SDCC 2009: Sideshow Collectibles Might Announce New Diorama

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The San Diego Comic Con 2009 runs through Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, July 26.  You will find Sideshow Collectibles at Booth # 1929.  I am somewhat close with the Sideshow Collectibles representatives and keep in contact a few times throughout the year.  During a mini-Q&A I had with Sideshow Collectibles CEO Greg Anzalone and the Production Manager Brant Bridges, the latter said:

Brant: Yes, we are hoping to do more Blizzard products.  Nothing in the immediate future, but we do have some ambitions.

A few weeks ago, when I asked Sideshow Collectibles if they were to unveil a new Diorama this year at the San Diego Comic Con, I got a very interesting response that might or not mean something is brewing in the house of ideas. (expensive ideas by the way, lol)

The answer was: “We can

Blizzard Entertainment - Project Hydra Rears Its ugly face again

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Retrospect on Diablo III. Codename: Project Hydra

This thing has returned to bite me once more in the—err— where sun doesn’t shine.  The first time you probably heard about Project Hydra was when I posted here on Blizzplanet a rumor from a anonymous source that reached me via chat.  I usually don’t listen to hearsay, or anonymous “I have an uncle that works at Blizzard and told me … this and that”-kind of breaking news.  That’s why I go straight to the source myself, be it writers, editors, voice actors, music composers, or else.

However, this guy really made me wonder if it was or not fake—about two years ago.  Right before StarCraft II was officially announced, 1up.com had seen a Medusa codename on the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals itinerary (schedule sheet).  I posted about it on May 18, 2007 at 3pm EST, and twenty minutes later, this guy contacted me to let me know Medusa was the codename of Starcraft II and that it would be announced at Seoul during the 2007 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals—here is the archived post.  Few hours later, it happened. Starcraft II was announced, which made me wonder if the anonymous source wasn’t fake after all.  He also mentioned Project Hydra and Project South Seas.

On September 7, 2007, barely four months after I first posted about Project Hydra, TheInquirer posted to have heard codename Project Hydra at the GDC.

Last week, Kotaku was not allowed to take photos of three locations within Blizzard Entertainment’s Headquarter.  One of them had a sign titled … Project Hydra. Check out Kotaku’s article.

The

Diablo III Announcement Anniversary - June 28

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Today, June 28th, is the anniversary of the moment Mike Morhaime announced at the 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals in Paris, France that Diablo III was in development and presented Jay Wilson and his team.  Time really goes fast. I remember being there in front of the stage when Blizzard unveiled the Diablo III Cinematic and gameplay video onscreen.

We have seen the Diablo III Art Controversy, which died pretty fast.  We have seen the Witch Doctor and the Wizard Class, several updates on the Bestiary and lore at the official website.  Bashiok (Diablo III CM) has kept us informed throughout the year with some juicy details.  He’s done an awesome job thus far, and hope to continue to see him active in upcoming years.  We have seen Jay Wilson in various interviews after the announcement, and Diablo III feature in some of the BlizzCast podcasts.

About a year ago, before Diablo III was announced, Blizzplanet had run a teaser countdown. I was newsposter of the Diablo3.com website for a few months before the domain name was transferred to Blizzard Entertainment.  Many fans may remember my countdown to May 1st, 2008 which heralded the announcement that Diablo3.com domain name belonged now to Blizzard Entertainment.  A very-strong sign that Blizzard would announce Diablo III at the 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals.

Many gaming sites linked to Blizzplanet and Diablo3.com wondering what was the countdown mystery about.  David, I remember added the text: 

Diablo III Overthrown Limited Edition SOLD OUT

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

It is AMAZING !!! The Diablo III fans have gone insane and fell in love of the fully-painted Diablo III OVERTHROWN Statue.  The Limited Edition which includes the helmet has been surprisingly SOLD OUT across the board. It’s been only four days since it was unveiled.  This reminds me how fast BlizzCon tickets sold out these past two years.  There are very passionate fans out there, I tell ya.

The question is, will there be enough Overthrown Regular Edition to meet the demand?  Rush in and get one if you were hesitating dude, because they are going faster than hot bread in the morning on a busy bakery.  They are sweet !

