diablo III

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Gender-swapped cosplay has been all the rage lately, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone swap genders of the fierce Khal Drogo and his Khaleesi, Daenerys Stormborn, of the House Targaryen. This is awesome! Way to be first, Psykitten and Steven Meissner! (The Mary Sue)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: This is one insane feat of cosplay! It’s Diablo III‘s Cydaea, Maiden of Lust created by Cosplay Inn. My only question, what do you do if you have a bathroom emergency? (Fashionably Geek)

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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.

On Monday May 14th, I waited in a long line outside of my local GameStop for the release of a game that my  fiancée was determined to pay off the weekend before. Diablo III, one of the most anticipated PC video games to be released from Blizzard Entertainment, was finally here after 12 long years. I personally had fond memories of Diablo I & II because I watched my Uncle play it when I was young. It really made me nostalgic for the 90’s. I never played Diablo myself until about two weeks ago, when I bought and started Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. When tackling an iconic and complex game like the Diablo series, you have to look at its past to truly define the strides it has made to differentiate itself from the preceding title.

The comparisons between Diablo III and II showcase Blizzard Entertainment’s care and attention to detail, that went into planning Diablo III. The obvious changes made to the game include: the visual graphics update, retooling of the skill bar system, diversity of character selection, and much more that gives little to complain about. Yet complain we will , there were certain aspects of the game that were not enjoyable, but did showcase how the company managed in a semi-crisis situation.

So me and the C.C Bros. tackled the game non-stop for a week, I from the past and they from the present, to show how Diablo III stands up against the scrutiny of loyal fans and newcomers to the series.

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: That Lady Thor with the boobs, I like her. I’ll have another! [BamKaPow]

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Yesterday, was personally, my first time playing the Diablo franchise and I must say I’m hooked! While many are still ranting, raving, weeping and wailing on the awesomness that is The Avengers the gamer community is hushed in anticipation. It has been 11 years in the making, and finally we are able to see the fruits of the constant teases from Blizzard Entertainment’s highly anticipated title Diablo III. Release dates continued to change for the title up until late last year, but with a new year we usher a new era of computer gaming this summer that is sure to change how people see computer gaming. Nothing, but the best from Blizzard Entertainment!

So what better way to start the countdown than taking a gander at this wonderfully made animated short on the story behind the war between Angels & Demons that started the war that plays out in the whole Diablo franchise. Directed by Aeon Flux creator Peter Chung and animated by Titmouse, the studio behind Metalocalypse, this visually stunning short will have you itching to get back into the story and let the game absorb hours of your life as it has done with mine.

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.  

Game Description:

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.

I am pretty sure that anything I write past the above image is redundant. After what seems to be an eternity Blizzard Entertainment will unleash hell on the 15th of May, just in time to say goodbye to natural light for a few days.  If you absolutely need to be one of the first wannabe wizards, witch doctors, demon hunters, barbarians, or monks to play you can pre-order the digital release here. From the official release:

“After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedicated players around the world, we’re now in the homestretch,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We look forward to putting the final polish on ‘Diablo III’ over the next two months and delivering the ultimate action-RPG experience to gamers worldwide starting on May 15.”

Sorry ‘real life’ looks like you are taking the backseat for a little while after May 15th.

Source:  Coming Soon

 

Blizzard Entertainment announced their big, new, and ultra exciting World Championships while sneakily slipping in that there will be no BlizzCon in 2012.

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of the most skilled pro players on the planet battle it out for cash and glory.

We’re excited to be showcasing Blizzard eSports on a truly global stage this year. We’re also heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players’ hands as soon as possible. In light of our jam-packed schedule, we’ve decided to hold the next BlizzCon in 2013.

More details about the 2012 Battle.net World Championship and BlizzCon 2013, including specific dates and locations, will be coming in the months ahead.

Magical sleight of hand won’t stave off the backlash from fans that plan their year and vacation time around the BlizzCon Event. Now this NerdBastard is all about Blizzard getting Diablo III out, but canceling what is the cornerstone event for Blizzard Entertainment, showcasing new product and updates, makes me wonder how screwed up those projects are at the moment and how far away Diablo III might be from release ready.

The 2011 Video Game Awards aired last night on Spike. It only took two years, but they’ve gone and turned into MTV. Flashy, scripted, pompous; a marketing machine masked as an awards show. And what the hell was Charlie Sheen doing there? The show was less about the awards themselves, more of a “look what’s next” showcase. This isn’t to say host Zachary Levi wasn’t charming and funny, which he was; getting tea bagged by a COD solider was the balls (literally and figuratively). Or seeing Felicia Day slice real fruit with ninja sword for charity wasn’t amusing and HAWT. Or that the awards for best character and game of the year weren’t justified; Joker from Arkham City and Skyrim where the right choices. The problem? It didn’t feel like a celebration for games and it’s creators. It was was all procedural and superficial. The whole night was just a big commercial for upcoming titles. Eh, I guess it is what it is. So…the trailers were plentiful. And I’ll admit, most were epic. I’m still hard from the Diablo III and Metal Gear Rising previews.

For your viewing please, NB rounded up all the exclusive trailers from last nights VGA’s. Enjoy.

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