Best Costume to win a free trip to Blizzcon 2009

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

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!

Mike Morhaime Confirms Starcraft II Beta On Summer

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

Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment President, confirmed that Starcraft II Closed Beta will start this Summer.  The announcement was made during a press call after the Activision Blizzard earnings report. For further details on the First Quarter Earning Reports visit the official beta opt-in if you haven’t—yea right. Did already, didn’t you?—Source: Gamespot.

Blizzard Quote:
Morhaime: “This summer we will beta testing, this phase will signal the final stretch of development. During the Starcraft II beta test we’ll begin external testing of our new Battle.net including some features that are designed to connect all future Blizzard games. This includes new tools that will make it easier for players to communicate with each other between games. We are also introducing a centralize system that would let players manage of all their Blizzard entertainment games and future games in one place without having to remember multiple sets of log in information.”

Starcraft # 1 Comic Book - Submit Your Questions

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

We recently interviewed Ben Abernathy (Starcraft comic book editor). Now we are getting ready to interview Simon Furman (Starcraft comic book writer, best known for his work on The Transformers).

The interview will take place sometime through May 2009. We want the community to be involved in this interview. Submit your questions concerning the Starcraft Comic Book here.

Check out the preview scans of issue # 1.

Starcraft Frontline Vol. 3 Sneak Preview

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Buckle up and prepare to fire the rocket boosters, because the groundbreaking sci-fi manga based on the best-selling Blizzard PC game is about to enter our atmosphere! The anthology is packed with four amazing stories guaranteed to jettison boredom from your life!

Streaking across the stars to your local bookstore in July is StarCraft: Frontline 3! Below you

Glynnis Talken: ScotsFest 2009

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

Fans living in the area of Costa Mesa in California will have the chance to meet Glynnis Talken (Sarah Kerrigan voice actress) during her book signing session at the SCOTSFEST 2009 (A Scottish Festival of Celtic Entertainment and Food). You may find her at the Tea & Sympathy booth.  Feel free to submit photos or video of your visit there alongside Glynnis to post them on our front page. Bring along any Starcraft or Diablo product for signing.

Location: Orange County Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Maps can be viewed here

Admission (Single Day): General $18, Senior (65 and older) $13, and Child (12 and younger) $3.
Admission (Two-Day Pass): General $22, Senior (65 and older) $19, Child (12 and under) $4, Student and Military $4.
Parking: General $5, Preferred $8.

Click here to buy tickets for Saturday (May 23).

When: May 23 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fifth Blizzard Game In the Works Update

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Diablo 2 News, Diablo 3 News, Next-Gen MMO, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft News, Starcraft: Ghost News, Warcraft 3 News, World of Warcraft News

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 resumes@blizzard.com.

BATTLE.NET 2.0 HAS LAUNCHED !!!

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

Starcraft 2 is closer than ever my brothers … BATTLENET 2.0 HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. IT IS OFFICIAL. You can now sign up to create a battle.net 2.0 account. Enter a good standing email address—probably non-gmail nor one that has given you issues before with beta signups.  Then you will receive an email verification to your inbox. Accept it by clicking the link emailed to you.

Once done, you have the option to merge your World of Warcraft account to the Battle.net 2.0 service.  This merge cannot be reverted.  Once you have merged your world of warcraft account, your old username and password are void. You will login into your World of Warcraft account and login into the game using your Battle.net 2.0 account login.

This is something to be EXCITED about guys. Starcraft II beta is upon us any minute. And that means Blizzplanet will giveaway some beta keys away courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment very soon. Stay tuned for any contests or giveaways.

via: starcraftwire.net

Blizzard Quote:
We

Starcraft Novels On 2010

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft News

The future of the Starcraft Novels market for 2010 look very bright and promising. First off, the remaining of 2009 have various books and manga release dates starting with:

  • Starcraft, The Dark Templar, Twilight (Christie Golden, June 30, 2009)

  • Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 3 (Elder Joshua and Ren Zatopek, Jul 14, 2009)
  • Starcraft Ghost: Spectres (Keith R.A. DeCandido, December 2009 Update: Got email from Simon & Schuster sending me some corrections. Spectres accurate schedule is June 2010)

From my inside contacts I know the Starcraft Ghost: Academy trilogy (TOKYOPOP) by Keith R.A. Decandido is scheduled on 2010, and Aaron Rosenberg will write a sequel to Starcraft: Queen of Blades—as revealed in our interview with Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson at the 2009 New York Comic Con. It might likely be on sale by 2010. (Update: Simon & Schuster informed me today there is no Rosenberg book scheduled.

