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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 :: 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!

Blizzard Announces Winners of the 2010 Global Writing Contest

One piece of news that may have slipped under the radar in the furor over Blizzcon is the fact that the winners of the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest have been announced! Click the link above to see the winners – unfortunately the winning piece hasn’t been published just yet.

We last mentioned the contest back in June, and want to congratulate all of the finalists and ultimately the winner who’ll have the honor of being invited to Blizzard for a tour of the facility and a sit-down chat with Chris Metzen himself to discuss lore and storywriting.

The winner also gets to take home a Frostmourne replica or a Barbarian statue from Diablo III, and each of the finalists gets signed copies of each of the major Blizzard lore books: The Diablo Archive, StarCraft Archive, Warcraft Archive, and the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive. Congratulations!

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!

WoWWiki is Moving to WoWPedia

According to a post over at the World of Warcraft Livejournal Community, the venerable WoWWiki is parting ways with Wiki hosting provider Wikia (who also provides hosting and paltform service for a number of other popular games and titles) and is moving over to a site hosted by Curse, who you’ll know from pretty much all of your favorite addons.

The new site is called WoWPedia, and is already live. From the about page (sans links):

On 2 May 2007, it was announced that WoWWiki would be moving to Wikia, joining major wikis such as Memory Alpha, Wookieepedia and Uncyclopedia. This move occurred two weeks later.

On 29 September 2010, discussion to leave Wikia began, due to irreconcilable differences with Wikia. Due to the result of that discussion, a fork of WoWWiki was created as Wowpedia, with the new site being hosted by Curse and the new wiki becoming usable on 17 October 2010.

Of course, the founders don’t get into what those irreconcilable differences really were, and it would be uncouth to out them so openly anyway. Still, it looks like the move has been in the works for a while now, and the new site has been up for a few days. The new Wiki looks and works just like the old one, although I’ll happily say it has none of the ads and hover-overs that were – while incredibly minor compared to how useful the site was – annoyances on the old site.

Update your bookmarks!

Discussion :: How’s that Patch 4.0.1 Working Out for You?

So it might still be a little early to ask the question we always ask after every major content patch or series of changes, but we’re going to ask it anyway: How’s that patch 4.0.1 working out for you?

See that image up there? If you haven’t been paying attention, Druids lost the ability to permemently stay in the Tree of Life form, and to boot, they lost the familiar old stubble-legged tree that we’ve come to know and love. Now, when they turn into a tree, they become the model you see above (with different colors to match their character appearance) and can only stay in the form for 30 seconds. Makes staying in tree form during boss fights pretty difficult, don’t you think?

In 4.0.1 we essentially all got a brand new game. Add-ons are still largely broken for a large part, the UI and graphics have been updated remarkably, Archeology has been added to the game, and all in all the groundwork has been laid for Cataclysm to be released.

In the interim though, what do you think? How have your characters been adjusting to the changes? Any highs or lows to report? Are all of your add-ons still busted or did you make it through the changes unscathed? Sound off in the comments!

Steelseries Unveils New World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Gaming Mouse

Steelseries already has the license for the original SteelSeries Special-Edition World of Warcraft Mouse, and while the mouse looks really sharp, it got somewhat mediocre reviews from users and the gaming community for being more flash than substance.

Even so, the mouse was fairly popular, especially with World of Warcraft players looking for gear that reflect our collective favorite hobby. Now, Steelseries is at it again with an updated version of the mouse for Cataclysm, the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Special Edition MMO Gaming Mouse.

The new model features an updated optical sensor on the underside and a redesigned button layout that still gives you 14 programmable buttons, and with 10 programmable profiles that each have their own color – that way you can tell at a glance at the mouse which profile is active. Perfect if you want to program different buttons to different character macros.

Admittedly, the new mouse looks really sharp, but it’ll take a pretty solid effort for Steelseries to overcome the last one and to make a dent in the love that a lot of people have for Logitech’s gaming mice and even Razer’s Naga MMO gaming mouse, which sports over a dozen number buttons on the side just for MMO players.

