Starcraft won Walk of Game Star

Starcraft recently won the Walk of Game Award recognizing the best legends in the video games industry. A star to Starcraft will be unveiled later during 2006 at the Metreon Building in San Francisco. Since its debut in 1998, the #1-selling StarCraft series has won industry acclaim and has shattered sales records worldwide with over nine million copies sold. Blizzard continued the series with the critically acclaimed StarCraft: Brood War?, which won multiple Expansion Pack of the Year awards and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best add-on products to date.

Walk of Game is the first-of-its-kind landmark honoring the icons and pioneers of the videogame industry.

Walk of Game is located inside Metreon, a 350,000 square-foot entertainment complex at Fourth and Mission Streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on http://www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a permanent 24″x 24”, customized steel star on the Walk of Game. From the list of nominees, the top four in the category of Games/Characters and the top two in Lifetime Achievement will be inducted.

The list of nominees is compiled from a survey of industry members and technology, entertainment, and gaming media. SCA Interactive, a leader in online promotions, powers the Walk of Game voting interface.

Public Q&A Transcript: Wow RPG Books

We have added the recent Public Q&A Transcript with Luke Johnson, from White Wolf, concerning the newest World of Warcraft RPG books line. To find out more details of the upcoming books, read the transcript:

  • World of Warcraft: Lands of Mystery
  • Wow: More Magic & Mayhem
  • Wow: Monster Guide
  • Wow: Alliance Player Guide
  • Wow: Horde Player Guide

Lore Analysis: The Skull of Gul’dan

We are soon adding content from Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal and previous Warcraft games.  Playing through Beyond the Dark Portal, something interesting caught my attention.  I want to share this tidbit.  This could explain why Illidan being so powerful with the Skull of Gul’dan—was defeated by Arthas. Read the whole details

New Starcraft: Ghost: Nova novel pocketbook

Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, inc. will introduce in 2006 a new novel pocketbook in the Starcraft series, prequel to the upcoming Starcraft: Ghost game. The new book Starcraft: Ghost: Nova will be written by Keith R.A. DeCandido.  You may find it in our pocketbooks section.

New Novel: Wow: Cycle of Hatred

Cycle of Hatred
Cycle of Hatred

Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, inc. will bring to the fans of World of Warcraft the first series of pocketbooks for the MMORPG-based setting—written by Keith R.A. DeCandido, a veteran writer of Star Trek, Andromeda and Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel books.  You may pre-order it from our Pocketbooks store

The Burning Legion has been defeated, and eastern regions of Kalimdor are now shared by two nations: the orcs of Durotar, led by their noble Warchief, Thrall; and the humans of Theramore, led by one of the most powerful mages alive—Lady Jaina Proudmoore.

But the tentative peace between orcs and humans is suddenly crumbling. Random attacks against Durotar’s holdings suggest that the humans have renewed their aggression toward the orcs. Now Jaina and Thrall must avert disaster before old hatreds are rekindled—and Kalimdor is plunged into another devastating war. Jaina’s search to uncover the truth behind the attacks leads her to a shocking revelation. Her encounter with a legendary, long-lost wizard will challenge everything that she believes and illuminate the secret history of the world of…

PRODUCT DETAILS

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star (January 31, 2006)

New StarCraft: Ghost Trailer

Check out a brand new trailer from StarCraft: Ghost featuring new single-player and multiplayer footage from the game. If you?ve ever wondered why the Terran Ghost is considered to be the deadliest commando in the Terran armed forces, you?ll want to be sure to watch this trailer. In it, Nova infiltrates a Terran compound and wreaks havoc throughout their facilities, commandeering multiple vehicles such as the new Grizzly transport, the formidable Arclite siege tank, and even a Terran marine power suit. Check out this all new footage here.
Also click here to check out 26 all new screenshots.

New Wow Realms & Transfers

Blizzard announced the opening of four new realms where you can start a fresh community:

Aegwynn PVP
Akama PVP
Chromaggus PVP
Draka PVE

There is also new transfers available:

Tichondrius > Kalecgos
Illidan > Ursin
Sargeras > Detheroc

These transfers will be available at the normal time, 3:00AM-3:00PM PST, until December 7, at 3:00PM.

