Next Blizzcon Pushed to 2013

By Sean McQuillan

Citing a jam-packed schedule, with the release of Diablo III and Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, a Blizzard rep has stated that they will be cancelling the 2012 Blizzcon. As an avid fan of Blizzard’s entire portfolio this is sad news. I loved attending Blizzcon, and it has an atmosphere unlike any other. I’ll be right there back in line for 2013, and at least this will give me some time to get lost in some Diablo III.

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Source: Beefjack

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BLIZZCON Onine Store Opens Today!

By Angie Quidim

If you are like me and hate waiting in lines and want to find that special something for your Blizz finatic guess what!  The Blizzcon store is open!  Here are the details from the Blizzcon site!

source: Blizzard

“Have a ticket to BlizzCon 2011? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? Between now and Tuesday, September 20 at 9:59 a.m. Pacific time, BlizzCon 2011 ticket holders attending the show in person are able to shop for items from the BlizzCon 2011 store (while supplies last) during our limited-time-only, online BlizzCon Pre-Sale. Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, allowing you to avoid store lines at the show and giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at BlizzCon 2011.

To participate, simply log in to the online Blizzard Store using the Battle.net account you provided when you purchased your BlizzCon 2011 tickets, and click the BlizzCon Sale button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen to browse this year’s selection. Please note that only ticket-holders who provided Battle.net account info will have access to BlizzCon 2011 merchandise during this online sale — you can view this information in the ticket buyer’s Order History.

Shop BlizzCon now!

If you’re planning to purchase this year’s BlizzCon Virtual Ticket to watch BlizzCon from home, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in a second BlizzCon merchandise pre-sale September 23 through September 27. Check out our previous BlizzCon Pre-Sale blog post for more information.”

Check out TME’s Blizzcon coverage at http://tmeatblizzcon2011.wordpress.com/

 

BLIZZCON 2011 TICKETS ON SALE MAY 21 AND MAY 25

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that tickets for its sixth BlizzCon® gaming convention will go on sale in two batches on Saturday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 25. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County will go on sale Saturday, May 28.

BlizzCon is a celebration of the global communities surrounding Blizzard’s Warcraft®, Diablo®, and StarCraft® game universes. The event once again offers players a valid reason to skip work on a Friday when it returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this year on October 21 and 22. Gamers around the world will also have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of their own home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which offers comprehensive live coverage of the event streaming online and also on DIRECTV in the United States.

“We love being able to meet directly with our players, and since BlizzCon is one of the rare opportunities we get to do that, we always pack as much information and entertainment as we can into the show,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This year will be no different — whether you’re with us in Anaheim or joining from home, be prepared for two days of Blizzard gaming and good times with the most passionate community in the world.”

In addition to serving as a mutual stomping ground for the different Blizzard communities, BlizzCon will feature an array of activities, including discussion panels, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, professional and casual tournaments, contests, and much more. Blizzard is looking forward to learning more about its own games from Red Shirt Guy if he can make it to the show again this year.

Tickets to the convention will be priced at $175 USD each and will be available for purchase from the official BlizzCon website (www.blizzcon.com) in two separate batches on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific time and Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific time.

Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, which include admission to BlizzCon, will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Taking place the evening of Thursday, October 20, this exclusive event offers guests an opportunity to rub elbows and trade war stories with Blizzard game developers and other employees before the show. Approximately 200 tickets to the benefit dinner will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. Pacific time through http://www.blizzcon.com.

Gamers around the world will also have the option to purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket priced at $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). The Virtual Ticket grants access to comprehensive live HD coverage from the show floor on each day of the convention, including exclusive interviews, demos, and more. Virtual Ticket coverage will be available to viewers globally as a multichannel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States. DIRECTV customers who order the televised event will receive the multichannel Internet stream at no extra charge, allowing them to watch in the format of their choice. Those who order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft® and StarCraft II in-game items (availability may vary by region), to be revealed at a later date. Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free.

