World of Warcraft on National Public Radio

National Public Radio, heard by millions of listeners across the country, recently profiled World of Warcraft on air and online. Reporter Robert Holt gave World of Warcraft a rave review on the program All Things Considered, and wrote a follow-up review on the NPR website. Go here to read the review, which claims that World of Warcraft is the best of all MMORPGs. You can also find a clip from the recently-aired All Things Considered segment via the web review.

EA blames Wow for 13% Quarterly Share drop

Reuters—EA Games blamed their quaterly losses on the success of World of Warcraft, GTA and Halo 2; and weak performance of older games and shortages of game consoles that spur new game sales.  EA reported a share drop of 13% on Q4.  P.J. McNealy, an American Technology Research Analyst said: “It certainly doesn’t bode well for the rest of the sector”.  That translates to questioning that . . .  if a colossus like EA Games is facing trouble, all other smaller developers in the game industry might have serious losses. You can read more Here

Swingin Ape Studios: Senior Engine Programmer

Yet, another new job opening for Swingin’ Ape Studios, Blizzard-assigned developer of Starcraft: Ghost.  They are looking for a Senior Engine Programmer.  This really makes me speechless.  Why would they want a Engine Programmer?  Are they rebuilding the game from scratch?  Are they upgrading the engine to support Multiplayer?

Senior Engine Programmer

We’re looking for a talented engine programmer with at least 3 years of professional game coding experience and a minimum of 2 years of hands-on experience writing efficient core engine code (directly to hardware, not through 3rd-party APIs). Strong math skills are required.

We are interested in candidates who have the demonstrable ability and passion to develop high-quality games, and who have a strong desire to work in a team environment. Must be a U.S. citizen, or possess the right to work in the United States. If you have all of the requirements listed above along with the desire to be part of an extremely talented and hard working game development team, send us your resume today!

Read the Contact info below if you wish to send your resume and demo.

New Patch Today!

At 5:00 AM PST, Blizzard will initiate the Scheduled Maintenance and the new promised Content patch will be released.  Dire Maul and two outdoor raid bosses: Azuregos(in Azshara) and Lord Kazzak(Tainted Scar in Blasted Lands) will be available.  Meeting Stones located near Instance zone-in will now make it easy to search and find a group.  Dungeon group caps are introduced.  Most dungeons will only have 10 players maximum cap, except Onyxia at 40 and Blackrock Spire with 15 raid players.  Diremaul will have a cap of only 5 players.  There is an extensive Patch note with all the new additions, and bug fixes.

Starcraft: Ghost going Multiplayer?

A new job position for a Level Designer was announced by Swingin Ape Studios, who is leading the development of Starcraft: Ghost with supervision of Blizzard’s Rob Pardo & Chris Metzen. The job position highlights Multiplayer level design a plus.  Seeing as all Blizzard games have multiplayer features, it is no surprise that Blizzard could be considering multiplayer in Starcraft: Ghost for console gamers.

After the sudden leave of Nihilistic from the project, Blizzard assigned Swingin Ape Studios to follow up development of Starcraft: Ghost few months ago(July 7, 2004).  Although Blizzard has not officially confirmed Multiplayer features for Starcraft: Ghost,  the job opening may suggest that Blizzard and Swingin’ Ape Studios are studying the possibility of adding Multiplayer capabilities to the Console game.  The previous game by Swingin’ Ape Studios was Metal Arms—featuring 7 Multiplayer modes.

Few days ago, we informed that Gamesindustry.biz’s Starcraft: Ghost interview with Paul Sams—Blizzard Vice President of Business Operations—mentioned that they seek multiplayer capabilities to all their future games; indirectly implying that the same applies for this console game. 

Gamesindustry interview excerpt
“Paul Sams:  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.”
 

Let’s cross our fingers!  We have the Job Opening for you to read …

Diablo II: New Fan Art Competition

Blizzard announced a brand-new Diablo Fan Art contest with spectacular prizes with up to 10 winners.  Make sure to click the rules page when you read the announcement.  This leave me wondering if Blizzard North is soon to make an announcement of their unveiled Game in progress. Hmm …

” Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce our first Diablo Fan Art Competition. Starting 3:00 P.M. PST on Friday, March 18, through 12:00 P.M. PST on Monday, April 18, we will be accepting submissions for our Diablo Fan Art Competition. The time has come for all you artists to unleash your inner demon and show us just how awesome your artistic talents truly are. All you have to do is draw any monster from the Diablo universe in a recognizable scene from the world of Sanctuary and submit your work via the Fan Art Submission form. The artwork of the 10 winners will be displayed on the Blizzard.com fan art webpage, Battle.net, the Areat Summit, and the Blizzard.com home page! We will be giving away a massive amount of rare loot as well, including a limited edition Diablo lithograph, the Diablo Battle Chest, Diablo action figures, books, and more! So, conjure up the most hellish artistic talents that lurk inside of you and get to it!”

Nihilistic announced new game

Many rumors arised few months ago with different interviews concerning the reason Nihilistic departed the development of Starcraft: Ghost.  It seems that Nihilistic had committed to develop a game with EA, and the development of Starcraft: Ghost had been delayed for too long, clashing with the EA development schedule. 

Nihilistic announced their new game under development with EA Games:
” REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 15, 2005—Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS – News) announced today that Marvel Nemesis(TM): Rise of the Imperfects(TM) under the EA GAMES(TM) brand will be released this fall for the PlayStation(r) 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(r) videogame system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube(TM) and the PSP(TM) handheld entertainment system. The game will feature Super Heroes(TM) from the Marvel Universe as well as a new set of characters created through collaboration with EA and top comic book industry talent.”

“Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects is currently under development by Nihilistic Software”

Full Nihilistic Game premier interview at Gamespot. (click the link)

Now if we analyze the capabilities of Swingin’ Ape Studios, their previous game Metal Arms has 7 Multiplayer Modes.  Their latest job opening requests a candidate to take the position of Level Design with Multiplayer level design experience a PLUS, as you can read in our previous news.  Read more details below . . .

King of Stormwind in Alcaz

UPDATE 4-17-06:  This content is Outdated as of Patch 1.9
The King of Stormwind is no longer in Alcaz Island.  He has been moved,  and now a Gnome lvl 62 is above at the house.  The Gnome is related to the Opening of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj.  Therefore, the info below is incorrect.  This newspost created in 3-2005 is now a year older than the update.

Many fans are wondering what happened to the King of Stormwind.  Others ask why a child is now King.  The Missing Diplomat quest starting in Sentinel Hill (Westfall) along the storyline of the Defias Brotherhood, reveals that the Diplomat is really the King of Stormwind.  The Defias Brotherhood’s leader Vancleef had a grudge with the King.  After Warcraft 2 events with the invasion of the Orcs through the Dark Portal, the repairs to the Stormwind city were not properly paid to the Masons who helped rebuild the city.  Vancleef created the Defias Brotherhood in an attempt to steal from the rich.  In vengeance, the King was kidnapped while traveling to Theramore—to visit Jaina Proudmoore.  Due to the disappearance of the King and to not cause chaos in the deteriorating politics of Stormwind, the King’s child son was proclaimed King.  Mysteriously, Lady Prestor became Advisor for the Child King.  In Warcraft: Day of the Dragons novel, written by Richard A. Knaak, Deathwing(one of the five dragon aspects) posed as a human named Prestor.  He got into the politics of Alterac City and he was engaged to marry Arthas’s sister, in an attempt to dominate the Lordaeron Kingdom.  Rarely enough, a Lady Prestor advises the child King.  It was revealed that Lady Prestor is really Onyxia in disguise. 

The King of Stormwind—Varian Wrynn, is found in a catacomb sewer system located in Alcaz Island, in Dustwallow Marsh.  The Alcaz island is heavily protected by Hydras level 61 Elite and Naga level 60 Elite.  Surely, there most exist some connection between Onyxia and the Naga.  Onyxia might possibly have deceived the Defias Brotherhood on her Human disguise and facilitated the kidnapping of the King.  Easily explained.  But … what is the connection between Onyxia and the Naga?  Why does the Naga have the King captive if it was the Defias who kidnapped him?

Here are the screenshots of the King of Stormwind and the entrance to the Sewer System where he is held prisoner.  Read more …

King of Stormwind in Alcaz

UPDATE 4-17-06:  This content is Outdated as of Patch 1.9
The King of Stormwind is no longer in Alcaz Island.  He has been moved,  and now a Gnome lvl 62 is above at the house.  The Gnome is related to the Opening of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj.  Therefore, the info below is incorrect.  This newspost created in 3-2005 is now a year older than the update.

Many fans are wondering what happened to the King of Stormwind.  Others ask why a child is now King.  The Missing Diplomat quest starting in Sentinel Hill (Westfall) along the storyline of the Defias Brotherhood, reveals that the Diplomat is really the King of Stormwind.  The Defias Brotherhood leader Vancleef had a grudge with the King.  After Warcraft 2 events with the invasion of the Orcs through the Dark Portal, the repairs to the Stormwind city were not properly paid to the Masons who helped rebuild the city.  Vancleef created the Defias Brotherhood in an attempt to steal from the rich.  In vengeance, the King was kidnapped while traveling to Theramore to visit Jaina Proudmoore.  Due to the disapperance of the King and to not cause chaos in the deteriorating politics of Stormwind, the King’s child son was proclaimed King.  Mysteriously, Lady Prestor became councelor for the Child King.  In Warcraft: Day of the Dragons novel, written by Richard A. Knaak, Deathwing(one of the five dragon aspects) posed as a human named Prestor.  He got into the politics of Alterac City and he was engaged to marry Arthas’s sister, in an attempt to dominate the Lordaeron Kingdom.  Rarely enough, a Lady Prestor councels the child King.  It was revealed that Lady Prestor is really Onyxia in disguise.  What is intersting is if there is any connection between Onyxia, the Defias Brotherhood and the Naga.

The King of Stormwind—Varian Wrynn, is found in a catacomb sewer system located in Alcaz Island, in Dustwallow Marsh.  The Alcaz island is heavily proteced by Hydras level 61 Elite and Naga level 60 Elite.  Surely, there most exist some connection between Onyxia and the Naga.  Onyxia might possibly have deceived the Defias Brotherhood on her Human disguise, easily explained.  But … what is the connecion between Onyxia and the Naga?  Strangely, the Naga look reptilian.  It would be interesting to keep learning more Chris Metzen’s Warcraft Lore.  In War of the Anciens: Well of Eternity novel—by Richard A. Knaak—it is mentioned that the Councelor of Queen Azshara was named Xavius.  In Warcraft 3’s Lore from the Player Manual-books, Deathwing was once named Xaxius by Ancient Elves.  Is there a coincidence or was Deathwing posing as an Elf councelor to gain control of Queen Azshara and the High Elves?  More importantly,  Was Deathwing’s intention to bring the Burning Legion into the world 10,000 years ago to cleanse and destroy everything?

Here are the screenshots of the King of Stormwind and the entrance to the Sewer System where he is held prisoner.  When you find the prison gate, turn to your right.  There is a deep water dive and a hidden underwater tunnel that leads into the King’s Prison.

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