Realm-to-realm character transfers are offered in order to alleviate queue times and overpopulation. If you’re not satisfied with your realm’s performance, moving to a realm with a lower population can make your play experience more enjoyable.

Ex-Diablo Launch Hyporeal Games

Ex-employees of Blizzard North, involved in Diablo franchise, have launched their own Game Developer Studio under the name Hyporeal Games.  They are already developing a new game named Starfall.  Michio Okamura was Art Director and Lead Artist—created all characters visuals of Diablo and Diablo II, including how Diablo looks like.  Eric Sexton – game designer that worked with Okamura’s art, animating in computer most of the NPCs, and co-creator of the Random Item system. Finally Steven Woo—designer of Diablo and Diablo II User interface and responsible for localization work for game release and patching. The Blizzard legacy has sprung many new Game Studios: Red 5 Studios, Nihilistic, Flagship Studios, Castaway Entertainment, and others.

Their game seems to be focused on a futuristic RPG-based scenario for PC.  No further info was made available.

Diablo II: Moon of the Spider Book

Diablo: Moon of the Spider
Diablo: Moon of the Spider

Sometime ago, Richard A. Knaak told me that Diablo: Moon of the Spider would be available by December.  Guess what?  It is here and awaiting you! Featuring Zayl the Necromancer.  You can order it by clicking the image.

Blizzard Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, inc. launched the newest book in the saga of Diablo II novel pocketbooks, Diablo: Moon of the Spider—written by Richard A. Knaak, New York Times Best-selling Author

Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm…and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed….

DIABLO

Driven by nightmares to the ruins of a mysterious tomb, Lord Aldric Jitan hopes to awaken a terrible evil that has slept since the fall of Tristram. Drawn by the growing darkness in the land, the enigmatic Necromancer, Zayl, stumbles upon Jitan’s plot—unaware that one of his own brethren has set these dire events in motion. Now, as the celestial Moon of the Spider rises, the nefarious demon, Astrogha, prepares to unleash his minions upon Sanctuary.

MOON OF THE SPIDER

An original tale of swords, sorcery, and timeless struggle based on the bestselling, award-winning M-rated computer game from Blizzard Entertainment. Intended for mature readers.

Ahn’Qiraj: Ossirian Movie & Preview

Last night I played Ahn’Qiraj instance in a 20-players raid and we faced many interesting bosses.  Here you have a 1-minute video of our fight with the Egyptian-Ossiris-god-like Boss Ossirian, screenshots and a few strategies for starters.  Check out our preview & movie

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Tigole: Grim Batol Instance

Grim Batol hasn’t been mentioned in ages, but I wanted to share some quotes from Tigole back when Wow Beta Forums was online.

Tigole – Dec 7, 2003
The eastern section of Wetlands is reserved for a special, max level quest event. The event is not currently in the beta.

For those of you interested with the lore of that area, read the novel, Day of the Dragon. That’s Grim Batol at the top of the hill there… You can also see the wrecked orc caravan >=]

Tigole – Dec 3, 2003
The locked doors to Grim Batol lie at the top of the red dragon gauntlet in northeastern Wetlands. This is the one area of the Wetlands that is not yet populated with creatures. We have very specific plans for this area >=)

For those of you familiar with Warcraft lore, you’ll notice the remains of the orc caravan which the red dragon flight destroyed in *Day of the Dragon* not far from Grim Batol.

Hopefully we get more updated info of Grim Batol.  This is one of the few instances that a Dev dared to speak during Closed Beta, yet no further info was revealed.  Other places mentioned to be in development were Nazjatar, and the Emerald Dream.

Get the novel Warcraft: Day of the Dragon—by Richard A. Knaak.

Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness

Finally got Warcraft II Battle.net Edition.  I have added the Horde Campaign of Tides of Darkness on our left menu under Warcraft II Section.  After I’m done with the Alliance Campaign sometime tonight, I will resume adding Frozen Throne’s Alliance and Undead Campaigns.  While doing that, I will start playing the Beyond the Dark Portal game to bring you its campaigns too.

This may take a while to do, so bear with me.  For now it will be only text.  Later on, I will update images.  I already ordered Warcraft: Orcs and Humans—so expect that one too at some point.

