Posts Tagged ‘blizzard’

BlizzCon 2010: Day 1 Photos

23 October 2010 | 3 Comments » | Mordil

After much planning and hard work from the Lore Hound crew, we grab a few drinks and mingle with the crowd. Here are some photos from today’s shenanigans to satisfy you until we can get the video editing under way in the coming week. It’s almost like you were there yourself!

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Cataclysm: The Intro

17 October 2010 | 18 Comments » | Amatera

Deathwing does to Stormwind what Rick James would do to your couch.

Speaks for itself, huh?

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Rumor: Rumored Cataclysm Release Date Gets Pushed Back (Rumor)

27 September 2010 | 6 Comments » | Amatera

Blizzard doesn't care if you've been naughty or nice, Cataclysm will be finished "when it's done!"

If ifs and buts were candies and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas! We’d have an even more wonderful holiday if we found a copy of Cataclysm under the tree, wouldn’t we? Well, maybe you would, but not I, sir or ma’am! No, Christmas means going home, and for me, that means playing on a woefully underpowered laptop, if anything at all. I imagine I won’t be the only one traveling, nor would I be the only one with less time to dedicate to all the content in a fresh, new expansion.

But if MMO-Champion is right, then we may be dealing with an early-mid December release date. That contradicts the previous rumor of November 2nd, presumably from the same unnamed, internal source. I opted to repeat myself in the title to hammer home the fact that this still doesn’t constitute official word — or perhaps to actively ignore the idea that it could be true. Just be glad I didn’t make any stupid puns this time (like “Rumore Hound”).

Do note that although it disagrees with the November 27th date that’s been floating around online retail sites lately as well, that number should be the least valid of any predictions (it’s normally just conjecture on the retailer’s part).

So, what could be holding it back? Well, there’s the obvious — it needs more development time. But they’ve been kicking out builds (both on the PTR and beta servers) like it’s nobody’s business, and the last time they released content around Christmas they intentionally gated it so it didn’t conflict with players’ holiday plans too much. And that was just a raid dungeon, let alone a whole expansion! I’m not sure what makes Blizzard think it’s a good idea this year.

But if you’d allow me, how about a little bit of conspiracy time here, featuring the game industry’s favorite punching bag: Activision-Blizzard showrunner, Bobby Kotick? Continue Reading

Lore Hound MMOcast 21: Post PAX Prime Podcast

17 September 2010 | 2 Comments » | LHStaff

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Discussion: Mobile applications keeping you tethered to your game of choice on the go, good or bad?

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Zalazane’s Fall and Operation: Gnomeregan Are A Go! [Updated]

7 September 2010 | 9 Comments » | Mordil

Taken from the live servers (US) just minutes ago

Patch 3.3.5+ is upon us!  “Proof?” you say?  We’ve two bits of anecdotal evidence for you: the servers going down for maintenance and the screenshot to the right.  Good enough?

Yes, the Pre-Cataclysm events coming. As I type this, I’m highly anticipating the engagement known as the Fight for Gnomeregan!

For those that have had their head in the sand, the Pre-Cataclysm events include Zalazane’s Fall, and Operation: Gnomeregan. These were included in the 3.3.5 Patch files and could be activated by an “on switch”. These retaking of gnomish and troll lands will lead up to the release of Patch 4.0 — events that promise to change Azeroth forever.

For those too lazy to use their own powers of deduction, this means that Cataclysm should only be 6-8 weeks away. Perhaps Blizzard will make their Pre-BlizzCon release as intended. Things can still change, but I highly doubt it.  Blizzard rarely does things shotgun, and the roadmap following Zalazane and Operation: Gnomeregan was already made public.

Remember: ZG, as a raid, is gone in Cataclysm, and Loremaster will still be in, just changed to accommodate the Cataclysm changes.  This means that you better get a move on for those coveted achievements and mounts before Cataclysm’s release!

If you need a reminder of what the quest chains are like, hit the “Continue Reading” Button for our videos; courtesy of Amatera and Juggynaut.


Fixed the patch version.  It seems that Blizzard didn’t update the version with the release of these events.

