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12:41Woo! (Sort of) working Internet!12:41We've still got about 20 minutes till the opening ceremony begins, and TONS of people are still pouring in. Lots of loud, dramatic World of Warcraft music playing.12:42I'm actually only a couple of seats back from the front in the press section, which is pretty rad. Elaborate stage setup with a bunch of different screens.12:43I've got Internet working here, but it's slow, so bear with me through any delays.12:44Also, I always forget how international Blizzard's fanbase is. There's a German dude to my left, a bunch of guys who sou12:44*sound like they're speaking Russian to my right, and a whole row of Australians in front of me.12:47WHAT IS THAT NERD SMELL? Oh, it's EVERYONE HERE. ...including me. :(12:49Things I did not do before coming to the convention center that I should have: eaten. Think anyone here could put down a fish feast?12:49(Just a little bit of World of Warcraft humor for you all. I'll be here all day.)12:58'Our show is about to begin.' They want cell phones off. Whoops! 1:00Lights darkened. We're starting up. Trailer playing1:01 Intro trailer showing off all Blizzard's properties. Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Cataclysm.1:01Artist from World of Warcraft team is on stage.1:01He guarantees we'll make friends here. I HAD BETTER MAKE FRIENDS HERE.1:02 Just some boring blizzcon stuff right now. He's going over "appropriate audience reactions"1:03#1 is basically a golf clap. "Courtesy clap" he calls it. "If you're really not sure what Mike just said, but you're just happy to be here."1:03This artist guy is pretty weird. I LIKE IT.1:04"I want you to be as loud as you can. I want them to hear it all the way back in Korea."1:04Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime taking the stage!1:05Morhaime says Blizzard fans are the most passionate and creative gamers everywhere.1:06Mike points out how they're launching two games in one year -- StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. A bunch of other milestones for Blizzard this year.
1:06"If we took every World of Warcraft player and lined them up to go to Disneyland, we would hit max capacity at the park for five months straight."1:07(Disneyland is real close to the Anaheim convention center.)1:07Blizzard was founded the year that Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released.1:08Mike is thanking the fans for keeping Blizzard on their toes and "elevating gaming throughout the world." He's asking us to applaud myself. NICE WORK, PHIL!1:08Over 100,000 people are watching via the DirectTV stream. They could've just watched this liveblog for free!1:09Whoa, Blizzard is releasing a bunch of free Starcraft II custom game modes including...BLIZZARD DOTA. Gauntlet thrown down to Valve.1:10Those new StarCraft 2 game modes will be shown off at BlizzCon for the first time.1:10Blizz donated $1.1 million to the Make-a-Wish foundation based off people buying the Pandaren pet on their World of Warcraft pet store.1:11Mike asked everyone to scream "For the Horde." Then "Is the Alliance here? Just checking." Yeahg1:11*Yeah, screw the Alliance.1:12Putting a Moonkin Hatchling charity pet on sale in the coming months. They're also going to auction off server hardware and donate 100% of the proceeds to charity.1:12The Lich King has been killed 489,000 times in World of Warcraft. Poor guy!1:13"First time since 1998 that we will have launched two games in one year." He calls it a "double rainbow year."1:13StarCraft 2's "Ghost of the Past" trailer was the most viewed video on YouTube that week. "For one glorious week, the Terran marines managed to beat Justin Bieber."1:14More than 91 million ranked StarCraft II matches played on the new Battle.net since launch.1:15Talking StarCraft e-sports now. Some player named "Fruit Dealer" won $90,000. StarCraft fans probably know this already. Fruit Dealer.1:15Highlight reel of Blizzard moments from the past year beginning with Blizzcon 2009. That's like this, except for last year! And Geoff Keighley!1:16Last year's Blizzcon had some pretty major announcements (especially Cataclysm) as this video is reminding. I wonder if any of the announcements here will live up to it.1:17StarCraft II launch is now being shown off on the highlight reel. People were excited about that launch, apparently.1:18Now showing off some clips from StarCraft II and World of Warcraft tournaments.1:18Fruit Dealer.1:18Fruit Dealer WINS!!!!1:19Fruit Dealer and some other StarCraft 2 competitive players are here at Blizzcon and will be playing an exhibition match.1:19StarCraft II, Warcraft 3, and WoW arena tournaments taking place this weekend. $200,000 being given away this weekend.1:21Mike's mostly just talking about different stuff that will be going on at Blizzcon. Costume contest, Tenacious D concert, etc.1:22A "near-final version" of Cataclysm will be playable here.1:23Just announced: will be able to pre-order and download the Cataclysm expansion directly from Blizzard so you can have it ready to play the moment they turn the servers on .1:24Major update on Diablo coming up! Chris Metzen taking the stage1:24Metzen called walking onto the stage "very American Idol." "I feel like Bono."1:25"I need to slow down because my brain is running way too fast." He's going to throw words out at us.1:26"Horde" "Diablo" "Alliance" "StarCraft" - lots of shouting1:27Except for "Alliance" - there was booing then.1:27Metzen says he has cotton mouth. Is he on drugs?! Fifth word coming up.1:27"Fairly contentious" word...1:29The fifth word is "Geek". What?
