Blizzard vs. BNETD Status: MP3 Audio Available

Blizzard vs BNETD case is still in development in the courts for presumable violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The Electronic Frontier Foundation is following up on the case and has posted an article wrapping up what has happened so far in the courts. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has made available an MP3 of the audio of Oral Arguments before the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals that took place on June 20.  You can download the audio here.

Dave Chappelle Loves World of Warcraft

Gamespot has an article featuring Dave Chappelle, who after his leave from Chappelle Show visited South Africa for some a while.  Now back in the states, he reveals that he loves World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft the Roleplaying Game

White-Wolf and Swords & Sorcerers announce the release of World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game now on sale for $39.99 based on a d20 system.  You can download a PDF Preview of this book Here.  This preview requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

Enter a World of Adventure!

In a world ravaged by conflict, age-old enemies struggle to rebuild society amid a tenuous peace sparked by flares of violence as threats new and old clash in an endless conflict. Heroes battle undead and demons, explore strange and dangerous lands, uncover powerful magic, develop fascinating technological creations, and return glory to great cities and civilizations. They stand at the cusp of a new age – an age they shall forge by their allegiances and their exploits!

Calling All Heroes!

World of Warcraft the Roleplaying Game translates the hugely popular computer game setting into a pen-and-paper roleplaying game. Published under the Open Game License, it features complete rules for play that are 100% compatible with revised 3rd Edition rules and the d20 System. Everything you need is now in one book – from character generation to 10 races and 12 core classes, from extensive technological creation rules to a wide variety of spells, from combat rules to details on generating settlements and cities! Also compatible with existing Warcraft RPG game material. Full Color Hardcover.

Warcraft RPG books are published under license with Blizzard Entertainment and utilize the Open Game License.

Patch 1.6.0 Hot Fix

A Hot Fix was implemented internally in World of Warcraft patch 1.6.0. which affects resistances and many raid bosses got an increase in Hit points/health—according to Tyren:

Monsters 3+ levels higher than the attacking player were resisting spells at a greater rate than intended. This has been addressed, and players will now be able to land spells with greater success.

Boss monsters in Molten Core, Onyxia, Azuregos, and Kazzak had their HP increased to compensate for the increase in caster DPS they will see. The reduction in resistances outpaces the HP increase. Overall, this is a positive change which will increase casters’ effectiveness against higher level monsters.

Since this change has had a significant detrimental impact on players, we have hotfixed the bug so that players can use their spells and abilities in these situations to their intended effect now rather than waiting until the next scheduled patch.

BlizzCon Announced

Blizzard Entertainment?, Inc. is proud to announce the very first Blizzard Convention, to take place on October 28 & 29 in Orange County, California. BlizzCon? is a celebration of our Warcraft?, StarCraft?, and Diablo? franchises and the players who have helped make them so popular around the world. Attendees can look forward to a variety of events, including participating in question and answer panels with the developers of World of Warcraft? and StarCraft: Ghost?, playing Blizzard games live with friends, and watching the world’s best Warcraft III and StarCraft pro-gamers compete in the BlizzCon Invitational tournament.

Further details and information about ticket sales will be posted in the days ahead on http://www.blizzard.com.

  • WHAT: BlizzCon will be an ideal event for gamers from around the world to meet each other, participate in live Q&A’s with Blizzard developers, and share their passion for their favorite Blizzard games.

  • WHO: Gamers who enjoy playing any of the games developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
  • WHERE: Orange County, California. Exact location to be announced at a later date.
  • WHEN: Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29, 2005. The event begins at 8 a.m. PDT on both days.

One week for Video Games Live Concert

Jack Wall—Executive Producer of Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC—contacted us to announce officially their Tour through many USA cities where music from many popular games in the industry will be played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.  You can still get your tickets for the concert in Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles(July 6th).  Jason Hayes—Blizzard Music Composer, Bill Roper, Stan Lee(Marvel Comics) and many other great figures will be in the concert where among others, World of Warcraft and Warcraft 3 music will be played by the Philharmonic Orchestra.  For details on how to buy a ticket to this concert read here:

We would like to thank you for your interest in Video Games Live.  There is only one week to go before the world is introduced to this amazing, groundbreaking event!