Blizzard Quote:
We sold through our Sideshow Exclusive Diablo III OVERTHROWN Diorama during our June 18th re-launch of the painted piece, which was showcased in our weekly E-Newsletter, with an Edition Size soon to be announced! Please note that a Regular Edition of this piece, which comes WITHOUT the interchangeable helmeted head, is now available to pre-order Diablo III OVERTHROWN Statue while supplies last. There is also a Wait List open for the Exclusive.

Diablo III Overthrown Diorama

Painted Diablo III Overthrown Diorama Pre-Orders

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

The Painted Diablo III Overthrown Polystone Diorama screenshots are now available, and better yet, you can pre-order this awesome statue here.  It is slated for delivery on Q4 2009.  Impress your friends and fellow employees by displaying this diorama on your desk or living room.  If you think for $299 it is too pricy, it indeed is. However, the FlexPay option allows you to acquire it in three easy payments:

Oct 10, 2009 $100.00
Nov 10, 2009 $100.00
Dec 10, 2009 $99.99

Click the Pre-Order text within the image and choose the normal diorama or the limited edition which includes the interchangeable helmet.  Select the FlexPay link from the pre-order page if you prefer to pay in three easy installments.

Within the world of Sanctuary in the Kingdom of Khanduras, barbarians are an ancient class of legendary warriors. Barbarians are known for their immense size, relentless fury and two-weapon fighting techniques and dwell upon their sacred Mount Arreat. Though once misunderstood to be simple and aggressive invaders, they are a noble, proud people, upholding great tradition – protecting Mount Arreat and the mysterious artifact it holds.

Sideshow Collectibles and Blizzard Entertainment are proud to introduce the Diablo III Collectible series with this epic first release. The Barbarian Statue depicts the warrior class in fine form, wielding dual-axes in the heat of battle. Each piece is hand-cast in high quality polystone, individually finished and hand-painted to exacting standards, complete with individually assigned edition numbers on the bottom side of the base. Don’t miss this opportunity to begin your Diablo III collection with the limited edition Barbarian Statue.

If you placed a pre-order when we displayed the unpainted prototype of this item, you do not need to place an additional order.

License: Diablo III
Product Type: Polystone Diorama
Product Size: 18” H (457.2mm) x 12.5” W (317.5mm) x 13” D (330.2mm)*
Product Weight: 15.00 lbs (6.8 kg)*

   

   

   

Painted Diablo III Overthrown Diorama Unveiled

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As promised last week, Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled the fully painted version of the Diablo III Overthrown Polystone Diorama and it just looks awesome.  The pre-order pages have been disabled, but they plan to re-launch them on June 18 with various photos of the diorama from different angles.  Stay tuned for further updates on our front page.  In the meantime, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a Wallpaper in four sizes. Read our recent interview with Sideshow CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges.

Last Chance - Fansites BlizzCon Tickets Giveaways

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The Blizzcon Tickets are sold out.  However, you still have a chance at winning a Free ticket to attend Blizzcon via Fansites Giveways courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.  Blizzard is very supportive to all the fansites under their flag. So take this very exciting opportunity.  Beneath are all the fansites whose giveaway is still active.  Participate in all of them to increase your chances at winning one. However, if you got two be honest and let them know. Good luck and see you at BlizzCon.

INCGAMERS NETWORK

OTHER FANSITES

Painted Diablo III Overthrown Diorama Update

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Sideshow Collectibles CEO and president Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges.  Sideshow will debut the fully painted Diablo III: Overthrown Diorama very soon.  We will share these photos with you when they are available.  Last week, I reached Sideshow, and they are committed to let us know in advance when the fully painted Overthrown is finished to alert our visitors.  Additionally, they expect to produce new StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Dioramas by 2010.

Although they weren’t able to go into detail, nor confirmed nor denied it—personally I have a feeling it will be unveiled at the San Diego Comic Con through JULY 23-26.  If my track-record hunch accuracy and detective work means anything to you, that’s probably it.  A couple of years ago, I digged the plans for a World of Warcraft comic book that would be unveiled at the San Diego Comic Con at least 10 days before even DC Comics launched the press release announcing its existence.

