In this episode Flux interviews three fans who got hours of play time on the Diablo 3 demos at Blizzcon the past few years. The guests talk about their play experience, their favorite classes, what they liked best and worst, and much more.
Blizzard has posted Blizzcast #11. The Blizzcast is their in-house podcast, a presentation that sometimes includes new game info and screenshots. This one does not, at least not any Diablo imagery (well, there is one photo of the D3 machines at Blizzcon), and it’s 18:46 of community managers talking about the happenings back in August at Blizzcon. Present on this podcast are Rob Simpson from the eSports Team, as well as Diablo Community Manager Bashiok, Real-Time Strategy and StarCraft Community Manager Karune, and World of Warcraft Community Manager Nethaera.
It’s been a while since Blizzcon, and a while since we saw any reports from that event, but there’s a “new” one up on Game Shark. The write up is fairly brief, but if you crave all known Diablo 3 reportage, then you’ll want to check it out. A quote from page two:
GamerZines has posted part one (of three) of the transcript of their Blizzcon interview with Art Director Christian Lichtner and Lead Technical Artist Julian Love. They promise part 2 tomorrow, part 3 Wednesday, and then audio of the whole 15 minute session on Thursday. Here’s a quote from today’s installment.
There were a lot of requests for more quest details during last week’s live chats, so um…. here you go. Almost all of this is from my notes and memories of playing through the demo four times at this year’s Blizzcon, with supplemental details taken largely from the PAX gameplay reports by AERobinson and Zagreus. (The gameplay reports by general gaming sites are too lacking in details to be of any real use for this sort of detailed aticle.)
Perhaps the airlines lost someone’s luggage, since Gamasutra has just gotten around to posting the transcript of an interview they conducted with Kevin Martens and Julian Love at Blizzcon, four weeks ago. (Ironically, we interviewed the same 2 guys.) Late or not, it’s a nice interview, and while it doesn’t probe for new game info, it hits some interesting, general interest topics. Several questions on art design, coverage of Blizzard’s iterative design process, the non-death of PC gaming, stylized character design, and more. A quote:
We ran two live chats on Wednesday, with Leord, Elly, Medieval Dragon, and Flux on hand to answer your questions, based on the latest game info and the hours of play time we logged at this year’s BlizzCon. Each chat ran over 2 hours, with many hundreds of fans (and questions) in each session. Sorry if you missed out, but at least you can read the transcripts. Here’s the first chat transcript; click through to view the second one.
Blizzcon and Diablo 3 are (briefly) highlighted in the new issue of Thirteen, the digital gaming magazine. The Blizzcon coverage begins on page 23, with pages 28-29 devoted to Diablo 3. There’s not any Diablo info you haven’t already seen; the whole text is just a few paragraphs; but the flash-based, magazine-like format grants a novel feel to the proceedings…? (Use the pull down navigation on the lower left to skip right to the Blizzcon section.)
There have been a lot of requests for video of the Diablo 3 Art Panel from BlizzCon 2009. It’s not been posted anywhere before, so we tracked down the footage and we have now added it to IncGamers TV. The panel is split into two segments due to its length so check out BlizzCon 2009 Art Panel Part 1 and BlizzCon 2009 Art Panel Part 2 now on IncGamers TV.
Much has been posted about the first Diablo 3 panel from this year’s Blizzcon, which focused on the Heroes and Monsters. There are videos of the panel, and much has been written about the Monk info. There was some good stuff on other character spells, and on monster design as well. After all of that though, the last 10 minutes were devoted to questions from the audience, and of that I’ve seen zero coverage. It’s not included in the videos on YouTube, and if some site has posted the transcript, I’ve never seen it in my endless news searching…. which means it probably doesn’t exist.
Blizzard has posted the winners for their various Blizzcon contests. Check the winners page to see who won the Fan Art, Movie, Original Song, Costume, Sound Alike, and Dance contests. There are pictures of a lot of the winners, and while most of it’s WoW-related, a few talented fans took them on with Diablo-themed entries, and won!
It’s been a couple of weeks since Blizzcon and there’s been time to pore over our notes and video footage to cement our experiences in our minds. While the numerous hours of play time are still fresh in our heads we would like to hold a live Q&A session to answer any of your questions about the build that was on show. It’s a great opportunity to clarify any of your concerns or ask your own questions regarding your favourite class. Usually when we hold these chats they’re only convenient for the US and night owls but this time we shall hold 2 on the same day so as many people as possible can be involved. The chat will be next Wednesday, 16th September. The first will be at 19:00 BST (which is 20:00 CET and 11:00 PDT) and one 8 hours later that same day will be 19:00 PDT (2:00 BST, 3:00 CET).