New Razer Blade Laptop 2.0 Available Now

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced the brand-new Razer Blade 2.0 is now available while supplies last. Order it now Here

The new Razer Blade now has a massive boost in performance with a high efficient thermal design, which allows extreme gaming performance, without compromising true portability.

The new Razer Blade 2.0 features:

  • Intel Core i7 quad-core processor
  • 500GB 7200RPM HDD
  • 64GB SATA III SSD with NVELO
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz

Razer BladeAdditional features:

  • Razer™ Switchblade User Interface
  • Razer™ Anti-Ghosting Keyboard
  • Razer™ Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Built-in HD Webcam (2.0MP)
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Integrated Digital 7.1 Surround Audio Support (via HDMI 1.4) Dolby® Home Theater® v4 Audio
  • HDMI 1.4 Audio and Video Output
  • Three USB 3.0 ports
  • 3.5mm Audio Microphone/Headphone Combo Jack
  • Kensington Lock
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 802.11 A/G/N
  • Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0

JINX Blizzard T-Shirts 10% Off Promo Code

Our JINX partners are currently running a special promo code on all products including World of Warcraft, Diablo III and StarCraft II T-shirts, Hoodies and Hats (etc.). Don’t forget to check out the latest Mists of Pandaria and Diablo III T-shirts and Hoodies that came out a few weeks ago.

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My Experience: Amazon Ship on Release Date Option

Back on May, I shared my sad experience at a local Best Buy Store (NYC Union Square) where I attempted to buy a Diablo III Collector’s Edition. Many fans camp their local stores for hours to be among the first to get ahold of a Collector’s Edition. I had the same experience with the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition the year before at the same store. Luckily for me, I already had one secure for myself. These two visits were attempts to get a second one for a Blizzplanet giveaway.

The sore fact is that chances are you won’t get a World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition tonight at midnight at a local store. Listen closely.

If you have not pre-ordered the video game at your local store in advance, I doubt you will get one tonight. If you still wish to go to the store, I can only advise you to ask right away if you can purchase one without a pre-order, so that you don’t waste your time in line.

Gratefully, I had already pre-ordered StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition and Diablo III Collector’s Edition from Amazon.com. It arrived the same day the games were released.

Today, in the eve of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria release date, I wanted to double-check the status of my Collector’s Edition. I noticed today (Sept 24) at 5pm, the MOP CE had not been shipped yet. The Amazon representative confirmed the item would be shipping tomorrow. I was like … if it ships tomorrow, that means I won’t have the game for at least 2-3 days afterwards.

To my surprise, as you will read in the chat image below — she insisted the game will ship tomorrow and it will arrive to my doorstep tomorrow. Ain’t that amazing?!

Alright, I won’t be playing an hour or two after midnight like everyone else who secured one, but at least I will start playing on release date, and secured one. That’s a win-win. Server stability might be unstable with millions of players login in to play. Crashes, restarts, emergency hotfixes — we all know the drill. I won’t be losing much play-time waiting a few hours for the package’s arrival in the morning.

My advise is to always visit your local store to secure your copy in advance when Blizzard Entertainment announces a Collector’s Edition. Optionally, you can pre-order with Amazon. However, make sure to choose the “Two-Day Shipping or One-Day Shipping — Get it on its release day” option.

The next Blizzard Entertainment video game on schedule for release is StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. The Collector’s Edition pre-orders haven’t started yet, but I’ll alert fans on the front page and our social network pages when that becomes available.

Keep this advise in mind for the future. It’s common for players to procrastinate, or wait until the release date to buy the Collector’s Edition. That’s gambling. You might or not get one. Pre-order when the option is available to secure your copy.

UPDATE: Amazing. As the Amazon representative said, I did get an email reporting my CE was shipped around late Sept 24th. It’s already in New Jersey — just a heart-beat away from New York City.
UPDATE: Package arrived sharp at 1:00pm. Didn’t even have to install the DVD. Launched the DVD installer and it said it was already Up-to-Date. All I had to do was to add the CD-Key at my Battle.net account, and to play right away. Woot!

Blizzplanet Gearing Up for New York Comic Con 2012

I’m thrilled to attend the 2012 New York Comic Con through October 11-14, and hope many of our visitors living around New York City take their backpack, cameras and embark into the adventure too.

So far, I have found online some of the Blizzard Entertainment developers and related projects in attendance. I’ll share the schedules as soon as they become available.

