NY Times wrote a 3-pages article highlighting the great success of World of Warcraft, anecdotes while playing different areas of the game, anecdotes of Paul Sams when he saw the 5,000 football-looking wait-line at Fry’s Game store, and a view into Chris Metzen’s meeting discussions with the developers taking decisions on the 3D looks that the Tower of Medivh should have to match the storyline offered in the Warcraft: The Last Guardian novel. NY Times articles get archived after a while, so read it very fast while it lasts. For now it is free. You can read the article Here
According to Gamespot, a chinese source has confirmed that over 100,000 accounts have been created in advance to the expected release of World of Warcraft Beta in China to take place in two weeks.
After breaking records in North America and Europe, World of Warcraft is storming China, and it isn’t even available yet. According to the Chinese game-industry newsletter Pacific Epoch, in the first hour that registration was open, 100,000 gamers signed up for accounts hoping to participate in the game’s closed beta test. Beta testing is slated to begin in about two weeks, according to the game’s local operator in China, the9.com
Blizzard released the new Frozen Throne patch with bonus maps and fixes to many races’s abilities. The most exciting changes are of interest to Warcraft III/Frozen Throne Modding makers as the World Edit Tool has been revamped with new features. Read more …
Jason Hayes answered few questions about his current whereabouts. He is launching his own music company and is planning to release a music album CD soon. His company website will be updated in a few weeks to offer fans an interactive site where his music fans may communicate and download music. Make sure to join his forums. Jason Hayes told us of his interest to support the Modding Community and Voice actors guilds. Here is the interview, enjoy!
Gamesindustry.biz interviewed Paul Sams and Chris Metzen few weeks ago. The second part of the interview reveals many things about the transition from Nihilistic to Swinging Ape studios, and the new direction the game is taking. Somewhere during the interview, there was an answer that may fill players with uncertainty. Would it be possible that Starcraft: Ghost aims to provide multiplayer components? Read an excerpt:
“StarCraft and WarCraft III are particularly popular in “professional” gaming tournaments; how important does Blizzard consider that area to be? Is just a quirky oddity, or is it something you see growing in importance, and in public profile, in the future?
Paul: We see it growing. Not only do we see it growing, but we just hired a person to be in charge of tournaments in our company. We want to do more support of tournaments, and we want to build more tournament capabilities into our products, and to have tournaments and competitive play more in our thought process as we’re creating our games.
We want to continue to create great singleplayer product, but that has incredible, compelling multiplayer play that has competitive components. We think that that is another element of the future that we really want to focus on , and we think that we’ve done a pretty decent job at it so far.”
Read the full interview Here.
Glynnis, our favorite voice actress of Kerrigan in Starcraft, will be signing books, and any Starcraft or Diablo items on March 12 and 13 at Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Click the link above for the official website of the event with the detailed address. You can meet her at the Tea & Sympathy booth. If you visit her, make sure to take photos and to submit them to us. You may contact me at my profile. Starcraft Kerrigan actress, Glynnis, was interviewed by Blizzplanet some time ago. You may read our interview Here.
Read Glynnis’s Press Release about her upcoming Book Signing event. Besides a Gaming Voice actress, Glynnis is also a Medieval Romance writer of many books that have been awarded. She was also the voice behind MTV The Maxx and some Diablo II characters.
A small group known the r3v0luti0nz team has begun to create starcraft theme fan movies, however without proper models they cannot release their work, so anyone interested in created 3dmax models and/or updating low poly ones please contact [email protected] for information. Currently they have no website to link to, so all questions/comments should be sent to [email protected]
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With the new patch a flurry of new features has been added, amoung the most interesting ones are the multiplayer/singleplayer remembering last folder (for game creators) viewing the minimap for the game you are about to join, minimap ping and so forth.
Full feature list here
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Note: This is a starcraft mod, and requires broodwar 1.11b to play.
Blade66777, Modding member of Star Alliance, is making a call to all Voice actors to contact him for a new Starcraft Mod project that will have a Map Campaign. If you have a microphone and talent and wish to make a debut, you may also contact him. Star Alliance has a Voice acting guild named SAVAGE. Read the requirements and the description of the characters you will voice at the following forum. You may leave a message in the forums or contact Blade66777 with your application.