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Bronze Orc statue footage via GametrailersTV


We've already seen pictures of Blizzard's bronze Orc statue finally arriving on their campus courtesy of the OCRegister, but Gametrailers TV has done one better: Video.

The clip, while brief, has really been making the rounds through the community. I can see why! Even though it's only a short glimpse, it gives a much better sense of scale than pictures did. It's some fairly heavy duty equipment swinging the pieces of the statue around! It's really a shame that Blizzard (or someone doing it on their behalf) didn't film the whole thing for us to watch, I really would have loved to have seen it. This statue has been hyped up quite a bit for awhile now, it's sort of a shame that the 'ceremony' wasn't very easy for most of us to see.

My favorite line about this particular statue came from Mike Morhaime at BlizzCon 08, long before it actually appeared on their campus. I don't remember the exact quote anymore, but he said something to the effect of, 'The statue is going to be cast from solid bronze. Long after all of us are dead, that statue will still be floating around somewhere. Thousands of years from now, an archeologist will dig it up and think to themselves, 'Wow, humans were ugly back then.'

Many thanks to everyone that's sent this link in over the last day or so!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard

Blizzard artists join Laguna art school faculty

A few days ago, Gadgetress at ocregister.com wrote about the perks of attending the Laguna College of Art & Design, or more specifically, being on board their new video game program. Thanks to a well connected chair of the Game Art major, artists from Blizzard Entertainment, Dreamworks Animation, and Double Helix Games are on staff. Gadgetress also talks about a few students in particular, as well as Blizzard's new University Relations program.

Personally, I can't think of many companies better than Blizzard or Dreamworks to have a hand in educating upcoming artists on the industry. Both of them are quite good at developing distinct, marketable styles, and obviously the individuals on staff have extensive experience in the industry. Considering this college is located near the Blizzard Campus, it's likely many of the individuals in this program have dreams of working for that particular company. Being taught by the very people you'd like to one day work with must be way cool.

Filed under: Odds and ends, Blizzard

The family that games together stays together

We've covered the topic of family members gaming together before, but Sonya Smith, Gadgetress of the OCRegister, brings an interesting story about it to light, which she learned about on her tour through Blizzard's new HQ.

Like our own Amanda Dean, J. Allen Brack, senior producer over at Blizzard Entertainment, plays World of Warcraft with one of his parents. Unlike Amanda Dean, his relationship is paternal. Brack relocated to California from Texas two and a half years ago to take his position at Blizzard, moving away from his family. Interested in the work his son had taken up, Brack's father began playing the game himself, having never been a gamer prior to that. Now they use the game as a way to spend quality time together, half a country apart.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard

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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Filed under: Blizzard, News items

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