I posted over at Diablo.IncGamers my thoughts on a recent article by Robert B. Marks (of Garwulf’s Corner fame) which denounced the piracy of his Diablo: Demonsbane. You can read my post here.
I invite everyone to use word of mouth, social means to support Robert’s message. Say no to piracy. Buy the Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft books in either eBook or paperback/hardcover formats. Read and enjoy. Then continue to support these amazing writers, publishers and Blizzard’s Creative Team.
Sellers Publishing is selling a brand-new Diablo III 2011 Wall Calendar now available for pre-orders in USA and UK.
It is slated for release on July 25, 2010, however other places list it to be released on mid-August. Either way, if BlizzCon tickets are to be set as example, get ahold of one before they are gone with the wind by crazed Diablo III collectors.
Diablo Wall Calendar: Two decades have passed since the demonic lords Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal set out on a vicious rampage, twisting humanity to their unholy will. Now Diablo III surfaces amid the rising powers of the Burning Hells. This calendar’s twelve images of the Diablo III universe—an ethereal realm—will mesmerize fans of the game and dark-fantasy aficionados alike.
Format: Standard Wall
Size Closed: 12.0 ” x 12.0″
Size Opened: 12.0 ” x 24.0″
Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc
Product ID: 201100001560
Blizzard has announced the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest. Get the chance to visit Blizzard’s headquarters and BlizzCon. Meet the Creative Development Team as a bonus. Who wouldn’t want to shake hands with Chris Metzen the Bourbon Cowboy, and Micky Neilson?
|| Blizzard Quote:
||You’re called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!
Enter a short story for the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard’s headquarters in southern California! This contest is open to entrants from around the world and will be judged by Blizzard’s very own writers and masters of lore. For more information, head to the contest page:
JINX has a limited-time promotion saving you $10 off your purchase of $35 or more on any T-shirt or product including the World of Warcraft, Diablo III and StarCraft II T-shirts and Talking Murloc Plush Pet.
Use Promotion Code: DADSROCK
This offer expires Friday, June 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM EDT, so don’t wait!
Blizzard Entertainment posted this week a brand-new job opening for the still-unannounced Next-Gen MMO. Based on this job opening for a 3D Character Equipment Artist it might be hard to tell if this fourth game currently in development will be based on one of the existing franchises: Diablo, WarCraft or StarCraft. This is the first time we know anything substantial about the enigmatic Next-Gen MMO, nevertheless. This job opening is for a developers that will be in charge of modeling armor and weapons based on the concept art from Blizzard’s Art Team.
The fifth game in development, not to be confused with the Next-Gen MMO, is still young, but it is confirmed unofficially through Blizzplanet to be a brand-new IP.
The Next-Gen MMO hasn’t been confirmed to be based on a new IP or on an existent IP, but this game is a strong candidate to be revealed at BlizzCon 2010. Personally, I have said it many times in the past couple of years, and still think it is based on StarCraft and StarCraft: Ghost. Only time will tell, and Blizzard fans are know to be loyal and patient.
|| Blizzard Quote:
||3D Character Equipment Artist – NextGen MMO at Blizzard Entertainment
Location: Irvine, CA (Orange County, California Area)
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Industries: Animation, Arts and Crafts, Computer Games, Computer Software, Entertainment
Posted: June 8, 2010
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an exceptionally skilled 3D character equipment artist for a team focused on next-generation massively multiplayer online games. The ideal candidate has extensive experience modeling and texturing a diverse visual range of character armor and weapons. A solid grasp of armor and weapon design, structure, color, and light for the creation of both 2D and 3D art assets is essential. The 3D character/character equipment artist must have a skill in another art task as well (illustration, modeling, texturing, animation, or concept drawing), and be well-versed in related tools — Maya, Photoshop, etc.
- 2+ years game development experience modeling and texturing sci-fi and fantasy character armor and weapons for next-gen art pipelines
- An exceptional understanding of visual design and a keen eye toward form, shape, structure, and silhouette with regard to modeling and texturing character equipment
- Superior eye for light, color, and detail in creating texture maps of different material types
- Self-motivation, good communication skills, and a great team-player
- Skill in one or more of the related creation tasks — illustration, modeling, texturing, animation, or concept drawing
- Have shipped AAA PC or console titles as a 3D character artist
- Experience with Mudbox, ZBrush, (or equivalent modeling program) and the process of converting high-poly sculpted characters into lower poly game models
- Experience with the creation of next-gen shaders and materials
- Strong foundation in the traditional arts, including but not limited to figure drawing and illustration.