Tempest Keep in Outland

Tigole slipped few details of one of the upcoming instances of World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion. Outland will have 5-man-based instances for casual and hardcore players, allowing you to grow to level 70 at your own pace.  However, the instance is still in development and the info was limited.  What we do get to glimpse is that small groups are going to get a nice treat.

Tigole: “Tempest Keep is a dungeon in a zone called Netherstorm featured in the upcoming expansion, The Burning Crusade. It’s a max level dungeon with 4 wings. 3 of the wings are 5-person normal, max level dungeons (like Dire Maul is now). One of the wings is a raid encounter.

Keep in mind, this dungeon is still in development so I am a bit reluctant to post information about it, as things are likely to change.”

Wow: Ahn’Qiraj Screenshots

The Test Servers are up and the gates of Ahn’Qiraj are open for all adventurers to explore and seize. We have a few selected screenshots of some units and bosses from the 20-raid instance. General Rajaxx is in this instance, and looks to be a good fight.  Players can acquire their own epic-mount which is a Silithid.  It looks georgeous and moves and jumps very nice. However, you can only use the special mount within Ahn’Qiraj.  Oozes roam the halls of Ahn’Qiraj patrolling along with the mechanical units of Warcraft III: Frozen Throne—the Obsidian Destroyers. Check out the screenshots below:

Warcraft: The Last Guardian Excerpt

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Heralding our upcoming Public Q&A with Jeff Grubb, author of Warcraft: The Last Guardian, I added an excerpt of the book containing part of chapter 5: Sands of the Hourglass.  If you ever wanted to know what the book is about and what Kharazhan and the Tower of Medivh are about in World of Warcraft, this is your opportunity for a sneak peak before you decide to order the book.

I recommend reading it the full book.  Tower of Medivh will be released in the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion. Read the Excerpt.

WCRadio Needs Video/Audio Editors

Athalus – founder of WCRadio – is looking for new staff specialized in Video Editing for future Videostreams.  If you are experienced in using Adobe Premiere or Adobe After Effects, give it a try.  The positions are volunteer and unpaid.  Audio Production staff sought too.  If you wish to be part of the driving force behind WCRadio Community read more details below . . .

The Law and Blizzard’s Warden

Gillian Cordall, media brands and technology partner at law firm Lewis Silkin, explores the real legal issues behind The Warden. Gamesindustry.biz has an interesting view into the legal stand of Warden revising all laws available since 1990-2003. Is Warden spyware or not?  Is Warden legal, according to US Law?  Find out Here

Wow Stratics Staff Needed

Ladybeth sent out word of staff needed. WoW Stratics is currently looking to expand their website further! They are currently looking for dedicated and creative people to add to their current staff! If you are dedicated to World of Warcraft and a creative person, then Wow Stratics want you! Please see their open positions below!

If you wonder, Stratics is a community-oriented website that posts some of our news.  We reciprocate forwarding theirs to you.  There are very few true community-friendly fansites.

Frozen Throne: Night Elf Campaign Lore

As promised, we added the in-game text and lore from the first campaign of Frozen Throne, the Night Elf Campaign: Terror of the Tides.  We only added the text. Later on, during the next weeks we will update them with images, and more NPC details.

Once we are done with Frozen Throne, next in schedule is Reign of Chaos, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, and Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.  We wish to make Blizzplanet one your main sources of Warcraft Lore. For now you can read the in-game narrated text of each campaign Here

Upcoming Lore Content

My apologies for the recent downtime in news/content.  As you can read below the programmer has been busy. We moved Blizzplanet to a new server, and he made few changes, forgetting to double-check everything was working before departing.  I took the time to play Warcraft III: Frozen Throne while not able to post news or content.  And Im half through writing down some new content for Blizzplanet.

I hope it will make up for the long wait.  You will be able to read in-game lore from Frozen Throne and images, once I am done. Every few days I will be releasing chunks per Campaign.  I already have the Elf Campaign written down.  Only need to convert it to HTML.

