November 14, 2014


What a letdown these first 24 hours of Warlords have been. My guild is fantastic #SafeCrown #17thumbs up, but this was unreal. I don't always expect to level quick or have smooth gameplay, interrupted by disconnects sometimes more frequent than others. But this was something else. And then the following appeared on MMO-Champion that had many of us laughing or crying:

We've had some time to evaluate the overwhelmingly positive response to Warlords of Draenor as it went live for European players...

Both American and European servers reported massive problems starting with the first quest, being zoned to Draenor, other zoning issues, being ported back to Shrine #Shrined, flying mount spasms, garrison problems and world server going down, on top of the usual lag and disconnects that come with launch nights. Blue posts we're coming out, but mostly telling us there was no eta on anything.

Some we're smart, some we're lucky, and got ahead and we're able to level up with ease, but the most of us can't say we had a good time. And then came a reply I personally was interested in, the garrison. My problems varied from having a #unwantedpartyatmygarrison, falling through the earth, pretty much all problems mentioned above.

This, on top of the qeues that sometimes weren't there, and appear out of nowhere and could peak to over 2000, made the whole first 24 hours a very bad experience. There are things that come with launch day, but you'd hope on the 10th anneversary Blizzard would make the experience on launch day less of a strungle, not more. I'm still eager for the content, I just wish I could see it, and not be stuck not being able to do more than 3 quest in Frostfire Ridge in a 14 hour timespan. Let's hope this is fixed before the weekend.

November 8, 2014

BlizzCon 2014

This year's BlizzCon opening ceremony started with a mini compilation video of how we got here today, mentioning the Blizzard beginnings, Warcraft I, II and III, World of Wacraft, and then, of course, BlizzCon itself. I would love to see the uncut version, it was beautiful. And then Mike Morhaime's speech, in which he addressed the hate and harrasement by a minority of bullies. There is freedom of speech, and people are diverse, but as gamers we are equals, and I am so happy to be a part of this community, and how important this is also to Blizzard.

I must start here. Blizzard unveiled their new game 'Overwatch'. I already started writing an individual, more detailed post on this, it's a very interesting looking shooter, yes they have made a shooter. I like the direction they've taken with the divercity of games they're releasing. The games by themselves stand apart, but all still have that Blizzard feel to them. It remains trial and error, but a certain attention to detail appears to be brought back to the games. So as said, more on Overwatch to come after everything BlizzCon.

Warcraft, the Movie
And then there was the Warcraft movie. Appearently more is happening behind the scenes than we have been aware of. After much speculation and postponing, there is finally some footage released, and the movie is on the way. For us watching at home have to wait a little bit longer, but there was a screening for visiters of this year's event, and I hope it will be teased for the masses shortly.

There are costumes, props, they build entire sets, such detail went into the production of the movie, I am glad they were patient to make every detail be right. They've collected a great looking cast, such as Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Deja Vu ) and Clancy Brown (who had also voiced Thrall in a failed Blizzard concept).Oh my sweet Spaghetti lord, have I been awaiting this movie.

Looking For Group
The documentary 'Looking For Group' was also mentioned, a short clip of this was shown in the opening ceremony. The teaser for it appeared a few days ago in the launcher a few days ago, and I have been anxious to see it ever since. It is a trip through memory lane, and shows us the beginnings and the story so far of Blizzard as a company, and as a great family within the gaming community. And the impact the game has had on the world and on Blizzard itself. On day 2 they showed the documentary in its entirety, and by the time some of you read this the video should be out on Youtube.

World of Warcraft
On day one they went over a lot of the class and item changes that have already been implemented into the game, and also how the loot system will work in the expansion. On day two there was a cinematics panel and World of Warcraft Q&A.

The live raid was a nice preview of Highmaul as a raid dungeon, no surprise Horde Europeans are superior over Alliance Americans. And of course, the contests did not disappoint this year, the videos were really good, and one of my favorite moments was the song Ready Check. Currently Matellica is still playing, but I'm going to skip it and catch up on some sleep. Last countdown has begun...

November 1, 2014

Pre BlizzCon Buzz

BlizzCon 2014 is coming, such a buzz. Some people chose to watch, and get all excited, others prefer not to get spoiled. If you are the latter, you shouldn't read my blog, as I will cover in great detail my favorite things from the show in the upcoming blogspot. Consider yourself warned.

Alright let's get started. I can only start with World of Warcraft, my favorite sport. There will be panels on both class and item changes, and Warlords of Draenor cinematics, and hopefully a few more sneakpeaks before the expansion goes live next week. Also the finals for StarCraft II, Hearthstone and World of Warcraft Arena will be held. And we'll find out more about the Looking For Group film just teased in the Blizzard Launcher.

The full schedule can be found on the BlizzCon website. And you can watch the livestream (and get some goodies as per usual).

October 31, 2014

Noob of the Storm

Late update, been writing a post which I will add later, it just needs some work. So a quick update on what's up. Wow is terribly boring, but I am glad to have been able to play Heroes of the Storm beta.

I really didn't know what to expect when they said it would be combining all Blizzard heroes, but the game does so very well, yet creating a game that feels like an independant product, while maintaining that recognisable Blizzard style. I am quite horrible at it right now, there's a good reason I don't play a huge divercity of games, something which was reconfirmed the past week.

Hope to hear some more about this game at BlizzCon, but for now I am very greatful to be given to honer to play it on beta stages, it is bloody interesting. On the topic of BlizzCon, the weeks are flying by, and as much as the past weeks, months, have been limbo, hopefully Blizzard will have amazing things to share with us this year, while we're (im)patiencly await Warlords of Draenor.