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.
Returning from a winter hiatus, the Live Cast is back with another episode to cover the past few months of gaming news. Tune in here to watch it live on Saturday, April 30th at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST).
Below is the agenda we have planned, but always keep in mind that what we discuss may ebb and flow according to what you, the viewers, dictate. See you then!
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
Today, patch 1.3 hits the live realms for all regions. The patch brings a few bug fixes and balance changes, as well as a much improved custom game interface and implementation.
Perhaps the most important part of the patch is the locking of the ladder divisions – players will not be able to be placed, promoted, or demoted for the remainder of the season. Season 1 is ending next week, so you don’t have to wait long if you aspire to a higher league. Additionally, no more bonus points will be accumulated.
For the rest of the season, players can attempt to rank up within their divisions. Blizzard has added “milestones“, which are additional graphical rewards for performing well. In addition to the “medals” you get for placing in a league, additional decorations will be added to the medal based on your placement in the league. If you place in the top 50 in your division at the close of the season, you will receive a small decoration along the bottom of the medal. Top 25 players will obtain decorative wings on their medal, and top 8 players will gain a star. Season 1 standings and rewards will be snapshotted and archived, and players will need to play only a single placement match for season 2 if they played in season 1. Season 1 rewards and data will be viewable in player’s profiles.
The Grandmaster league is also added in the new patch, limited to the top 200 players in a region. They will have milestones for the top 200, 100, 50, and 25 players. Players are locked in per season and are removed for inactivity. It seems that players qualify from the previous season and are only added in if someone was removed for inactivity and the system calculates they were the next highest ranked person with a small enough bonus pool.
We still don’t know much, but it looks like Blizzard’s tight-lipped group in-the-know is starting to grant its eager audience a few tidbits here and there about the next-generation MMO that it has lined up for sometime this century, after the relase of Diablo III.
In the past couple of weeks, both Frank Pearce, Blizzard cofounder and Executive VP of product development, and Paul Sams, Blizzard’s Chief Operating Officer, have gone on the record with Gamasutra to discuss the codenamed “Titan,” how it will affect WoW’s playerbase, and how they’ve transitioned Blizzard employees from WoW to the new MMO.
With a codename like that, it’s no surprise that Sams and other developers told Gamasutra that they expect the next-gen MMO to do what their competitors have only dreamed of in the past six years — eclipse WoW.
Paul Sams on “Titan”
“I believe [it’s] the most ambitious thing we’ve ever attempted. And I feel like we have set our company up to succeed on that. We have some of our most talented and most experienced developers on that team. Many of the people that built World of Warcraft are full time on that other team.
…We think that it’s going to be very impactful in our industry and, we hope, very impactful to the world. We think that that will be, after Diablo III, the next big thing from us. The thing that we hope will happen is that it will not stop World of Warcraft but we believe will eclipse it. Continue Reading
Amazon also has a fresh description and excerpt for those who can’t wait to get their hands on the book:
The year is 2494. Almost five years ago, Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay were members of the Heaven’s Devils, an elite Confederate marine unit praised for its nerves of steeland combat expertise. After making a stand against their corrupt commanding officer, the two men were forced to go AWOL or risk being unjustly prosecuted and resocialized.Now, Raynor and Findlay are outlaws hounded by an unyielding interstellar marshal. Life, however, has never beenbetter. Each day is another chance to pilfer more credits from the Confederacy’s deep coffers. Each night holds the promise of spending their hard-earned profits in bars, brothels, and gambling halls. But a man can only run so far before the law—and his past—catch up with him. . . .
Devils’ Due recounts an unforgettable period of Jim Raynor’s life as he descends into the Koprulu sector’s criminal underworld alongside the street-savvy Findlay. Here, far from his humble upbringing on the fringe world of Shiloh, Raynor will face some of the most trying challenges of his life. The decisions he makes will alter his destiny forever and put his father’s oft-spoken wisdom, “A man is what he chooses to be,” to the ultimate test. Continue Reading
Wow, 2010 is almost gone and 2011 is about to begin. As you may imagine, lots of websites are releasing articles regarding the best Video Games of this year. I have been checking some of them out, but I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. It is, as you may now know because of the title, The Totally Rad Show‘s Top 5 Video Games of 2010.
In today’s review, each host let us know their choices and attempts to decide which deserves to be considered as the best 2010 video game. Console games and MMORPGs are included in their lists, so you will get to see a pretty wide variety of titles.
If I had to choose between the 3 lists, I’d have to go with Alex Albrecht’s selections. Oh, and before you ask, I did not go with Alex’s list just because it has World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in it!
Now it’s your turn. If you had to make a list of the Top 5 Video Games of 2010, which games would you include?
Ever wonder what it might be like to see two of your favorite Blizzard games collide in an epic battle? No, we’re not talking about cosplayers from this year’s BlizzCon (though that could be interesting). Instead, check out this video by Blizzmeng of the Zerg invasion on Azeroth. They come fast, furious and dirty — who will win? Could this be one common enemy that would unite Alliance and Horde together in battle?
Who do you think would win if the Zerg initiated a full-on invasion of Azeroth? You know they’re floating out there in space somewhere — perhaps not too far from a neighboring Blizzard world. I think we have the makings of the next post-Cataclysm expansion!