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World of Warcraft Movie Rolls Big; Loots Duncan Jones as Director

Remember the World of Warcraft movie? It was supposed to be done by Sam Raimi, only to have everyone’s dreams crushed when he went to do Oz: The Great and Powerful and said at Comic-Con 2012 that they had to go to a different director? I thought that was pretty much the death knell for the PC game turned hopeful movie franchise. Raimi would’ve been perfect for the director spot as it would have infused the right blend of action, fantasy and comedy into the world of Azeroth. Well, we might be in luck because it looks like Blizzard scored a new director and it’s a pleasant surprise.

© 2010 Vendome PicturesAccording to the Hollywood Reporter and Collider, Duncan Jones has taken the reins as the director of the World of Warcraft movie. While he is known to some as the son of David Bowie, he has created a name for himself as one of the best up-and-coming directors with great movies such as Moon and Source Code on his resume. This will be his biggest project to date and will definitely launch him to the top of everyone’s directorial list if this pans out. I think it’s a great choice as he’s a pretty avid gamer and his ability to tell an entertaining story with some high concept plots, judging by his previous movies, shows he has the chops to handle an ambitious project such as this one.  Plus, he is definitely happy to take on the challenge of making the first good video game to movie project ever noting this on his Twitter:

— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 31, 2013

He will be working off a script from Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), who took over after the first draft was done by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). Since Duncan Jones wrote Moon and Source Code, it wouldn’t shock anyone if he also took a few stabs at the script himself. No one really knows what the script will be following, but I imagine/hope it will probably follow Arthas and his descent and transformation into the Lich King, which technically took place in Warcraft III. It would seem to be the story that would make the most sense in terms of establishing the franchise because it sets up the game of World of Warcraft

The Lich King
The Lich King

However, since there are SOOO many characters and storylines in the Warcraft world, one can only guess what they actually will do for the silver screen. There is so much canon and characters out there in the Warcraft universe that they could honestly follow Thrall or the Dark Portal storyline. The big rumor is that it will be from the Alliance perspective, specifically the human side. Again, I’m rooting for the fall of Arthas because that would set up so much but we shall see. They are tentatively saying that this movie will be released in 2015, which will make the year a very crowded slate with Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, possibly a Justice League movie too, so that might be the summer to rule all.

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Something to look forward to seeing more of in 2015…

Also, we know that World of Warcraft game has to end soon. Deathwing is down for the count, the old gods are dwindling in numbers and we’re pretty much down to Sargeras as the big baddie that needs to be revealed. It’s only a matter of time before we finally get to deal with the leader of the Burning Legion so it might be time to wind it down for the almost decade old MMORPG. Plus, with Blizzard working on their next project, Titan, one could assume that 2015 ties the last expansion (or the end) of WoW with the movie? Time will tell but man, this news does excite me. Not to the point where I want to fire up WoW again (I’m retired) but maybe I’ll give Warcraft III another go-around for nostalgia’s sake.

WoW: Mist of Pandaria Announces Release Date, Nerds in Basements Rejoice

So according to multiple news sources, the ones I used being Gamespot and WoW Insider, it looks like we finally got a release date on the new expansion for World of Warcraft. Mists of Pandaria is going to be hitting store shelves on September 25th. Which means you need to start requesting that day off. The 4th expansion of the series will come with a new level cap of 90, a whole new playable race (The Pandaren) with new starting zones and the such, a new race (Monk), and something called scenarios which is a cooperative PvE trial where you get to brag about accomplishing certain tasks in dungeons and prove that you are better than your average WoW player. Of course there will be new zones and more raids and rewards as well but that goes without saying.

The reason this is a full blown article and not just a news item in a sea of news items? There’s an opportunity to win some beta keys. Of course I have to make sure that you had the opportunity to win some. On Battle.Net, Blizzard released some details that they are giving out 2,000 keys each week starting on July 31st, and every other winner will get a friend key as well so they can share the fun. All it requires is that you sign up via Facebook so if you still play WoW (and I imagine a bunch of you still do), this should be something you need to do.

For those that are going to wait until September 25th, you can pre-order them online at Battle.Net with the retail version being $39.99, the Digital Deluxe version for $59.99 and the Collector’s Edition at $79.99. Differences you ask? Retail is just the simple copy you get with no frills, the Digital Deluxe gets you a special in-game mount and pet, along with banners and sigils for Diablo III and some Starcraft II Battle.Net portraits. The Collector’s edition scores you the same stuff along with a Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-Ray, a soundtrack CD, mouse pad and art book. So you have options. Looks like it’s time to throw some free time out the window. Especially with no BlizzCon, you now have more time to grind to 90 and hit some raids. Or bitch about the class balancing and out of control rewards system but whatever, details, details I guess. Also, how awesome is the dragon turtle mount?

Game Of Thrones MMO Announced!

So the big thing in PC Gaming, and probably gaming as a whole right now, is MMO’s. You know the kind, World Of Warcraft, The Old Republic, or if you go back in time, Everquest. Being a man who has never been much into PC gaming, or the concept of continually paying for a game to keep playing it, I’ve never latched onto MMO’s or any game similar to them. For me there’s never been a game that’s grabbed my interest, although The Old Republic sure gave it a run for it’s money. In my case though, my wallet trumps all, because Money Over Everything. I do have one particular weakness though, and that is anything Game Of Thrones related. With GoT’s popularity right now, they’ve of course announced an MMORPG to go along with it.

