Blizzard’s newest game, Hearthstone, is now free to play in open beta for PC and Mac, with versions for iOS and Android coming soon. It’s a digital collectible card game, along the lines of Magic: The Gathering, but simpler, faster and with heroes, classes, stories and abilities from Warcraft. The open beta has actually been open for a couple days now, but I’ve been… busy. Can’t talk, got warlocks to kill.
It’s bad enough that the NSA is mining your phone calls, emails and text messages, but they’ve also got spooks inside games like World of Warcraft, trying to break up Orc terrorist cells and fucking up your raid with shitty healers. In addition to WoW, the NSA has also put down stakes in Second Life and on Xbox Live, so be careful of the noobs you’re griefing, because one may just be a spy.
While Blizzard is usually pretty secretive about what they’re working on, at this year’s Blizzcon, they did reveal that the Warcraft movie will in fact be much more Warcraft and not really WoW. Directed by Duncan Jones, the film will start appropriately at the beginning, taking on the events and players of the Orc vs. Human war that was the basis of the original Warcraft game. So probably no Pandaren, that’s good.
Much like Blizzard’s games, the progress and status of the World of Warcraft movie has been often shrouded in secrecy, subject to wild rumors and victim to business politics. For a while, Guillermo Del Toro had been tentatively signed on to direct, then he dropped out, then there were all kinds of budget problems and Blizzard just being Blizzard in taking their own glacial time time to get things going. But now the movie has a new director in Duncan Jones (Moon) and now it has a release date of December 15, 2015.
The December 2015 release date makes the end of 2015 a huge one for huge bazillion dollar blockbusters, putting the WoW movie against Batman vs Superman, Star Wars Episode VII, Avengers Age of Ultron, Ant Man and a new Jurassic Park movie.
After a long, long damn time of trying to land the right director for Blizzard’s ‘Warcraft’ movie, it looks like they’ve snagged Duncan Jones, director of ‘Source Code’ and ‘Moon’.
As time goes on, there’s never any shortage of new in-game pets in World of Warcraft. But the latest pets, a cute little cinder kitten, will be sold by Blizzard to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. So not only do you get an awesome pet for your Orc or Panda, all the money goes towards a good cause.
The cinder kitten pet is currently not for sale, but will be in the coming weeks.
State senate races don’t often get hot and heated, and almost never make national news, but when Colleen Lachowicz’s opponent tried to use Ms. Lachowicz’s World of Warcraft pastime, it was too stupid to not pay attention to. But perhaps that attention did some good, because Lachowicz won her state senate race yesterday. FOR THE HORDE.
This weekend, a hacker, or small group of hackers, took advantage of an exploit in World of Warcraft that allowed them to take a couple of level 1 characters flying into all the major cities of Azeroth, killing every player and NPC with a single attack. The hack attack left every major city from Stormwind to Silvermoon City as total ghost towns.