The development team is excited to announce that the Diablo 3 statue, Overthrown, has recently received full approval from Blizzard, and the finished piece will be debuted soon on SideshowCollectibles.com! We are in discussion with Blizzard about future Warcraft and Starcraft releases. Although you won

BlizzCon Tickets Second Batch Sold Out—Fansites Are Your Last Alternative

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The second and last batch of BlizzCon tickets are now sold out. Zippo. No more on sale. Is that your last chance to get a ticket? Not at all.  The family of fansites of the IncGamers Network still has some giveaways of FREE BLIZZCON TICKETS courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Visit the following fansites to read the rules and how to participate. Participate on each of them to increase your chances.

Blizzard Entertainment listed other fansites that started giveaways too. Check them all out here at the official WoW Forums.

Blizzard Quote:
The second batch of tickets for BlizzCon 2009 has now been sold out. If you weren

Echoes of War Standard Edition Re-Release on June 16

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The Echoes of War: Music of Blizzard Entertainment was so very welcomed by fans that EMINENCE produced a new round of copies for sale.  Pre-orders are now available with $ 5 discount savings if you do so before June 16th.

I wrote a review of this product a few months ago if you want to check out what this product contains.  We had a giveaway of the Legendary Edition. The publisher EMINENCE will provide us new copies to giveaway to fans. Stay tuned for details on how to participate.

Blizzard Quote:
ECHOES OF WAR: STANDARD EDITION RE-RELEASE

Diablo III Bestiary: The Fallen Ones

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Bashiok hinted recently a Bestiary Update was nearby, and it was true.  The Fallen Ones have finally taken the spotlight.  The Fallen Ones have a master … Azmodan the Lord of Sin, one of the Lesser of the Seven Great Evils of the Burning Hells. There are five types of Fallen Ones:

  • Imps – These are the commonest of the fallen family of demons. They are the stereotypical fallen ones in look and behavior: small, red, swarming, bloodthirsty, and cowardly.
  • Shaman – Fallen shaman priests lead camps of fallen. I have also heard it rumored that they possess the ability to raise imps from the dead!
  • Lunatic – These enraged, oversized fallen creatures are bloated seemingly to the point of bursting, an impression buttressed by the fact that these insane demons rush their intended victims and then stab themselves until they explode. A more fitting name could not be found for these maniacal beings.
  • Overseer – The fallen overseer drives his smaller impish charges into a frenzy with his ape-like leaping and growling. An overseer among a group of fallen is a dangerous thing, as the cowardice that usually characterizes them is overwhelmed by fear of their much larger brethren.
  • Hounds – These slobbering abominations are commonly found among groups of the fallen and are utilized as guard animals, beasts of burden, or even food by their demonic masters. These beasts are loyal to a fault, regardless of the abuse heaped upon them.
Blizzard Quote:
Bashiok: The Diablo III bestiary has been updated with a demon family you may recognize – The Fallen Ones!

“When unleashed upon our realm by their master, Azmodan, these impish terrors display a tendency to swarm like flesh-hungry locusts, and they have been known to tear apart a sleeping village in minutes. Small of stature and simian in appearance, these creatures possess surprising strength and unnatural agility. Other than feasting on human flesh, the only act that gives these unspeakable horrors pleasure is breeding; hence the tendency to encounter them in large packs.”

Visit http://www.Diablo3.com for the full bestiary update, including concept art, screen shots, and video!

   
 

Blizzard Lists Fansites Giving Blizzcon 2009 Tickets

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Bashiok announced the latest fansites participating in Blizzcon 2009 ticket giveaway contests. Participate in all of these to increase your chances at getting a free ticket.  Good luck and see you in Anaheim.

Blizzard Quote:
Didn’t get tickets? Well don’t worry because we’ve selected a number of fansites to give away additional tickets through contests and giveaways!

Each site chooses their own method for giving away their tickets. They range from simple to specialized. From easy questionnaires to dedicated art or story contests. Each one providing you with an additional chance to attend BlizzCon!

Visit the below sites for more information on their individual ticket give away events, rules, and regulations.