Game developer Bigpoint announced today the “Game of Thrones” massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) titled “Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms.” MMORPGs are the type of online game that include the likes “World of Warcraft,” and it looks like “GoT” is joining the fray. [Yidio]

Details about the game itself are scarce, but it’s setting is post-book 1, with the throne itself up for grabs. It’s fairly likely this is more based upon the Song Of Ice And Fire Novels, rather than the Game of Thrones HBO series, since there’s not as many licensing issues there. To that end, if I ever did pick up this game, I’d hope the voice acting is good, the world accurate to the detailed descriptions given in the books, and the concepts of intrigue, honor, and moral ambiguity upheld. I’d hate to see GoT turned into a mindless hack & slash MMO, with people grinding for gold dragons endlessly.  One thing the game does have going right, is making the game Free-To-Play, which is a trend that’s been very popular lately. The only downside to this is that nearly everything cool in the game will then cost actual cash, as the game’s cost is subsidized through micro-payments.

Want that cool Direwolf for a companion? $10! Want that shiny Valyrian Steel sword? $15. I’m probably  entirely wrong about the actual prices for items themselves, and they may be far cheaper, but the reality is that people WILL buy them, and use them. I have friends who play League Of Legends, another very popular Free-To-Play game, who have spent more on it than even the most expensive collectors limited special edition games they’ve purchased in the past. But of course, people like me who love A Song Of Ice And Fire, and Game of Thrones, who are already accustomed to the MMO world, will probably be champing at the bit to try this game out.  While in the past the initial purchase/subscription price combo of MMO’s like Star Wars: The Old Republic was enough to keep me away, the tantalizing prospect of Free-To-Play lingers over my head for Game Of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms. Chances are, when it’s released, I’ll be playing it, “just to try it”.

Wish me and my wallet luck. It’s a dangerous rabbit hole.

Screens from the Official Website.

‘Guild Wars 2’ Release Date Announced!

Fans of Guild Wars can rejoice.

Today Mike O’Brien of ArenaNet announced the official release date of the Guild Wars sequel, Guild Wars 2, after a few rounds of beta and stress tests.  So starting on August 28, 2012, all you guildies can hit that power button and join in on the glory (no, the word guildies does not have to stay in the WoW gaming community only).

O’Brien said that today was an “incredibly momentous day” and that “we’re on the cusp of a new era in online roleplaying games, and we’re glad you’re on this journey with us.”

Unofficial Guild Wars 2 concept artUnofficial Guild Wars 2 concept art by Kekai Kotaki

For those who want to try to get on the game last-minute for its official release, the final beta testing will be held from July 20-22.  Other things you can do before the release date to satiate your cravings for all things Guild Wars 2:

1. Pre-order.  You get an in-game item, beta access (presumably for this last testing now), and a 3-day head start so you can mock all your friends who didn’t pre-order.

2. Watch this new trailer:

3. If you haven’t already, read the development team’s manifesto released in 2010.

4. Follow @GuildWars2 on Twitter and use any of these three hashtags to share the MMO love: #GW2, #GW2iscoming, and #GuildWars2.

5. There are some cool things to check out on the official website, www.guildwars2.com.  You can view fancy concept art, download a snazzy wallpaper, and buy an adorable Charr plush!  Yes, I’m done with the adjectives now.

6. Finally, there are probably thousands of forums you can join to discuss the game with fellow fans, like www.guildwarsguru.com.  Just choose your favorite one and start freaking out via the keyboard.

7. Finally-finally (for real), you can leave a comment below and let us know what you think about Guild Wars 2.  Are you excited?  Nervous?  So giddy with delight…

DIABLO III: Over a Decade in the Making

On June 28, 2008, BLIZZARD, creators of such popular games as Starcraft and World of Warcraft, announced the making of the third game in the Diablo series – Diablo III. Diablo was an action RPG, and is strictly made for the PC. Although there has not been a Diablo game released in over a decade, this next one looks promising.

GAMEPLAY: Diablo III is said to play much like Diablo II in a lot of ways. You will see your game from an overhead view via 3D environment.  Just like Diablo II, Battle.net will be used by online co-operative players, who will now be able to drop in and out of sessions. This game is also guaranteed to have replay value! It features a random level generator, a random encounter generator, and class-specific quests to go along with the main storyline quests. Something I read about that I found very interesting is that there will be no more potion bar. Instead, health orbs will fall from enemies, which leaves room for a skill bar where the old potion bar was. PvP combat is implemented to enhance single player and cooperative modes. There are different game modes you can play in, one being ranked games, or “best of”. You will earn a certain amount of points per match based on how many kills you have, achieved objectives, etc. The points will get you multiplayer achievements and titles.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Game Trailer

For those of you Star Wars fans who don’t know about The Old Republic, it is the newest upcoming alternative to the ultra popular World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft is a MMORPG you’ve probably at least heard of, plenty a virgin has wasted their life on it, and many a marriage has been annulled because of it. Could Star Wars fans now be heading in the same direction? Will it matter if the game is as good the rumors say?

I’ve said since it was announced nearly three years ago that I would never play it due to time consumption exhibited by the World’s of Warcraft (or WoW) masses. After seeing the newest trailer however, which features actual game-play and voice over scenes, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to resist. At least I already accomplished the virgin part some years back, and I don’t have a marriage that can be annulled if I do become addicted. Check out the trailer below:

Fighting as Jedi or Sith?
Starship combat?
Multiple planets to explore?

Yes Please.

Depending on the price, they’ve already won half the battle with me. Plus, my boy Darth Malgus is in there. It will be interesting to see exactly how in-depth and immersive the game is given how long it has been in development (2008 to be exact). The voice over work may have something to do with it according to an article at Joystiq in 2009. 100 voice actors have performed for the game with over 1,000 four-hour sessions between them. Apparently every character in the game will have plenty to say.

That is one big pile of Sith

I am also very interested to see the story progress, as everything in the Old Republic comic books and novels is taking place either way before, or during ‘The Treaty of Coruscant‘, which is a cease-fire between the Republic and Sith Empire. We all know when this game becomes available the cease-fire will have been broken.