StarCraft Nominated for the Walk of Game!

Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a steel star on the “Walk of Game,” located in the Metreon entertainment complex in San Francisco, CA. This year, we?re very proud to announce that StarCraft has been included among the esteemed group of classic games and game characters that have been nominated for this honor! We?d like to encourage all gamers to visit the site and vote for any of the nominees that they believe most deserves a star. Voting will be open throughout the month of October.

Current Rankings:
Games/Characters
EverQuest 35.2%
Final Fantasy 30.3%
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) 25.2%
The Sims 25.1%
Tetris 21.2%
Pac-Man 21.0%
StarCraft 19.9%

Winners announced shortly

Stay tuned for the announcement of winners of the contest held recently.  Three lucky players will win a Free ticket to attend BlizzCon.  I will email winners around 2:30 A.M. EST/-5GMT.

UPDATE (4:28A.M.):  Winners were chosen randomly and emailed.  The winners were submitted to Blizzard Entertainment.  Congratulations! Their screen name and server will be announced soon—if they authorize it to be disclosed.  We wish the winners a lot of fun.  Blizzard just announced that World of Warcraft Expansion hands-on will be possible in BlizzCon.  Special thanks to those not fortunate to win one of the three tickets, for participating in the fun and educating Contest.  I hope everyone enjoyed reading some of the Warcraft lore obtained from in-game quests, Warcraft Novels and Warcraft RPG books.

Ventrillo Mac Version Soon

Ventrillo announced that a release of a mac version is on the horizon.  This news will make many World of Warcraft players happy, including Warcraft 3 and Starcraft players.

The Ventrilo / Macintosh client tech support forum is here pending the official release of the client.  The forum will be activated once the first release is made available.  Thank you for your support and interest in the Mac client.  At the current time we do not have an official release date. Once we do, it will be posted here and possibly some indication on the download page.

WCRadio Sponsorship

WoW Radio currently runs seven shows a week to a highly targeted audience. We have a major event coming up that we require sponsorship for, and would like to make it known that we are open to discussing sponsorship or advertising plans with reputable individuals or companies. If you might be interested in this, feel free to e-mail Athalus at athalus@wcradio.com as soon as possible.

So far we have purchased our rendering computer. We are still in need of at least one Canon XL2 camera, and ideally one additional computer and camera. We also need a data center that can provide a very fat bandwidth pipe.  If you wish to further support, use Paypal to donate at http://www.wcradio.com/donate.php

NPR radio talks Hakkar Disease

NPR radio featured a topic related to the Blood of Hakkar disease that spread for days in major cities of Azeroth few days ago.  To listen to the radio broadcast click the listen image at the following page:

A recent outbreak of a “plague” in a popular online game has scientists considering how the virtual world may provide clues to what people would do in real-world pandemics. In the role-playing game World of Warcraft, a “corrupted blood” spell killed characters and affected players in unexpected ways.

Wow Expansion Playable@ BlizzCon

The World of Warcraft development team has confirmed that BlizzCon attendees will be able to go hands-on with a playable sneak peek of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. For those who won’t be able to attend BlizzCon, please note that gaming magazines hitting newsstands in different regions of the world around the time of the event will feature in-depth previews on the new content we have in store. Click here to learn more about BlizzCon.

We have recently placed some exhibit-only BlizzCon tickets on sale, for those of you who are interested in attending BlizzCon and trying out the World of Warcraft expansion set. See the recent announcement for more information

IMPORTANT: Permanent Forum Ban

Fangthooth posted in all CAPS a very important new Forum Rule for Wow Forums that may cause you to get perma-banned:

We are breaking our own rule by posting the subject line for this in all caps because it is especially important that everyone reads this:

If you post links that ultimately lead to any images of areas in the game that are not yet designed to be accessible by players in the retail version, you will be permanently banned from participating in the World of Warcraft forums

Glynnis: Seaside Scottish Games@Ventura, CA

Glynnis Talken—voice actress of Starcraft Kerrigan and Diablo II Rogue/Kashya—will have her last public presentation before she dedicates to finish her medieval romance book to be Published by Warner on April 2006.  Glynnis recently signed with Warner as new publisher and her new writer seudonym will be Sarah McKerrigan.  You can find her at the Seaside Scottish Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California.  Glynnis will be there all day Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th at the Tea & Sympathy booth.  Although the event is not Blizzard related, she has told me in the past that all Starcraft and Diablo II fans are more than welcome to show up for a autograph on any poster, game box, or product; a photo or simply to say hello.  Read the Newsletter below:

BlizzCon Exhibit-Only Tickets On Sale

Missed out on the full $120 Show Pass that includes the concert but still interested in checking out the exhibit halls? You’re in luck! We’re now offering Exhibit-Only tickets for BlizzCon at a price of USD $85! An Exhibit-Only ticket entitles you to all the same privileges and access as a regular BlizzCon ticket except for the closing-night concert. You’ll still get your goody bag and access to the exhibit halls, seminars, stores, tournaments, and developers at BlizzCon. If you’d like to take advantage of this limited-time offer, please click here to purchase your BlizzCon Exhibit-Only ticket now

Trial Account Info

There were concerns of cheating of farmers by using Trial versions of World of Warcraft, to which Eyonix responded there is nothing to fear:

Eyonix: “Since there has been some recent confusion concerning the issue, I thought I’d clarify that in order to protect our player base from abuse, we have placed some restrictions on accounts created using the promotional trial version of World of Warcraft that is available through certain magazine publications. Please be aware that these restrictions are only in place during the trial period; players who decide to purchase a retail copy of World of Warcraft and activate their accounts will be able to continue adventuring with the same characters and take full advantage of all features included in the retail version of the game.

During the trial period, characters on the promotional accounts will be able to advance up to level 20 and accumulate up to 10 gold. Use of the auction house and mailbox, player-to-player trade, and access to the in-game chat channels will be unavailable for the duration of the 14-day trial period”

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