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Warcraft Movie – Sam Raimi to Direct

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The game, movie cross over trend shall be complete. A Warcraft live-action movie is in the works.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – July 22, 2009 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the eagerly-anticipated major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment®’s award-winning Warcraft® universe. Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content.

Raimi directed the Spider-Man trilogy, which has broken box-office records around the world and garnered five Academy Award® nominations. Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi wrote and directed the cult classic, The Evil Dead and produced 30 Days Of Night. He most recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller, Drag Me To Hell.

“At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story,” said Raimi. “I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen.”

My first thought was that they were going to make a film of “World of Warcraft” that might be a good comedy but it was a little hard to think of it as a live action film since so many people play WoW with differing play styles (can you imagine Gold Farmers in the movie? ha). Since it’ll be about Warcraft I’m thinking it has a chance ;)

Full press release here.

WoW’s 4th Anniversary Gift – Baby Blizzard Bear!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

World of Warcraft celebrates its 4th anniversary today by giving out Baby Blizzard Bears (aka little polar bears) to anyone logging in. You get a letter which includes the summon pet ability as an attachment and then you can access your pet from your Character pane.

I got mine for some of my avatars, here’s a shot of him sitting down. Cute isn’t he?

Baby Blizzard Bear Sitting Down

I haven’t yet activated him for any of my Horde characters yet, perhaps if I could make him look a little more menacing somehow?

Yeah, you’re right, he’s just a cute ball of fur! Hmm fur…

Happy 4th Anniversary Blizzard, seems like yesterday we were running around in Friends and Family Alpha!

EDIT: PS the Achievement is called “Can I Keep Him?”.

The Evolution of Dance, Azeroth Style

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Remember The Evolution of Dance? Well, this is how they do it in WoW. This fellow has found the sources behind several of the /dance animations in World of Warcraft and edited them together for our amusement.

More information on WoW dance animations can be found here.

Gnomes Rain From Azeroth’s Skies

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

The gold sellers have found a new way to spam. Disgusting.
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Less QQ More PewPew

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

More pewpew Shirt
Less QQ more pewpew! My newest design.
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Video Game Addiction Still Making Headlines

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

WoW Game AddictionABC News in Philadelphia ran a story on game addiction, mainly focusing on World of Warcraft and EverQuest. While the general tone of the piece looks at MMORPGs as an unhealthy activity, especially the part with the mother who lost her son, the psychologist in the piece does point out something that stories like this usually miss:

Dudley says children or adults who become obsessed with video games often have a history of struggling with depression or anxiety. The game, she says, is simply a catalyst, similar to drugs, alcohol or gambling.

It’s literally been years since I was first moved to make designs in response some lawsuits against games. While there has been headway (as evidenced by the above quote), it seems they are still relevant.

EQ Warning
Gamers Against Scapegoating
No ScapeGoating – Works for defending any popular media

ABC News Link. Via Kotaku.

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Dueling MMORPG Conventions – Blizzcon vs SOE FanFaire

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Blizzcon vs SOE FanFaire
Blizzard announced that they are going to do another Blizzcon August 3-4 at the Anaheim Convention Center (same location as last year). Cost is $100 per ticket.

SOE’s long standing FanFaire tradition is taking place August 2 – 5 in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel and Casino. Cost has not been announced but if they follow past prices there will be different packages including a One Day pass. For a whole convention package I’m sure it’s going to be over the $100 mark.

Of course, I suppose the logic is that if you play one MMORPG you probably don’t play another or if you do you probably don’t play it equally so you’ll just go to whichever convention has your game. With Blizzcon that’s obviously WoW and with SOE that’s EverQuest, EverQuest II, Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside, The Matrix and possibly Vanguard. Vanguard has held their own convention before though (Fangaurd) so it’s unknown if they will have a strong focus on that game at the SOE one.

As a veteran of these sorts of conventions… the battle may be between the two, but I strongly urge you to at least go to one of them. Meeting online friends for the first time in real life is a trip. For folks flying in from the East Coast of the US or from other countries, I suppose you could even go to Las Vegas for a few days and then leave to go to Anaheim (you’d go from Sin City to Disneyland City!).

On a side note, while not a MMORPG, QuakeCon is ALSO going on August 2-5, 2007 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX. It could happen that this free convention will siphon off folks from both BlizzCon and the SOE FanFaire. Well whatever your game… arrive in style and buy some new gaming threads and gear from OffLine! :)
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Blizzcon Buzz Getting Louder

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

BlizzCon, Blizzard’s first fan gathering will be occuring this month on the 28th and 29th. Turns out the band Offspring will be the surprise concert to end it. While all of Blizzard’s games will be highlighted, the majority of attendees will likely be World of Warcraft players and the new WoW expansion will be playable at the event. Tickets are currently sold out though they may release a few more Exhibit Only tickets.

OffLine will be there but not likely as a vendor this time around.

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WoW Developers Leave Blizzard and Start Red5

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Looks like some devs, an art guy and an exec have left Blizzard to start their own company called Red5. Could explain the lack of big patches for WoW. On the other hand, the first WoW expansion is supposed to be announced at the upcoming BlizzCon in October.

This isn’t the first time original devs have split from a MMORPG company to start their own. But in Sigil Games Online’s case, Brad McQuaid and Jeff Butler were inarguably the key folks behind EverQuest’s design and development. Many argue that WoW’s success had a lot to do with the Blizzard franchise.

Here’s the press release from Red5:

“World of Warcraft” Veterans Launch Online Gaming Company

ALISO VIEJO, CA — Mark Kern, William Petras, and Taewon Yun, key developers and executives behind Blizzard Entertainment’s hit “World of Warcraft,” have announced the formation of Red 5 Studios, Inc.

Based in Aliso Veijo, California, the new company will focus on creating massively-multiplayer online entertainment — a gaming genre that’s now a global sensation.

“Our work on World of Warcraft has really opened up people’s eyes to the potential of online gaming in huge, persistent worlds,” says Kern. “We want to continue to shape the future of online gaming by tapping into new worldwide trends and pushing the limits of our creativity.”

Kern, Petras and Yun are all former Blizzard veterans. Mark Kern was Team Lead for World of Warcraft, and William Petras was Art Director on the project. Taewon Yun helped found Blizzard Korea where he was responsible of World of Warcraft’s launch and operations in Asia. Together they have over 30 years of experience developing and launching hit games such as Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo.

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