BlizzPlanet – ends June 9th
http://www.blizzplanet.com/

Diablo-Source – ends June 12th
http://www.diablo-source.com/

WoW Interface – ends June 11th
http://wowinterface.com/community.php

inStarCraft.de – ends May 27th
http://starcraft2.ingame.de/

StarCraft Wire.net – ends May 25th
http://starcraft.incgamers.com/blog/comments/blizzcon-2009-ticket-giveaway/

StarCraft II Australia
http://www.starcraft2.com.au

Blizzplanet - Win A BlizzCon 2009 Ticket Giveaway

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzPlanet Site News, Contests, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzplanet is proud to announce a giveaway of three BlizzCon 2009 badges courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.  In order to enter our giveaway roster, you must first complete accurately all seven instructions below and submit them via email here.

International entries are welcome (except where certain countries local restrictions apply). This giveaway ends on June 9, 2009 at 11:59pm EST (New York timezone).  Winners will be announced the next day.  Winners will have only three days to reply back, otherwise someone else will be chosen.  Winners should bring their Photo ID (i.e. Passport, Driver’s License) to the VIP booth at the Anaheim Convention Center. The name of the winner must match the photo ID’s. Blizzcon tickets are not transferable.

1. Read Excerpt 4 of World of Warcraft: ARTHAS here. List all the character names mentioned in this excerpt.

2. What was Rathma’s former name? Who christened him with the name Rathma? And What page number it is revealed? —Read the Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy, The Veiled Prophet excerpt. The excerpt link may be found beneath the front cover image (click Browse Inside).

3. Read the StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 War-Torn story.  Summarize what’s going on and explain why you look forward to read this manga.

4. Watch our video interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson and describe which question answered you enjoyed the most and why.

5. Register to the Mountain Dew World of Warcraft Game Fuel website. Take a screenshot of your account page, and show at least 300 points. Note: You don’t need to be a World of Warcraft subscriber to participate in this giveaway. You can increase your points by going to all the options available within the How Do I Earn Points? section. Once you reach 300 points take a screenshot and attach it to the email. Note: If you don’t have a screen capture software, you may download XNview to capture images. Once installed go to Tools—> Capture Screen and click ok.

6. Read the four solicitations of StarCraft # 1-4, and write down the character names. Then view the preview scans and let us know what your impression is about the art, the dialogues and general tone of the comic book.  Note: WIldstorm and DC Comics are launching Starcraft # 1 on May 27. You may subscribe to the 12-issues here.

7. Provide your WoW Character name or Battle.net screen name (i.e. Starcraft, Warcraft III, Diablo II)—for winners announcement purposes.

Once these six instructions are completed, your entry will be automatically added to the roster of giveaway participants. Incomplete or inaccurate entries will be disqualified.

NOTE: Other Blizzard Fansites have Blizzcon 2009 Ticket GIveaways too:

StarCraftWire.net - Blizzcon 2009 Tickets Giveaway

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Our sister site, StarCraftWire.net, has a giveaway of three Blizzcon 2009 tickets that you could very well use to be among the fans that will experience StarCraft II and Diablo III gameplay on the game floor, and witness to any possible new game or expansion announcements.

Make haste and participate in the giveaway here.  I will announce Blizzplanet’s Blizzcon tickets giveaway shortly. Stay tuned.

BlizzCon Ticket Sales Tomorrow UPDATE

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Nethaera informed Blizzplanet to alert our fans with the following flash news.  Tickets are scheduled to go on sale specifically at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, Saturday, May 16.

Blizzard Quote:
Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn

Blizzcon 2009 Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard has announced the official link where to purchase the Blizzcon tickets tomorrow Saturday, May 16.  Wish everyone luck to get one of these. Last year, 15,000 tickets were sold out within 15 minutes.  The queue system will allow fans to have better and fair chances to purchase tickets without having to reload mindlessly.

Blizzard Quote:
Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn

Greg Canessa Joins Battle.net 2.0 Dev Team

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News

Blizzard’s Bob Colayco told Ars Technica that Greg Canessa (PopCap Games, Xbox Live Arcade) has joined Blizzard Entertainment to work on Battle.net 2.0.

Blizzard Quote:
“He will report to our vice president of online technologies and work closely with the executive team to help fine-tune the next version of Battle.net, currently in development,” Blizzard’s Bob Colayco said.

Now this is an interesting thought.  Someone with experience in Xbox Live Arcade and PopCap games now working on Battle.net 2.0 … hmm … Remeber GDC 2009? Rob Pardo criticized consoles for their lack of keyboard support?

