BlizzCon Interviews

BlizzCon 2011 was amazing, and no matter what you think of the announcements (PANDAS!) there was plenty to talk about. The wonderful Scott Johnson of The Instance podcast sat in with me for three interviews during BlizzCon. If you’re a listener of his show, you may have heard some or all of them already, but here are the interviews in their entirety. Enjoy! And sorry for some of the background noise, we were in a location with a lot of other reporters also doing interviews.

BlizzCon 2011: Interview with John LaGrave for World of Warcraft

BlizzCon 2011: Interview with Tony Hsu for Starcraft 2

BlizzCon 2011: Interview with Jason Bender for Diablo III

Two new books to check out

Two people whose opinions and thoughts I value very highly have just released new books, and they’re doozies! Gary Vaynerchuk and Jane McGonigal write about very different subject matters; Gary talks about how you can take advantage of the current economy and new ways of reaching your audience to plant the seeds for your own success, while Jane explains that video games can actually help to make us better, more well rounded people, and possibly even change the world. In a good way, not the “we’re all going to turn into giant couch slugs with violent dispositions” kind of way.

Actually, I should let them speak for themselves:

Both of their books are currently available on Amazon, and they’re well worth the read.

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal

‘The Trashmaster’ brings machinima to the next level

The trashmaster (nouvelle version nouvelle voix-off !)
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I’ve seen a lot of good machinima (yes, I just admitted that) but this one really takes the cake. From Gamesradar:

Clocking in at 88-minutes, The Trashmaster took the french filmmaker over two years to create. It pairs GTA IV’s engine and assets with Weschler’s talented eye for cinematography to tell the dark tale of a trash collector who moonlights as a self-appointed ‘cleaner-upper’ of the ‘human trash’ of New York. When a particularly trashy serial killer starts targeting girls from his favorite strip club… well… you can watch the movie for yourself to find out how it all plays out.

Some of the lines are a little wonky, but that could have been dialog somewhat lost in translation from French. It’s just pretty mind-boggling to see what’s possible with a lot of patience and (obviously) talent. It made me want to pick up GTA IV again; it’s been a while since I’ve spent some quality time with Niko.

Hat tip: Ryan

Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition

I’ve been spending a lot of time with New Vegas this week, and so far I’m having a blast. It does feel a little bit like a giant expansion for Fallout 3, but in my mind that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The world is just insanely huge, and fans of Fallout 3 will be excited for all the new areas and characters that you’ll be meeting.

I’ve seen a lot of reviews complaining about bugs, and I’ve experienced a few here and there; though nothing that’s stopped me from playing the game or enjoying it (according to many sources, patches are coming soon). If you have any questions about my opinions so far, let me know in the comments! While you think that over, here are my images of the Collector’s Edition for the PS3.