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Blizzcon 2011 Recap: What You Missed

Featuring Jay Mohr, Adrianne Curry and The Foo Fighters

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A foreboding tune marched through the air as a mist-filled, dimly-lit Anaheim Convention Center held the 6th annual Blizzcon, hosted by popular video game developers, Blizzard Entertainment. This year topped record attendance numbers as nearly 10,000 exuberant fans lined up to hear anything from the tight lipped mouths of Blizzards’ “wizards.”

Blizzard Entertainment, the game developers behind World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo, are notorious for keeping their plans veiled in mystery, and their audience searching for any news of their future plans. Tickets for this year’s event sold out in less than ten minutes, with ticket prices averaging $175. Blizzard tried to soothe those misfortunate fans that missed out by offering live-streaming coverage online for under $50.

On the video game front, this year Blizzcon announced the StarCraft II expansion, Heart of the Swarm.  Meanwhile, Diablo III, which was originally set for release in 2011, is now set for release in 2012.  The biggest announcement from Blizzard was introducing World of Warcraft's newest race (similar to the human race) Pandaeren. 

With tons of up and coming techno geeks clamoring to their door, it’s no wonder why Blizzard can afford to hire only the best game developers.  Least we forget the millions of fans that are standing by with baited breath to get their hands on any beta version and are only too happy to give the designers tips on how to make their games play even better.

A sentimental moment occurred during a Q & A session for World of Warcraft when a fan ruminated, “I started with vanilla (first edition WOW) 7 years ago and I want to thank you for doing this so long that it allowed my kids to be old enough to now play the game with me.” Additional highlights included: game tournaments with prizes ranging up to $100,000, and the annual costume contest hosted by comedian Jay Mohr. The popular rock band, Foo Fighters also performed for attendees, ending Blizcon 2011 on a high note

For  those, “non- gamers” Blizcon is not just a fad or a temporary phase, it's a culture.  A culture that has been steadily growing since the early 1980s.  It's not just a bunch of mushroom kids playing in their parents basement.  It's all walks of life, all ages and in every country around the world. 

I wasn't always a gamer but I love World of Warcraft, and I'm no longer afraid to admit it.  As a former model, cheerleader and outdoor enthusiast, I am now a self professed geek and proud of it!