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Loading... October 25th, 2010 - That’s a Wrap

Updated Mon, Oct 25, 2010 by Sardu

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Another BlizzCon has come and gone, and while many fans may have hoped for more massive announcements to come out of the ‘con, the experience was still worth the price of admission for those in attendance. Managing Editor Reuben “Sardu” Waters recaps the weekend’s events and tries to survive the journey home today in Loading… That’s a Wrap.

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  3. Lord of the Rings Online 
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  2. LEGO Universe
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I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Blizzard put some serious consideration to changing the name of their annual fan event to something perhaps more descriptive of the actual experience of attending the event: NinjaCon. That’s honestly the first thing that came to mind when I sat down to summarize my experiences over the weekend, but before you begin making wild assumptions about what I actually mean here, let me explain where I’m coming from.

10 minutes after you arrive at BlizzCon you feel like you’ve seen all there is to see at the show, yet somehow by the time you leave the hall at the end of the day you’re left with the impression that you’d only experienced 10% of what the ‘con has to offer.

This is, of course, by design. By opting to experience one aspect of the event you’re more often than not also making the decision to miss out on something else. In that sense I can see why the Virtual Ticket and Direct TV feeds have proven to be such popular alternatives. Then again, as a fan event, the social side of actually being at the convention center accounts for a major percentage of the fun unless you’re really just in it for the big announcements, and unfortunately this year’s BlizzCon was somewhat light in that department. Still, having access to the Diablo III demo or new StarCraft II custom maps more than made up for the lack of earth shatteringly huge reveals for many fans I spoke to over the weekend.

Your own mileage may vary, but in the grand scheme of things I’d have to say that BlizzCon is a hardcore group experience. You can still enjoy it while solo, but since your entire day will be spent doing one of two things – sitting on your butt or standing in a line so that you can sit on your butt in a different spot – the experience gets to a point where it’s only as enjoyable as the people sharing the local chat channels.

Speaking of sitting on your butt…

Currently I’m sitting on my butt in O’Hare for a three hour layover between my connecting flights. Apparently the AC is busted so some brainiac thought it’s a good idea to crank up the heat instead. I’m fairly certain that at least one person sitting in this area of the airport is bound to pass out due to heat exhaustion , just like back in high school when our band director insisted that we march in parades wearing heavy wool uniforms, even in 110 degree heat.

One year we had no fewer than 12 people pass out along the parade route before the rest of us simply quit marching and went home. It was one of those situations where we all looked at each other and said, “This is insane” before ripping the giant Q-Tip helmets from our heads and calling it quits. I’m sure the world got on well enough without hearing a generic high school band play a half-baked rendition of Uptown Girl or the Ghostbusters theme. The apocalypse didn’t come that day at any rate, though had we kept marching I’m fairly certain more than a few of us would have become zombies.

But that has absolutely nothing to do with BlizzCon. And the following only has very marginal relation:

The shuttle driver that picked me up from the airport and drove me to my hotel prior to the event turned out to be this guy, I kid you not.  All the food is poison indeed – oddly enough that’s exactly what I was thinking while stomping around the airport a few minutes ago trying to decide what to have for dinner since most servers in the Airport MMOG seem to be really pushing the microtransaction angle these days.

Once you pay for the core gameplay experience (cleverly called a “ticket”) most servers will nickel and dime you for simple things we’d normally take for granted. Everything from extra inventory space to food and drink comes with a price tag on most of Airport’s servers. Now, if they’d add in some increased flight speed potions I’d be all for it, but unfortunately those haven’t made it onto the item shop as of yet.

Before I completely derail my BlizzCon post-mortem any further, we’ve added an awesome new teleportation device that will instantly take you to our BlizzCon 2010 event portal. It works very similar to what’s commonly referred to as map travel, only in this case you can click this shiny link to be taken directly to your destination.  Once there, you may even want to bookmark the page as we’ll have even more BlizzCon goodness blasting onto the ‘net this week including hands-on impressions of D3’s demon hunter and the new SC2 custom maps, an exclusive WoW interview and more.

