BlizzCon? Gaming Festival Web Site

Blizzard today unveiled the BlizzCon? Web site, presenting many new details about the upcoming gaming convention. Set to take place on October 28 and 29 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, BlizzCon is open to gamers of all ages.

Tickets will go on sale at a special BlizzCon ticketing Web site at 8:00 am PDT on July 21, 2005. 4,400 tickets will be made available at $120 per ticket, with a limit of four (4) tickets per customer. Highlights of BlizzCon include:

  • Q&A panels with the World of Warcraft and StarCraft: Ghost developers

  • Playing World of Warcraft Battlegrounds live with friends
  • 1st public hands-on gameplay of Blizzard’s StarCraft: Ghost, Blizzard’s highly anticipated tactical-action console title
  • BlizzCon Invitational Tournament, featuring top Warcraft III and StarCraft professional gamers from around the world
  • Contests for die-hard gamers to compete in for great loot
  • Custom BlizzCon merchandise in the BlizzCon store
  • A special closing-night concert featuring a to-be-announced band

Please see the BlizzCon Web site for further details on the event, including hotel and travel information, an extensive FAQ, and more.

Diablo: Greatest Game of All Time

Diablo was chosen by Gamespot as the Greatest Game of All Time with a review of how Diablo has influenced other games:
Gamespot: The game birthed the action-RPG genre as we know it, spawning dozens of copycats on the PC in the years following its release. Consoles even began to get into the act with Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, which was very heavily influenced by Diablo. To this day, Diablo is used as a point of comparison for any game that involves simple point-and-click combat, character development, hordes of monsters, massive levels, and collectible loot and equipment.

Argent Dawn New Recipes

Although we are still working on the subdomains, we wanted to show you a preview of Argent Dawn Recipes to be available in Patch 1.60.  If you haven’t been able to copy your character upon the Public Test Servers, then you can view the recipes for Honored and Revered Players at the following Page.  Make sure to click the links of the recipes to browse through the images.

Upcoming Patch 1.60 Changes

Tigole revealed that Maraudon Orange zone will be hotfixed soon or will be fixed for Patch 1.60.  The Larva spewer should be interactive allowing players to destroy the spewer to stop the spawning of Larvas.  This is not the case, and the bug is affecting gameplay to all players:

Tigole:
I checked this out today. The Larva Spewer should be interactable so that players can turn off the spawned Larva. This is not currently working on the live servers. We identified and fixed the bug today internally. Hopefully we can hotfix this in the next few days or fix it for patch 1.6.0 which is just around the corner.

Apologies for inconvenience.

Another change to be included in Patch 1.60 is the availability of Blood of Innocents at the beginning area of Scholomance.  This is going to be a great change for those who need Kirtonos:

Tigole:
There is a change coming in Patch 1.6.0 (live on the test server right now).  There will be a mob in the first room in Scholomance who drops the Blood and allows you to summon Kirtonos.  Kirtonos will be the first named NPC you encounter now.

Gnome Wallpaper

Gnomes got some love this week with their own Wallpaper revealing the Shield theme for the Gnomish Kingdom.  Download it here

AhQuiraj on Patch 1.90

Tigole was kind to set a time-frame for both Ahquiraj and Zulgurub.

Tigole:
Zul’Gurub will be in content Patch 1.7.0.

Ahn’Qiraj is a *massive* zone with both interior and exterior elements. It will be instanced.

The zone will most likely go live in Patch 1.9.0 although things are always subject to change.

We’ll provide more information on this zone as it gets closer to release

Server Upgrade

Our apologies for the downtime through last couple of days.  Our server was upgraded to keep optimal conditions.  Note that whenever PHP, MySQL or Apache release new updates, the server is upgraded.  Thanks for your patience.

Engineers’ Explosive Extravaganza!

Another Real-life holiday has been included within World of Warcraft, celebrating the Independence Day on July 4th.  Although the Goblins are far from celebrating any independence day, the Goblins are out to go Kaboom-palooza!

