Blizzard hosts one of the biggest gaming conventions every year with their annual Blizzcon. Blizzcon gives us updates and sneak peeks into some of the nerdoms favorite titles; World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo III, Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. There’s many panels, games, merch, and it’s all a bit dizzying for even the most hardcore fan. What’s new? What’s next? What’s good and what’s a letdown? NerdBastards is here to break down the 5 biggest announcements from Blizzcon 2018 and give you insight into what to expect from the future of Blizzard Entertainment.
People have often said that video games rot your brain, but the truth is they might do worse than that. Many of us have fallen victim to the “just one last level” or “just one more turn” syndrome. This often causes real life issues such as being late for work, not getting to bed on time or (especially in my case) the regular burning of dinner on the stove-top. Some people, however, take it just a bit too far and end up…. DEAD.
Cases of people kicking the bucket while playing games are not unheard of and the latest to join the list of confirmed killers is Diablo III. The latest victim of this phenomenon, an 18-year-old Taiwanese man by the name of Chuang. As the story goes, he checked himself into a private room at the local Internet café on Friday and did not reemerge until Sunday. It is unknown whether he ate or slept while in his private box.
Come 40 hours later, an employee went in to check on him and found Chuang asleep at the keyboard. When awoken, Chuang stood up, stumbled a bit and then collapsed. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but the game had already claimed him and it was there that he passed beyond this mortal coil. So far, no physiological cause of death has been determined.
After hearing of the event, Diablo’s creators at Blizzard (or at least their PR guy) released the following statement:
We’re saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We don’t feel it would be appropriate for us to comment further without knowing all of the circumstances involved.
While we recognize that it’s ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person’s day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment.
Let this be a lesson for us all – it is not necessary to beat a damn game in two days! Give it some time, use the “save” option and enjoy the game rather than powering through it. You’ll even find yourself having some time to do all those cool things the old folks are talking about, like “sleeping” and “eating.”
And if you really can’t resist the temptation to use your weekend off to game til you drop, remember your survival kit – a pillow for naps, a giant bag of fast-food hamburgers, a huge jug of something to drink that is not soda and perhaps an empty vase to relieve yourself in. And maybe remember to get up and do some yoga stretches every now-and-then to keep the circulation going.
Thanks to blastr for giving us the heads-up on this one.
The long, long wait is almost over. The May 15th release date for Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III is just around the corner. Although it didn’t take as long as Duke Nukem, it seems like this took forever.
Blizzard had an open Beta the other week that gave this NerdBastard a chance to take a look at the lower levels of the new game. The overall feel of the game was good. The old Diablo feeling was there with some new twists that will probably anger some old fans and delight others. That’s pretty much the way these things go.
In Diablo III, players take on the role of one of five heroic characters — barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter — and engage in pulse-pounding combat with endless legions of evil. As they undertake an epic quest to rid Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells, players will explore diverse and perilous settings, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them in other ways.