  • Micky Neilson (Blizzard Publishing Lead, World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria)
  • Gerald Brom (Diablo III: Book of Cain artist)
  • Walter Simonson (DC Comics World of Warcraft) – table # S2
  • Ryan Benjamin & Sean “Cheeks” Galloway – Artists Alley (north pavillion) – table # G2
  • Mark Evans (World of Warcraft TCG artist) – table I12

BOOTHS

These are the booths Blizzard fans should always have in their event planner schedule and visit:

  • DC Entertainment – booth # 1238
  • Brom Art – booth # 2437
  • Diamond Comics – booth #2056 (distributor of DC Unlimited World of Warcraft, StarCraft action figures)
  • Insight Editions (The Art of Blizzard) – booth # 1882
  • Legendary Entertainment – booth # 1620
  • MEGA BRANDS – booth # 1206
  • Rubie’s Costumes Co. (World of Warcraft costumes) – booth # 1865
  • Simon & Schuster – booth # 829

PAX 2012: NEW Razer Blade For $2499 – Better CPU and GPU

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced a NEW Razer Blade Gaming Laptop (17.3-Inch) will launch at the end of September 2012.

Min-Liang Tan said at PAX 2012 the old Razer Blade’s estimated 30-day inventory sold out in … only 30 minutes — and that was when the laptop had a lesser graphic card spec than the Alienware and ASUS competitors.

The Razer Blade is the thinnest laptop in the world with only .88 inches thickness. The Switchblade UI allows players to customize the 10 Dynamic Adaptive Tactile Keys, and the Multi-Touch LCD Track-Panel.

The old Razer Blade is still available at Amazon.

But why pay $2799 for the old one?

The NEW Razer Blade contains the Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 3rd Generation processor. Intel hasn’t even announced this CPU yet. An NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M which is the standard high-end GPU in the Alienware M17X and ASUS G75VW BBK5.

Razer benchmarked the NEW Razer Blade against these two known Gaming Laptops, and they performed equally in terms of average FPS while playing Diablo III, Battlefield 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The NEW Razer Blade still has the 17.3″ LED Backlit (1920×1080 Full HD), the custom-made ultra-slim power supply and the Switchblade UI.

Ultra-portable form factor: All aluminum chasis, 0.88″ thin, 6.6lbs weight.

It now has a 64GB SSD + 500GB HDD Hybrid-drive. This hybrid drive intelligently learns which files you access more often, and automatically transfers those files to the 64GB SSD as sort of a cache to speed up the launch of those files and programs. Two times the space and three times the speed of traditional hard drives.

It has now three USB 3.0 ports, a dual-band WiFi modem (2.4GHz/5GHz) — better range, less interference and faster speeds.

The Switchblade UI applications are insane. You can watch YouTube videos in the small LCD viewer, can take screenshots and view the thumbnail galleries within the Multi-Touch LCD viewer on the keyboard, and click a facebook button to automatically upload the screenshot without leaving the game (nor going to the desktop).

The NEW Razer Blade is basically the same size and weight as the old model, has better CPU, GPU and RAM — but instead of having a bigger price, it is now only $2499 — down from $2799. That’s three hundred bucks cheaper.

There is a second NEW Razer Blade model at only $2,299. Both Razer Blade models can be pre-ordered here and ships in 30 days (October 1).

Owners of the Old Razer Blade will have the benefit of paying $500 less for the NEW Razer Blade. Pretty cool for upgrading, or to keep the new one and gifting the old one to a friend or family, or those who plan to sell the old one.

Watch Min-Liang unveiling the NEW Razer Blade at PAX 2012:

    The new Razer Blade: The Beauty is Now the Beast.

    Imagine the performance of a traditional high performance gaming luggable but in an ultra-portable form factor.

    The new Razer Blade now comes packed with extreme levels of performance – featuring a future 3rd Generation Intel Quad Core Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M, 8GB 1600Mhz RAM, three USB 3.0 ports, and a 64GB SSD/500GB HDD hybrid drive. This beast will run next-gen games wherever you go.

    Despite rivaling the performance of most powerful gaming laptops out there, the new Razer Blade is half their thickness at 0.88″ thin, and half their weight at only 6.6lbs. Plus, the Switchblade UI lets you customize to your play style in ways you never could before with all new applications for games like Skyrim, BF3, TF2, and more. Or you can watch YouTube on it while waiting to respawn. Your choice.

Processor

  • Future platform with 3rd Generation
  • Intel® Core™ Processor

Chipset

  • Intel® HM77 Express Chipset

Memory

  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz

    Storage

    • 500GB 7200RPM HDD (Primary Storage)
    • 64GB SATA III SSD with NVELO
    • Dataplex™ Software (Cache Acceleration)

    Graphics and Video

    • Integrated Intel® GMA HD – Mobile Mode
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5
    • VRAM with NVIDIA Optimus™ Technology

