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Electric Playground: 15 Years of Warcraft Video Interview

Electric Playground visited Blizzard Entertainment to interview some of the World of Warcraft developers on the 15th anniversary of Warcraft! Miri Jedeikin takes a look back at the series with Frank Pearce (Executive Vice-president of Product Development), Samwise Didier (Senior Art Director), Cory Stockton (Lead Content Designer) explaining the evolution of Warcraft between Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.

You can watch the video here.

Warcraft III 1.24c on Westfall PTR: The Culling Fixed

Are you among the many fans who never played previous Warcraft RTS games, and decided to purchase it to learn all the lore that gave birth to World of Warcraft? If so, you should know that Blizzard’s Warcraft III Team has deployed Warcraft III patch 1.24c on the Westfall PTR server which allows The Culling (of Stratholme) to load properly.  For months since the last Warcraft III patch, players were unable to play this human campaign which birthed the concept for Caverns of Time: Stratholme.

It is a key point in Prince Arthas’s life that turned him down the perilous path that led him to Frostmourne and to serve Ner’zhul the Lich King. Arthas discovered the plagued grain had reached Stratholme, and thus ordered his men to massacre the city as they would in time rise as undead. Uther the Lightbringer and Jaina refuse to participate, and for this Prince Arthas disbanded the Order of the Silver Hand.

Blizzard Quote:
In the process of optimizing the map editor we have made several changes to improve its usability. These updates are now live on the Westfall (PTR) and players are welcome to test the following changes:

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Patch 1.24c
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FIXES

- Fixed a problem with the “Chapter Six: The Culling” human campaign map
that was preventing it from loading.
- Fixed an issue that allowed JASS functions to return incorrect values
under certain conditions.
- Fixed an issue that caused the TriggerEvaluate native to return
incorrect values under certain conditions.
- Fixed a minor memory leak when using GroupEnum natives.
- Fixed a crash when using the CreateImage native on PPC Mac.
- Updated Mac World Editor to work with recent JASS changes.

All-New Blizzard Entertainment Website Released

Blizzard has two new announcements today.  First, the launch of their new Youtube hub showcasing all their cinematics.  Blizzard also launched their all new Blizzard.com Website.  It looks gorgeous cool.

Browse through all of the sections to get acquainted to the new Blizzard site.

Blizzard Quote:
Welcome to the newly redesigned Blizzard.com! Featuring a brand-new design, this website is the focal point for all official Blizzard Entertainment news, press releases, and much, much more.

Games section: The updated games section includes links to our current projects as well as detailed information for all of our previously released games, including trailers, screenshots, concept art, wallpapers, and more.

Company section: This section is all about Blizzard Entertainment as a company

Blizzcon 2009: Christie Golden Book Signing Videos

Pocket Books invited me to witness their Blizzcon 2009 book signing event on Saturday at 4pm where Jaime Costas and her husband raffled 40 copies of the World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Edition.  I brought my video camera and captured most of the event.  There was a large amount of fans awaiting to win one of those, but also to get their own merchandise signed by Christie Golden.  I could see some World of Warcraft: Arthas (Normal Edition) and Starcraft: The Dark Templar trilogy brought by fans to be signed by the author. The place was crowded with fans that were excited to meet her.

If you recognize a friend in the two videos, let them know the link to this page.  It’s available to all attendees as a memento. I was glad to be there.  I realized I haven’t taken photos of myself with the authors in all the events I have been attending.  This time I had the chance to take a photo with all the publishers and book writers. I have been in contact with all of them quite often.  It feels like family already. Watch video # 1 below, and video # 2 here.

Warcraft 3 Patch 1.24b on PTR

The new minor patch for Warcraft III is now on the Public Test Realms.  We encourage all Warcraft III players and Diablo II players to help test the game’s stability and some of the features fixed in this patch.  The Diablo II developers are assisting the Warcraft III team to square down some critical issues.  Once all is well and back to normal, the Diablo II team will resume work on the Diablo II 1.13 patch.

Blizzard Quote:
We’ve released Patch 1.24b on PTR (Westfall) for testing, before the actual public live.

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Patch 1.24b
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PC WORLD EDITOR CHANGES

- Increased max map file size from 4 MB to 8 MB.
- Added the ability to store hashtable handles in a hashtable.
- Added GetSpellTargetX and GetSpellTargetY natives.
- Added a new base handle type

Warcraft III Patch 1.24 Released

Blizzard has released Warcraft III and Frozen Throne patch 1.24 where the scripting of malicious code through map files has been fixed.  The World Editor also got a lot of new changes.

PC WORLD EDITOR CHANGES

  • Added new JASS hash table functions to replace the lost functionality from
    fixing unsafe type casting.

  • Hash Table – Save Item Handle
  • Hash Table – Save Unit Handle
  • Hash Table – Load Item Handle
  • Hash Table – Load Unit Handle
  • Hash Table – Get Handle ID

FIXES

  • Fixed an exploit related to unsafe type casting that allowed users to
    execute arbitrary code in maps.

  • Fixed the JASS unsafe type casting exploit (“return bug”).
  • Fixed several World Editor crashes.

ADDITIONAL

Laguna Art Museum VIP Benefit Dinner, BlizzCon Ticket and More

World of Warcraft fans in the California area—and why not, international and national folks—will be delighted to hear of a special offer that might get you into Blizzcon if you missed out the ticket lottery.

From July 17 through 19, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to purchase tickets for the Laguna Art Museum

Blizzard Provides WarCraft III V1.23b Map Maker Transition Guide

Karune announced there will be changes to the JASS functionality in the next WarCraft III patch that map makers need to be aware of in order to make their old maps functional.  Otherwise, the maps won’t work at all, or may not work correctly.

Welcome Developers,

This guide has been written to help advanced Warcraft III map developers understand the changes that we

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2009 Warcraft Regional Finals on June 26-28

It is Clobbering Time! (cracks knuckles).  The 2009 World of Warcraft Regional Finals will take place in Cologne, Germany from June 26-28.  Blizzard launched a beautiful-looking website for this event. You can check out the travel information here, which includes maps, train routes and train prices. The event entry is free, just walk-in to the Meeting-Centre at no charge.

Location: KOMED Meeting-Centre, Mediapark, Cologne, Germany

Location Website:
http://www.komed.de & http://www.mediapark.de

Date: 26th to 28th June 2009

Opening Hours

Last Chance - Fansites BlizzCon Tickets Giveaways

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.

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