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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

BlizzCon 2009 Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has announced plans for its fourth BlizzCon gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. BlizzCon is the company's celebration of the global player communities surrounding the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes. In response to interest in previous BlizzCons this year’s event has been expanded from three convention halls to four.

“We’ve been amazed by the incredible response to each of our previous BlizzCon events,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re pleased to be bringing the convention back to Anaheim this year, and we look forward to this new opportunity to meet Blizzard gamers from around the world.”

BlizzCon will offer a wide variety of activities throughout the two-day event. In addition to serving as a gathering place for Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, attendees will be able to enjoy:

• Hands-on play time with upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games
• Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers
• Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
• Community contests with great prizes
• Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes
• A silent auction
• More exciting activities and attractions to be announced
Check out the site below for further details, including ticket availability and pricing.

BlizzCon 2009
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Blox Released For iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has announced the release of a Blox for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch multimedia devices. The game challenges the speed and accuracy of the players' fingers and thumbs as they battle the clock to push flying blocks around the screen.

The player has one minute to score as many points as possible - during that minute, colored blocks will fly onto the screen from various directions. Each block has an arrow, and a point can be earned by physically pushing the block in the correct direction. Every ten points a bonus block will continuously regenerate. While the game goes on the player earns big points hectically flinging multiple blocks off the screen at fantastic speed.
Head over to the links below for more information about the game.

iTunes App Store: Blox

SlotZ Racer For iPhone Track Editor Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeverse has announced that SlotZ Racer for iPhone and iPod Touch has been updated to provide full integration with SlotZ Track Editor, the upcoming free iPhone app. SlotZ Track Editor will include the same track editor built into SlotZ Racer, with an added online track browser. When the Track Editor is released, SlotZ Racer will be allow any iPhone owner the chance to design their own tracks and racing environments.

Change List in SlotZ Racer version 1.1.1:

-Track code synchronization with SlotZ Track Editor (so it can send tracks directly to race in SlotZ Racer)
-Instant Track Downloads: Publish a track code online and a single click will launch that track in SlotZ Racer
-Bug fixes for track editing, CPU Oops setting saving and track emailing
-Various minor bug fixes
Visit the links below to learn more about Freeverse.

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iPhone App Store: SlotZ Racer

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Eschalon Book II: The Impact Of Weather Effects
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

A new addition to Basilisk Games' official forums provides more information about weather effects in the upcoming Eschalon: Book II. The second game in the company's "old school" RPG series will continue the storyline from the previous game and feature a variety of new skills, new creatures, and a larger world to explore.

Weather has an effect, but not in the sense that you can freeze to death or drop dead from heat stroke in the middle of the desert.

In Book II, weather has an effect on your Move Silently skill (this skill is enhanced during bad weather because your natural sounds are covered by wind and rain). However, it also gets very dark at night during a storm and torches can blow out- try relighting a torch in the rain; you are better off using magick light. We are working to adjust some spells during rain and snow conditions (what happens to Fireballs in the rain? Deep Freeze in a blizzard?). Ranged attacks with arrows and thrown weapons will suffer a penalty during windy conditions.

Overall, weather is meant to enhance the visual and audible realism of the game world and maybe force the player to alter their play style when an impending storm is coming (better hold up for the night in the Inn and head out in the morning- no need to wander the dark woods in the rain).
Visit the page listed below to read more.

Basilisk Games Forums: EB2 Weather
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