Blizzard Job Post Suggests Classic Games Will Receive HD Remasters

Blizzard’s back catalogue contains a number of astonishing titles including Diablo II, Starcraft and Warcraft III. Sadly, many of these games struggle to run on modern operating systems and lack native support for high resolutions. As a result, it seems a cogent tactic to re-release these iconic titles with upgraded graphics and a more streamlined user-interface. According to a job post which you can find here, it appears Blizzard is preparing to remaster a number of old classics. The job listing reads:

“Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.

We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.

So if you like wearing many hats, know small teams are the most effective, and look forward to challenges that will create millions of new adventures for our players: we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities: 
Make gameplay first again on modern operating systems.
Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play.
Own implementation and curation of features new and old.
Combat hacking to improve multiplayer.
Diagnose and fix all the things: crashes, deadlocks, overflows, heap corruptions, etc.”

This is a very exciting prospect although I’m guessing the games will remain exclusive to Blizzard’s store. Some of my earliest memories which made the PC platform so enticing revolved around Diablo II. Over the years I’ve tried to get to grips with Starcraft but failed miserably. Overall, I think this a sensible decision by Blizzard which allows a new audience to experience what makes their previous works so special.

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Starcraft Mod Lets You Play the Original Campaign in 2 Players Co-Op

Co-op multiplayer mode is usually though for genres such as FPS, RPG and others, having co-op as a last alternative mode for RTS games. Normally, co-op RTS are summed up to skirmish matches, such as the case of Command and Conquer series, where players can enjoy a small game in pairs against computer enemies or other players.

This is about to change thanks to the people over at TyrZ who thought that the original Starcraft game could do with a co-op multiplayer campaign mod. Their inspiration is said to have come from the skirmish modes, where both players are left in charge of their own units and bases. Both players are said to be able to take control of faction units, depending on the current mission.

The final mission in the Vanilla version of the game lets you control both Terran and Protoss units, which is kind of tricky for a 2 player campaign mission. That is actually a good question to find the answer out while you go through the campaign with a friend.

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It is said that the modders haven’t just placed a simple mod on the game, but actually tweaked each campaign mission in both terrain and difficulty in order to compensate for two players. Players who used to storm a Terran base with zerglings in the past are said to change their strategies for this mod. An ‘Insane’ mode is said to have been added for both the solo and co-op, where you have to quickly adapt in both defense and offense in order to survive from the very start of the mission.

Those of you interested in this game-changing mod can head over to TyrZ’s website to download all the co-op missions for the original game and Brood War expansion.

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Blizzard’s Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer, Leaves the Company After 17 Years


Blizzard Entertainment will have a new executive position to fill, with Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer, announcing he is leaving the company after 17 years.

Pardo’s resume includes design credits with the following game titles over the years: World of Warcraft,  StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War, Warcraft 3 and Diablo 3.

Here is what Pardo said in his good-bye post on the Battle.net forums:

“I’m looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard.  It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person.  I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come.  Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.”

Pardo didn’t publicly disclose what is happening next, except he plans to spend the summer with his family and finally catch his breath.  He also thanked the gamers for motivating himself and the Blizzard team to continue developing video games.

It will be curious to see where he ends up next, as game studios would greatly benefit from having a seasoned veteran available to oversee future game projects.

Thank you to Battle.net for providing us with this information

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StarCraft 2: Update 2.1 Bringing Some Huge Changes

StarCraft 2 has some serious changes coming into play and the development team is going to be empowering the community by releasing some new features. By far one of the biggest changes that I see coming will be to essentially make the game nearly free to play. Now the game won’t be entirely free to play, but it will allow people to play with their friends that don’t own a full version of the game.

Anyone who downloads the Starter Edition of StarCraft 2 will automatically scale to the expansion of the game that their friends are playing, whether that be Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm. Arcade is also being fully unlocked, giving anyone the ability to play any of the player designed maps without needing to purchase the game.

Arcade players will also get extension mods, this will make it so that people who want to play a certain arcade map will be able to play all together without needing to download, and mess with settings to play a certain map.

Those who like to play the Arcade feature of StarCraft 2 will no longer need to worry about hosts who are AFK. This will promote other players in the queue to host if the host does not respond once the group is full, keeping the games moving, instead of having people in a queue for a match and then making them wait for a host that is not at their keyboard.

We will also be seeing some awesome new changes to groups and clans, which will give them the ability to setup events, with a calendar, as well as customizable logos. This is going to be a huge update, letting players fully customize their User Interface. Players will also get a level cap raise from 30 to 35 and those who reach the max level will get some cool new portraits and decals.

