Warcraft Legends Marathon Finale

This is the last day of TOKYOPOP’s Warcraft Legends Marathon celebrating the official release date of Warcraft Legends Vol. 3.  Today the story is titled: Family Values, written by Aaron Sparrow. It is chapter 4 of Warcraft Legends Vol. 2.  This story will be available only for 24 hours, so make sure to check it out. Press the square button on the bottom-right to zoom in.

WoW Patch 3.1 New User Interface Updates

There are many new additions and changes coming in the near future for World of Warcraft. Alongside the hotly anticipated raid dungeon Ulduar, several new user interface features will be debuting, and Blizzard has put together a preview of them to let you know what to expect when the patch arrives.

  • Talent Dual Specialization
  • Equipment Manager
  • Objectives Tracker
  • Looking For Group Improvements
  • Battleground Queue From Anywhere

Myndflame Machinima – Max Payne Noir Undercity

MyndFlame presents a machinima titled Max Payne Noir Undercity – Chapter 1, by Varath from Blackhand Pictures Machinima.  A story inspired by the original Max Payne storyline merged with World of Warcraft creating a unique mix of editing techniques from in-game capture and compositing to 3D editing. The machinima duration is 24:51 minutes. You may find it at the official MyndFlame website.

Wrath of the Lich King Ban In China Was False

Gamespot investigated the rumor that Wrath of the Lich King had been banned by Mainland China government.  The original source that cited the big headliner extracted some information from the East Asia Finance blog: JML Pacific Epoch.  That article doesn’t mention a ban.  In turn, the JML blog cited the chinese-language search engine Sohu, where news about the situation had been posted.  What nobody knew when all this emerged is that Sohu stated their source for all of this fabrication was from unnamed sources. What means that the banning was very exaggerated. And didn’t happen at all.

That reminds me of how the economic crisis in USA started.  There is CRISIS !!!! And out of nowhere everyone started taking their money out of banks, and they in turn collapsed, which resulted in a chain reaction. Collective hysteria, anyone?

In short, don’t worry. Wrath of the Lich King hasn’t been banned in Mainland China. The Burning Crusade release date suffered a few delays in China, and that was solved by removing skeletons and fleshing the Undead to remove the skeleton areas in their cheeks, ribs and joints. Burning Crusade launched later and there hasn’t been any major problems for said expansion with the Chinese government.

Wrath of the Lich King will come afloat once The9 adjusts the expansion to meet the regulations and law stipulated by the government. Back on November, when Wrath of the Lich King launched, I interviewed Frank Pearce (Blizzard Entertainment Senior Vice-President, and World of Warcraft Executive Producer) during the New York Midnight Launch.  Pearce said: “We are still going through the process of iterating on that, working with the different government authorities responsible for that, so we don

Video Games Live 2009 March Schedule

Video Games Live played various music pieces from Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft games at the end of Blizzcon 2008, last year. It is very probable they might do so again this upcoming August at Blizzcon 2009.

Video Games Live will have a few concerts throughout the month of March. So if you love video games music played by a live symphony orchestra, and live in Kitchener, Ontario; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Austin, Texas—then check out the schedule and where to get the tickets.

ONTARIO
The music of video games will be performed by the world-class Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony led by industry veterans and world famous video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall on March 13 and March 14 at 8:00pm.  The Video Games Live concert will take place at:

The Centre In The Square
101 Queen Street N.
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada

The concert tickets for March 13 are sold out, but if you would love to be there—Saturday, March 14 tickets are still open while they last. Adult seating ticket prices range between $30-80. And can be ordered here.

There will be a pre-show festival starting at 6:30pm.  You can watch some Video Game Live video clips here.

MICHIGAN
On March 20, 2009, Video Games Live will perform at the Miller Auditorium at 8:00pm on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Tickets are available here—ranging from $25-52 for adult seating.

TEXAS
On March 28, 2009—Video Games Live will perform at the Long Center in Austin, TX at 8:00 PM.

Maps here. Ticket info here. Ticket prices range from $32-49.

Michael & Susan Dell Hall
701 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX
(512) 474-5664

A Quest To Honor A Father’s Memory

When I read this, it somehow touched me. Of course, we don’t need Christie Golden or other writers to cause that thing deep within us to be touched. You know … emotions. Everyone wraps up with the artificial facade that is an online character or avatar, separting their true selves from their online alter ego to the point we classify our breathing and human things as IRL (In Real Life).

In terms of RPG or book stories, you would feel touched if you read something along a Tauren Shaman who embarks in a quest to deliver his father’s staff to the other side of the world, through perilous lands to bring it before the elders of his tribe to be placed on a sacred shrine in order to honor her father’s memory. If Christie Golden wrote such a story you would shed a tear most likely.

In real life, a man age 57—Jerald Spangenberg—was a World of Warcraft player, and had many friends in his guild.  However, one day he no longer came back online. He was absent for three weeks. He collapsed and died of an abdominal aneurysm while still playing World of Warcraft. His daughter Melissa Allen Spangenberg—for a reason that befuddles me felt the need to tell his guild that he had passed away.

She tried to contact a Blizzard Entertainment representative to find out her father’s account password to notify his guild, with no luck. This rises the question, whether Blizzard should consider an evaluation of their terms of service where parents or family members could have access to the accounts when the original subscriber passes away.  At least by presenting a certificate of death via fax. Or an option link in the terms of service that allows subscribers to set permission to a person (providing a name and address) to access your account in the event you died for as long as that person submits a certificate of death.