Deep within the cavernous halls of Undermine, goblins labor and toil over their strange and fanciful engineering creations. When they are not constructing powerful devices of destruction, they find making fireworks a diverting pasttime. They work tirelessly over strange chemical concoctions used to produce precisely the right color and, of course, spectacular explosion. It is an artform that comes naturally to those who find great pleasure in making things explode in a variety of ways. Competition is fierce among the engineers as they strive for perfection within their pyrotechnics.

Since holding an exhibition indoors—particularly within range of a goblin engineer’s workshop—is completely out of the question, it was decided by the Tinker’s Union that a day would be chosen wherein the pyrotechnists would go out into the world and share their creations with the world (for a modest fee, of course). For one glorious day, the sky would be alight with the fantastic creations of engineers throughout Azeroth.

Whether Alliance or Horde, these pyrotechnists are more than happy to help you set the sky on fire during the Engineers’ Explosive Extravaganza! (Just remember, point all incendiaries away from the face.)

Hellgate: London Article at CVG

Computer and Video Games has an article about Hellgate: London and few screenshots describing the storyline and the weaponry.

Black Lotus will be BOE on patch 1.70

According to Eyonix, Black Lotus will be finally made Bind on Equipped in Patch 1.70—the next future patch after Blackwing Lair is released, which means Black Lotus will be now available on Auction House for profit.  It will allow Alchemists to make more Flasks.  If only the Scholomance Lab requirement was removed, sighs!

Eyonix While I’m not sure of the original reasoning behind the Black Lotus herb being made bind-on-pickup, I do know that this is going to be changed for patch 1.7, which is the patch scheduled to release sometime after the next content patch. If your desire is to sell them for profit, feel free to hang onto them until that time.

Source: Official Forums

Gamasutra: Is Wow Mainstream?

Gamasutra has an article where many representatives of different Game Developing and Computing Science Companies are talking about World of Warcraft, its success and whether World of Warcraft is Mainstream or not.  Find out for yourself, and read what the experts have to say about this popular MMORPG for casual and hardcore gamers.  Here is an excerpt from

WoW is absolutely reaching the mainstream market. I’m in a guild in WoW where there are many players who are playing their first MMO, and beyond that, playing their first video game ever! For example, my girlfriend plays and she would’ve never thought to buy a video game until trying out WoW. She works at a medical device company, and her female co-workers talk about playing WoW. But then again, WoW is the best MMO out there for hardcore and casual gamers alike. World of Warcraft is a great license also, but to most casual gamers, Star Wars or the Matrix are more notable names. It’s not about the license, it’s about making a great game.
-Tony Dormanesh, Midway

iCoke / World of Warcraft Commercial in China

Jason Hayes, Blizzard Music Composer, created a Music Composition for a Coca-Cola TV Commercial in China featuring World of Warcraft.  Blizzard created a 3D rendering of an orc to fight three beautiful Chinese girls disguised as Night Elves.  The Commercial shows a Chinese man discussing Music Album advertising strategies with three young women.  He says, “Girls, Sexy is what sells!” while holding a photo of a blonde girl wearing sunglasses and a short fur clothing that reveals her body from her lower chest down to her waist.  The three chinese women are watching a World of Warcraft Cinematic on a laptop computer, and the man resumes saying: “You get my drift?”.  To this the three women answer: “No”, while drinking an iCoke.

The chinese man rises angered asking: “What do you mean, no?”.  The man turns into an angered Orc, while the three women mark in a challenging tone: “No, means no!”.  The women turn into three exotic Night Elves.  A mage, a Sentinel Archer(Hunter) and a Warrior.