As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show, including ordering and programming information for the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, will be announced at http://www.blizzcon.com.

Prepare…. The Reckoning Is At Hand.

By Angie Quidim

Tonight at midnight, millions of Blizzard fans will be lining up to pick up their copies of  World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.  This long awaited expansion tears the world of Azeroth a new one and makes everyone start over (that includes new mods and quests).  Blizzard has been hyping their redo of the Eastern Kingdom and Kalimdor since the release of Wrath of the Lich King.  Players are constantly coming and going and the main complaint was, “there is nothing new…. same old starting areas, same old characters, same old combinations.”

Blizzard’s heavy hand of destruction is Deathwing.  A huge mother*$&!(*% dragon that you probably see now on your login screen when you start the game.  For the Horde you get the pleasure of him perching atop Stormwind.  The Ancients (the elements) are at unrest and the world really has been torn up. In other situations you will see things that may surprise you.  The passage of time has really taken place.  You just don’t see the same old fishing pond near the Undercity.  New races include the Goblins for the Horde and the Worgen for the Alliance.  New towns have been set up for each; New Gilneas (past the Greymane wall) and the Goblin Slums in new Orgmimmar.  That means new mounts, new quests and a whole new lot of combinations.  The collector’s edition of  Cataclysm is pictured below with a ton of goodies (alot similar to the extras that came with WOTLK).

The land of Azeroth will open up to players young and old with flying mounts and new terrains.  There are numerious more flight paths and the grinding for levels isn’t as bad as it was.  The game has made a change to accomodate new players and getting high level gear is only a couple of dungeons away.  Justice Points will allow  Jolly Joe the Paladin access to Item levels 230 and above. 

Blizzard has also forseen from previous expansion releases that the servers will be flooded with anxious gamers.  Patches have been slowly released so that the impace and installation time on game release day won’t be as horrible.  I would recommend picking up your game and waiting a day or two to let the populations settle down.  Usually release night tends to be ridiculous and the queue times to get into servers are just insane.

Here is the intro to the game:

So saddle up and get ready for some intense MMORPG!

An ancient evil lies dormant within the depths of your BlizzCon goody bag

An ancient evil lies dormant within the depths of your BlizzCon goody bag…. As a way of saying thanks for joining us for BlizzCon 2010, we’re pleased to present every attendee with a museum-quality maquette of one of Azeroth’s most fearsome figures—the tiny but terrible Dethling. Designed by Blizzard Entertainment artists and produced in partnership with Sideshow Collectibles, Dethling captures all the fury and rage of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’s world-breaking villain, the corrupted black Dragon Aspect Deathwing, in a much smaller and friendlier form. Hand-cast in polystone and hand painted, each Dethling piece comes complete with a stamped base ready for display on your bookshelf, mantle, or weapon rack. This limited-edition souvenir collectible was created exclusively for BlizzCon 2010 and will never be reproduced for commercial sale.
Other items in the Goody Bag:


Deathy, World of Warcraft in-game pet and an exclusive set of murlocalyptic in-game items for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

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BlizzCon® 2010 Announced

Blizzard Entertainment’s fifth BlizzCon gaming celebration to be held at Anaheim Convention Center October 22-23, 2010

IRVINE, Calif. — March 25, 2010 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for its fifth BlizzCon® gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2010. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® universes.

“BlizzCon offers us a great opportunity to meet with our players and share our enthusiasm for gaming with one of the most passionate communities in the world,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to providing another great show filled with entertainment, competition, and the latest information about Blizzard Entertainment games.”

In addition to serving as a gathering place for Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer attendees a chance to enjoy:

  • Hands-on play time with upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games
  • Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers
  • Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
  • Community contests with great prizes
  • Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes
  • More exciting activities and attractions to be announced

The previous BlizzCon was held in Anaheim in August 2009. Tickets to the event sold out in minutes, and some of the highlights included the announcement of World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm, the unveiling of a new playable class in Diablo® III, the first public hands-on with the single-player campaign of StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty, and a closing concert featuring rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.