Blizzard Quote:
Rob Pardo: There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don

Best Costume to win a free trip to Blizzcon 2009

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Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20.  The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz.  The catch?  You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.

Blizzard Quote:
Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.

http://www.wow-europe.com/en/contests/costume09/

This contest will launch on May 20 so get your costumes ready!

Sideshow Diablo III Overthrown Nearing Final Stages

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I had a few words with Sideshow Collectibles President and CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges tonight and there are good news for those hardcore Diablo III fans that are into collectibles.  The Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama is nearing its final stages. We will show you the photos once the painted version is ready.  New products based on the Blizzard games are not out of the question, but nothing as soon as we wish.

Below is an image of the unpainted Diablo III diorama.

What’s the Sideshow Collectibles background?

Greg: Sideshow was born from the belief that we could create more interesting, more detailed, more highly collectible limited edition figures, for a global audience.  Our belief has been proven true, but we continue to be surprised by the global appeal of our products.

Medievaldragon: Are there plans to introduce more dioramas based on the Starcraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft licenses?

Brant: Yes, we are hoping to do more Blizzard products.  Nothing in the immediate future, but we do have some ambitions.

Medievaldragon: What is the status on the Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama (Barbarian) The final painted version hasn’t been unveiled yet.

Brant: You’ll see screenshots of the painted OVERTHROWN diorama soon. It’s KILLER.

Medievaldragon: Are you eventually developing a polystone diorama for each of the five Diablo III classes?  i.e. the Witch Doctor and the Wizard?

Brant: It’s possible, but not definite.

Medievaldragon: How was that first approach between Sideshow and Blizzard Entertainment?  The first product was the exclusive Tychus Findlay Terran Marine diorama—already painted by the time Blizzard officially announced StarCraft II, which means you were already on this at least a year earlier.

Greg: Our guys are Blizzard fans and play WoW more than they should because they’re dragging their sorry asses to work in the morning with a videogame hangover.  So it was only natural that we explore other potential products.

Latin America Fansite Program Launch

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Blizzplanet has been online seven years informing Blizzard fans of many countries around the world including China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, other European countries, Middle East, and various countries in Latino America—according to the traffic tracker.  I am latino (Puerto Rican born in New York), and encourage more latinos to heed the call.  Blizzard wants latinos to launch their own Blizzard games fansites in spanish and to become part of the Latin America Fansite Program.  Incentives? You will have direct contact with Blizzard staff, free Blizzcon tickets for your staff and to giveaway, and other nice perks.

Spanish: Blizzplanet ha estado en la red mundial hace siete a

Diablo III: Siegebreaker Breaks Wall To Catch Merc Through Debris

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There are two interesting posts from Bashiok today: one is a blooper in the gameplay video and the second is a very cool detail in the gameplay video that couldn’t be perceived as intended and most people missed. While critters usually die in one shot when doing AOE damage, the critters in Diablo III keep doing their thing as if they were tickled super-bunnies.

There is something the developers worked so hard to show in the gameplay video, and couldn’t get it right. Then the announcement of Diablo 3 was upon them, and it had to go out unpolished.  The Siegebreaker breaks through the wall and grabs the merc to kill him, adding an element of surprise using the physix engine as a tool to mimic such brutal action with the debris falling all over the place while his victim disappears into its clutches.

Blizzard Quote:

BLOOPER: SUPER-BUNNIES

Ladranas: The firebomb attack will annihilate anything, except the rabbit that it directly hit.  Haha, not trying to troll around, but if you look at the gameplay vid the WD targets a rabbit with the firebomb spell and it continues to sit there and eat grass haha.  I always knew critters were the most powerful part of any game! Will we be seeing an “Elixir of Critter Strength I ” ? =)

Bashiok: Heh, I think someone brought this up a long time ago and I replied to it then too. There was a bug in that build that caused critters to sometimes not be effected by direct damage. If you bombed them off to one side though they’d go flying. To put your mind at ease, bunnies will axplode!

ANTI-HYPER, BOO!

Frozen-wolf: Previously when beta tests were announced and sign-ups were launched, sign-ups that occur from the same household were disqualified. I was wondering if people who live in the same house, who apply for different battle.net accounts and both opt-in for betas will be disqualified?

