Blizzard just announced that tickets for BlizzCon 2009, the third fourth installment of their phenomenally successful Blizzard-themed convention, will go on sale on Saturday, May 16, for $125 each. That’s a week from this Saturday, friends. Additional tickets will be sold on Saturday, May 30. Edit: You’ll be able to buy tickets at blizzcon.com at the appointed times.
BlizzCon 2009 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 21 and 22. For those unable to make it, DirecTV is once again selling a pay-per-view package of the event for $40, which seems a bit steep for a two-day video feed, but will include exclusive video and this year’s in-game item. This will also be available as an internet stream, presumably for those not subscribed to DirecTV.
Last year’s BlizzCon ticket sales were marked by a figure affectionately known as the Failoc, which was displayed when Blizzard servers utterly failed to respond to crushing demand. This year, they think they’re prepared: “the company has made upgrades to the Blizzard Store, including a first-come, first-served queue system and a fixed time limit for completing purchases,” according to their press release.
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Don’t miss out on your chance to cook up the zaniest, most Blizzard-worthy idea of a theme park — the deadline for submissions to Blizzard’s Theme Park Contest is on March 30. Blizzard called on fanboys everywhere to submit their ideas for a theme park based on their properties, Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft, and anything from theme park maps to ride schematics to landscape pictures of the park are welcome. Selected entries will be shown during BlizzCon 2009.
The best entry incorporating all three properties will receive a Wacom Cintiq 12WX, along with the Echoes of War soundtrack and a pair of StarCraft II Beta keys. Three other winners with the best Diablo, StarCraft, or Warcraft themes will win Echoes of War and two StarCraft II Beta keys each. With just under five days to go, designer hopefuls should submit their designs soon! You never know, Blizzard just might make that theme park happen…
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Despite EA’s Warhammer Online tallying 300,000 subscribers to World of Warcraft’s 11 million, ex-Blizzard boss Bill Roper has said you simply can’t write-off Mythic’s challenger just yet.
Roper, now employed by Champions Online developer Cryptic, says he is surprised to see people disparaging Warhammer’s subscriber levels, assuring: “I know many games out there that would love to have 300,000 subscribers.”
As you may know, we have been investigating the issue of lag in Faction Warfare for a while.
We have looked at the server side of this issue, and now we need to look at the client side. This means that we need you, the community, to help us. To get accurate information on what is going on with the client, we need information from users experiencing the issues