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

A portrait of Winema

Winema Farstrider

My friend Obsidian from Extralife Radio and Commissioned Comic created this amazing portrait of my main WoW toon, Winema. He’s doing his semi-regular COMMISSIONATHLON, which he explains on his site:

Simply put, the ‘Thlon is an event I created where I try to produce at least 1 piece of fantasy art a day for several weeks. The whole production process is recorded by use of a webcam and each resulting video is posted on the internet, along with the resulting art piece. All the images made are art commissions.

He also shows how he sketches and paints everything live on Ustream, so you can see how the whole thing is created!

Anyhow, I think she looks wonderful. For the Horde!

The WoW Pod both frightens and intrigues me

According to their press coverage, the WoW Pod has been on almost every single tech news site that exists. Yet somehow, I haven’t heard of it. Either the Internet has failed me, or I’ve been playing too much WoW to read the news.

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According to their webpage:

Inside, the gamer finds him/herself comfortable seated in front of the computer screen with easy-to-reach water, pre-packaged food, and a toilet conveniently placed underneath his/her custom-built throne.

When hungry, the gamer selects a food item (‘Crunchy Spider Surprise’, ‘Beer Basted Ribs’, etc.) and a seasoning pack. By scanning in the food items, the video game physically adjusts a hot plate to cook the item for the correct amount of time. The virtual character then jubilantly announces the status of the meal to both the gamer and the other individuals playing online: “Vorcon’s meal is about to be done!” “Better eat the ribs while they’re hot!” etc.

But…. would you use it? Would I use it? I think it could be an interesting experiment to try for a few days, but I’m pretty sure Ryan wouldn’t let me have one at home (I’m at the computer enough as it is).

The WoW Pod, created at MIT, will be on display until September 2009. Hopefully I’ll get out to the Boston area to see it!