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Best Costume to win a free trip to Blizzcon 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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 !!!

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:
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Starcraft Novels On 2010

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

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

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