1:29"This word is power. This word is identity." Walking through "illustrations of what this word means to some of us."1:30Showing slides of what "geek is." First slide is Transformers.1:30A D&D die1:31Conan the Barbarian. He's doing a terrible Schwarzenegger impression.1:31Captain America.1:31Samurai Shodown - "The greatest fighting game ever made. Get off me, Street Fighter"1:32 Star Wars, Joust, G.I. Joe. "Action figures with kung-fu grip. Screw your iPod, that's the greatest technology in the world."1:33Batman, The Matrix, some Gundam-looking thing, Spider-Man1:34Doom! Hell yeah, was just talking about how awesome Doom still is last night. Man, that game is awesome.1:34Thor. Metzen says he can't wait for the Thor movie. "That's why Thrall got a magic hammer."1:35Still doing the "geek is" thing. Showing Everquest now. huh. "None of us, and none of this would be here without Everquest."1:36 Wonder when they'll actually get into Blizzard properties. Made a greast Avatar joke about how Na'vi are night elf rip-offs.1:38"Geek is" Lord of the Rings. "the story that started it all."1:38"Geek is" Superman. With so many superheroes getting shout-outs, Aquaman better damned well get his own slide.1:39"Geek is" segment is done. Now onto the Diablo III news?1:40Metzen says the point is that despite how Blizzard can feel like big business, the "truest spirit of Blizzcon" is "our collective geekiness -- imagination, sharing games and ideas with friends, having fun, inspiration"1:41"With all of that having been said, we've got some business to discuss."1:41Fifth and final class for Diablo III is about to be announced!1:42A new trailer to announce the last class is rolling.1:42 Dead bodies lying around. Hooded figure looking at them. Touching their wounds.1:42"Someone survived" she says and goes running.1:43She finds survivor. "You probably ran until you couldn't take another step. I remember that feeling."1:43"As long as I'm here, they are the prey, and I am the hunter."1:44 Crazy acrobatics while shooting monsters with a crossbow.1:44 Super-powerful ranged class. Looks like a lot of fun.1:45"I stand alone, and if they keep coming, I will never stop killing."1:45 The final cass is "Demon Hunter"1:45 Demon hunter will be playable at Blizzcon demo stations. "Diablo fans, this isn't the only thing we have for you today."1:46 Diablo III will have PvP battle arenas as well. another video is playing to show them off.1:46 I wonder if they'll have the same problem WoW does with balancing for PvP versus regular play or if classes will operate differently in arenas.1:47 Looks like 3v3 team battles1:48 Metzen says PvP arenas will be demoed this weekend as well. Sweet.1:48 They're going to play the Cataclysm cinematic trailer that got released earlier this week.1:50 Doing some crazy sound-and-light show stuff to introduce the trailer. the floor is actually rumbling. Pretty awesome.1:50 (Of course it's possible that the huge earthquake we've been waiting for has just hit L.A. at a perfectly coincidental time.)1:51 If you haven't yet, look this trailer up. It's posted on GI earlier in the week. Really awesome seeing Deathwing mess up Azeroth.1:53 Opening ceremony is done! I should be back in 10-15 minutes for the Diablo gameplay panel. Stay tuned!
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