The Ninth Circle #10: The Best Part II: Game Companies

The Best Part II: Games Companies

The last column looked at a few games which I felt stood out from the rest of the crowd. This time, I’m looking at games companies. Don’t worry, I’m not simply going to repeat the publishing companies of the three games listed in part 1; that would be trite, as well as making this a pointless read. No, the companies here are different, and their inclusion is not based on any single title.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #10: When a Patch Isn’t a Patch

When a Patch isn’t a Patch

Somewhere, just over the horizon, is the dangling carrot that motivates me to click on the link to Blizzard.com every morning just after I check my e-mail. It doesn?t take long. I?ve been doing it for so long now that I don?t even think about it anymore. I just ?click? and within a few seconds I know that patch 1.10 for D2 isn?t released yet and then I drive on with the rest of my day. But, one of these days, hopefully sooner than later, I?ll be calling in sick to work on my cellular phone while downloading the patch on my regular telephone and my Diablo II fever will come out of remission.

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Fortuitous Ephiphaneia #10: When a Patch Isn’t a Patch

When a Patch isn’t a Patch

Somewhere, just over the horizon, is the dangling carrot that motivates me to click on the link to Blizzard.com every morning just after I check my e-mail. It doesn?t take long. I?ve been doing it for so long now that I don?t even think about it anymore. I just ?click? and within a few seconds I know that patch 1.10 for D2 isn?t released yet and then I drive on with the rest of my day. But, one of these days, hopefully sooner than later, I?ll be calling in sick to work on my cellular phone while downloading the patch on my regular telephone and my Diablo II fever will come out of remission.

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The Ninth Circle #9: The Best Part I: Games

The Best Part I: Games

In spite of the title, this is not meant to be a “one true list” of the best in any category. The next two installments (yes, it?s another 3-part series) will look at companies and individuals within the computer games industry.

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The Ninth Circle #9: The Best Part I: Games

The Best Part I: Games

In spite of the title, this is not meant to be a “one true list” of the best in any category. The next two installments (yes, it?s another 3-part series) will look at companies and individuals within the computer games industry.

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Salem’s Fire #11: April 1st, Blizzard Style

April 1st, Blizzard Style

Tomorrow is April Fool?s Day, a day with a long and proud tradition in Blizzard history. More than any other company I know, Blizzard plays with April Fool?s Day. Last year was the epic announcement of the Pandaeran Empire, a new race in WarCraft 3. In June, debate was still raging as to whether the Pandaerans would actually be in the final game. Such is the legacy of Blizzard… the give us hoaxes we really want to believe, but after being tricked so many times before, how can we? Well, if you have not looked at the WarCraft 3: The Frozen Throne expansion pack sites lately, you might be surprised to learn that the Pandaerans, or at least one of them, has indeed made the cut. So, was Blizzard really kidding? Or did they make the joke so convincing even the programmers could not resist adding Pandas to the game? Only Blizzard knows.

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Salem’s Fire #11: April 1st, Blizzard Style

April 1st, Blizzard Style

Tomorrow is April Fool?s Day, a day with a long and proud tradition in Blizzard history. More than any other company I know, Blizzard plays with April Fool?s Day. Last year was the epic announcement of the Pandaeran Empire, a new race in WarCraft 3. In June, debate was still raging as to whether the Pandaerans would actually be in the final game. Such is the legacy of Blizzard… the give us hoaxes we really want to believe, but after being tricked so many times before, how can we? Well, if you have not looked at the WarCraft 3: The Frozen Throne expansion pack sites lately, you might be surprised to learn that the Pandaerans, or at least one of them, has indeed made the cut. So, was Blizzard really kidding? Or did they make the joke so convincing even the programmers could not resist adding Pandas to the game? Only Blizzard knows.

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