The three women battle the orc who breaks the warrior’s sword, while the other girls cast great special effects against the Orc which is slammed against a wall by a Multi-shot.  Finally the girls make the coupe de grace killing the orc.  They open a chest treasure revealing a full loot of iCoke and ice. They pick the iCoke and drink it with pleasure before the World of Warcraft colorful horizon and the sunset.  Back to reality, the women finish drinking, and the chinese man ends up naked in underwear.  In short, Sexy is not what sells, it is the product what sells. Coca-Cola and World of Warcraft are very successful simply because the product is so great it sells itself.  The commercial was synchronized with the official launch of the World of Warcraft China Center.  Blizzard has expanded to the Chinese market to deliver World of Warcraft.

  • Watch the Wow/iCoke Commercial (Quicktime Player required—PC | Mac)

  • The Coca-Cola/World of Warcraft Website
  • Wow China Launch photos
  • Our Gallery has screenshots from the movie.

Glynnis Talken nominated for Medieval Book

Glynnis Talken, voice actress of Starcraft Kerrigan, thanks all the fans that visited her at the San Diego Scottish Festival and informs she won’t have book signings on July due to an Awards event.  She will be at the National Convention of Romance Writers of America in Reno, Nevada where she was nominated in three categories by the Hearts Through History contest for her medieval romance books.  Beside a voice actress, Glynnis is a medieval romance book writer.  She was nominated to the following categories:

  • Best Medieval book

  • Best Western book
  • A Hero for All Time book

Glynnis is preparing to write a new book trilogy featuring three Medieval hero ladies.  We will update more of her new project as soon as we get more details.  Her book writer name is Glynnis Campbell.  If you wish to take a look at her book titles, visit her website at http://www.glynnis.net/books.  Read the newsletter below . . .

Starcraft & Broodwar Patch 1.13

StarCraft has been updated with the newly released patch 1.13. This revision addresses a few well-known bugs that were used to perform in-game exploits, corrects display issues with the Korean Font and makes adjustments to the Player’s in-game minimap. To see a copy of the patch notes, please click here.

We hope this patch makes battling within the StarCraft universe a little more fun, so feel free to join Battle.net once again to reengage in the epic struggle between the Terran, Protoss and Zerg!  Load your game and connect to Battle.net to auto-download the patch.

XFire: Among Top100 Private Companies

According to Gamers.com, XFire was recognized as one of the top 100 Private Companies of the year for their innovation and potential.  Blizzplanet has chosen XFire for future downloads of all Blizzard Games related files and media, modding tools, mods/campaigns, and fan-made movies.  Download XFire 1.41 here.  XFire allows you to:

  • See when your friends are online & what game they’re playing

  • See where they’re playing and join them with one click
  • See what games the friends of your friends are playing

Gamers.com:  Recently, Xfire revealed that they have been chosen by AlwaysOn to be one of the Top 100 Private Companies. Five criteria were apparently considered by AlwaysOn’s editorial team: innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation. The AO 100 list was whittled down from over 1,000 companies selected by venture capitalists, industry analysts and investment bankers.

Gamepro analyzes Wow

Gamepro has an article titled MMO Journal: Are MMORPGs only for Hardcore Gamers? discussing Instanced 5-on-5 PvP battlegrounds, Quests/Dungeons, Solo instancing and comparisons with Star Wars Galaxies and Guild Wars.

Weather System In The Works

Eyonix revealed that Weather System is in development, but there is no official release date to implement the feature in any near patch schedule.  When more details are available, it will be announced by Blizzard:

Eyonix: Weather is still being worked on, and you’ll be happy to know that the progress of effects looks phenomenal. Once I have additional details to provide, or am able to show off a preview of such, I will do my best to share with the entire community.

Warcraft III: Gateway Solo Tournament Results!

The Season Two solo gateway tournaments were played this past weekend and winners have been determined for the completed matches. Congratulations to the three gateway winners who have already claimed victory:

  • Northrend: internationale (aka: SK.HoT)

  • Kalimdor: PhoeNix_ReMinD (aka: WE.Remind)
  • Lordaeron: Fuji[SpeeD] (aka: 4K.Fury)

See the full report, brackets, and download replays from the Season Two webpage here.