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Diablo III

Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

It was June 2001 when we last saw significant attention paid to the Diablo franchise when the Diablo II expansion Lords of Destruction was released.  Back then we were all focused on gearing up to take on Mephisto and Baal.  Or maybe we were busy tossing Wirt’s Leg together with a Tome of Town Portal and combining into some Bovine goodness with our Horadric Cube.  No matter.  We were busy saving Tristram from the unknowing evils from the depths below.

And then we waited.  Until June 2008 when Blizzard Entertainment told us there was to be more – Diablo III was coming.  Boy oh boy was I ever excited!

It’s nearly been four years since I last stayed awhile and listened to Deckard Cain.  And I’d be lying if I wasn’t jealous that a few friends of mine have been rocking the Beta launch & bragging about everything they’ve seen.  Yet the launch date kept getting pushed and pushed and pushed and then….

BOOM!  May 15, 2012!  Funny enough that only a day ago I accepted a Scroll of Resurrection (more on that in a later post) from my brother to join him again in World of Warcraft.  And even funnier is that I noticed by committing to WoW for a solid year I’d get my copy of Diablo III for free (plus the trusty steed [Tyrael’s Charger] to carry my mage around) – something I did in a heartbeat (math isn’t my strongest subject).

So I’m ready.

I’m ready to stand forth in the epic battle of good and evil. I’m ready to watch the never-ending onslaught of the undead meet their end as I rip through level after level. I’m ready to be engulfed by the haunting sounds of the Diablo III soundtrack. Yes. I’m more than ready.

Are you?

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Zerg Rush on Terran Base

My Memories of Starcraft

For some of you, it will only be minutes past midnight before you go and get yourself some good ol’ Starcraft 2 action. You’ll be lining up (or already have) at your local Best Buy or Future Shop and be one of the many who’s already figured out that the best way to win a multiplayer is either to zerg rush the piss out of your opponent or tech rush with a team.

And then there will be me, waiting for you to skill yourself up to the point that when I do get the game and fire up the mulitplayer experience, you’re waiting there to hand my ass to me (and assuming your no older than my current shoe size, tell me all about my momma). Oh the horror…

Much like Ed, I distinctly remember my experience with Starcraft as if it were yesterday. I remember thoroughly enjoying the story line on the single player, and the satisfaction of providing limited support to my buddies when we fired up the multiplayer (okay, okay.. we cheated.. we always played 4v4 with 5 people – it was nice to have a mole). I also remember scenes such as the image above, although I was usually able to last long enough to have a massive number of firebats all freaked out on the stimpack juice.. yes.. that is definitely the stuff.

So what should we expect in a moments time?

StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the terrans, protoss, and zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy as each faction struggles for survival.

Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard Entertainment will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company’s world-renowned gaming service, with several enhancements and new features to make StarCraft II the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game.

Well.. that’s the official line from Blizzard. I can’t speak to the single player experience, but having had a chance to crack open the multiplayer beta, everything I remembered from a decade ago was still quite the same. The zerg or tech rush is still the in thing. Protoss are still OP in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing. Chris still plays terran because he thinks there is honour in doing so. Yep, same old same old. There are some new units and unit dynamics (no more firebats which pisses me off), the rules that bind line-of-sight are different (height is something that comes in handy), and games didn’t seem to turtle as often, but it just seemed to me that it was just the same ol’ game polished up.

But what do I know? Exactly.

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