    Display

    • 17.3” Full HD 16:9 Ratio, 1920×1080
    • LED Backlit

    Additional Features

    • Razer™ Switchblade User Interface
    • Razer™ Anti-Ghosting Keyboard
    • Razer™ Synapse 2.0 Enabled
    • Built-in HD Webcam (2.0MP)
    • Built-in Speakers
    • Integrated Digital 7.1 Surround Audio Support (via HDMI 1.4) Dolby® Home Theater® v4 Audio
    • 1x HDMI 1.4 Audio and Video Output
    • 3x USB 3.0
    • 1x 3.5mm Audio Microphone/Headphone
    • Combo Jack
    • 1x Kensington Lock

      Power

      • Integrated 60Wh Battery
      • Compact AC Adapter (120Watt)

      Communications

      • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
      • 1x Integrated Intel Wi-Fi 802.11 A/G/N
      • 1x Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0

      Size and Weight

      • Width: 16.81 inches (42.7cm)
      • Depth: 10.90 inches (27.7cm)
      • Height: 0.88 inches (2.24cm)
      • Weight: 6.6 pounds (2.99kg)

      Operating System

      • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

PAX 2012: Blizzard Giving Mists of Pandaria Beta Keys

PAX Prime begins this Friday in Seattle, WA, and with all of the madness that’s sure to ensue we’d be remiss if we didn’t make a cameo of our own. We do hope you’ll come visit Bashiok and me at the Intel booth, and Nethaera and Vaeflare at the NVIDIA booth. You can’t miss us. We’ll be the bright-eyed idealists ready to share a conversation or two.

In addition to what Intel and NVIDIA have planned, we’ll have hundreds of Mists of Pandaria beta keys to randomly giveaway, as well as playable demos at both booths! We look forward to meeting with those of you attending. All Seattle’s a stage.

Follow us on Twitter to see what we’re up to and chat with us during the festivities:

View the full event map (Intel booth 6109; NVIDIA booth 3747).

Full Sail University: James Waugh & Flint Dille at Entertainment Writing Panel

James Waugh (Senior Story Developer for Blizzard Entertainment) and Flint Dille (Diablo III: Book of Cain, Transformers: Autocracy) are guest speakers at Full Sail University.

The Entertainment Writing Panel will allow students to learn from writing professionals in the entertainment industry.

Full Sail University (Google Map)
3300 University Boulevard
Winter Park, Florida 32792

Event: Entertainment Writing Panel
Start: August 28, 2012 10:00 am
End: August 28, 2012 12:00 pm
Location: EB Auditorium

Phone: 800.226.7625 or 407.679.6333
Online Education: 888.993.7338
Fax: 407.678.0070

Description

Members of the Creative Writing for Entertainment program’s Advisory Board and other well-known entertainment writers will take part in a panel discussion and Q&A in the EB Auditorium. They’ll talk about the field of entertainment writing and answer questions about their experiences in the industry. On the panel:

James Waugh, a senior story developer for Blizzard Entertainment

Flint Dille, video game writer for Diablo III

Evan Skolnick, lead narrative designer for LucasArts

Ed Gentry, game designer for WisdomTools

Dave Drabik, writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Robert Venditti, graphic novelist for The Surrogates

This is a GPS event and is open to all Full Sail students.

 

Grab While You Can … Diablo III Logo Flexfit Hat Stock Levels Low

Recently, J!NX added a Diablo III Logo Flexfit Hat to the Diablo III T-shirt Summer 2012 Collection.

The flexfit hat has been very popular, and stock levels are now low. Grab yours while supplies last. It’s unknown when it will be restock.

The Hat comes in two sizes: S/M and L/XL. Only one color: Black. It looks awesome, but a bit pricy at $27.99.

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Gabe Newell: Windows 8 is a Catastrophe — Blizzard Entertainment Games Heading to Linux?

Blizzard Entertainment has developed video games taking in mind and supporting a wide range of low, mid and high-end computer systems. During the Casual Connect video game conference, Gabe Newell (Valve), a former Microsoft employee, commented — in a very serious note — Windows 8 is a catastrophe. Considering this is one of the luminaries in the video gaming industry, that comment doesn’t bode well.

This has become a strong quote throughout the internet in the past days, with a vibe of prophecy. Forget about the Mayan December 2012 Doomsday. Gabe’s words have more weight to contemporary times for video gamers, game developers, and even computer product manufacturers / OEM.

“[Windows 8] is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. We’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. … It will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.” — Gabe Newell

Gabe revealed he will try to get all 2,500 Valve games into Linux as a preventive measure against Windows 8’s closeness, in case things get bad. This is big if it’s true. He hinted OEMs might exit the PC market, which might force them to either buckle, or move toward Linux.

Alright, for some of you Valve can kiss yours, or you don’t care. It doesn’t affect Blizzard. Right? That’s utterly wrong.

