Posts Tagged ‘blizzard’

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

BlizzCon 2010: Chris Metzen’s Geek Is… Opening Speech

27 October 2010 | 1 Comment » | iTZKooPA

Few people in their right mind thought Blizzard was going to announce something spectacular at BlizzCon 2010. Yes, we all wanted to hear about the new MMOG or the upcoming expansion to StarCraft II. Hell, even a release date for Diablo III would have been considered huge. But, most of us knew it’d be a down year.

Blizzard, for the second time since launching the “Big Three,” will be releasing two video games in a year. Cataclysm is just over a month away, which means everyone at the company is putting in extra hours to finish it up. I don’t want to sound like I am giving Blizzard a free pass for not announcing something major, I did call the opening “underwhelming,” I just don’t think the company should be expected to blow us away every convention.

Before diving into what announcements the company did make at the Opening Ceremony, that being the Demon Hunter and PvP battle arena revelations for Diablo III, VP of Creative Chris Metzen spent some time discussing the power of words. Specifically, he honed in on a word that the BlizzCon community owns: Geek.

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BlizzCon 2010: Jay Mohr Brings The Funny (Video)

26 October 2010 | 2 Comments » | iTZKooPA

The great thing about securing a press badge isn’t that you get the greatest seat, we’re placed off-center, but that you don’t get trampled while attempting to secure a place for your posterior. The entire Lore Hound crew plopped down with roughly 30,000 other gamers to enjoy Jay Mohr as the Master of Ceremonies for the fourth time running.

Mohr opened the contest panel with a 15-minute nerd-friendly, kid-unfriendly (NSFW due to swearing) routine. He covered everything from the 25th anniversary of the NES, Final Fantasy, and the realism of Assassin’s Creed. Even cheap pops and cat calls for Walken were addressed in hilarious fashion.

Take a gander, the video above contains every hilarious moment.

BlizzCon 2010: Teasing Videos

24 October 2010 | No Comments » | Mordil

What? My photo gallery isn’t good enough to sate hunger for blood? Well then check out these two videos of the costume contest and World of Warcraft Art Panel.

Hopefully it will keep you ravenous, die-hard Lore Hounds fed until the rest of the awesome content we have in store for you goes live. Enjoy!

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BlizzCon 2010: Day 2 Photos

24 October 2010 | No Comments » | Mordil

As we grab our goodies and head for the exit here in Anaheim, California, we look back on the past two days with much excitement. Many interesting things are coming, most of all Deathwing with the Cataclysmic tantrum he’s about to throw. I apologize for the lighting in most of them, as it wasn’t very good in the auditorium.

As a special treat, for those who didn’t see it already: here is the log in screen for Cataclysm. It’s exactly the same as we posted before, just a different angle. This is the “official” final version. The other is just a better lighted one.

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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!

Full gallery after the break…
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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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