Over the past few weeks, we have released a great deal of information about the tour, as well as the kick off event on July 6th at the Hollywood Bowl in California.  We have been updating the Video Games Live official website (http://www.videogameslive.com) with news, up to date information, and press releases.

To view the most recent press releases:
http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?s=news

For Tours in a city near you, check out the list of USA cities to be visited:
http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?s=tourdates

To join our growing community: http://www.videogameslive.com/board/

As an added thank-you for your support of Video Games Live, we would like to announce the following exclusive:

Composer & Designer public meet & greet: we were able to get game designers and composer friends, from all over the world, to fly in for the premiere of Video Games Live at the Hollywood Bowl on July 6th.

Announced Game Titles in Video Games Live for the 2005 concert tour:
Music to be played by the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra:
Mario?, Zelda?, Halo?, Metal Gear Solid?, World of Warcraft?, Warcraft 3?, Myst?, Castlevania?, Medal of Honor?, Sonic?, Tron, Tomb Raider?, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil?, Splinter Cell?, Ghost Recon?, Rainbow Six?, EverQuest? II and a special retro arcade segment that goes from Pong? to Donkey Kong?!

Other previously announced music of the concert:

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind?, Arcanum?, Spellforce 2?, International Karate?, Silent Hill 2?, Battlefield 2?, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay?, Dragon Quest?, Brothers in Arms?, Chrono Cross?, The Lord of the Rings?

Some of the names confirmed:

Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid)
Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog) 
Toby Gard (Lara Croft/Tomb Raider)
Bill Roper (Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo)
John Romero (Quake & Doom)
and many more??.

Also joining us for this meet and greet are the composers of the music featured at the show, celebrity guests, and a –  very special – Meet & Greet appearance by none other than… STAN LEE! (creator of Spider Man)

We look forward to your reactions to this incredible event!  And thank you for your continued support of Video Games Live.

~*~ Becky Young ~*~
Marketing Coordinator
Video Games Live


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Blizzplanet Goes XFire

While DarkNemesis implements the content system for all subdomains, we are talking to XFire who has offered peer-to-peer downloading services to Blizzplanet.  This will allow us to add on a Downloads section various links to Wow movies, Wallpapers, Starcraft-Diablo II-Warcraft 3 mods and Map Campaigns and other Blizzard Games files.  What I consider interesting in XFire is that the system is closed.  Blizzplanet needs to submit the files to XFire to undergo a process of acceptance.  In short, XFire makes sure there is no illegal files or infected files running within the peer-to-peer system. Any ad banners you see of XFire will be added by Blizzplanet free to them in exchange of their Peer-to-peer service.  We will inform more details to our visitors once we have released the subdomains by Game and their download sections.  Bear with us.

Wow Expansion Rumor: Undermine

Blizzplanet’s last rumor was of Starcraft: Ghost going Multiplayer after seeing a Job Opening in Swingin’Ape Studios.  That rumor—originated in Blizzplanet—went around the world through many Gaming Networks two months before it was officially announced by Blizzard(Network links offered at the bottom of the page linked above).  Today, after reading Shane Dabiri’s confirmation of a World of Warcraft expansion on the works, we would like to venture on a new rumor based on images from the World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition, which shows images of Undermine Map and a World Map showing possible boat and zeppelin routes with Undermine as main hub.  We have the images, and which to share them with fans to estimulate creative comments and opinions of possible Expansion content.  Read more details below . . .

Wow Europe Website: Easter Egg

Sorrow from our partner Forum Community made a cute find in the World of Warcraft(Europe) website.  The Class Webpage displays the words that quote Captain Planet—the TV animated series.  Visit the webpage and hold your mouse over the World of Warcraft Classes’s images, and a popup message will display the words: Fire! Wind! Earth! Water! Heart!  By your powers combined I am CAPTAIN PLANET

…. Intersting!  If you forgot who Captain Planet is, check out the official website as a reminder.

