Is Blizzard Entertainment planning to bring Games to Android and iOS?

Very unlikely, but possible. In a very strange move, Activision Blizzard requested NVIDIA to remove all Blizzard games from the NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud platform which allows games to be played on older computers, mobile devices (Like phones and tablets), and other devices.

Not long ago there was a new EULA rule that disallowed players from playing games in cloud gaming services like LiquidSky. But now they are extending to not allow Blizzard games in the NVIDIA GeForce NOW platform, too. Surprising, considering that Blizzard and NVIDIA have been partners for many years.

Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Results Transcript

Activision Blizzard reported its Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results today February 6, 2020. I’ll post a partial transcript later tonight hand-picking the Blizzard Entertainment portion and the Q&A. Stay tuned @blizzplanetcom

The biggest news highlighted in this report is that Diablo Immortal Beta Testing will start in the middle of 2020. That would be somewhere around June — unless there are any delays. July-August at the latest IMHO. But June is technically the middle of the year.

SPECULATION

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is slated for the second half of 2020 — which means Alpha Testing should be here possibly around the March-May range.

Correction: Battle for Azeroth Alpha started on February 7, 2018 (Not March 16). Searched after Lotus6194 pointed out he remembered it was February. I joined Alpha in March 16.

So speculation here… March-May might be a good candidate for Shadowlands Alpha.

The Closed Beta for Battle for Azeroth started on April 24, 2018. Battle for Azeroth went Live on August 13. That means that from the day Beta Testing started, the game went Live 3 Months and 20 days later.

There is no official release date for Shadowlands yet. If Shadowlands went Live around August 13, 2020 — you could extrapolate more or less when Shadowlands Alpha and Beta starts taking BFA’s as model.

Blizzard Entertainment hasn’t invited influencers to Boston. It would be great to use the PAX East spotlight (Feb 27 – March 1) to annnounce the Shadowlands Alpha Testing start date.

World of Warcraft Illustrated by Christie Golden

Another book by New York Times Best Selling Author Christie Golden has appeared in online bookstore databases… World of Warcraft Illustrated.

The book description refers to two stories. Both of them based during the Second War, when Thrall was young. I’m a bit curious about the first one as it plain makes no sense.

There was no Burning Legion invasion in “Lord of the Clans.” As a matter of fact, the Burning Legion per se was introduced in the Warcraft III video game.

Later, World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde revealed how the Burning Legion came to make first contact with the Horde. If there is a new story we don’t know about that happened behind-the-scenes in “Lord of the Clans,” then that would be intriguing, and worth oversight.


WORLD OF WARCRAFT ILLUSTRATED

Learn the history of the Alliance and the Horde, and follow Thrall on a journey to save Azeroth!

Whether your loyalties lie with the Alliance or the Horde, you’ll love these two World of Warcraft stories by Christie Golden. Learn how the world of Azeroth is invaded by the Burning Legion in Lord of the Clans, and then follow the young Warchief Thrall through a bit of history about how the Horde came to be in Rise of the Horde. This beautifully bound book is a must-have for any World of Warcraft fan and will be a treasured addition to any gaming library.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Canterbury Classics
Release Date: September 8, 2020
ISBN-10: 1645173488
ISBN-13: 978-1645173489
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

Warcraft III: Remastered Requirements

Blizzard Entertainment released today the Warcraft III: Remastered Spec Requirements to run the game. Once the server maintenance is over, the game will go Live. Beta ended earlier in the morning.

WINDOWS

Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Operating System Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest version) Windows® 10 64-bit (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core® i3-530 or AMD™ Athlon™ Phenom™ II X4 910 or better Intel® Core™ i5-6400 or AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 or AMD Radeon™ HD 5750 or better NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 or AMD Radeon™ R9 280X or better
Memory 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Storage 30 GB HD space
Internet Broadband Internet connection
Input Keyboard and mouse
Resolution 800 x 600 minimum display resolution

MAC

Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Operating System macOS® 10.13 (latest version) macOS® 10.15 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 or better Intel® Core™ i7 or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 750M or AMD™ Radeon™ R9 M290X AMD Radeon™ R9 M395X
Memory 8 GB RAM
Storage 30 GB HD space
Internet Broadband Internet connection
Input Keyboard and mouse
Resolution 800 x 600 minimum display resolution

Star Trek: Picard (Season 1, Ep. 1) Review

Other than Blizzard games, another passion of mine since I was a kid (in the early 80s) was to watch Sci-Fi TV series and cartoons.

Back then, I watched the Star Trek (1966-1969) original series re-runs in spanish — when I lived in Puerto Rico. I was probably around 5-8 years old.

Then in 1987, I was greeted with Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and I fell in love with the show. I didn’t miss an episode, and watched it several times throughout the years. Then again in Netflix.

I have watched every single reincarnation of Star Trek ever since, including Voyager, Deep Space 9, Enterprise, and (cringe) Discovery. My favorites were TNG and Voyager — but of course, Kirk and Mr. Spock always had a spot in my trekkie heart.

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