I recently ordered Warcraft II: Tide of Darkness and Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, along with Warcraft: Orcs and Human. So expect Blizzplanet to have some good source of Warcraft Lore.  Many World of Warcraft fans are craving for this type of content, and I will work hard to bring it to you.  Stay tuned for the announcements on our new Public Q&A on IRC chat.  This time it will be with Jeff Grubb – author of Warcraft: The Last Guardian.  We will have a day/time available either by the end of November or first week of December, so check us out, and start thinking of good questions for Jeff Grubb.

News online

Sorry for your massive amount of inactivity people.  With me working full-time hours it’s quite difficutl for me to get in contact with MD, I completely forgot the last upgrade left him unable to post news.  The system is now working, he should have an email indicating how to access the system.  If not AIM tuesday, I’m off all day.

– Dark Nemesis, Site Programmer

PS: Email any complaints to me to my gmail: genoce. (note: @gmail.com)

Luke Johnson Q&A Transcript

The Q&A with Luke Johnson was a blast and at the end, fans could make questions to him.  Although some couldn’t be answered due to NDA limitation on what they can talk about,  there was some interesting answers.  To read the transcript, visit our Lore Forums over at RP-PvP.com to find out more of Luke Johnson and the content of the upcoming World of Warcraft RPG books line:

  • World of Warcraft: More Magic and Mayhem
  • World of Warcraft: Lands of Mystery
  • World of Warcraft: Monster Guide
  • Alliance Player’s Guide
  • Horde Player’s Guide

And did we get a treat … Lands of Mystery is the continuation to Brann Bronzebeard’s exploration through Azeroth now covering his adventures at Kalimdor and Northrend—detailing everything he saw in each zone and area—unveiling new mysteries through his journey up to date with World of Warcraft.

Special thanks to Luke and MagusRogue for coming to the Q&A, and the Scrolls of Lore.com buddies, Firence and Beleth moderating the IRC channel and putting the transcript together, and of course, all the fans that came to the Q&A to share some time.  We remained on the channel discussing lore of the Old gods, Faceless Ones and Titans an hour after the Q&A.  It was awesome!

Video Games Live Newsletter

Video Games Live released the lastest newsletter concerning their experience and anecdotes during the Seattle and Vancouver Concerts celebrated this past October 29-30th.  Read their diaries and blogs sharing with fans what it meant to listen to Gamer’s favorite orchestral music from games like World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy and many others.  More details below …

Wow Music by PLAY! Symphony World Tour

JMP Productions announced a Symphony World Tour that will feature over 20 award-winning music from titles such as FINAL FANTASY?, SILENT HILL?, BATTLEFIELD 1942?, WORLD OF WARCRAFT? and THE ELDER SCROLLS III: MORROWIND?.

PLAY! A Videogame Symphony, the concert tour is a collaboration between JMP Productions, the team behind the Dear Friends – Music From Final Fantasy symphony tour, and Thomas Boecker, a game music producer and the executive producer of Europe’s Symphonic Game Music concerts. Essentially, it’s the joining of forces of North America’s and Europe’s two most successful game concert producers.

“JMP Productions has announced today that PLAY!, a symphony concert series with music from a catalogue of blockbuster video game titles such as Final Fantasy, World of WarCraft, Silent Hill, Battlefield 1942 and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind will tour around the world, starting in North America beginning 2006.  In total, around 20 titles per concert are going to be presented. JMP Productions is well-known for the successful “Dear Friends – Music from Final Fantasy”-US tour. The music will be performed by some of the finest, world-class orchestras and choirs. Outstanding graphics on large screens above the orchestra will accompany the scores, highlighting memorable moments from the video games. PLAY! will take off in North America, followed by Europe, Asia and Australia.”

Gameinformer interviews Steve Ranck

There is a very cool interview of Starcraft: Ghost between Gameinformer Magazine Editor Adam Biessener and Blizzard/Swingin’Ape Studios Steve Ranck—Vice President of Console Development.  Two subject that highlight the interview are that Protoss will be a Multiplayer fully playable race and that Nova has more psionic abilities that have not been revealed yet!

