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Blizzard to add new World of Warcraft character in honor of Robin Williams
“Arguably one of, if not the most, funniest man to ever walk the earth, the loss of Mr. Williams is felt worldwide with a collective intake of disbelief and crushing sadness,” a petition from grieving fans to video game studio Blizzard reads. “Because of his presence in our community, we the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian.”
Williams was famously a fan of the massively multiplayer online role playing game.

Blizzard to add new World of Warcraft character in honor of Robin Williams

“Arguably one of, if not the most, funniest man to ever walk the earth, the loss of Mr. Williams is felt worldwide with a collective intake of disbelief and crushing sadness,” a petition from grieving fans to video game studio Blizzard reads. “Because of his presence in our community, we the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian.”

Williams was famously a fan of the massively multiplayer online role playing game.

Meet the first 18 heroes from Blizzard's 'Heroes of the Storm'

One of the big focuses of BlizzCon, Blizzard’s annual party in Anaheim, has been the new title Heroes of the Storm. The game boasts four different objective-based game modes and an interesting new take on the multiplayer online battle arena genre.

No one has yet taken an extensive look at one of the most important facets of the game: The roster. With that in mind, let’s look at all 18 heroes included in the BlizzCon-alpha version of Heroes.

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After 3 years, Blizzard's 'Heroes of the Storm' aims to change a genre

In eSportsLeague of Legends is king and Dota 2 is the only contender to the throne. The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre boasts tens of millions of players, hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, and the biggest eSports events on the planet.

Blizzard has fallen behind. The publisher of StarCraft II, which ruled the world of eSports just two years ago, is now banking on a new title to tap into the lucrative MOBA genre and win back a big piece of the pie.

Like most Blizzard games, Heroes of the Storm has been a long time in the making.

First revealed at BlizzCon 2010, Blizzard’s version of Dota has gone through at least three separate evolutions and delays. Heroes of the Storm was originally aStarCraft II modification designed mostly to show off that game’s powerful map editor. As late as 2012, developers hoped to release it with StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm as a custom game downloadable through the Battle.net arcade system.

It transformed into a standalone title as its popularity with Blizzard employees and fans increased. Although Blizzard employees visibly try very hard to not say the words “Dota" or "League of Legends,” the ascent of those games undoubtedly moved Blizzard to try their hand in the space.

As of a year ago, Blizzard’s internal timeline aimed for a closed beta in September 2013 and and open beta by March 2014, according to a former Blizzard employee. 

That’s another deadline missed. But with the first public playtesting taking place at BlizzCon this weekend and the closed beta signups finally launching on Friday for 20,000 BlizzCon attendees, Heroes of the Storm is slowly nearing launch. Beta will launch in the first half of 2014.

The MOBA genre owns the two biggest eSports ever and a few dozen other games that haven’t made nearly as big an impact. How can Blizzard make its offering distinct from what’s already out there?

Visually, Blizzard is taking its traditional art style—”Big, huge heroes. Over the top stuff. 15-year-old characters that people know really well,” said art director Sam Didier—even more over the top. 

Working in the StarCraft II engine, Blizzard’s art team has significantly upgraded the art quality for their new game. And, in contrast to StarCraft II's relatively dark realism, expect the new title have a much more fun, humorous look to it.

"We want to make it a fun party game," said Didier. 

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"As we all are concerned about how to combat snow while maintaining appearance, talk of snow boots and sneakers were top choices," Freddy Rodriguez told the Daily Dot. "My thoughts are to embrace the storm as an added unique experience to remember my fashion week with Tumblr. Storm or not, fashion week must go on!"

- Tumblr’s Fashion Week bloggers brave Winter Storm Nemo


colehaan:

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"As we all are concerned about how to combat snow while maintaining appearance, talk of snow boots and sneakers were top choices," Freddy Rodriguez told the Daily Dot. "My thoughts are to embrace the storm as an added unique experience to remember my fashion week with Tumblr. Storm or not, fashion week must go on!"

- Tumblr’s Fashion Week bloggers brave Winter Storm Nemo

colehaan:

E Train, 14th Street, 6:08pm

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