If you’ve made it this far, then I have to thank you for bearing with my seemingly directionless Blizz babble today. Broken electronics on one plane, and lightning preventing the replacement from taking off turned what might have been a simple journey home into an exceedingly long experience. So if I’m rambling on a bit more than usual, I’ll just chalk it up to getting home at 4am after one heck of a long day of travel woes.

That said, what are your thoughts on BlizzCon 2010? Were you disappointed by the lack of massive announcements, or do you feel major reveals are just icing on an otherwise perfect fan event cake? Let us know in the Loading… forum!

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the Day

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If I were a game developer, I would...

What would you do if you could develope your own MMOG from the ground up? What sort of game would you make? What sort of people would you hire to make it? Go on--dream big!

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New and Exclusive Content Today at Ten Ton Hammer

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BlizzCon 2010 EXCLUSIVES

HOT! Hands-on with the Diablo III Demon Hunter
http://www.tentonhammer.com/diablo3/classes/preview/demonhunter

Our very own Sardu was in Anaheim this weekend for BlizzCon 2010 and was there for the unveiling of the 5th Diablo character class, the Demon Hunter. After the announcement he made his way over to the play area to get a chance to test out this class hands on. What he found is an interesting hybrid of a WoW rogue and hunter, yet something that still retains its own unique identity within the D3 setting. Check out his complete Hands-On with the Diablo III Demon Hunter, check out the screen shots, and then chime in on the forums with your take on the class.

BlizzCon 2010: World of Warcraft Dungeons and Raids Panel Overview

http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/blizzcon/2010/raid-dungeons-panel

A lot of new information comes out of BlizzCon each year as we discover more and more about the changes coming soon to a World of Warcraft near you. This year at the Raid and Dungeons Panel information on patch 4.1.0 was revealed along with the background on a lot of design decisions in regards to instances. Want to know more about the raid lockout in Cataclysm or the new dungeon maps? Come and read our overview of the Dungeons and Raids panel and find out all the new info fast.

Diablo III BlizzCon Panel Lifts the Veil on the Demon Hunter
http://www.tentonhammer.com/diablo3/feature/blizzcon2010-panel

BlizzCon 2010 kicked off with a Diablo III panel in which details about the game's 5th class were revealed. But the panel also explored several in-game features and offered a look at the newly announced PvP Battle Arenas. Join Ten Ton Hammer's event coverage and find out what they had to say.

BlizzCon NEWS ROUNDUP


FEATURES & GUIDES

LEGO Universe: Brick Building Basics
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Endless possibilities! Countless combinations! But with great power, comes a steep learning curve. In this article, we share some starter tips for any budding LEGO craftsman, on best practices for starting down the path to greatness when using the Brick Build interface in LEGO Universe.

Sins of a Solar Spymaster #53 - A Tripolar Galaxy
http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/spymaster/53

EVE Online is a game driven by the diversity of its players and huge corporations fighting for control of resources and territory. But what happens when there is less diversity and those fiery conflicts become little more than random shots across the bow? The Mittani explores this dilemma in this week's Sins of a Solar Spymaster #53 - A Tripolar Galaxy.

Practical Espionage For Beginners In EVE Online
http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/guides/combat/spying

EVE Online has a complex meta-game that can involve a great deal of trickery and deceit. For many people, it is one of the game's best selling points. But how can a spy succeed in a world full of paranoid corporation recruiters? In this guide, Ten Ton Hammer contributing writer, Space Junkie, takes a look at some common goals of spying, some simple techniques for infiltration, and a selection of common mistakes.

Today's Top 10

  1. Hands-on with the Diablo III Demon Hunter
  2. BlizzCon 2010: World of Warcraft Dungeons and Raids Panel Overview
  3. DCUO's Jim Lee and Chris Cao Talk Green Lantern, a Moon Mission, & more!
  4. WoW 2010 Hallow's End Guide
  5. All-New Burglar Class Guide for Lord of the Rings Online
  6. Extended Forecast: An Everquest II Extended Review
  7. Patch 4.0.1 Updated Death Knight Talents
  8. The Ascended Class Soul System - Rift: Planes of Telara Reader Submitted Q&A #3
  9. Guide to the Patch 4.0.1 Glyph System
  10. Practical Espionage For Beginners In EVE Online

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