“If you run and gun through Ghost, you can probably make it through, but you?re going to have a hard time.  The player has to think like a Ghost.  How would Nova play this game?  How would she get through this situation?  She would not cloak the entire time.  Cloaking requires energy, and just like in the RTS her suit will run out of energy.  You don?t want to cloak the entire time ? here there?s some light infantry ? you can take those guys.  Suddenly a Marine walks in, a Firebat, or four light infantry, and now it becomes serious.  Now it might be the time to raise it up to the next notch, cloak, and use that ability.  You might want to think about when to use her reflex ability, her psionic abilities that we haven?t announced yet.  These are all part of her arsenal.

We?re trying to give the player the complete experience on what it?s like to be a Ghost.  So the balance there is really up to the player.  If they want to play action, they really can.  You can play cloaked a lot, and stay behind the scenes.  You can actually make it through entire levels without ever being seen.  It?s a little on the difficult side but you can do that.”

Starcraft: Ghost cancelled on GameCube

On a move by Blizzard that makes many GameCube players uncomfortable, Blizzard updated the Starcraft: Ghost FAQ.  The game is planned for release sometime during Summer 2006 only for Playstation 2 and Xbox.  You may call it a rant, but I purchased the Gamecube last year expecting the release of Starcraft: Ghost.  Two weeks later, the game release was postponed.  A year later, here I am with a GameCube with no Starcraft: Ghost … Now I gotta think of getting a Playstation 2.  I am sure many have the same sentiment.  Plans for the Starcraft: Ghost changed when Swingin’ Ape Studios took the project, rebuilding the engine and implanting Multiplayer.  The game was originally meant to be single-player.  Nintendo has not yet developed a multiplayer online solution, which translates into shipping only for Playstation 2 and Xbox.  Hopefully, Nintendo finds a very late solution to the competition so that Blizzard can make a Gamecube release of Starcraft: Ghost.  Read the updated Starcraft: Ghost FAQ here

MicahW: ” Unfortunately the GameCube version of the game was decided to be dropped. In order to provide the game envisioned by the console team a set and readily available online solution was needed. Unfortunately the GameCube has no online service and since so much work is going in to the online portion, it would be additional work to release only part of the intended game. Nintendo systems certainly aren’t something that we are against supporting. Blizzard in its entirety is based upon earlier games for Nintendo systems. The GameCube and Revolution will still be cosidered for future products, unfortunately Ghost will only be made available on the Xbox and PS2 at this time.”

Sarah McKerrigan: Lady Danger Novel

Glynnis Talken—voice of Kerrigan in Starcraft—has great news for her Medieval Romance writer career to share with her fans.  Sarah Michelle Gellar has endorsed her first novel LADY DANGER.  We have the cover of her new book to be published by Time/Warner on April 2006.

I have some very exciting news this month.  My agent has managed to garner an endorsement for my first Sarah McKerrigan novel from Sarah Michelle Gellar of ?Buffy, the Vampire Slayer?!  Buffy definitely has something in common with Deirdre, my kick-butt heroine in LADY DANGER.  They’re both beautiful, powerful warriors, tough yet vulnerable.  And this valuable endorsement should help get copies of LADY DANGER flying off the shelves in April!  By the way, if you want a sneak peek at my book cover, visit www.sarahmckerrigan.com.  The site isn’t really up and running yet, but there’s a splash page for LADY DANGER.

In Loving Memory to Keith Parkinson

We are really in shock with the news.  Keith Parkinson—author of the Diablo II Limited Edition Print 24 x 34 has passed out on October 26th.  In memory to him visit his personal website to look at the work he created with passion.  Sigil Games offers a long message on their website as a final goodbye to a close friend.

Thanks Bluesnews

BlizzCon Invitational Video - GGL

BlizzCon Invitational VOD?s (Video on Demand) are now available at http://www.ggl.com/mediaplayer/ – Watch the best StarCraft and WarCraft players from around the world battle it out at the first ever BlizzCon Invitational. These 12 full-length featured matches in Windows Media format include the commentary of Wacksteven, a veteran to World Cyber Games StarCraft coverage, and u5|bunny, a well known WarCraft 3 broadcaster. Videos are available in both streaming and downloadable formats. They include the fantastic finals of Reach vs. Yellow in StarCraft and Grubby vs. Zacard in WarCraft 3.

If you weren?t there to see the action live, you can still be a part of the global experience that was the BlizzCon Invitational!