Regardless, Melissa didn’t rest until she could notify her father’s online friends of his death. She created a World of Warcraft account. Searched restlessly on his server to find out if anyone knew what guild he belonged to. And finally, she contacted the guild leader Chuck Pagoria from Morgantown, Kentucky to honor what could have been her father’s wish to let his friends know.

A waste of time, or a noble act? Read the full story at Tech.Yahoo.

Blizzard Campus: WETA Wolfrider Statue Installation Video

A few days ago, we reported the OCRegister Blizzard Blog had exclusive photos of the awesome 12-feet tall Orc Wolfrider Statue developed by WETA Studios which they installed at the Blizzard Entertainment campus recently.  Gametrailers now has exclusive video of the installation of the statue. Hurray, for Blizzard. For the HORDE !!!

PTR 3.1 Ulduar – Mimiron

Mimiron can be found at The Spark of Imagination within the Ulduar dungeon. This is the boss that can be accessed through the tram service. Mimiron mounts a tank that resembles the boss Leviathan. He named it the Leviathan MK II (Mortal Kombat II?)  I had the opportunity to test Mimiron 13 times. It is absolutely the hardest boss thus far.  It is a DPS race as much as it is a survival race. He dies in approximately 4:30-5:00 minutes for as long as enough players stay alive through the carnage.

The most fearful ability is definitely the Napalm Shell. This ability kills a player before a Flash Heal can get through. That’s barely 2 seconds or less. Read the phase one abilities below the video.

LEVIATHAN MK II – PHASE ONE

Leviathan MK II has 1742K health in 10-man.

Melee Swing: Hits for 4200 to 6000 physical damage.

Plasma Blast: It is a 3 sec cast, with a 7 sec cooldown. It deals 20000 Fire damage per sec for 6 sec.

Napalm Shell: It is a 2 sec cast. Deals 9425 to 10575 fire damage. It can be resisted down by half with fire aura and fire resist potions. The affected player must run away from the place of impact which gets a 5-yards aura that deals 6000 fire damage a tick for 8 sec. Healers will see his cannon throw a fireball toward a random target. Make sure to cast HOTs, Prayer of Mending, and Holy Shock on the affected player to keep them alive long enough for a healer to cast a flash or big heal.  It is nigh impossible to cast a flash light in time. Seriously, You can lose a player that rough-fast. Come prepared with health potions to help your healers keep you alive. As soon as you get hit by Napalm Shell, drink a healing potion.  Keep healing pots on a hotkey for this encounter. And a fel health stone. Paladins can use Divine Shield and Mages can iceblock out of its effects.

Rocket Strike: Instant cast. This deals 1000000 fire damage within a 3 yard radius.
damage.

Shock Blast: 5 sec cast. It deals 100000 Nature. It can be resisted. Does only around 14000 – 17500 nature damage with the Hunter buff. You will see a blinding electric jolt emanate from Leviathan MK II. All melee has 5 sec to run away. It has a 15 yard radius.

Proximity Mine: Inflicts 17500 fire damage. Can be resisted. Leviathan MK II willl launch a circle of mines 10 yards around himself which stay on the ground for around 20 sec before exploding. Make sure to stay away from them or they explode. They look like the mines in Blood Furnace. A rogue can dismantle them.

Once the Leviathan MK II tank is destroyed, the fight doesn’t end there. That’s the beginning of Phase 2, where he starts attacking players with the VX-001 Anti-personnel Assault Cannon. We didn’t get to test Phase 2, however. There is a total of four phases. More soon.

Warcraft Legends 33% Off Special Offer Until March 16

We have been covering the Warcraft Legends Marathon in the past days, and hope you have loved the free stories TOKYOPOP has allowed fans to read.  For that matter, I wish to share with you a special offer announced today by TOKYOPOP at one of their affiliate bookstores that knocks 33% off the retail price on all graphic novel mangas including Warcraft and Starcraft.  And that includes Pre-orders.  If you would love to start collecting the Warcraft mangas, this is the right time to do so. Let me tell you how to. Note: I created and account, and tested the coupon code and without. It does work.

1. Register an account at RightStuf.com—and login.
2. Click on the Purchase links at each manga page (below) to keep adding books to your shopping cart.
3. When you are done with your purchases, click the shopping cart button at the bottom of the page. (You have the option to pay through a secure server or via Fax/Mailed Order.)
4. Press the Ready to Check Out button on the top right and enter the following coupon code:

Coupon Code: infusion
Expires: Monday, March 16, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. CST

You will find the Coupon Code option textbox at Step 3: Shipping and Tax page.

The links below will take you straight into each Manga page for convenience.

WARCRAFT

STARCRAFT

These are the shipping options:
Canada – $7.00
Economy – $3.00
International – $10.00
Priority Mail – $5.00
UPS 2nd Day Air – $11.00
UPS Ground – $7.00

3rd Annual ELAN Awards Nominates World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Blizzard Entertainment has been nominated for the 3rd Annual ELAN Awards in the Best Animated Short Subject category for:

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (intro cinematic) Blizzard Entertainment
Jeff Chamberlain, Director; Phillip Hillenbrand, Producer

ELANS Announce Ceremony Date & Venue and Who Will be Waiting to Hear Their Name Called

Vancouver, BC- March 11, 2009 – Kelly Zmak, President of Radical Entertainment where the ELAN Awards press conference was held today, opened this morning’s presser by saying “The ELAN awards give our industry a chance to celebrate the talents and creativity of the people who create these art forms. At a time where we are surrounded by bad new and a barrage of negativity, the ELAN awards give us a chance to celebrate the positives of our industry and the people who make it great.”

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