Datth: Unfortunately we do not have information on beta signups or events. If you signed up for one, please check the details/fine print carefully to see what is eligible.

ME SMASH, PUNY HUMAN

2337: I’m sorry for a possibly useless thread, but even though I’ve watched the WWI Gameplay video MANY MANY times I’ve never noticed this before.  At the scene where Cain tells the merc to “Get away from the wall!” the walls breaks, fall down and the merc is dead (buried). This is what I thought until a few minutes ago when I watched the scene by stepping framewise through it to see how the wall buries him. I suddenly noticed a giant hand that grabbed the merc and pulled him off! It’s the siegebreaker who grabs the merc through the wall and smashes it by doing so .

Bashiok:  It is indeed the siegebreaker’s giant hand that grabs him. It was an extremely difficult and trying shot to create and capture. The way the interior and exterior sections were set up and shot it made it necessary to capture them uncut.

The hand shot just wasn’t working that well, so we’d tweak it, hope that the physics would move the debris properly. Shoot, it didn’t work right. Tweak it again, reshoot the entire interior run, something else might go wrong, etc. Over and over. In the end we had to settle with what would appear to most as a wall collapse simply because we didn’t have time before the announcement to keep tweaking it and reshooting everything to make it more clear that it was a hand busting through the wall and grabbing him. Especially when the one we went with had some very perfect moments in it (zombie corpse landing on railing).

I’m glad that someone caught it though, a lot of work went into those animations, and unfortunately we just ran out of time to showcase them.

2009 MI6 Awards Nominates Blizzard Entertainment

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Blizzard Entertainment has been selected among the finalist nominees by the 2009 MI6 Awards.  The 4th Annual MI6 Video Game Marketing Conference will be held through April 8, 2009 at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt in Union Square (345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA‎ – (415) 398-1234‎—see Map).

MI6 Awards nominated Blizzard in six categories:

OUTSTANDING TV OR THEATRICAL CAMPAIGN
World of Warcraft 2008 What’s your Game?” TV Campaign”

OUTSTANDING TV OR THEATRICAL AD
Ozzy Osborne

GDC 2009: Blizzard’s Pardo: Sony, Microsoft Need New Forms Of Gameplay

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Recently we reported that Rob Pardo confirmed that Blizzard and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor.  They want Microsoft to learn from Nintendo. During the Luminaries Lunch at the GDC 2009,  Junction Point’s Warren Spector slashed at Rob Pardo with mockery … “I

Blizzard And Microsoft Talk Xbox 360 Successor For Next-Gen MMO?

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Rob Pardo confirmed at the GDC 2009 that Blizzard Entertainment and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor.  And by the looks of it they want its successor to have a keyboard and mouse peripherals and tools to allow MMO and RTS gameplay on consoles.  The potential is enormous. Imagine World of Warcraft, Starcraft: Ghost, Starcraft II and even Diablo III on PC and Consoles.  It is the culprit of the Next-Gen MMO no doubt.

The future is looking brighter for Blizzard and all its millions of fans if Microsoft can pull the right cards off its sleeve and places them into the table to make it possible.

Blizzard Quote:
Rob Pardo: “There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don’t take to consoles because they don’t support the input device, and you end up with crappy ports. That’s why RTS games never do well on consoles,” he said.

“If I was them, I’d be sitting around trying to figure out what’s a cool input device that supports all types of new kinds of games.”—read more

Fifth Blizzard Game In the Works Update

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Recently, Blizzard Entertainment added two job openings under the category titled Unannounced. I wrote an article about it a few days ago. We have now a few interesting bits concerning these job openings for a unannounced game.

UpdateMarch 24—The job openings mentioned in this newspost is indeed a brand-new game that has not been mentioned before.

1. This brand-new game is not a World of Warcraft expansion, and it is not related to the Next-Gen MMO.

2. In the present, the brand-new game is using the World of Warcraft engine merely for testing purposes.

3. The Client Software Engineer job opening is to hire the person that will have the responsibility to develop an engine from scratch for this game.  This new engine will be built depending on the skill and interest of the person hired for this position.

Whether this game is based on the three major franchises (Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo) or a new IP, that remains unknown.

We encourage our readers who have the skills and fill the requirements for this job to step forward and submit a resume and code samples to [email protected].