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Blizzard Customer Support Now On Twitter

1 September 2010 | 3 Comments » | Amatera

Some people might question the necessity of this maneuver, but I find that the big trend these days seems to be choice. Where you get your information, and how you get it, is completely up to you. It’s the reason why Google integrates into everything and everything integrates into Skynet Facebook (yes, even Twitter). Maybe you already have a good method for figuring out when the servers are up or down (refreshing the in-game browser ad nauseum for three hours straight doesn’t count). Maybe you’ve got a bookmark on the status page, or have it hooked up to an RSS feed.

But if you don’t? Well, now you can keep up with the times on Twitter, by following the official BlizzardCS account. Now, don’t go thinking you can spam it every time your game crashes. This is less for accepting complaints and more for disseminating mass information and updates quickly:

You can now follow all Blizzard Entertainment Customer Support news and updates on Twitter. Just head over to @BlizzardCS, ( for the latest Support related news, events and more. We will be providing constant updates during Tuesday’s maintenance and service outages. Additionally, you will be able to view updates to our Queue Times for Game Master interactions, account investigations and escalated tickets alike.

Of course, we’d be remiss if any mention of Twitter went without a convenient link to our own account. Yes, our ancient Sparklepony contest is still going on because we’ve yet to hit the magic number. Scratch our back and we’ll scratch yours! All you have to do is follow @Lorehound today!

First Impressions: Thoughts On Fallen Earth

30 August 2010 | 1 Comment » | Mordil

I’ll be splitting this into two posts: First one will be opinionated, and the second will be informative. For those who disagree or agree with what I have to say, feel free to post in the comments.

I should admit, I’ve been “brainwashed” by Blizzard in to thinking what an MMOG is, how it should play and which features it should have. However, I overcame this as soon as I fired up Fallen Earth.

In some respects it reminded me of All Points Bulletin in the sense that you are  given the basics of the game, and then there’s little infrastructure about what you should be doing next.

I want to point out what makes me so thrilled with this game: the pure bad-ass it makes you. I mean, look to the photo to the right. You can look like that in-game. You begin to customize your character with low-level items — which arm you want that armband on, and the one with the shoulder cloth.

Customization is furthered by an expanse weapon system.  Players can roll around the wasteland with six weapons on you at the same time; all of which are displayed on your character. The six weapon slots — two primary 2-handed melee/ranged weapons on your back, two one-handed melee/throwing weapons on your belt, then two one-handed guns — grants customization just based on what weapon you have placed where. Continue Reading

Lore Hound MMOcast 18: Books are Real Life Minigames

27 August 2010 | 2 Comments » | LHStaff

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  • E3 2010: The Contest is still looking for winners. An executive decision will be made if three people don’t find the glasses, so submit your entry no matter what!
  • Cataclysm CE announced. Curse of the Worgen comic incoming.
  • New blogger Ronix jumps into the mix with an interesting look at the F2P market and where it’s headed and how Blizzard got its never-fail reputation.
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures dated, special box edition coming.
  • EverQuest Next & EQII: Destiny announced at Fan Faire.
  • APB changing weapons further, mission structure also being tweaked. Realtime Worlds sinking.
  • Jagex finally reveals something about Stellar Dawn, a trailer.
  • Ultima Online, the game that will never die, to receive future live events.
  • SWG players receive anniversary gift. It’s a treehouse? WTF?
  • Runes of Magic: The Elder Kingdoms announced, to add in game marriages, raise level cap.
  • Neverwinter Nights MMOG rumors resurface.
  • New Guild Wars 2 video showcases developers, gameplay. Watch it, it delivers on some of the promises.
  • Rumor: Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s space combat to be on-rails. Space combat trailer is now in the wild.
  • GamesCom 2010: BioWare announces 10 advanced classes. Guild Wars 2 demo video here, necro class confirmed


It’s a busy week with news, announcements trailers and teasers, yet no game releases since APB, which isn’t doing so hot. With WoW in a downswing and nothing on the immediate horizon, do you think this window is a missed opportunity by developers/publishers?

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