Glynnis(Kerrigan) at San Diego Scottish Festival TODAY

As a reminder, anyone living near Vista in San Diego California, today starts the San Diego Scottish Festival.  Starcraft Kerrigan voice actress, Glynnis Talken, will be there at the Tea & Sympathy booth signing her medieval romance books.  She told me personally on AOL chat that she would be glad to sign any of your posters or Blizzard products if you bring them along, and may take a photo or participate on her monthly contest where winners get a nice Medieval sword.  If you go do not forget to send us photos of the event.  Read more details on how to get to the festival Here

Blizzplanet Site Remodeling

Don’t worry about some areas not working or half-layouts with no data.  The news section is working properly while DarkNemesis—Chief Programmer, and I re-organize the website layout.  We are just few days from launching Blizzplanet’s subdomains for each Game.  The Games Headlines atop will serve as shortcuts to the news by game category.  After many months of development, DarkNemesis is ready to launch the subsites, where Starcraft: Ghost subsite will have its own content and left menu.  World of Warcraft and all other Blizzard games will also have their individual subsites.  Each game site will have a subdomain (i.e. http://ghost.blizzplanet.com).  We will let you know when we start implementing the subsites.  We plan to create custom layouts for each as time goes by.  Special thanks to Draco for setting up the subdomains and to Republicola—both from WC3Campaigns—for activating PHP access for them.

New Warcraft III Bonus Map - Deathrose

The Deathrose is a rare flower that grows only in the deepest, darkest swamps of Ashenvale. In the hands of a master alchemist, the petals of the flower can be used to create some of the deadliest poisons known to exist in all Azeroth.

Download Deathrose a new Bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen

Alias Mental Ray 3.4 goes 64-bit

For Modders with experience in 3D Modeling using Maya or other applications, Gamasutra informs that Alias Mental Ray 3.4, a rendering component of Maya, is getting an upgrade to support 64-bit technology computers.  It is available for Enterprise Linux WS 3 (x86_64) and SUSE 9.1 (x86_64), running on Intel EM64T, AMD Opteron, or AMD Athlon 64 processors.  Mental Ray 3.4 is compatible with Maya 6.5, but not with earlier versions.  A Windows XP version is in development.  This enhanced version for 64-bit technology promises faster processing times, physically accurate lighting, and improved rendering for more complex 3D scenes for games, film, broadcast, design visualization and digital publishing.

Open Rebellion Mod on PCGamer UK

Starcraft Mod Open Rebellion, based on the Star Wars Universe was featured on the PCGamer (UK—June 2005 Edition). The mod hosted at Sovereign Empire Modding (Openrebellion.smempire.org) is included in the CD attached to the magazine. It is a great thing to have the modding community get spotlighted in magazines such as PCGamer.  Visit the Open Rebellion Forum for comments

Warcraft3 Mods in PCGamer UK

It is good for the modding community to have spotlights in magazine articles, and that is the case with Star Alliance and Sovereign Empire Modding Communities.  Skeletal Rage—a Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne Mod available at desmasic.samods.org—was featured in the pages of PCGamer (UK Edition).  The mod was included on the PCGamer CD attached to the Magazine.  We hope to see more magazines focus on the modding community. Special cheers to the guys over at Star Alliance.  Visit the following forum topic to congrat them.

Wow nominated in G-Phoria

World of Warcraft is nominee in five categories for the G-Phoria Awards.  Comment about this topic Here:

  • EB Gamers Choice

  • Best Cinematic
  • Best Multiplayer Game
  • Best Original Soundtrack
  • Game of the Year

The third annual G-Phoria Awards(G4TV) show will be on July 27. The event will be broadcast on G4tv.com on August 9th.  The broadcast is co-sponsored by Jeep and Mountain Dew.
Register G-Phoria before voting.  Then VOTE for World of Warcraft

Under Development Page Updated

Blizzard updated the Under Development section showing now Battlemasters.  These are NPCs in some cities that like Orgrimmar and Iron Forge that will allow players to enter a Que from within cities, same as Meeting Stones have now Innkeepers Group-Meeting Ques.  You can enter Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley by talking to any of the Battlemasters, which will save a load of time in traveling.  Spybots for the SI:9 agency will be added soon.  Their function is a mistery.  Honor System tab will be redesigned.  There will be class improvements. The only sneak preview offered were Warriors and Warlocks:

  • Warrior: Protection and Fury talent line improvements
  • Warlock: Demonology talent line improvements