If you loved this information about StarCraft 2, and you want to know more about the changes coming out with patch 2.1 check out their official website.

BlizzCon 2013 Begins Now

Today marks the day for the 7th Annual BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2013. Where fans celebrate and hear about everything Blizzard. WarCraft, StarCraft and Diablo! Brought to us from Anaheim, California.

Tickets sold out in just seconds earlier this year. But you can check out the live stream or on DirecTV by getting the Virtual Ticket.

We can expect an expansion announcement.

Two trademarks have been floating around for possible games or products being offered by Blizzard this year.
The Dark Below and Warlords of Draenor, we don’t know what we will hear about either one of these just yet, perhaps a new race or even two different expansions announced at one time!

Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and Diablo III.

There are a ton of computers setup this year, with demos of all the different games. This is a huge weekend for Blizzard. BlizzCon is the largest event that Blizzard has for the year.

There will be tons of panels today, Question and Answer sessions. Hearing about new game releases and expansions to be expected. Don’t forget about the different contests and eSports.

Tomorrow night we will be able to watch the closing concert, which will be performed by Blink 182.

If you are a fan of Blizzard, this is the place to be! Make sure you check it out!

Friday’s Schedule

11AM PT OPENING CEREMONY

12:30PM PT WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WHAT’S NEXT

2:15PM PT HEARTHSTONE: WHATS NEXT

3:30PM PT DIABLO III: REAPER OF SOULS: PREVIEW

4:45PM PT HEROES OF THE STORM: OVERVIEW

6:30PM PT FAN CONTESTS

Thank you to BlizzCon for providing us with this information.

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Blizzard Entertainments “BlizzCon 2013” Approaches

We only have two days before the beginning of BlizzCon 2013. We have only been waiting 2 years for it to be here, and here it is. If you are a Blizzard Entertainment fan, then this is huge news for you. Bringing us new information on their franchises Diablo, StarCraft, WarCraft.

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up tickets to BlizzCon when they were on sale, you can still pick up your virtual ticket so that you can watch all of the fun and excitement from the two full days of information, contests, concert and more.

Blizzard Entertainment has three primary franchises Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft, all of which we will hear about during BlizzCon 2013. There are a few other projects that we will likely hear about as well, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Warcraft Movie and perhaps even the Titan Project.

Diablo 3 has been out for about a year and a half, and we will likely hear all about their expansion that will be released sometime in 2014. We can only hope that we get a nice demo, and hear about some of the awesomeness to come with this newest expansion. Will they give us a release date?

The StarCraft franchise will likely give us news on their next expansion, rumored to be called Legacy of the Void. Perhaps they will let us know about some cool new changes that we can see coming in later patches.

WarCraft has gotten itself bundled with World of Warcraft since I don’t really see Blizzard bringing WarCraft 4 to us any time soon, if ever. I am sure that we will hear about new changes that are evolving in Azeroth, and I am sure that the World of Warcraft team has some really interesting changes that are taking place, we may even hear about their next expansion. Will it be called Warlords of Draenor?

Hearthstone, still in closed beta we have heard very little about what is taking place in this card based video game, I hope that they will open the beta up so that I can play, because I would really like to give this game a run.

Blizzard DOTABlizzard All-Stars, Heroes of the Storm… Will Blizzard make up their mind already on what they are going to call this game? I mean we first heard about this in 2010 and it still isn’t released, though at first it was going to be a StarCraft 2 mod, now it sounds like it is going to be a freestanding game.

Warcraft the Movie, we have been hearing about this since 2006, and it looks like they might actually have some news for us, but will it ever really be released?

We can’t forget about “Project Titan”, in which Blizzard is creating an all new Massive-Multiplay Online Role Playing Game, in which they have given us little to no information on over the past few years. Though I doubt that they will tell us anything, they are going to be tight-lipped on the subject mater until it is further along in development.

What are you looking forward to at BlizzCon 2013? Question & Answers, Lore, Contests or Competitions?

I want to give a big thank you to Blizzard Entertainment for putting on this event this year.

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ZilianOP Miraculously Walks

There are tons of internet personalities streaming live shows of them playing their favorite video games. Today I will tell you about Angel Hamilton AKA ZilianOP. Angel has been streaming for over a year now, playing World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 primarily, but also showing off other games. The issue with Angel isn’t that he was streaming, it is that he was lying to his viewer base. Last week he miraculously stood up and walked away from his wheelchair, shocking everyone watching.

