Posts Tagged ‘blizzcon’

Overwatch Open Winners Will Nab $100,000 This Week

One of the biggest tournaments so far of Overwatch [official site] is happening this week, with a total prize pool of $300,000. We told you about it a couple of months ago but, silly you, you’ve forgotten. The Overwatch Open has already seen one day of North American regionals, kicking off yesterday, with the second day of games happening right now. But Europe and the grand final itself is yet to come. Here’s the schedule and details of how to watch it.

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StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops To Come In 2016

StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void [official site] is the third and final installment of the StarCraft II trilogy and it’s out this coming week – November 10, to be exact. Naturally, you might’ve assumed this would mark the end of StarCraft for the time being, that after this one we’d have to wait a while for the next, if there was to be another one at all. Right? Wrong: Blizzard have announced a three-part mission pack named Nova Covert Ops that’ll launch in Spring 2016 to keep all you StarCraftians going. We’ve got the Legacy Of The Void launch trailer AND the Nova Covert Ops trailer below to suit your needs.

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Heroes Of The Storm Gets A Pro Tournament Next Year

BlizzCon 2015 has been good to Heroes Of The Storm [official site], it seems. Not only will it soon receive three brand new characters, an Arena mode and a new battleground, the Heroes Of The Storm Global Championship Circuit will run in 2016 playing host to three competitive events throughout the year. Oh, and Blizzard are also working to replace the game’s matchmaking system in response to recent player criticism. Trailers and deets after the drop.

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Gets Shiny Launch Trailer

After being announced in August, Legion – the upcoming World Of Warcraft [official site] expansion – has received a launch trailer ahead of its summer release next year. It’s pretty and shiny and so CGI-infused that it could give the series’ real-life movie cinematic that dropped on Friday a run for its money.

Check it out in all its four and a bit minutes-long glory below.

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Hearthstone: The League Of Explorers Single-player Expansion To Launch November 12

Calling all you creative card configuratorists: a new single-player Hearthstone [official site] expansion is on its way. Announced at BlizzCon 2015 this very weekend, The League Of Explorers will bring with it 45 new cards and will launch its first wing on November 12. That’s next week! Hop below for more details and a trailer.

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Success Story: World Of Warcraft Documentary

Looking For Group, a new World of Warcraft documentary, is as earnest as the late Jim Varney. It’s a sixty minute reflection on the first ten years of the giant of MMORPGs and as it was created in-house at Blizzard, it’s all about the good times. Creators and players alike fondly reminisce and the whole thing almost collapses into a blackhole of backslapping self-aggrandisement around the forty minute mark, when a kung fu panda is held up as an example of the maturing narratives tastes of the WOW audience. But despite the fluff, I found my cynicism thawing as I watched. The whole thing is embedded below.

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BlizzCon Keynote: Heroes Of The Storm MOBA Detailed

Blizzard Convention Two Thousand And Thirteen Anno Domini Year Of Our Metzen is upon us. Shortened to “BlizzCon” despite the svelte elegance of its full name, the show is Blizzard’s favorite place for new announcements. I am sitting in a very prickly chair in gaming’s most cavernous convention hall, and I’ll be writing about and recording what happens all weekend. First up, Blizzard’s repeatedly reinvented MOBA Heroes of the Storm.

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BlizzConCaliNov

and they say we Brits have bad teeth

Even though no-one plays games with a keyboard and mouse anymore, Blizzard’s annual fan-con somehow attracts huge crowds and helps the Activision-owned developer to earn All The Money from PC games. They’ve just announced the 2013 (and seventh annual) Blizzcon, due this November in Anaheim, California, the United States of America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, origin of sausage and chocolate chip pancake on a stick. What will be there? VIDEOGAMES.
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BlizzBoss Calls BlizzCon Video Unacceptable

The most apologetic of all the WoW creatures.

You probably noticed the brouhaha that emerged last week, after GayGamer and, in turn, RPS reported on a very strange decision by Blizzard, to include an outburst many could only interpret as homophobic, during BlizzCon. After one of the less pleasant comments thread RPS has witnessed, and much discussion internet-wide, Blizzard have issued a proper apology. (This happened a few days ago, but we’ve realised we’ve not mentioned it here, so it’s only reasonable to post it.) You can read it below.

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BlizzCon’s Peculiar Homophobic Moment

Congratulating themselves on their hilarious jape.

It’s an uphill struggle to convince those outside the games industry that it is, in some ways, a mature medium for mature, thoughtful people. Clearly the most difficult element of that hill is the incredible immaturity and thoughtless nature of so much of the games industry. You need not look far in any direction to see examples of sexism (the PC has yet to be blessed with Arkham City’s delightful attitude toward female characters), misogyny, racism, and of course homophobia. Something, for reasons inexplicable, Blizzard chose to feature on the main stage of their World Of Warcraft-based celebrations at this year’s BlizzCon. Via whoever’s extraordinary decision, edited clips from a homophobic diatribe were broadcast to the crowds (albeit loosely bleeped out) which encouraged those who play Alliance characters to kill themselves. Followed by a song.

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Competitive Clicking: Starcraft II Tournament

click click click click build build build build build click click build build lose

It seems like only last week that I found myself watching men playing Countertstrike and wondering how they came to be so good at man-shooting and here I am today watching two people playing Starcraft 2, which makes me realise how bad I am at mouse-clicking. These people though? Very good at mouse-clicking. They’re playing in the Grand Final of Blizzcon’s Starcraft 2 tournament and the winner scoops $50,000, which is probably half of America’s forecast GDP for 2012. I don’t follow the competitive Starcraft community, but I believe the two fellows playing have what the kids call ‘beef’ with one another. Enjoy

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Orange County Drops: Blizzcon Tickets Dated

YOU ARE A PRETTY LADY! I WOULD CLICK ON YOU! ALSO, YOUR TWO CUTE FRIENDS!

In case anyone’s confused, when I say “dated” I don’t mean “Taken out for a meal and a movie with the sole intention of getting inside their flowery undergarments” but “the dates of when they’ll be available to buy has been released”. There’s two blocks being released, on June 2nd and June 5th, at 7pm and 10am respectively. They’ll cost – gasp – $150 dollars each, and the event will take place on October 22 and 23 in Anaheim, California. More details on the site, obviously. Anyone planning on going? Will you be Zerg-rushing to get them, or not really give a Protoss? I covered the first, and found it enormously heart-warming. And, really, this whole post is just a big excuse to re-link to Alec’s piece about the 2008 Worldwide Invitational which is one of my fave things he’s ever written for the site. Press release follows!
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Blizzcon: Pay-for-Customisation in WoW confirmed

Man, I’m totally stealing this story from videogaming247. Hell, I’ve even stole the image from videogaming247. But at least I’ve given a working link back Warcry, who covered the press conference where the following was revealed

When asked to expand upon a button found by sifting through the Lich King beta’s data files named “Paid Character Customization,” Brack initially hesitated to give any answer at all. Several questions later, he went back to the matter, saying that he could, in fact, confirm that World of Warcraft would eventually have some form of paid character customization, though they themselves hadn’t yet worked out any details.

C’mon Pat! It’s Monday morning, but us parasitisic linkbloggers must have standards, goddammit.