As reported in the OC Register, it’s time again for BlizzCon, the gathering of video game fanatics in Anaheim. Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment sold out about 20,000 tickets to the event, which starts Nov. 8, in typical fashion – practically the moment they went on sale in April. Many of the fans storming the Anaheim Convention Center will be decked out in head-to-toe costumes of characters from the company’s popular gaming franchises, including “Starcraft,” “Warcraft” and “Diablo.”
Blizzard will stream for free online the opening ceremony, which typically includes the announcement of previously guarded secrets about new and upcoming projects, as well as the culmination of a yearlong “Starcraft II” tournament series. For a $40 streaming ticket, you can remotely check in on developer panels, interviews, costume and talent contests, and the closing ceremony, which will include a performance by Blink-182.
In announcing the punk rock band as the closing act, Blizzard asked fans not to attend BlizzCon in the nude (the music video for Blink-182’s hit “What’s My Age Again?” features them running naked through the streets): “Anaheim city ordinances strictly forbid the band from running naked through the streets around the convention center. BlizzCon attendees are kindly asked to adhere to the same policy.”
The virtual ticket includes the exclusive in-game goodies for Blizzard’s latest games, which also come with a ticket to the event itself.
Blizzard, which is largely known for PC games such as “World of Warcraft,” in September released its first console game in years, “Diablo III.” It is also working on a mobile, virtual card-trading game, “Hearthstone,” that’s like the popular “Magic: The Gathering.” That will be released for the iPad as well as PCs and Macs. Gamers might also hear more about a years-old Hollywood plan to make a big-budget, live-action movie around the “Warcraft” franchise.
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