For us Blizzard video game players, Gabe’s words sadly have repercussions of unknown scale. Blizzard Entertainment Executive Vice President of Game Design, Rob Pardo, commented via Twitter with a link to the PC Gamers article: [“Gabe Newell’s “Windows 8 is a Catastrophe”]:

“Windows 8 is not awesome for Blizzard either.” — Rob Pardo

Speculation

Wait, whoa? Now things don’t bode well. Blizzard Entertainment is focusing a lot of manpower currently into the development of the Next-Gen MMO, the launch of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Diablo III.

Rob Pardo didn’t go into specifics, but agreeing with Gabe that Windows 8 is a catastrophe for game developers might mean Blizzard games might have to shift its focus from Windows toward Linux, if Gabe’s vision of Windows 8 turns out to be true.

Just recently, a group of experts joined to create a console game that could allow developers worldwide to move into a open-platform to steer away from the closeness of Nintendo, PlayStation and XBox 360 platforms. That project is currently funded by the public via Kickstarter with over $5 million. It’s named OUYA.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Blizzard, Valve, and other game developers and the OEMs abandoning Windows converging into a conference to develop something awesome for the future of PC video games?

Check out PC Gamer for the Gabe Newell’s comments.

XBox Live integrated with Windows 8

Activision Blizzard 61% Stake on Sale: Speculations

There’s been a lot of noise lately these past couple of weeks concerning the possible sale of a big chunk of Viviendi stake.

The Activision Blizzard majority stakeholder is selling his 61% stake and the banks are currently searching for a potential buyer.

This could turn out to be a good thing depending on who buys them. So far Tencent Holdings Ltd (TCTZF.PK) and Time Warner Inc. (TWX) are speculated to be among the potential buyers.

Speculation

On the Tencent front, Activision Blizzard recently announced a long-term strategic relationship with Tencent to bring Call of Duty Online to China.

Activision Blizzard shareholders could in some ways benefit if Tencent acquired that 61% stake, expanding Activision properties in China, and Tencent gaining a stronger foothold on the Americas and Europe markets.

In terms of Blizzard games, it’s unclear how that translates into — considering NetEase holds the rights to operate Battle.net and the latest Blizzard games in Mainland China for the next three years.

On the Time Warner front, things sound really good. Time Warner owns DC Comics, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animations, AOL, HBO and other subsidiaries. There’s a deep relationship between Blizzard Entertainment and DC Comics since 2007.

New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures are partners with … Legendary Pictures (who holds the license to develop the World of Warcraft film). StarCraft and Diablo films?

I could see a good relationship for Activision Blizzard and Time Warner bringing Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft animated series to the TV through Warner Bros Animations and Cartoon Network.

I’d really love to watch those, regardless.

A third prospect to possibly buy this 61% stake is worrysome: Microsoft. We have seen Microsoft shutdown studios quite often, or develop XBox 360 exclusive video games. Blizzard develops games for PC/Mac. Blizzard develops for a wide-range of systems. Microsoft would want support for older Windows OS discontinued in support to promoting Windows 8 sales.

There could be controversy among players and shareholders if Microsoft landed the cash to buy it. However, this is all speculation and none of it is a fact.

Back when Vivendi was searching for buyers of the VUGames division Microsoft was among the potential speculated buyers but that did never come to happen. Vivendi decided to do a merger with Activision to create Activision Blizzard.

So far Activision would be the first candidate to buy the 61% stake (valued at $8.2 billions), but today Activision reported to have only $3 billion in cash and might need to borrow the difference. If that fails, the stake would be up in the air for public sale. As of right now, Tencent, Microsoft and Time Warner are considering it, but it’s unlikely either could come forward with $8.2 billions.

Eldorian just told me our videocast show host Chris “The Bearded Gamer” Arnone was recently talking about the Activision Blizzard 61% stake sale in his personal show. Check it out, and subscribe to his personal channel. He’s currently giving away a Razer Taipan Mouse ($80 value).

Eldorian said: “I think whoever buys Activision-Blizzard won’t affect Blizzard Entertainment much at all… I think they’ll leave them alone for the most part.” The Bearded Gamer thinks likewise.

The success of Blizzard games over the past 20 years dwell on publishers letting Blizzard Entertainment do what they do, at their own pace. Whoever ends up buying the 61% will see the value in doing that.

Personally, Activision knows how the business works and Mike Morhaime already has an established relationship with the executives. Hopefully, it all stays home. Borrowing the remaining $5 billion is no easy feat, but with the revenue from Call of Duty, Skylanders, the Marvel licensed games, and the roster of Blizzard games to back them up they might be able to get a bank loan to own Activision Blizzard entirely. Otherwise, I’d be thrilled to see how Time Warner and its subsidiaries interact and expand the Blizzard properties outside of the game.

For those who didn’t know anything about this 61% stake sale, it all started at the end of June 2012. Here are some links to entertain you:

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