Blizzard Global Writing Contest 2011 Begins
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new global writing contest. Participants are asked to submit by September 28 a 2,500 to 7,500 word story set in the company's Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo universes. The grand prize winner will win a trip to meet the Blizzard writing staff at Blizzard HQ in California, as well as a Doomhammer hammer from Epic Weapons and copies of the Archive books for each franchise.
You sit at your typewriter, hands frozen in fear by the sound of crumpling paper from the darkness behind you. Shadows of broken quills encroach on your sight's periphery but slither out of view when you turn toward them. Summoning your courage, you lash out at the apparitions before they fade, only to awaken in a cold sweat with pencils and pens gripped tight in your clenched fists. You know what this dream foretells: the 2011 Global Writing Contest is upon us! Click over to the links below for more.
Blizzard Global Writing Contest 2011
The Prophecy of the Unblinking Eye portends of a time when writing contest judges, mad with ocular fortitude from judging the 2009 and 2010 Global Writing Contests, would brazenly unleash the powers of the Ocunomicon. Seeking rituals to infuse themselves with the twisted souls of fel ocularians, they look to wield powers not meant for this or any other contest. But the sacrifices of semicolon keys and left-handed quills have only just begun, their Inkwells of Despair not yet depleted—there is time yet to save this contest!
Is your prose pulchritudinous enough to save this contest from eldritch powers that no eye should possess? If so, submit a 2,500- to 7,500-word short story written in English and set in the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, or Diablo® universe by September 28th, 2011, and earn your chance to visit the Blizzard headquarters and meet the writers and staff behind the lore of Blizzard's games and books. (And probably save the world, too!*)
- Grand Prize: The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Blizzard's headquarters in Southern California, where you'll meet and eat with the Blizzard writing staff. In addition, you'll receive a Doomhammer™ hammer by Epic Weapons and copies of the StarCraft Archive, the Diablo Archive, the Warcraft Archive, the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, and World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War. All books will be signed by Chris Metzen, their respective cover artists, and the Creative Development Publishing team.
- Runners-up: Seven runners-up will each receive copies of the StarCraft Archive, the Diablo Archive, the Warcraft Archive, the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, and World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War. All books will be signed by Chris Metzen, their respective cover artists, and the Creative Development Publishing team.
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First Dota 2 Trailer Released
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In advance of The International, the inaugural Dota 2 Championships at Gamescom from August 17-21, Valve has released the game's first trailer. Dota 2, an action game which incorporates elements of real time strategy and role playing games, will feature a roster of over 100 heroes, integrated voice chat, and AI bots to step in when human players are disconnected.
Experience the world and heroes of Dota 2 through the narrative of its colorful shopkeeper.Dota 2 will be available for the Mac and PC later this year. Learn more at the link below.
Dota 2 Trailer
The International features the 16 best Dota teams in the world competing in the Dota 2 Championships through a group stage, double elimination playoff format over the course of Cologne's five-day trade show.
The tournament will be broadcast in four languages (Chinese, German, Russian, and English) free of charge. The winning team will receive $1 million. In addition to the cash prizes awarded by Valve, NVidia is providing all the hardware for the event.
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Football Manager 2012 Announced
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Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe have unveiled the latest version of their football management simulation series, Football Manager 2012. Planned to be in stores before Christmas, Football Manager 2012 will once again allow players to take charge of their favorite soccer team and put their managerial skills to the test.
“We’re delighted to finally be able to start talking about Football Manager 2012” said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. “It’s another year of evolution, with some revolution thrown in for good measure so we’re pretty sure our dedicated communities, and hopefully lots of new people too, get to play and enjoy the game when it’s released later in the year.”Check out the links below to read more.
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Counting over 800 new features, not including changes to the rules of the games 50+ leagues, Football Manager 2012 promises to be the most realistic, immersive and playable football management simulation ever for any fan who has ever dreamed of making the big decisions, both on and off the field.
Key new & improved features for Football Manager 2012:
Transfers & Contracts – significant changes to the transfer and contract systems, including loyalty bonuses, better implementation of amateur and youth contracts, an improved transfer centre and the ability to lock areas of the contract negotiation when you aren't prepared to budge. This helps you to manage your budgets and gives you flexibility in what you offer money hungry players, or agents, as incentives.
Scouting improvements – using several real life scouting reports, a new in-game report has been devised which includes squad analysis, tactics information and information about goals scored and conceded alongside lots of other scouting improvements, giving you all the information you need to prepare before kick-off and throughout the season.
3D Match Improvements – new animations, a whole new crowd system, improved weather system, more stadiums, plus two brand new cameras - "Behind Goal" and "Director Cam" as well as all other camera angles being reversible - meaning you can watch and analyse every aspect of every game.
Manage Anywhere, Anytime – the ability to add or take away playable nations in your saved game as often as you want. Manage in that country at the start of the next season- meaning you don’t have to stay in the nations which are chosen by you to be playable at the start of your career.
Tone – a whole new level has been added to team talks and conversations, with the new tone system, which allows you to specify the way you want to say things – be as cool as a cucumber by saying things calmly or throw tea cups around by saying things with passion. There are 6 different tones to choose from with specific comments per tone.
Intelligent Interface – a new adaptive layout system, which means the higher your screen resolution, the more info is easily at your fingertips. The new interface also contains new filters, customisable columns, a new tactics screen, and lots of new overview screens.
Brand New Tutorial – standing separate from the main game, a mode to help new players find their way around the game easily, whilst also offering tips to experienced managers on how to get the most out of the game, as well as a new in-game “how to” system.
On top of these key innovations, there are lots of areas of the game that have had huge improvements, such as the media system, press conferences, the youth system, newgens, the social networking options, friendlies, international management and many more which will be detailed in a series of video blogs over the coming months, alongside more information about Football Manager 2012.
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LEGO Universe Free To Play Zone Debuts
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The LEGO Group has unveiled the new Free to Play Zone for LEGO Universe. Players can now enjoy the brick-building MMO for as long as they like, with the option to upgrade to a ten dollar membership account at any time to receive access to the full game. The game allows players to create their own custom LEGO minifigure and venture forth to combat the Maelstrom, join with friends to complete missions, and collect bricks to build imaginative creations.
The LEGO Universe free-to-play experience offers a selection of game content, including two adventure zones and one player property area for building your own virtual LEGO models as well as access to thousands of other players' Properties. Paying members will have access to all areas in the full game, along with membership benefits such as competitions and community events. In addition to the 15+ robust adventure zones and instances as well as 5+ property worlds currently in-game, access to new expansions, like major Ninjago content coming later this year, will require players to register for full membership.Head over to the site below for more information.
LEGO Universe Free To Play Zone
Here’s a list of all the cool stuff Free to Play players can do in LEGO Universe:
- Custom build one LEGO hero
- Interact with in-game friends
- Collect up to 10,000 coins
- Earn Universe Score to level up
- Play through The Venture Explorer
- Play through Avant Gardens
- Join the Nexus Force
- Sample Faction Gear
- Play the Survival mini-game
- Claim the Avant Gardens Block Yard Property
- Fight the Spider Queen
- Place LEGO models you have collected
- Build LEGO models of your own
- Bring LEGO models to life
- Visit thousands of other players’ Properties
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