Blizzard Entertainment’s President and co-founder, Mike
Morhaime, publically apologized today for the company’s Blizzcon ticket
buying meltdown. Tickets to the fan convention were scheduled to start
on Monday after midnight, but website and other server crashes delayed
that until late morning. Crashes continually brought down the ticket
buying site for the next two days until Blizzard suddenly closed
sales. Morhaime posted his apology on the World of Warcraft homepage
and said 3000 extra tickets will now be sold on a lottery system.
Unlike previous Lara Croft models that mostly came from the world of
fashion or acting, the new face of Tomb Raider: Underworld has a
Analyst Opinion - I was watching the Olympics over the weekend and
couldn’t help but cheer when the US swim team beat the French. Going
in, the U.S. team was clearly overmatched – yes, they had a couple
strong swimmers, but as a team they were underpowered. The French
team, feeling deservedly confident, publically disparaged the U.S. team
and indicated they would “smash” the U.S. team. Well, that isn’t what
happened, now is it? In fact the victory likely wouldn’t have been
anywhere near as sweet had the French been a bit more modest. In that
sense, I couldn’t help but think of the initial reaction of the Apple
faithful to the WSJ article on Dell’s new MP3 strategy. Apple’s FUD
machine seemed to go overtime, particularly after it learned that I had
been briefed and provided a few minutes of feedback on the product.
Shutterfly, an Internet veteran that sports an online photo site, is
going Web 2.0 as it plunges into a new social network offering. The
company is calling this new offering Shutterfly Share Sites.
Does the idea of a cheap iPhone 3G case make you think twice about wrapping your new phone in it? How about if the case were set with diamonds and projected to cost you around $15,000? That's the idea of this new Diamond Case from Noreve.
Universal is challenging Apple’s iTunes with a new music service dubbed
Total Music. The site provide free, ad-supported music streaming,
allowing anyone to embed the service on their own site. Its goal: To
Electronic Arts today announced that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
will go live in next month and will be marketed via various
subscription models that will cost at least $13 per month.
Video game stores in Thailand have pulled
copies of the popular Grand Theft Auto IV game off their shelves after
a teenager murdered a taxi cab driver. 19-year-old Polwat Chino told
police he was trying to recreate a scene from the game by robbing a cab
driver and then stealing his car. Chino was caught after putting the
car in reverse and losing control.
Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Scrabulous
has been reborn into Wordscraper. Two days ago, the Facebook game was
momentarily felled by the legal arrows fired by Hasbro’s attorneys and
hopefully this new game is just different enough to appease the toy
giant. Wordscraper features circle tiles, different point values for
letters and customizable boards. So far the game is a hit on Facebook
with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars and 3500 daily active
You can build almost any creature with Spore’s Creature Creator, but
the creators of the upcoming game are now banning people who’ve gone a
bit too far in their creativity – namely in making obscene creatures.
Due to hit store shelves this fall, the Spore game is a collaboration
between legendary game designer Will Wright and Electronic Arts.
Players have almost unlimited flexibility in building their own
creatures and that flexibility includes making creatures that resemble
giant penises and breasts.
OCZ is promoting its innovative OCZ NIA gaming
controllers in unique way: gamers using the headset in nearly 45 LAN
parties in Europe and North America will have a chance to win thousands
of dollars in prizes. The inaugural tournaments will be held at this
week’s QuakeCon (Dallas, TX), Digital Storm (Vancouver, BC) and CmaxX
Enlarged in Germany.
It time for a new round of Apple rumors. Apple is widely expected to
refresh its iPod lineup in August. There is your usual set of rumors
out there with some interesting thoughts on likely changes and
upgrades. Sources seem to agree that the upgrades will more
evolutionary than evolutionary, which, if the sources are correct, may
be surprising as Apple’s iPod sales growth shows signs of a slowdown
and the company could need a new blockbuster media player rather sooner
LG today said that it will introduce a new Blu-ray player that will
come with Netflix streaming capability out of the box. LG lately has
been much more aggressive than most of its rivals in adopting new and
bridging multiple technologies, so this new player makes a lot of sense
for the company. But, we wonder, does this new player also offer an
offlne-online HD format battle in a box and what does this all mean for