Just when I think my previous post had the new Tech, Geek and Gamer news, a bunch of new things decide to happen.
Blizzard breaks silence on Nostalrius shutdown
For weeks we have been waiting on Blizzard’s official response to their unpopular (though not unexpected) decision to force the shutdown of the unofficial Vanilla World of Warcraft server.
The response? The shutdown was to protect their intellectual property.
Also, running a classic server would be difficult, according to executive producer J. Allen Brack, but apparently the idea of a vanilla server has been a hot topic of discussion of late at the Blizzard headquarters. Supposedly they have contacted the creators of the Nostalrius server in regards to this.
“So what can we do to capture that nostalgia of when WoW first launched? Over the years we have talked about a “pristine realm”. In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion.” -J. Allen Brack
This could mean two things; either Blizzard is finally taking all the fan requests for vanilla servers seriously, or they want to better explain as to why such an endeavor would ultimately fail. At least the lines of communication are open, and fans aren’t getting shut down for voicing their opinions on what they would like to see (translation, will throw money at to play).
Considering the lagging subscriber numbers, the former would be a great way to rekindle peoples’ love of WoW and recover some of that subscriber cash flow.
New Zelda title delayed
Originally, the new Zelda title, referred to on fan forums as Zelda U, was expected later this year. However, Nintendo announced it will now be delayed until 2017, to launch simultaneously alongside the new console, NX. Wii U owners can still play the title, but it will also be offered on the new console. Nintendo reps on Twitter also mentioned the delayed launch will allow for more fine tuning of the title.
Seeing as how the NX is slated for release in March of next year, Zelda can’t be too far behind. Wonder if Nintendo will release a Zelda bundle?
Nintendo goes mobile
No, not with another Game Boy. Nintendo is moving into the mobile app market. Makes sense to me, really. It’s a huge market, and as most Nintendo clone games are quickly quashed by hitman that is the Nintendo legal department, a bonafide, supported game would be nice to see.
Considering Nintendo’s experience with touchpads, they may be a bit better at porting their titles to smart devices.
RIP my battery life.
TGG hits Calgary Expo!
Shameless plug, but I do not care.
The guys and I will be roaming the halls of the Calgary Expo this Saturday, interviewing con goers and cosplayers alike. If you want to be on the show, come find us! This may be the last time the Generalissimo, Stan Lee, comes to the Expo, as it’s rumored that he will be retiring from the circuit after this season.
Also, some of my favorite webcomic creators will be there, like The Devils Panties and Canadian-made Least I Could Do/Looking for Group! Although this year, I have to try to abstain from blowing the bank on comics, retro games and pointless fun geekery.
Hope to see you there!