Oh – it’s worth mentioning that Blizzcon attendees will be able to score one of these long before the rest of us – it’ll be up in the Blizzard store at the con. The rest of us will have to wait for December 7th, when the mouse will show up on store shelves…right next to copies of Cataclysm, no doubt.

Tenacious D to Perform at Blizzcon

From the “jealous I won’t be there” department, news broke yesterday that Tenacious D, Jack Black’s band, will be wrapping up the festivities at Blizzcon next week. Here’s the press release frrom Blizzard PR:

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that the greatest band in the world*, Tenacious D, will perform at the closing concert during this year’s sold-out BlizzCon(R). Taking place October 22-23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft(R), Diablo(R), and StarCraft(R) game universes. While tickets to the convention are currently sold out, viewers can watch at home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering over 50 hours of event coverage (including Tenacious D’s performance) globally over the Internet and also on DIRECTV(R) in the United States.

Tenacious D is made up of musical visionaries Jack Black and Kyle Gass. After forming in 1994, the duo rose to rock god-dom following the release of the HBO cult-hit series Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth. Since then, Tenacious D has released two albums and a pair of live DVDs, sold out arenas around the world, and starred in their own feature-length movie, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. At the BlizzCon closing ceremony on October 23, the band will perform an earth-shattering set that includes the debut of new, soon-to-be-legendary songs.

“The best way to wrap up two days of epic entertainment is with an epic rock concert–and few bands fit the bill like Tenacious D,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to a great show and can’t wait to see what Jack and Kyle have in store for everyone attending BlizzCon and watching from home.”

In addition to serving as a gathering place for the Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will have an array of activities, including discussion panels, competitive and casual tournaments, contests, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, and more. Viewers at home can order a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket for $39.95 USD, available as a multi-channel Internet stream around the world (pricing and availability may vary by region) and also via DIRECTV in the United States . Visit www.blizzcon.com for more details and ordering information.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs. As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show will be announced at www.blizzcon.com.

*Based on internal reports from Tenacious D and key band devotees

Okay, that’s just awesome. And honestly, no one will be able to say that Blizzard doesn’t know how to throw a party. Maybe the only way that show could get any more awesome is if Tenacious D did an unexpected rock battle with the Level 80 Elite Tauren Cheiftains. Now THAT would be awesome.

World of Warcraft Tops 12 Million Subscribers

Blizzard announced this morning that World of Warcraft had finally topped 12 million subscribers. I saw the news first in a post on Twitter from the @Warcraft account, but here’s the scoop from the press release:

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the subscriber base for World of Warcraft®, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), now exceeds 12 million players worldwide. This milestone was reached in the wake of the mainland Chinese launch of World of Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King®, and also as global anticipation continues to mount for the December 7 release of the game’s third expansion, Cataclysm™.

“The support and enthusiasm that gamers across the world continue to show for World of Warcraft reaffirms our belief that it offers one of the best entertainment values available today,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We are as committed as ever to taking the game to new heights, and we look forward to demonstrating that with Cataclysm in December.”

The press release then goes on to hit a little history that I think we all know by this point – that World of Warcraft has done ridiculously well every year since its release, that it and its expansions have topped sales charts around the world each year, especially on years when expansions are released, and how World of Warcraft is clearly the most popular MMO franchise in the world.

Still, you have to ask the question: how does Blizzard do it? Even now, in a year between expansions where people are eagerly anticipating the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and many people have even stopped playing the game entirely because the content from the last expansion has been exhausted, Blizzard doesn’t just have staying power, but it’s proven that it has growing power even during dormant periods (for the players anyway – clearly not for developers.)

It’s really impressive, all things told – and I have every reason to believe that the player base will see a boost when mainland China gets its version of World of Warcraft, and when Cataclysm comes out early next year.

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