I think Chris Metzen told me outside the interview that he had written a story in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 4 featuring Jim Raynor (Update: Tokyopop confirmed it is volume 4 – street date October 13, 2009). So keep an eye on that one for sure.

Now fresh from the oven, you can count with another StarCraft novel by Graham McNeil.

Blizzard Quote:
Graham: “… there

Video Games Live 2009 March Schedule

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Video Games Live played various music pieces from Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft games at the end of Blizzcon 2008, last year. It is very probable they might do so again this upcoming August at Blizzcon 2009.

Video Games Live will have a few concerts throughout the month of March. So if you love video games music played by a live symphony orchestra, and live in Kitchener, Ontario; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Austin, Texas—then check out the schedule and where to get the tickets.

ONTARIO
The music of video games will be performed by the world-class Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony led by industry veterans and world famous video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall on March 13 and March 14 at 8:00pm.  The Video Games Live concert will take place at:

The Centre In The Square
101 Queen Street N.
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada

The concert tickets for March 13 are sold out, but if you would love to be there—Saturday, March 14 tickets are still open while they last. Adult seating ticket prices range between $30-80. And can be ordered here.

There will be a pre-show festival starting at 6:30pm.  You can watch some Video Game Live video clips here.

MICHIGAN
On March 20, 2009, Video Games Live will perform at the Miller Auditorium at 8:00pm on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Tickets are available here—ranging from $25-52 for adult seating.

TEXAS
On March 28, 2009—Video Games Live will perform at the Long Center in Austin, TX at 8:00 PM.

Maps here. Ticket info here. Ticket prices range from $32-49.

Michael & Susan Dell Hall
701 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX
(512) 474-5664

DeCandido And Rosenberg At Lunacon 2009

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Starcraft News, Starcraft: Ghost News, World of Warcraft News

Keith R.A. DeCandido and Aaron Rosenberg are attending the 2009 Lunacon to take place at Rye Brook, New York.  The event will be held through March 20-22. Keith R.A. DeCandido is author of World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred.  Aaron Rosenberg is author of World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness and co-writer of World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal.

Their scheduled programming doesn’t involve any Blizzard product discussion, but if you are planning to attend Lunacon, they would be glad to meeting you and signing your Warcraft and Starcraft books.  One of Aaron’s scheduled panels is Tribute to Gygax.
Description: The biggest name in the development of roleplaying games, and one of the few recognizable names in a low-profile field, Gygax was always a lightning rod for many people’s views about gaming, both from inside and outside the field. A look back at Gygax’s life and influence on the field..

Keith has an interesting panel titled From Book to Film:
Description: Why do some books make great movie adaptations, while others fail utterly? What are the problems inherent on moving between the two media? How do you make a book into a great film?

Send us your photos with Keith and Aaron taken at this event if you are attending. Below is my photo with Keith at the 2009 New York Comic Con.

 

Samods Starcraft Commentary Part 3: Protoss Campaign

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Starcraft News

Magic from the Star Alliance Modding Community (Samods) posted the last part of his StarCraft campaign analysis: StarCraft Commentary – 3 – Protoss Campaign: The Fall. It analyzes each campaign map story similar to what a Director’s Cut does bringing up real life happenings such as the U.S. Civil War and Christianity History among others to describe the Protoss Campaign which is based on real-life influences.

AT&T Renews Hosting Agreement With Blizzard Entertainment

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AT&T renewed their hosting agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for online games over Battle.net and World of Warcraft servers. A press release is available.

Blizzard Quote:
AT&T Renews Hosting Agreement With Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for Online Games

LOS ANGELES, March 3—Online gamers will continue to enjoy a rich and reliable gaming experience thanks to an agreement struck between AT&T* and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Today, AT&T and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, agreed to a two-year renewal for hosted services in North America.

Blizzard Entertainment(R) is best known for its Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) PC games as well as its massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game World of Warcraft(R), which is available in eight languages and played by more than 11.5 million subscribers worldwide.** AT&T has been working closely with Blizzard Entertainment for 9 years, providing hosting for World of Warcraft and the Battle.net(R) online-gaming service.

“We’ve been pleased with AT&T’s service over the years, and we’re confident in their ability to continue to provide the quality support we need,” said Paul Sams, Chief Operating Officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “This renewed agreement allows us to stay completely focused on our games while AT&T applies its hosting expertise to help us offer the speed, reliability and security our players expect.”

