Blizzard has been busy testing out all the new stats and features for their upcoming expansion pack, and they just released details of their progress. Statistics play a huge roll in WoW, and the only thing possibly more fun than critting for a million plus may be making fun of dead people over vent. Ah, the good ol’ times…
I won’t get down and dirty because Blizzard already paraphrased enough. And we aren’t really a news site, at all really, but I like to pass along this info every now and then. There are a few highlights worth mentioning though! [Click here to read on!]
Many game publishers would be thrilled after selling 2.7 million copies of their latest title in a month, but Blizzard is not your average video game publisher. In their latest press release, Blizzard announced some impressive week one sales for their first Diablo III expansion pack, Reaper of Souls, with sales topping an incredible 2.7 million units. As a proud owner of this excellent expansion pack myself, I couldn’t be happier, and I would argue that it is well-worth the somewhat steep asking price of $40. That being said, let’s put on our business hats and see what kind of week one revenue the D3 division is staring at! Hit the link below for the details!
Alright fellas, raise your hand if you ever built a fort in your living room or basement when your buddies came over as a kid. Yeah, we all did; ladies, many of you probably did the same. We also probably both played a crap load of video games when we had our friends over. Since I am now at the ripe age of 30 years, it was primarily the NES, then SNES, Sega Genesis and N64 which carried the bulk of the gaming load, with quite a bit of PC gaming in there as well, courtesy of the entire Command & Conquer franchise (which I dominated, naturally). But when does the slumber party/fort building/male or female bonding go a little too far? Oh, there are lots of ways; I won’t let your imagination stop running. If you really want do laugh, or maybe shudder is a better word, then click below for the oddest slumber party/male bonding experience you will likely ever witness in your lifetime.
First off, how about a high five to a Mr. MikeNGary? Or wait, is it two gentlemen: Mike and Gary? Either way, he/they have put together a pretty awesome, live action Half-Life/Portal dating redux that highlights one of the oddest elements of gaming still around today: mute characters. As a huge Half-Life fan, I have to get my obligatory, “WHERE IS HALF-LIFE 3?”, post out of the way, so there you go Valve. Make it happen. Where were we? Oh yeah, mute video game characters. Gordon Freeman and Chell are two of many, many video game main characters that were programmed without a voice, maybe to save disc space, possibly out of boredom, or maybe just as a proverbial middle finger to all of our imaginations; who knows outside of the developers? I think the starkest example I can think of from my recent gaming memory is Dragon Age: Origins; I usually don’t have an issue with mute main characters, but that was just super weird. I know I’m not alone with that one.
The rumors were right, and now we have an official release date. Call of Duty: Ghosts will hit store shelves in, wait for it, November of this year. Yes, November. Pretty shocking, isn’t it? /sarcasm. The official release date is November 5th, and according to the poster below, appears to keep the modern, SOF-approach that appears to never get old with the COD audience. Who remembers the original Call of Duty for PC, where the sound was so real it felt like you were actually in Germany? I digress; hit the link below for the official Ghosts game poster, and if you want more on Ghosts, expect more from Activision tomorrow.
The PC gaming community is a stubborn crowd, and I can confidently make that claim because I consider myself part of that cadre of gamers. Although consoles have come an insanely long ways over the last two generations or so to match up with PC’s, there still is a gap in a few ways and genres; the most specific gap in my oh so slightly qualified opinion is in the RTS, or Real-Time Strategy genre. I couldn’t even fathom trying to play Red Alert or Starcraft 2 with a controller; I have got to have a mouse and keyboard or we’re gonna have some issues. Are we understood? But then you’ve got extremely prominent video game industry executives that drop the line-blurring bombs like the PS4 is the “perfect gaming PC”. Say what? Hit the link below for all of the details.
I’ve been historically late to Blizzard games. In the late 90’s, this guy was obsessed with anything on store shelves with a “Command & Conquer” label, so Diablo 1 & 2 never made it on to my hard drive. Once Diablo 3 launched, I decided to buck the trend and grab a digital copy online, only to realize that my laptop may not make it a worthwhile purchase. Bummer. Thankfully, Starcraft 2 is fucking amazing, so I’m pretty happy about that one. Regardless, I’ll be picking up a copy of Diablo 3 for my PS3 the day or week it gets released, which to the best of my knowledge and Interweb research ability is still TBD. The footage looks awesome, and according to Blizzard, it “sizzles”! Hit the link below for the Diablo porn, and stay tuned to SQ for more Diablo 3 goodness!
Have you finished Starcraft II’s campaign yet? No? Well don’t feel bad, because neither have I. Let me clear the air here before I get bombarded with hate mail from the two of you who actually read SQ: I love Starcraft II. Free time has not been on my side as of late, but I fire up SC2 every chance I get, even though I still [Click here to read on!]