Blizzard’s Bob Colayco told Ars Technica that Greg Canessa (PopCap Games, Xbox Live Arcade) has joined Blizzard Entertainment to work on Battle.net 2.0.
|“He will report to our vice president of online technologies and work closely with the executive team to help fine-tune the next version of Battle.net, currently in development,” Blizzard’s Bob Colayco said.|
Now this is an interesting thought. Someone with experience in Xbox Live Arcade and PopCap games now working on Battle.net 2.0 … hmm … Remeber GDC 2009? Rob Pardo criticized consoles for their lack of keyboard support?
|Rob Pardo: There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don
Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20. The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz. The catch? You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.
I had a few words with Sideshow Collectibles President and CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges tonight and there are good news for those hardcore Diablo III fans that are into collectibles. The Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama is nearing its final stages. We will show you the photos once the painted version is ready. New products based on the Blizzard games are not out of the question, but nothing as soon as we wish.
Below is an image of the unpainted Diablo III diorama.
Ok, my experimental blogging/speculation venture didn’t go so well. So I will stick to my fort
Blizzplanet has been online seven years informing Blizzard fans of many countries around the world including China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, other European countries, Middle East, and various countries in Latino America—according to the traffic tracker. I am latino (Puerto Rican born in New York), and encourage more latinos to heed the call. Blizzard wants latinos to launch their own Blizzard games fansites in spanish and to become part of the Latin America Fansite Program. Incentives? You will have direct contact with Blizzard staff, free Blizzcon tickets for your staff and to giveaway, and other nice perks.
Spanish: Blizzplanet ha estado en la red mundial hace siete a
Blizzard has announced the winners of the recent Blizzard Theme Park Contest. The lucky winners will get some cool swag for reward. Take a look:
Best Overall Blizzard Theme Park
There are two interesting posts from Bashiok today: one is a blooper in the gameplay video and the second is a very cool detail in the gameplay video that couldn’t be perceived as intended and most people missed. While critters usually die in one shot when doing AOE damage, the critters in Diablo III keep doing their thing as if they were tickled super-bunnies.
There is something the developers worked so hard to show in the gameplay video, and couldn’t get it right. Then the announcement of Diablo 3 was upon them, and it had to go out unpolished. The Siegebreaker breaks through the wall and grabs the merc to kill him, adding an element of surprise using the physix engine as a tool to mimic such brutal action with the debris falling all over the place while his victim disappears into its clutches.
Blizzard Entertainment has been selected among the finalist nominees by the 2009 MI6 Awards. The 4th Annual MI6 Video Game Marketing Conference will be held through April 8, 2009 at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt in Union Square (345 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA – (415) 398-1234—see Map).
MI6 Awards nominated Blizzard in six categories:
OUTSTANDING TV OR THEATRICAL CAMPAIGN
OUTSTANDING TV OR THEATRICAL AD
Recently we reported that Rob Pardo confirmed that Blizzard and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor. They want Microsoft to learn from Nintendo. During the Luminaries Lunch at the GDC 2009, Junction Point’s Warren Spector slashed at Rob Pardo with mockery … “I
Rob Pardo confirmed at the GDC 2009 that Blizzard Entertainment and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor. And by the looks of it they want its successor to have a keyboard and mouse peripherals and tools to allow MMO and RTS gameplay on consoles. The potential is enormous. Imagine World of Warcraft, Starcraft: Ghost, Starcraft II and even Diablo III on PC and Consoles. It is the culprit of the Next-Gen MMO no doubt.
The future is looking brighter for Blizzard and all its millions of fans if Microsoft can pull the right cards off its sleeve and places them into the table to make it possible.