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  • 22Aug

    Cataclysm Class Changes Panel

    Later on during day one of Blizzcon, there was an interesting panel held regarding the classes in WoW. I was very intrigued by this since two new races and new class combinations were announced. Ghostcrawler opened up this panel, and we got to hear some very interesting things, some of which may cause you to panic. One of the first things that they talked about were the new races and going into some specifics regarding what their racials and their classes would be. Each of the new races will have some interesting racials, and I think that the Goblins have the better set. First off, Goblins will have Rocket Jump, which will alow them  jump 20 yards every two minutes and Rocket Barrage which launches your rockets from your belt at an enemy causing fire damage. They will also have Best Deals Anywhere, meaning that they will get the best

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  • 22Aug

    The Guild panel at Blizzcon

    One of the many panels that I was excited to see while at Blizzcon was The Guild. More recently known for the “Do You Want To Date My Avatar” song and video, The Guild is a story based on an online video game guild The Knights of Good. Written by Felicia Day the show centers around the in game and out of game lives of Codex (Felicia Day), Zaboo (Sandeep Parikh), Bladezz (Vincent Caso), Clara (Robin Thorsen), Vork (Jeff Lewis), and Tinkerballa (Amy Okuda). Now on their third season, The Guild has been increasing their fanbase steadily and shows great promise of continuing their rise in popularity. At their Blizzcon panel, they debued the first episode of season three that has some newcomers to the guild, including Wil Wheaton as a rival guild master who will be arching The Knights of Good. Season three looks just as promising and amusing

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  • 22Aug

    Guest Review: Passport to Perfume

    Platform: PC ESRB: E Genre: Time Management Number of Players: 1 Publisher: PlayFirst Release Date: 07/2009 Official Website The player takes on the role of Sophia, a young perfumer in training. The game opens in Brazil with Sophia and her father searching for rare ingredients to Marie Antoinette’s perfume. Tragically, a rock slide separates her from her father and he is presumed dead. Years later, a mysterious man brings her father’s long lost diary to her perfume shop which motivates her to renew the search for the lost ingredients to Marie Antoinette’s formula. As Sophia, the player must make and sell various perfumes to raise money to search for rare ingredients all over the world. Graphics: The graphics remind me a little of Japanese anime, with the large eyes and stylistic hair. Part of the game integrates a story board portion between trips which was a great touch. The game

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  • 22Aug

    World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

    Right after the live blog that we did (which again I apologize for being late for haha) I rushed my way down from the press room to go and attend the WoW panel about the next expansion, Cataclysm. In this expansion, Deathwing has escaped from the plane of Earth elements and destroyed Azeroth as we know it. Many areas have changed, and they showed shots of familiar sights to us which have changed drastically. The Barrens has been torn in half with a river of lava flowing down the center.Desolace, having had water restored, has blossomed into a lush green area. Auberdine has been destroyed and a new base established. I can only imagine what the other areas are going to look like. We will also finally be able to use flying mounts inAzeroth instead of just relying on gryphons for our travelling needs. We will also have access to

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  • 22Aug

    A Talk With President of Arkadium

    I had the opportunity a while ago to speak with Jessica Rovello, the President and co founder of Arkadium about the growth of their company, and the casual games market. Arkadium, and their subsidiary game site, Great Day Games, were founded in 2001 by a husband and wife team with their own 401K and a little bit of “elbow grease.” This means that they have no one (i.e. investors) to answer to in terms of design, process, or product. They specialize in making custom advergames – a term which describes a broad group of games such as a focus around which advertisements are built, or games that are advertisements themselves. They are great tools for advertisers because people stay with the ad longer when it’s a game. Arkadium creates advergames for some of the bigger media conglomerates, such as NBC, Lifetime, ESPN, CBS, ABC, National Geographic, and Hearst Publications. Ad

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