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Blizzard is in full-bore contest mode with YouTube video contests, arena contests, comic contests , contests to give them new contest ideas, contests to see how many contests you can enter, trading card contests and untradeable card contests.
One YouTube entry was admitted to the aforementioned contest and then suddenly, without notice, unexpectedly.... removed. OK, it should never have been admitted to the contest, but it's funny and I'm all over that. This isn't safe for work, children or those of you who are easily offended, which is likely a very small number if you read this column every day.
[youtube xeUhSjuhQYE 'Jimmy: The World of Warcraft Story']
The good folks at Blizzard have also found a way to piss off Canadians. This isn't easy to do. We've had provinces trying to break away for years and nobody gives a crap, yet Blizzard refuses to let us play in a contest and heavens to hockey sticks we are ready to go to war. War I tell you! With old boats and helicopters that double as submarines, but we don't care because we want to play in a MMOG tournament. Here we come!!!
Here is what started the "police action",
"1. Sponsor; Eligibility. BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. ("SPONSOR") IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS TOURNAMENT. THIS TOURNAMENT IS OPEN ONLY TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY AND AWARD OF PRIZE: (A) LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, ITALY, SPAIN, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG, NORWAY, SWEDEN, BELGIUM, DENMARK, THE NETHERLANDS, FINLAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA; "
First, BLIZZARD, WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?
Second, a "legal resident" of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg can enter the contest, but a Canadian can't? We walk among you. We look like you. We have infiltrated the very fabric of the United States. I flip a switch and there will be hundreds of thousands of zombie Canadians who "trigger". The next think you know you'll be eating poutine, wearing a toque and watching hockey...even in Nashville.
I feel a cold wind ablowin' and it may turn into a Blizzard.
Today's Exclusive TenTonHammer.com Content!
IMGDC: Slaughtering Sacred Cows - Richard Bartle Roundtable
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