Posts Tagged ‘blizzcon 2011’

World of Warcraft Expands To Mega Bloks, Now in Stores!

31 July 2012 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Announced at BlizzCon 2011 and detailed in late March, the summer line of World of Warcraft licensed Mega Bloks is now available in stores! The latest, greatest and only full-sized line currently available is all about the red and blue, featuring a buildable Deathwing and Stormwind. Too bad his claw prints aren’t on Stormwind’s towers.

Also available are the more rudimentary/junior sets featuring popular characters in 25 piece sets, vehicles and mounts in ~90 piece sets and more mature sets like that of Sindragosa/Lich King pairing coming in at 150 pieces. Prices range from under $10 to $100.

You better believe I’ll be getting my hand on at least one of the more epic collections. My action figure shelves desperately need some new blood.

Mega Bloks and Blizzard will be pairing up in the foreseeable future to continue delivering buildable pieces from Azeroth and beyond.

Check out all your options over at Amazon.

BlizzCon 2011: A Human-Powered Sindragosa

11 November 2011 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA

BlizzCon is fantastic for many reasons that Blizzard explicitly provides. The exclusive announcements, interviews, tournaments, swag, statues, panels and so much more. But, as the company’s employees often suggest, it’d be absolutely nothing without the community that has grown around the company. The collective determination to excellence has itself spawned and unimaginable community composed of scores of skilled and creative people.

Much of this is on showcase at the various fan contests, from dancing to costumes to various “core” artforms. And yet, each BlizzCon, you can happen across something from the community that impresses the most jaded fan. Take for instance the above human-powered Sindragosa. At least, that’s what I have taken to calling it.

This three person contraption may have been at BlizzCon 2010, but I didn’t see it until now and it’s a sight to behold and hear, thanks to snapping jaws and scrapping claws. The above video gives you the full 360 degree tour and and an in-her-face show of the glowing maw.

BlizzCon 2011: A Race Against Time – Blood Legion vs. Vodka Live Raid

3 November 2011 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA

BlizzCon 2011 was the sixth Blizzard-based convention ever. Despite the condensed celebration of all things WoW, StarCraft and Diablo being so young, tradition has already settled in. Opening monologues, tournaments, Jay Mohr, and fan contests are all expected staples. Three years ago, another tradition began, the Live Raid.

The introduction of the Live Raid panel came about like an indie project. It was small, cheaply produced and barely advertised. And it was a massive hit. The unexpected masses didn’t know what to make of Hogger decimating a professional guild, but we wanted more. A lot more.

Blizzard, and the chosen combatants, have delivered.

In a scant few years, the panel has gone from a hodgepodge of modified encounters to an all-out specially designed realm. BlizzCon 2011 is the first time that Blizzard has dedicated a significant amount of resources to the event. This year’s extravagance featured a custom Firelands raid, sans the trash. The goal: Defeat Ragnaros and all his minions as fast as humanly possible.

Yet, the goal was not designed for one group of pro-gamers, but two. And let’s not forget the defining factor of the foot race: Alliance versus. Horde. For the alliance was Vodka, with Blood Legion representing the horde.

The added dynamic forced leaders to think outside the box. To create new patterns of attack, ignore or sidestep encounter mechanics, to be on the bleeding edge of pass/fail.

Not all of the decisions were good ones.

Be sure to check the entire run by hitting the jump below. In total, it push four videos topping out at about 50 minutes of quality footage. I won’t spoil it for you, but there’s a nice surprise for whichever guild doesn’t down Ragnaros first.

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BlizzCon 2011: Mike Morhaime Opens The Show

1 November 2011 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA

Look kids, it’s Mike Morhaime.

/me pauses for applause/astonishment/pictures.

If you don’t know who that is, take a seat and get educated. Mike Morhaime is one of the founders of Blizzard Entertainment, the company you so obviously have come to know and love. He’s the most forward facing of any of the co-founders, despite his awkwardness at these fan-based conventions. He may not be as silky smooth as Chris Metzen, but really, few can rock sunglasses whenever they damn well please.

Mike’s role, barring the ever-powerful title of CEO, in the company is anything but a holdover. Check out the above video for his opening presentation where he proves it by announcing the crazy WoW Annual Pass, its inclusion of Diablo III and drops his best jokes ever, with only a little bit of awkwardness.

Those public speaking classes are starting to pay off.

BlizzCon 2011: Chris Metzen Open Ceremony

28 October 2011 | 1 Comment » | iTZKooPA

Holy crap, Metzen isn’t wearing sunglasses. Write this day down in history! Chris Metzen, Lionel Richie’s biggest fan, was caught without his token shades during his opening ceremony presentation. For those of you not into TMZ-style reporting, we’ll move to our regularly scheduled writing style.

Metzen, the vice president of Creative Development broke onto the stage for a short soliloquy compared to last year’s “Geek Is…” monolog. The voice of Thrall and so many others teased WoWers with a new expansion before shifting gears to the upcoming Diablo III, the newly revamped Blizzard DotA and StarCraft proper. Then, after calling the WoWers back, he unleashed pandas on the audience.

Check out the presentation, filled with cheap pops Mick Foley style, above.

BlizzCon 2011: Enjoy The Ambiance, Scenery & Empty Chairs Virtually

28 October 2011 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA

Lines, we stood in them. Cosplayers, we snapped photos of them. Statues, we contorted our bodies for the best angles of them. We did the grunt work, and in the end, we have one of the most comprehensive collections of pictures from BlizzCon 2011.

This collection features a little bit of everything. Panel stills, shots of banners, cosplay, Mega Bloks layouts, Horde symbols (poorly) shaved into skulls, empty panel areas, hidden Mists of Pandaria reveals, scores of computers, the Lore Stage, tournaments and more. It’s not exhaustive, just thorough.

Take a gander at the 140 images after the break and don’t forget to take a look at the other albums linked above.

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BlizzCon 2011: Costume Contest & Cosplay

25 October 2011 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA

Doesn’t the title say it all? Do we truly need an explanation to one of BlizzCon‘s consistently anticipated events? No, not the inevitable reveal of a new World of Warcraft expansion or something new in the StarCraft or Diablo universes. Not Jay Mohr’s recycled punchlines and Grand Theft Auto anecdotes, but the customary Costume Contest. Which, by the way, is the only contest to remain largely unmolested, changing some key rules – size maximums – but continuing its tradition of showing any and all dedication to cosplay, from enormous turtles and a mistress of pain to hand-studded leather gauntlets and a Minecraft player that fell off the stage!

And so let it begin. You can see an ever-so-small morsel of the extravagance directly below, but the meat of the situation is after the jump. Our compilation spans the up-close-and-personal pictures to the far-and-away snapshots taken during the procession.

Enjoy!

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BlizzCon 2011: The Goodie Bag & A Constructed Tyrael

24 October 2011 | No Comments » | iTZKooPA

Virtual ticket or in meat space, a large reason for “heading” to BlizzCon for many is the superb goodie bag that is included in the ticket price. And it just keeps getting better and better. More free swag, better swag and a roving array of activities kick started by simple included leaflets.

This year, we were meet with an amazing Mini Tyrael statue to celebrate the impeding release of Diablo III, which you can see to your right and in a few shots below. In addition, the LEGO-clone company known as Mega Bloks has entered into a licensing partnership with Blizzard, supplying all attendees with a blocky Thrall and enticing goers with an incredible battle scene inside its booth (below as well). Rounding out the package is your token SteelSeries key, an authenticator, a Diablo III bookmark and some blatant advertisements.

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