Through multiple Internet Data Centers (IDC), AT&T will provide strategic hosting and proactive, 24/7 network monitoring and management for the online infrastructure of Blizzard Entertainment’s games and services. The AT&T Gaming Core Team will provide comprehensive networking support to Blizzard Entertainment.

The AT&T Gaming Core Team was formed in 2004 to meet the infrastructure needs of customers’ gaming operations across AT&T’s Internet Protocol (IP) network. The team consists of engineers and hosting specialists who provide round-the-clock support to companies offering MMO games. The team provides global, end-to-end support of customers’ gaming operations across AT&T’s hosting infrastructure, applications and IP network and supports trouble resolution, incident command and control, post incident review and root cause analysis.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, which represents computer and video game publishers, U.S. computer and video game software sales grew almost 23 percent in 2008 to $11.7 billion.

For more information on AT&T Hosting and Application Services, go to http://www.business.att.com/hosting.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Samods: Starcraft Zerg Script Commentary Analysis

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Modding Community, Starcraft News

Magic from the Star Alliance Modding Community (Samods) has posted the follow up to his script commentary series. To give you an idea of what this article is, it is a transcript of all in-game dialogues, mission campaign briefings and cinematic dialogues from StarCraft. On top of the transcript, Magic offers his personal views and insights such as a Director’s Cut would.

It is an interesting read for those who wish to catch up on the StarCraft lore. Thus far he has posted the Terran Campaign and the Zerg Campaign. He is already working on the Protoss one. So stay tuned.

Since you are visiting the Samods community, once you are done reading his article, feel free to explore their website, which is full of StarCraft mods, total conversions, map tutorials and their famous voice actors guild (SAVAGE).

Starcraft II Valentine’s Day Wallpapers

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Blizzard recently released three Valentine Holiday themed Starcraft wallpapers to celebrate this day. Starcraft is your love and passion. Just don’t say that outloud or you may get in trouble with your loved one. Let’s hope Starcraft II closed beta starts soon. In the meantime, grab your favorite race’s wallpaper.


 

2009 NYCC: Tokyopop Metzen and Neilson Signing

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, BlizzPlanet Articles, Event Coverage, Movies, New York Comic Con 2009, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft News, Starcraft: Ghost News, World of Warcraft News

We were at the New York Comic Con 2009 to bring you videos of the event. Today, you can watch the book signing session held at the Tokyopop booth where Blizzard Entertainment Senior VP of Creative Development Chris Metzen and the Senior Writer & Voice Director Micky Neilson joined book writers Keith R.A. DeCandido (Starcraft Ghost: Academy), Josh Elder (StarCraft: Frontline Vol. 1) and Grace Randolph (Starcraft Frontline Vol. 2) to meet and greet fans.

At the end of video # 2 you will see Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson signing the Starcraft Comic Book Posters exclusively for our giveaway to fans. They are also signed by the manga writers. If you want the opportunity to win one of these signed posters follow the link to participate.

If you were at the event, you will probably have great memories to share with your friends and guildmates. Enjoy.


Video # 1

Video # 2

2009 NYCC: Metzen & Neilson Pocket Books Signing Video

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, BlizzPlanet Articles, Diablo 2 News, Diablo 3 News, Event Coverage, New York Comic Con 2009, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft News, Starcraft: Ghost News, Warcraft 3 News, World of Warcraft News

Many Blizzard fans attended the 2009 New York Comic Con for the opportunity to meet the thundergod Chris Metzen (Senior VP of Creative Development) and Micky Neilson (Senior Writer & Voice Director) during the Simon & Schuster book signing session.

There were a lot of happy fans handing over their copies of World of Warcraft: Night of the Dragon, the Comic Book Vol. 1 hardcover, even the Wrath of the Lich King Collector’s Edition Art Book. I remember one of the fans brought the wall-mounting accessory of the Frostmourne sword replica to be signed. It was a fun experience to both Alliance and Horde players; and the developers were quite satisfied and passionate about the fans’ reactions.

Blizzplanet and WorldofWar.net was there to interview both Blizzard developers, and to record most of the book signing session. Below you can watch all three videos.


Video # 1

Video # 2

Video # 3

Win a Starcraft Comic Book Poster Signed By Metzen and Neilson

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

We are now giving away a few StarCraft Comic Book Posters signed by Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, Keith R.A. DeCandido and Grace Randolph during our New York Comic Con coverage. All you need to do to participate in this giveaway is to say: “I Want a Starcraft Poster” and let us know whether you would subscribe to this StarCraft comic book by Wildstorm.

Post your entry at the following forum thread.