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Take a photo tour of Blizzard headquarters

Have you ever dreamed about what it's like to work for Blizzard Entertainment? Or at the very least, what it's like to visit the Blizzard headquarters in Irvine? Well, the folks at Gamesradar were invited for a tour, and luckily enough for us, they brought a camera along so we could tour right along with them.

If you've never seen the Blizzard campus before (i.e., if you missed Joystiq's 2009 tour of the Blizzard HQ), you're in for a treat. The place is definitely different from your run-of-the-mill office. At least, it's different from mine -- we don't exactly have a life-size statue of Thrall outside. And if Frostmourne is located somewhere in my office building, it must be in some supply closet I haven't looked through yet.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

"Employee only" bronze Orc and wolf statue finds its way onto eBay

Here's an eBay auction that might be worth watching: A rather spiffy looking bronze statue of an Orcish Wolf Rider. While the statue looks pretty awesome on its own, what's intriguing is the source: the seller claims that this is the statue created exclusively for Blizzard by WETA employed sculptors Eden Small and Daniel Cockersell. You may recall this article in the OC Register (Alex Ziebart reported on it for WoW Insider here), which mentions the commission of a 12 foot high version of this statue for the courtyard of their new headquarters, to be installed this summer.

Certainly, the statue looks pretty good, and it has an impressive pedigree. Daniel Cockersell himself has also created some pretty good looking Warhammer sculptures, and Small and Cockersell have also worked together on official merchandise for the upcoming Prince Caspian Movie and Doctor Who, among other things.

I'm not sure I'll have the money to get in on this auction, since I imagine it'll get pretty high, but I do sort of want to head down to Irvine this summer just to drool over the larger version. I'm sure it'll look pretty sweet if this smaller statue is any indication.

I have to admit to being curious as to which Blizzard employee decided they'd rather have a bit of extra pocket money instead of the statue, though, or if there's another reason that this statue has appeared on eBay, and from a seller in Ireland, at that.

[Thanks for the tip, Lim!]

Filed under: Orcs, Blizzard, News items

A peek at Blizzard's pimpin' new pad

Over at OCRegister, a news website for Orange County, there's an interesting little glimpse at Blizzard Entertainment's new HQ. While we don't get a full tour of the place, we do get a number of photos and some fun details.

The most interesting thing to me was their personal museum, which will include things such as the Emmy award that the South Park episode "Make Love Not Warcraft" won, and a bottle of Chardonnay from the debut night of Warcraft III. I'm sure that in no time at all, this museum is going to be packed full of cool things.

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