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Blizzcon Tickets Go On Sale May 21st and 25th

Ready to head out to Blizzcon this year? Well get your credit cards ready, tickets for Blizzard’s all-things-Azeroth/Diablo/Starcraft/etc conference will go on sale May 21st at 10am PST and May 25th at 7pm PST, for — get this — $175.

Yup, that’s a $25 increase over last year. The price increase hasn’t stopped the WoW community from going nuts over the announcement though, with more than a few people I’ve seen over at Twitter (follow me @halophoenix!) bemoaning the price hike but clearly saying it won’t stop them from attending.

There’ll also be a special series of $500 tickets on sale on May 28th for those lucky folks with more cash to drop and who want to attend a special pre-con dinner to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange Country.

As usual, if you can’t make it at all, you can snag the virtual tickets for $39.99, which gives you access to live streams of the panels and all of the events.

And remember – the convention itself will be October 22nd and 23rd of this year, so even if you think you might want to attend, you should probably snag a ticket if you can!

Blizzard Introduces Crabby, the Dungeon Helper!

What a helpful little guy he’ll be!

Have you ever felt alone while soloing? Wish you had someone to chat with about what you were doing, or sick of alt-tabbing out to do extensive research about the tasks at hand and wish there were more help in-game available to you at all times?

Well say hello to Crabby, the Dungeon Helper! He’s here to make sure that you’re all set for whatever tasks you may encounter in the World of Warcraft, and is here to help you when you need it!

He’ll occasionally pop up and offer you bits of advice that can be especially useful, and help guide you when you get lost. Check it out:

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a helpful friend at your side, ready to provide you with tips and hints when you’re stuck? A friend who’s there to provide encouragement, who will help you pick yourself up off the floor after the fifteenth wipe of the night? Someone who will stick with you — no matter what?

Everyone can use a friend like that… a friend like Crabby!

You’re a hero. An adventurer. A sword-swinger or spell-slinger for hire. Whatever your character’s motivation may be, if trouble doesn’t find you, it’s because you found trouble first. But what do you do when Asaad throws down a grounding field? How do you respond when the Faceless Corruptors enter Erudax’s room? Eventually, you’ll be thrown a curve ball that you can’t catch. When that happens, you’ll be glad to have Crabby at your side!

Crabby uses a complex and extensive set of context-sensitive situational heuristics to analyze your current status in real-time; that’s tech talk for “Crabby always knows what’s up.” He watches your every move with his all-seeing eyes. Nothing escapes his unwavering gaze; not even the slightest nuance of your play style goes unnoticed. Before long, Crabby will know what you’re going to do before you even do it. And he will use this knowledge to help.

Crabby is able to tell you exactly what’s going on and what you should do. His many useful tips will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen, where he hangs out, ever patiently, waiting for you to need his help. Of course, whether you follow his advice or not is entirely up to you; Crabby may possess an advanced level of artificial intelligence, but we’re reasonably sure he doesn’t have any feelings you could hurt. Reasonably sure. But just in case, the ability to remove Crabby has been disabled for now.

Good! I mean, who wouldn’t want Crabby around to help? Check out the images over at his information page – look how much he loves to help! He’s a helper crab, yes he is.

(psst. By the way. He appears on all World of Warcraft sites, too. Browse around and enjoy! He’s such a helper.)

Video :: Aquaman’s Lament

The beauty of this video isn’t in any one thing about it, but the entire thing and the way the whole thing comes together. The video is amazing, and when I learned (in the credits) that the video had been entered into the Blizzcon 2010 Machinima Contest and didn’t even make the finals, I was horrified. It’s amazing, and deserves more attention.

The song itself is fantastic, and the video – even if you had no idea who the characters were and they were all standing around – are colored and chosen so well that it’s absolutely clear who’s who.

Anyway, even though I’m waxing rhapsodic about the way the video was made, the actual video itself is hilarious too – especially Aquaman going to town on one of Luthor’s bad guys with a fish; that was pretty awesome. Enjoy!

Blizzard Adds “Red-Shirted Fact Checker” to Cataclysm Beta!