Angel has been claiming for the past couple years to be disabled, and wheelchair bound. He told his viewers that he was paralyzed from the waist down, this could be for a few different reasons. He could have been trying to swindle money from softhearted people who were willing to give into his lies and donate money to him, or it could have been how he was wanting to portray his internet personality. Either way he has raked in over $20,000 in donations over the past couple of years. That is not counting the in-game items, in-game currencies that his viewers gave him. He received donations from fans to get a wheelchair valued at over $2,000 and $5,000 to move closer to his girlfriend. He also raised funds to purchase electronics.

I do not know the statistics on how much other personalities make from their shows, having their own websites, and blogging about their favorite games. But I do know that you can make a fair amount when you get big enough. On top of that with many accepting donations from their fan base, and even being sponsored by large companies, Angel could have started raking in some big bucks if he hadn’t burned himself by making this huge goof. He lost his twitch account which was banned, where he had over 26,000 fans which is small compared to other personalities.

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GAME Partner with Multiplay and Razer for StarCraft II Wings of Liberty Tournament

Leading video game retailer GAME today revealed that they are teaming up with revolutionary gaming technology provider Razer and global games service provider Multiplay to launch a Starcraft II tournament for UK gamers. The Farewell to Wings of Liberty tournament is a chance for gamers to say goodbye to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in style, ahead of the launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.

UK gamers who fancy testing their StarCraft skills can sign up for 1 of 512 places from today until the 24th of February here. Two weeks of intense online competition will follow, with three nights of tournament knockout action whittling the field down to two finalists. The finals will take place in London on the 11th of March at London Barcraft’s Heart of the Swarm launch event. The final battle will be played out on the night in front of a live crowd before celebrating the launch of Heart of The Swarm with the UK StarCraft community watching Blizzard’s official live stream!

The two finalists and top placing players will walk away with prizes ranging from Razer’s officially-licensed StarCraft II: Heart of The Swarm range, GAME reward points and more, with additional spot prizes available for both Sportsmanship and plays of the Tournament.

For a blow-by-blow account of the action, fans and spectators can follow the action on GAME’s Facebook and Twitter accounts with the hashtag of #GAMESC2Swarm, at the GAME Facebook and Twitter pages. Each week will have live video content commentated and streamed on GAME’s new Twitch TV channel, and video highlights will also be available on GAME’s YouTube channel at TwitchTV and YouTube respectively. The hosts for live coverage will be popular UK Starcraft casters Adam “Madals” Simmons and Robert “Pughy” Pugh, both bringing their many hundreds of hours of Starcraft 2 commentating experience to the occasion to add extra insight and excitement to the proceedings.

Anna-Marie Mason, Director of Marketing, Game Retail Ltd, said “Our community events program has rocketed out of the gates already in 2013, bringing gamers all around the UK exclusive and unique chances to get closer to the games they love. Whether in a friendly or fearsome spirit, competition is part of gaming DNA – and we’re excited to be teaming up with Multiplay and Razer to give the UK StarCraft and gaming communities an opportunity to test their skills and to support E-Sports in the UK.”

Craig Fletcher, Managing Director, Multiplay added “We are very excited to be able to work together with GAME to bring the community one final Wings of Liberty tournament. We have close ties with the UK Starcraft community and believe that this competition will be a great send-off for the current edition of the game, while we welcome the brand new Heart of the Swarm expansion into the community!”

Nick Haywood, Head of Marketing, Razer UK added “Razer is delighted support the GAME StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty tournament. Razer peripherals are the first choice for gamers of all abilities and our Starcraft II products are designed to give all players that crucial edge in competitive play. With the precision of the Razer Spectre StarCraft II mouse, the elevated keys on the Razer Marauder StarCraft II gaming keyboard and the amazing sound quality of the Razer Banshee StarCraft II headset, players can take on Terran, Zerg or Protoss armies confident that they have the very best Razer technology at their fingertips.”

To find out more about this and other events that are happening throughout the year, please visit www.game.co.uk/events.

StarCraft II: Heart of The Swarm is available for pre-order at GAME in Standard and Collector’s Editions both in-store and online through the following link – http://bit.ly/YDH9a9

To learn more about StarCraft II and Heart of the Swarm, visit the official website at www.StarCraft2.com. To set up a Battle.net account and to opt-in to Blizzard Entertainment beta tests, please visit the official Battle.net website at www.battle.net.