ALERT: Disable Windows 7 Update

Massive Alert to all gamers in general. Microsoft issued a report that the latest Windows 7 SP1 update (KB 3004394) utterly screws up your computer in a few ways:

  • That update won’t let you update/install AMD Catalyst Omega drivers nor NVIDIA GeForce drivers
  • USB 3.0 drivers broken
  • User Account Control goes haywire
  • Windows Defender (anti-malware/virus) becomes disabled

If you installed it already, learn how to remove it manually here. Microsoft also issued a patch for that issue.

Issue for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

We have found that this update is causing additional problem on computers that are running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This includes the inability to install future updates.

The KB 3004394 update does not cause any known problems on the other systems for which it is released. We recommend that you install the update on the other systems.

An update is available to remove KB 3004394 from Windows 7 SP1-based and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based computers. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

3024777 You cannot install Windows updates after KB 3004394 is installed on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

 

LiquidSky Beta Opens – Play World of Warcraft on any Mobile Tablet

Ever wanted to play World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III or Hearthstone at your job but the computer locks you out from installing anything?

Ever wanted to play a Blizzard game on the bus, in the airplane, in the train, anywhere but you have no laptop or your computer is miles away?

Do you have an Android tablet, iPad or other type of tablet? Then you can certainly play any Blizzard game on it.

I met Ian during my visit to the New York Comic Con 2014 a few months ago, and he gave me this nice intro to his company and its goal. I have kept tabs on them for a while, and now they have come out of Alpha and want people to join their beta to stress test and squash bugs. Lag is common, but they are working on it.

So what’s LiquidSky? It is a cloud-based web platform. They have the video games on their servers, and run all the GPU/CPU processes. All you have to do is download the Android App. Then login and play the video games on your tablet. Simple as that.

Even if you have an old computer who can’t run the newest Blizzard games, just play them through Firefox. No CPU/GPU effort on your end.

So far they support Android Tablets. I’m not so sure about iPad, but last time I checked they were working on iPad support. Apple wasn’t too happy with the App, so they are re-working it. However, you can play using an iPad browser (buggy, but playable).

How can I access LiquidSky on mobile?
For Android users, just download our free app. We had an iOS app but Apple was a little cranky. If you have an iPhone, just go to our website through a browser. The experience isn’t perfect on iPhone, but we’re working hard on it. If you have a Windows phone…. hahaha, just kidding. As for any other devices, use any HTML5 web browser and head to the site!

“We also seek to provide users with a lightning fast internet experience. No more buffering videos, viruses, slow downloads, or blocked websites. Three of the main problems surrounding the consumer thin-client or cloud gaming world have been latency, input, and catalog. We have solved all three.”

 

Currently, among their library is World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone and other non-Blizzard games.

Sign up to LiquidSky Beta. My application was approved, and only 361 slots are available in this wave of beta invites.

New World of Warcraft Alliance & Horde Silhouette T-Shirts

Jinx launched two new World of Warcraft T-shirt designs with the Alliance and Horde logo silhouette. These T-shirts apply to the recent 25% OFF discount and the FREE Shipping over $70 orders until December 25th.

  • Knitted from 100% combed ring spun 30/1 cotton.
  • Fine lightweight 4.3 ounce jersey.
  • Features slim-fit body.

What if Blizzard Made a Warcraft-Based The Walking Dead Game

A long time ago, I wrote about this and this time I’d like to go more in-depth. Blizzard Entertainment so far has developed the following games covering multiple genres:

World of Warcraft (MMO)
StarCraft II (Real-Time Strategy/RTS)
Diablo III (Roleplaying Game/RPG)
Hearthstone (Online Collectible Card Game/CCG)
Heroes of the Storm (Team-Brawler/MOBA)

A couple of weeks ago, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled their latest video game currently in the oven… OVERWATCH. So what is Overwatch? It is a team-based multiplayer shooter. Some might think: multiplayer first-person shooter. Overwatch is very similar to Team Fortress 2, but it definitely has many differences too.

World of Warcraft 10th Anniversary

On that day, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft, for many years heroes from across the world discover the mysteries of the world of Azeroth. Now with Warlords of Draenor, we are far away from the time when we first set our feets inside the depths of Blackrock.

Or the long days between Tarren Mill and Southshore to kill, over and over, foes from the other faction.

Starting today until Tuesday, January 6th we will have the opportunity to rediscover the feelings of that time!

Ten year

This weekend marks World of Warcraft’s 10th anniversary, and we’d like to thank you for exploring Azeroth with us for all these years. To help celebrate, tomorrow we’re unleashing some great anniversary-themed in-game content for you to enjoy, whether you’re taking a stroll down memory lane or experiencing some of WoW’s defining conflicts for the very first time.

To make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to take part in the celebration—while still being able to enjoy everything Warlords of Draenor has to offer—all of the anniversary content launching tomorrow will be available until the beginning of 2015. Check out the details below—we’ll see you there!

When: Friday, November 21–Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST

Cartoon EXPO 2014 – Micky Neilson on Inside Lords of War with Blizzard Entertainment

New York Times best selling author Micky Neilson (Blizzard Entertainment publishing lead) will be Workshop panelist of “Inside Lords of War with Blizzard Entertainment” at the Cartoon EXPO on Sunday, November 23rd from 2:15pm to 3:15pm, in Hall C.

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It is kinda short notice, and Online Registration is closed, but you can still purchase tickets on-site at the event unless sold out.

There is a Digital Conference Pass 3-day ticket to watch from home for $65.

mickey-neilson-headshot**Visiting Cartoon EXPO? Workshops access can be obtained with On-Site Registration Only:

CTN 1-Day Passport: $115.00
CTN 3-Day Passport: $200.00

On-Site Registration Hours:
Thursday 1:30-8:00pm (pre-registration)
Friday 8:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 8:am-5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm

MICKY NEILSON is the Publishing Lead at Blizzard Entertainment, where he has worked since 1993. Micky’s game writing credits include World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Warcraft III and Lost Vikings II.

Micky is a television and movie fanatic, and with his writing partner Sam Didier, writes screenplays in his spare time (What spare time? Luckily he was able to create a fold in the time/space continuum!). Micky’s first comic book, World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, hit number two on the New York Times Bestseller list for Hardcover Graphic Novels.

Most recently, his graphic novel World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria reached number three on the New York Times Bestseller List. With the support of his wife Tiffany and daughter Tatiana, Micky looks forward to continuing his adventures in the worlds of Azeroth and beyond for many years to come.

Workshop: Inside Lords of War with Blizzard Entertainment
Sponsored by: Blizzard Entertainment

Presenters:

  • Matthew Mead
  • Mickey Nelson
  • Doug Gregory
  • Laurel Austin
  • Eric Davis
  • Lucas Merino
  • Tad Lackman

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