Remember this guy? Well, thanks to a post over at GeekGirlDiva we learned that Blizzard meant it when they said they would fix that little problem – and then some.

Looks like he’s new in the beta, but the “Red-Shirted Fact Checker” is now standing right next to Falsted Wildhammer, who’s now in Ironforge. Looks like the screenshot above was taken from the horde perspective…I wonder what he says when you click on him if you’re alliance.

Video :: Mafioso Swing and I Am Forsaken

This video, Mafioso Swing, was first-runner up in the Blizzcon 2010 Machinima Contest. This is the video that a number of people think should have won and taken the first place prize. I have to admit, it’s a pretty hilarious musical number, and probably one of the first great videos we’ve seen that feature the Goblins in all of their animated glory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FOpI0EsQ8A

The video previously mentioned, The Rocket of Love, took the Grand Prize in the Blizzcon 2010 Machinima Contest. This video, I Am Forsaken was the second runner up. The story is pretty typical as these videos go, a once human finds himself in tragic circumstances and eventually winds up on the other side of the line as an undead. Still – the way the machinima was made is brilliant and the video looks stunning. It’s no wonder most people I’ve seen think this video should have taken top prize – it’s heartfelt and evocative.

Blizzcon 2010 – The Best Costume Wasn’t Warcraft Related

This lovely lady was at Blizzcon 2010 and I wasn’t. You can imagine how sad that makes me. Aside from the fact that she’s attractive though, look at that Ghost costume! Ghosts are the immensely powerful psychic stealth operatives and assassins in the Terran Military in the StarCraft series of games, and her costume is spot on from just about every detail, from the glowing eyes to the gun to the glowing costume. I can’t imagine how long it took her to make it.

You can check out more pictures of the costume and the detail on the gun (seriously, it’s actually a Nerf gun) over at Unreality Magazine. Trust me, it’s worth it, even if it’s just for you to get some ideas on what you’d like your Ghost costume to look like.

Video :: Blizzcon 2010 – The Nerdiest Question Ever

Okay, even I’m not enough of a lore freak to have paid attention to this much detail from the books and the game combined, but holy wow this guy is, and this guy has. He has probably the singular most incredibly nerdy (and I really do mean that in a good way) question to ask that I’ve ever seen at a convention or in a panel, and well…you can see the results. I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Originally over at Buzzfeed.

Video :: The Rocket of Love

This little video above took grand prize in the 2010 Blizzcon Machinima Contest!

It’s a cute little story of a gnome who wakes up one morning, walks to his window, and see the most lovely sight he ever could possibly see…and then hilarity ensues.

I have to hand it to Mushanga, the creator of the video, for taking home the grand prize – a lot of people have complained that the other entries were better, and we’ll see as I post those over the coming days – but sometimes there’s something to be said for simplicity, elegance, lack of flare and false flask, and…well…gnomes. Enjoy!

Discussion :: What Did You Think of Blizzcon 2010?

So Blizzcon this year has come and gone, and not without some pretty big announcements. While there was nothing seriously earthshattering that we didn’t expect, the con did give the community some new ways to interact with Blizzard developers, outed the fact that we’ll see some new music from Blizzard soon (and in-game music will be available to buy as sheet music, too!) Cataclysm is going to be as epic as everyone thought it would be, and there are even more changes in store for us very soon.

What did you think? What are some of your takeaways from Blizzcon 2010? Let us know what you thought of the show – even if you didn’t go – in the comments!

Video :: Blizzcon Reveal – Worgen Cinematic Movie

If you weren’t sure whether or not the Worgen were going to be awesome, and you were curious about what the Worgen starting experience was going to be like, there’s a little news for you out of Blizzcon – the video above is the Worgen cinematic, in all of its wonderful glory.

The humans of Gilneas are very Victorian; as opposed to the medieval/renaissance style of the humans of Stormwind; it’s interesting to see how they’re all shaping up ahead of the release of the game.

If seeing it above isn’t enough for you, head over to YouTube to see it in full-screen!

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