Bashiok expects BlizzCast 8 to be near the end of March (if things go well, but not set on stone), and mostly composed of Diablo 3 questions. Let’s hope to see some good stuff. Additionally, a new bestiary update is expected soon. Bashiok teases it will be awesome. Stay tuned.
Now let’s move on to the recent updates about Diablo III. Read the rounds up:
The sound effect when picking up a health or mana orb is way too fake and does not fit well with the game at all. In fact, the look of the orb doesn’t match either.
Maybe it would be better to have the corpse of the monster glow red or blue instead, and when you click on them, their soul goes into you and replenishes the health or mana.
Bashiok: I don’t believe any videos exist that show the health globes or play the sound they make when you pick them up as they exist now. The globes have a more gothicy-type look to them, sort of like a censer in a way? But with a big glowing red ball in the middle. And the sound they make when you pick them up is a more resonant “ka-thoonk”.
When there’s a lot going on around your character it could be easy to lose sight of a health globe, so keeping them very visible is important. Also you want to know when you’re being healed so a prominent sound is very necessary. Most of the time there’s so much carnage going on, a monster could drop a globe on top of you and you wouldn’t even know you had picked it up if it weren’t for the sound. It all works really well, you’ll have to trust me.
(Also yeah, I think the old sound was pretty much a stealgrab of the potion sound in Diablo II)
I have finally read once more my copy of Diablo: Demonsbane. Everyone that knows me, knows that I go all nerdy with lore, and compile in-game lore as well as official Blizzard novels lore. I humbly wrote down a few notes of the most relevant lore in this book written by Robert B. Marks. He is better known by many as Garwulf— of Garwulf’s Corner fame.
Diablo: Demonsbane was the first book in the Diablo series in the shape of a novella, when the era of eBooks had just taken off back in 2000. Although, it didn’t get past the hundreds of sales, due to the early phase of eBooks booming, it was a very good story based in the Diablo universe. It is not known if it is considered canon at this point. Blizzard Entertainment has been silent about Diablo lore dodging our lore inquiries and possible future Diablo novels.
If this ends up being canon, it would certainly make many fans happy if they find any piece of lore about Siggard and Sarnakyle the vizjerei in the tomes of lore (sound clips) found throughout the lands of the world of Sanctuary in the upcoming Diablo III game. The timeframe of the story might conflict in some areas of the lore and might get retconned if the story is considered canon. It happened two years after the death of Bartuc the Warlord of Blood, during the Sin War.
Strangely, Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy didn’t even mention Bartuc, nor Siggard. Only time will tell. For now, we invite you to read our summary of Diablo: Demonsbane.
If you wish to buy this story—which ranges around 75 pages—it can be found in printed media within the Diablo Archive at any online bookstore or local bookstore. It collects four of the novels based in the world of Diablo. Feel free to contribute to the diablowiki.net
Video Games Live played various music pieces from Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft games at the end of Blizzcon 2008, last year. It is very probable they might do so again this upcoming August at Blizzcon 2009.
Video Games Live will have a few concerts throughout the month of March. So if you love video games music played by a live symphony orchestra, and live in Kitchener, Ontario; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Austin, Texas—then check out the schedule and where to get the tickets.
The music of video games will be performed by the world-class Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony led by industry veterans and world famous video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall on March 13 and March 14 at 8:00pm. The Video Games Live concert will take place at:
The Centre In The Square
101 Queen Street N.
The concert tickets for March 13 are sold out, but if you would love to be there—Saturday, March 14 tickets are still open while they last. Adult seating ticket prices range between $30-80. And can be ordered here.
There will be a pre-show festival starting at 6:30pm. You can watch some Video Game Live video clips here.
On March 20, 2009, Video Games Live will perform at the Miller Auditorium at 8:00pm on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Tickets are available here—ranging from $25-52 for adult seating.
On March 28, 2009—Video Games Live will perform at the Long Center in Austin, TX at 8:00 PM.
Maps here. Ticket info here. Ticket prices range from $32-49.
Michael & Susan Dell Hall
701 W Riverside Dr
JINX has a new Diablo III T-Shirt for hardcore fans of the RPG hack n’ slash game. They are available for men and women in serveral sizes. Simply click on the image to order and to see bigger images.
I rarely post news outside the Blizzard games scope, but I thought this one was very interesting to share with Mac and Linux Blizzard gamers. Codeweaver—developer of the CrossOver Games—announced their roadmap for 2009 highlighted by their support of DirectX 10 right out of the box.—Full Article.
We’ve just shipped a lot of those ‘under the hood’ improvements for games out in CrossOver Games 7.2. We’re really pushing Direct X 9 support pretty far along, and getting ready to move on Direct X 10.
In the next few months, we’ll be shipping CrossOver Linux 8.0, and CrossOver Mac 8.0. That revision of our flagship product will bring support for IE7, modern QuickBooks versions, Quicken 2009 (at a nice speed), Photoshop CS3, and many many other improvements, particularly around Microsoft Office and specifically Outlook. —via Slashdot