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Is there ever going to be a good movie adaptation based on a great video game? Well, with the next couple of years looking set to provide us with a bountiful mix of ‘video-game-come-movie-adaptations’ – with releases such as: Ratchet and Clank, Hitman: Agent 47, Angry Birds, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Splinter Cell – the odds are stacked in our favor that a good movie will come from one of these titles, so yeah! You still not convinced? Well, there is one game that has been laying low amongst the deluge of titles scheduled for release within the next two years, a game that came bursting onto the scene in 2014 at San Diego Comic-Con. This one seems certain to lift the video game curse. The game we are referring to; is, Blizzard Entertainment’s massive multi-platform game World of Warcraft, and this looks to have the biggest potential to live up to expectations of the fans.  (more…)

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It seems that Blizzard Entertainment is diversifying itself by getting into the first-person shooter market – after all, they can’t just keep relying on making sequels to Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft forever. Yesterday. at BlizzCon they announced the planned release of Overwatch, which will be a team-based multiplayer FPS as well as Blizzard’s first new property in years. It will focus on an international team of soldiers, including – and not limited to – humans, humanoids, mechs, and cyber-gorillas. We’re pretty psyched about the thought of playing mechs and cyber-gorillas. (more…)

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With all the visuals going into Warner Bros. Man of Steel you would almost forget that it’s filled with very talented actors. One actor in particular, leading man Henry Cavill, has been receiving a sea of praise as the new Superman, but did you know he almost missed his chance thanks to World of Warcraft?

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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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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.

Sam Raimi plays Warcraft?

Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Spiderman), is confirmed to have signed on to direct a live-action film adaptation of the popular massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment. In addition, it is also reported that producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) is also on board with the project.

First reported by AICN and later confirmed by Variety, the plan – according to Variety – will be for Raimi to supervise development of the film by Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment with co-sponsorship and distribution by Warner Bros.

The deal apparently reopens a long dormant pact by Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment to produce such a film about Blizzard’s flagship product.

“At its core, ‘Warcraft’ is a fantastic, action-packed story,” Raimi said in a statement.

The World of Warcraft universe features an epic struggle between warring factions, Alliance (Humans) and Horde (Orc). The game has developed a massive 11.5 million-subscriber following since it’s first launch in 1994, with no signs of slowing down.

No release date for the film has as yet been provided.

Source slashfilm via Variety