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Unofficial World of Warcraft, Starcraft Theme Parks Coming to China

Yes, Cosplayers.  You read that headline correctly.

A new amusement park being constructed in China, Joyland World, will have World of Warcraft and World of Starcraft themed areas.  The “Terrain of Warcraft” and “Universe of Starcraft” look pretty authentic based on the concept art. (Check it out after the jump.)
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Rumor: Diablo 3 Going Multi-Platform?

Speaking at a DICE conference today, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said that the company is at least considering bringing Diablo 3 to consoles.   Blizzard is definitively a PC developer, almost never designing games for console gaming – the last time was the original Diablo, which was ported to PS1.  In spite of their history, it seems that they’re reconsidering; “I think you could make an argument that a game like Diablo might play very well on a console,” said Morhaime, “It’s something that we’re actually doing an investigation into to see if that could make sense.”  That said, Morhaime said that there were many “issues” with making a console version of the game, mainly involving DLC and the effective use of patches.

Final verdict:  While it’s a nice thought, don’t hold your breath.

Via Joystiq

Starcraft II Dated

Blizzard announced today that Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty will be shipping around the world on July 27th.  Only 85 days to go…

Starcraft Kart – Best Starcraft II Mod Ever

Whats better than Starcraft II?  A Starcraft racing game!  Everdraed, a Starcraft II beta participant, built a map and organized a race, complete with “sweet-ass go karts”.

Genius.

Blizzard Bans Over 300,000 Cheaters From Battle.Net

Blizzard reported via press release yesterday that they have recently kicked 320,000 users off of Battle.Net for various breaches of the company’s terms of use while playing either Diablo II or Warcraft III.  For those you not familiar with Blizzard’s policies for cheaters, first time offenders’ Battle.Net accounts are put on hold for 30 days, while repeat offenders are permanently banned from the site.  Of course, all decisions made by Blizzard are final, so do not try and fight it if you’ve been banned:  They do not care.  That said, users are distinguished by the CD keys that come with the game, so getting banned really means you have to buy another copy in order to play online.

You know what freaks me about this more than anything else?  There are still 320,000 people still playing Diablo II and Warcraft III!?  Remember that, if 320,000 people were caught cheating, that means there are millions of players with active Battle.Net accounts playing those games.  Warcraft III is 8 years old, and Diablo turns 10 this summer:  In a medium so focused on the cutting edge and moving forward, it is amazing to see that ANY game, even ones as great as Diablo II and Warcraft III, still have such a large and devoted following.

Good for You, Blizzard.