express their curmudgeonly concerns over Microsoft’s Kinect.

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Shows notes follow:

Whatcha Been Playin?

Amatera: Call of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout: New Vegas, Minecraft, Modnation Racers, Alien Breed 2: Assault
iTZKooPA: Black Ops, League of Legends, Global Agenda, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

World of Warcraft Major News

World of Warcraft “Lightning Lore”

Other MMO/Gaming News

Discussion

  • Riding the wave of hype: with less than a month ago, how much are you still anticipating the release of Cataclysm?

Miscellany

Click the player above to listen, download the podcastsubscribe via RSS, or subscribe on iTunes.

Cataclysm Countdown: Earthly Rumbles [Contest]

6 November 2010 | 9 Comments » | Mordil

Missed BlizzCon this year? Didn’t buy your ticket in time for the epic loot you get? Then I’ve got what you need!

All you need to do, Lore Hounds is this:

  1. Find at least, 15 Easter Eggs. You know we’ve got them. We know we’ve got them. We know, you know, we know we’ve got them. Find ‘em. They may be in a video, posts (as references and tags), or elsewhere. Good luck. Protip — check recent content. And at least one must be from a video.
  2. Follow @LoreHound on twitter (if you are not doing so already!)

In doing so, you shall earn this time:


You have until Saturday, November 13th at 12:00 a.m. PST to submit your entry. Click through for the details. Continue Reading

BlizzCon 2010: Lorecast Episode 25.2 – BlizzCon Day 2 Recap

1 November 2010 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA


In this very special Lorecast, the crew gets together in front of a camera – even Juggynaut – and chats about Day 2 of BlizzCon 2010. We discuss our impressions of the day 2, which consisted mostly of Q&A panels and the StarCraft II championship. Oh, and the closing ceremony of epicness.

Due to the legnth of the discussion, the video podcast is spread across four videos. Hit the jump to view all of iTZKooPA, Juggynaut and Mordil in full HD glory. Yes, we’re pretty enough for HD. Continue Reading

Tanking Itemization – One Way Blizzard Has Backed Itself Into A Corner

29 October 2010 | 7 Comments » | Mordil

This, but legendary... er

After 5+ years of World of Warcraft’s experiences and development, Blizzard has effectively backed itself into a proverbial corner, in some or many ways. With the coming Cataclysm bringing many major revamps to zones, quests, lore, systems, combat, and more, people wonder and ask about returning features or flat-out items.

In the Quests and Lore panel at BlizzCon, which ended up being simply Q&A session 101, someone asked for Atiesh and others alike to return. Chris Metzen (yes, that Chris Metzen) and Alex Afrasiabi replied with “highly unlikely, it’s been done”.

This spurred the next question: What is the next legendary planned? Followed by: Every role has had a legendary, except tanks. This struck home, naturally, but I never thought about this specific issue until my fellow tank mentioned it.

Sadly, they explained that they understand the issue, but don’t have plans, not even the means of know-how to remedy the situation. Continue Reading

BlizzCon 2010: Lorecast Episode 25.1 – BlizzCon Day 1 Recap (Come See Juggynaut’s Face!)

28 October 2010 | 6 Comments » | iTZKooPA

In this very special Lorecast, the crew gets together in front of a camera – even Juggynaut – and chats about Day 1 of BlizzCon 2010. We discuss our impressions of the opening ceremony, panels, the general atmosphere, Jay Mohr and the dance contestant that “broke his leg.” It turns out he will walk again. That’s what we get for taking a comedian’s diagnosis.

Due to the legnth of the discussion, the video podcast is spread across three videos. Hit the jump to view all of iTZKooPA, Juggynaut and Mordil in full HD glory. Yes, we’re pretty enough for HD. Continue Reading