- Passionate gamer with experience playing a wide range of games
TeliaSonera and Blizzard Entertainment renewed a two-year contract to continue online services for World of Warcraft and Battle.net servers in Europe. The Chief Operating Officer at Blizzard, Paul Sams, praised the reliability and speed offered by TeliaSonera, and look forward to continue that relationship in the wake of the launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the new Battle.net.
TeliaSonera renews IP-transit agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for online games
Online gamers will continue to enjoy a rich and reliable gaming experience thanks to an agreement struck between TeliaSonera International Carrier and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Recently, the companies agreed to a two-year renewal for IP transit in Europe.
Blizzard Entertainment® is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software best known for its Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, as well as its popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft®. TeliaSonera International Carrier has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Blizzard Entertainment since 1999, providing Internet connectivity for both World of Warcraft and the Battle.net® online-gaming service in Europe.
“Customers are in pursuit of the best online gaming experience, and we are aware of the diverse nature of their needs and priorities,” said Brendan Ives, Vice President and Head of International Sales, TeliaSonera International Carrier. “We are striving to provide complete solutions for our customers, enabling the best gaming experience possible, as we look to become the provider of choice to the online gaming industry.”
“For years, TeliaSonera International Carrier has been providing high-quality, low-latency connectivity, helping us deliver great online-gaming experiences to our players across Europe,” said Paul Sams, Chief Operating Officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “As we prepare for the upcoming launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty™ and the new Battle.net, we’re pleased to be working with a carrier that can provide the speed and reliability our European players expect.”
Leveraging experience and expertise in operating a global fibre-based network, TeliaSonera International Carrier has a superb platform in place on which to build its new high capacity and highly resilient network aimed at serving the needs of the professional online gaming industry. The gaming network is fully owned and operated by TeliaSonera International Carrier which means that every link and network element is monitored and managed from a central point.
Each fibre connection is fully redundant and individual streams are monitored and managed continuously. In the unlikely event of significant signal degradation or failure the network will instantaneously switch to an alternative path, without impacting quality of service to the end consumer.
29 June 2010 is a big day for the Diablo franchise and all its fans. Three major anniversaries come up on the same day, the biggest of which is of course the ten-year anniversary of Diablo II. Incidentally, 29 June is also the nine-year anniversary of Lord of Destruction as well as the two-year anniversary for the Diablo III announcement.
In order to give due respect to this big date in the Diablo community, the most recognized Diablo fansites have joined up together to create a big mosaic compiled of photos of the fans, similar to the Blizzard-run “I <3 SC" event from last year.
Each site will collect images from their visitors, which will be merged together into one massive image of Big Red himself. It’s now up to YOU to show the world just how much all of us in the community loves Diablo by sending in your Diablo-inspired photos.
The photos should be themed with Diablo or his birthday and can be as simple as a shot of yourself posing with your Diablo I or Diablo II game box, holding a print saying “I <3 Diablo", someone with a Diablo shirt, a creatively decorated birthday cake, writing a massive "Diablo" in the sand on a beach or perhaps a shot of yourself summoning demons in your weekly Cultist rituals (joke! Please, it's definitely a joke!).
Each of these images will help build up a very small part of the mosaic, showing our combined appreciation for the dark Action RPG franchise and each participating member will forever be part of the final picture.
Two rules to enter:
- Submitted images needs to be 800×600 pixels (4:3 aspect ratio).
- Images needs to be submitted before 26 June 2010 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET).
We encourage each individual fan to upload as many funny/interesting/thoughtful/cool photos they can before the time runs out. The more pictures available when the mosaic is made, the better it will render the pictures into a cohesive whole.
- Diablo3-esp.com (main organiser)
- Diablo: IncGamers (formerly: Diii.net) (assistant organiser)
For a limited time, you can get 25% off of your entire order when you enter the promotional code: MINIBOSS. Now is the perfect chance to snap up those World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo tees you’ve been eyeing! Sale ends Wednesday (11:59pm EDT).
The Anniversary of the Diablo franchise is drawing near, and several Diablo fansites are uniting as a single community to celebrate this anniversary in the same flavor as the Battlecry Mossaic: Blizzplanet, Diablo3-esp, Diii.net, Diablofans, D2Mantix, Diablo-3.net, Diablo3.cz and Diablo-Source.
We will celebrate on June 29 the following anniversaries:
- 10 Years of Diablo 2.
- 9 years of the launch of Lord of Destruction.
- 2 Years of Diablo 3 announcement.
We encourage Blizzplanet visitors to submit a photo of yourself holding a Diablo product.
All images should be cropped to 800 x 600 (4:3 aspect ratio.). The deadline is June 26th, 2010, at 18:00 CET.
BlizzCon 2010 approaches and you would want to stock up on comfortable T-Shirts to spend the summer and the days in Anaheim, CA. Browse through the available World of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III T-Shirts: