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New StarCraft Ghost, World of Warcraft Information

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the peering-through-the-blizzard dept.

E3 44

The first day of E3 has wrested loose new information from Blizzard about its newer games, and they have a page up with dedicated links to the new content. World of Warcraft is sporting new trailers, wallpaper, screenshots, and a nice look at the capture-the-flag style Warsong Gulch Battleground. Meanwhile, Gabe and Tycho have allowed Nova out of the house, giving Blizz the opportunity to put up a new Starcraft:Ghost web site. The site contains a bevy of gameplay information, including multiplayer combat, psi powers, weaponry, vehicles, wallpapers, screens, art, and trailers. Update: 05/19 08:50 GMT by Z : Gamespot has some hands-on impressions of Ghost for you to check out.

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44 comments

obligatory PA (1)

Monkeman (827301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572133)

Re:obligatory PA (1, Funny)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572177)

You shut your fucking mouth. You son of a bitch. You shut your mouth and you never open it again.

Not that one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12572303)

This [somethingawful.com] or this [somethingawful.com] one.

But lets not forget their current [somethingawful.com] and insightful E3 coverage.

Re:Not that one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12574027)

Something Awful sucks ass. Long live Penny Arcade.

YOUR MOTHER IS AN OBLIGATORY CUNT (0, Flamebait)

Albert Pussyjuice (675113) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572933)

It's only obligatory to you because you're a fucking cockstain - as for the rest of us, we don't need a link to Penny Arcade in every single fucking article posted to the Games section.

Guess what dicklicker, a lot of the articles in the games section concern topics that have been mentioned in a Penny Arcade strip. Shit, the next story might be about the Xbox. You know those PA fucks have written a strip about the XBox - are you going to serve up the link? I hope you rot you worthless piece of trash.

Re:YOUR MOTHER IS AN OBLIGATORY CUNT (1)

Monkeman (827301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572997)

"cockstain" ... "dicklicker" Your opinion becomes more important when bad insults such as "lightning cunt" (some guy called me that on UT2k4 last night, it was weird) appear frequently.

Re:YOUR MOTHER IS AN OBLIGATORY CUNT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12574225)

Shut up cocklicker.

Re:YOUR MOTHER IS AN OBLIGATORY CUNT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12575158)

LightningCunt! Awesome, I think I just found my new Halo nick! Thanx.

Re:YOUR MOTHER IS AN OBLIGATORY CUNT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12580341)

Keep quiet cock socket.

Ghost = Halo 2 (2, Insightful)

Rethcir (680121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572163)

Is it me or is Starcraft: Ghost quickly becoming superseded by Halo 2? Basically everything I was looking forward to in Ghost (IE Cloaking and wielding gigantic plasma swords) has been covered. Plus, Halo 2 has online multiplayer. The vaporware threshhold is also quickly approaching.

Prove me wrong, Blizzard!

Re:Ghost = Halo 2 (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12572234)

But it's starcraft. As much as I love the original, this is the _only_ way of getting any new starcraft content.

ahh, Ghost... (4, Informative)

fireduck (197000) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572277)

The game that got all the Blizz fanboys in a frenzy when it was announced to be console only, something like 3 years ago. Remember this outstanding press release [megagames.com] : in order to meet our goals and deliver the outstanding gameplay experience our customers have come to expect from Blizzard products, we have decided to extend our StarCraft: Ghost development schedule through the end of 2003. The Ghost development team however, remains hard at work, and will deliver the tactical-action console game in 2004.

Still not out, still projected to be for the GC, PS2 and Xbox; despite having a release date in 2006 (when all the new systems will be out). Backward compatibility saves the day...

Anyone know what's going on with Blizzard these days? Blizz North lost most (all?) of their senior developers and has been silent for years. the Arena.net people are already releasing their first game, so I can only assume that Blizz North has been shuttered? The RTS team at the Irvine office hasn't announced anything since finishing WC3X. Really, all that Blizz has going now is WoW (since Ghost technically wasn't under their direct control until recently).

Re:ahh, Ghost... (1)

Echnin (607099) | more than 9 years ago | (#12575650)

Strange. When I bought WoW, it came with a small product catalog, and by the Starcraft: Ghost ad it says: "Coming Soon: to Next Generation Consoles". Hm.

Trailers (2, Informative)

drxray (839725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572285)

The Ghost trailers on the Blizzard site are windows executables... anyone going to post a torrent of the actual videos?

Trailers here [blizzard.com] .

Re:Trailers (1)

DigitalDemon617 (761895) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572364)

The movies use the Blizzard downloader (based on Bittorrent) to download the movies. So, technically, they already provided the torrents for you, along with the client to download them. I used them earlier and they worked fine.

Re:Trailers (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572718)

Does anyone have the non-Blizzard downloader version since the company's firewall blocks it? :(

Re:Trailers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12572890)

Ah, thanks. But I'm using linux at the moment...

-drxray (A.C. since this is offtopic)

Re:Trailers (3, Informative)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12574441)

The very end of the file is the torrent. Just cut everything before the string "d8:announce" and, presto, you'll have the torrent. Exactly how you do that is up to you. :)

Or you can just use the torrents I extracted from the EXEs:

Plus, for your viewing pleasure, the World of Warcraft trailers:

The actual files are all Divx AVIs, so you'll need to be able to play those, too.

I have one question: (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12572441)

Who cares?! I mean seriously people, weren't we supposed to boycott Blizzard for what they did to our friends from the Bnetd project? Have you already forgot about it? Let me refresh your memory:

Blizzard Rains on Bnetd Project [slashdot.org] On February 21st, 2002

Blizzard, Bnetd Respond on Bnetd Shutdown [slashdot.org] On February 22nd, 2002

Legal Analysis Critical of Blizzard v Bnetd [slashdot.org] On February 28th, 2002

EFF Takes Bnetd Case [slashdot.org] On March 12th, 2002

Blizzard/Vivendi Files Suit Against Bnetd Project [slashdot.org] On April 8th, 2002

Q&A With Vivendi Rep About Bnetd [slashdot.org] On April 23rd, 2002

Blizzard Amends Complaint ... Again [slashdot.org] On December 8th, 2002

EFF Continues Fight On Blizzard Vs. Bnetd Case [slashdot.org] On February 19th, 2004

Blizzard Stomps Bnetd in DMCA Case [slashdot.org] On October 2nd, 2004

Do you remember now? Can't we just once not be such fucking hypocrites for God's sake? Can't we just once in our lifetime be consistent in our declarations and stop giving free publicity to people whom we consider scumbags? Or are we just a bunch of little kids who bitch and moan every time we feel like to, promise to never ever buy anything from Blizzard again, only to shout "oh, shiny!" two minutes later when said Blizzard shows us another product? I hate to break it to your but a boycott until another product is released is equally pointless as a hunger protest between meals. It only makes us look like fools that we are. I bet that next time Blizzard do anything immoral they will think: "don't worry, let those damn children on Slashdot boycott us and they will buy anything the next day we release it like they did the last time, those idiots!" Am I the only one who thinks that there is something seriously fucked up with this community?

Re:I have one question: (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12572641)

Am I the only one who thinks that there is something seriously fucked up with this community?

You are fucked up for thinking that this community is of one mind and one moral distinction.

News Alert: Opinions Vary on Slashdot (4, Funny)

AHumbleOpinion (546848) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572693)

... weren't we supposed to boycott Blizzard ...

No, only a couple of zealots (no pun intended) were supposed to do that. Most of us were just supposed to do what we thought would be fun.

Re:News Alert: Opinions Vary on Slashdot (1)

brkello (642429) | more than 9 years ago | (#12581435)

Seriously, this should be modded insightful. Frankly, I didn't agree with what Bnetd was doing. Neither did the courts. Move on and go back to buying games that you will enjoy.

Re:I have one question: (1)

Xenothaulus (587382) | more than 9 years ago | (#12573377)

You forgot to sign it with something like: Anoncoward, lvl 58 tauren druid, Blackrock server. At least try for some irony or sarcasm or something.

Re:I have one question: (1)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12574129)

I have one question. Do you realize that Slashdot is not some collective mind that thinks the exact same way? Sure there a lot of people that have similar attitudes around here, such as being behind OSS and being pro Linux but that's not everybody here has the same thoughts or beliefs.

Re:I have one question: (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12574560)

" weren't we supposed to boycott Blizzard for what they did to our friends from the Bnetd project?"

Seeing as how BNetd allowed illegit keys to be played and how the games industry needs AAA titles to survive, anybody who boycotted Blizzard would have been an overzealous short-sighted moron. What did you guys honestly expect? Blizzard to say "Hey guys, take over our services! We won't use the legal recourses we legitimately have avilable to stop it! Afterall, we want to maintain a sparkly reputation on Slashdot!"

Re:I have one question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12579565)

What did you guys honestly expect? Blizzard to say "Hey guys, take over our services! We won't use the legal recourses we legitimately have avilable to stop it! Afterall, we want to maintain a sparkly reputation on Slashdot!"

Oh, I see, now using the DMCA (a copyright act) against people who don't use your copyrighted material at all is OK as long as you get your shiny toys, right? Thanks for a moral lesson, Mr. Morally Consistent!

Re:I have one question: (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12579736)

"Oh, I see, now using the DMCA (a copyright act) against people who don't use your copyrighted material at all is OK as long as you get your shiny toys, right?"

Blizzard games are copyrighted, and they worked around their protection mechanism. I don't like the DMCA any more than you do, but the expectation that Blizzard shouldn't have done anything is ridiculous. Those dumb-asses at BNetD couldn't have done that without knowing the legal guns would have been leveled at them.

I find it amusing that you're questioning my morals by defending a group that tried to undermine Blizzard.

Re:I have one question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12575709)

you do understand that there are opposing viewpoints on slashdot, right? *shock* lots of people don't even care about the bnetd project. so no, i for one am not being a hypocrite. stop making generalizations.

Re:I have one question: (1)

pezpunk (205653) | more than 9 years ago | (#12579339)

i never promised jack squat regarding boycotting blizzard. slashdot is made up of many different people with wildy diverse opinions. you're completely entitled to express yours, by means of angry posts or boycotts, but if you call me a hipocrite, you are mistaken.

Re:I have one question: (1)

IntergalacticWalrus (720648) | more than 9 years ago | (#12586462)

On the Vivendi flagship USS Blizzard...

Operator: I'm picking up a transmission, captain.

Captain: Open channel.

WE ARE SLASHDOT. YOU WILL BE BOYCOTTED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.

Captain: Oh crap. Slashdot DID develop a collective consciousness after all.

These 5 year release cycles.. (0)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572671)

Yeah Blizzard, they were cute the first few times, but it's getting tiresome now. Other companies don't seem to have an issue of getting good games out within 2 years, let alone the 5 it takes you. Yet where is Starcraft 2? I'm sure when it's announced in 2006 my grandkids will just be getting it in 2056.

Re:These 5 year release cycles.. (2, Insightful)

Cerberus911 (834576) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572778)

God forbid they take their time to make their games good,

Re:These 5 year release cycles.. (1)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12574148)

While I have no problem with studios taking their time and shipping games when their done, Ghost has been plauged with problems and has been transferred to a new developer, which makes the wait even longer.

great (2, Funny)

MORTAR_COMBAT! (589963) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572834)

because when I think roleplay, I think "capture the flag". what exactly is the point supposed to be?

"Hey, we're at war. How about instead of a meaningful battle, you try and capture my flag, and I'll try and capture yours. Best two of three. After that, we'll shake hands, maybe go again?"

Blah.

Re:great (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 9 years ago | (#12576583)

The point is that they are desperate to provide content to the players.
Yea CtF is more FPS then RPG but if I had not already left the game for green pastures, it might be a reason to pay for a few more months.

Re:great (1)

MORTAR_COMBAT! (589963) | more than 9 years ago | (#12577024)

if I had not already left the game for green pastures

any hints as to the location of greener pastures would be appreciated.

Re:great (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 9 years ago | (#12577854)

I left and joined up with EQ2, having a blast.
It does not have PvP until later this year(they are adding gladiator arenas) but PvP is something I do if a group needs help and not something I really go out of the way for; community is more important for me and the one in EQ2 is great.

Re:great (1)

Chi Hsuan Men (767453) | more than 9 years ago | (#12578657)

"Hey, we're at war. How about instead of a meaningful battle, you try and capture my flag, and I'll try and capture yours. Best two of three. After that, we'll shake hands, maybe go again?"

Native American tribes, whilst at war, participated in a practice called "counting coup". This involved an individual sneaking up on a member of a rival tribe (often times when they were encamped, thus they were sneaking into a enemy territory) and tagging them with their "coup stick". The tagee would give the tagger a piece of their personal property to hang from their coup stick.

Such an act was considered more brave than killing someone in battle.

In addition, Native American tribes would often play LaCrosse against each other, rather than go to war in order to solve an altercation.

Curiously, in the Civil War, individuals from opposing armies would meet before battle and trade items with each other.

In World War I, opposing sides would often allow individuals to retrieve their respective wounded from No Man's Land, despite orders from their officers to fire. They belayed orders because they knew if they were wounded, they would want to have a chance at being rescued.

These REAL LIFE examples seem to prove that despite war, there are practices that do not necessarily involve the slaughtering of enemy.

Re:great (1)

CaptMonkeyDLuffy (623905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12579198)

Actually... they're not really at war. It's a roleplaying game, and according to the story line it's an 'uneasy peace.' The current battlegrounds system might not be the best gameplay implementation from a roleplay standpoint, but from the roleplay standpoint huge battles aren't exactly appropriate either considering plot/current in game political climate and what-not...

Fisiks Engine (1)

dykmoby (830547) | more than 9 years ago | (#12572950)

After watching the gameplay videos, the thing that stands out is the really, really chunky physics engine. After this long in development (although it's what? 3 developer houses?) I would expect something with a tad more polish.

Ewwwwww. (2, Interesting)

TrebleJunkie (208060) | more than 9 years ago | (#12574634)

At first, I was a little excited to see that Ghost was *finally* nearing release.

Shortly after, I sighed, and resigned myself to a life without it, because unlike most Slashdotters, I've not forgotten the bnetd futtbucking, and I intend to keep up the Blizzard Boycot.

But then I looked at the screenshots, and decided that I'm really not missing anything.

This game looks God-awful. For as long as it took, you'd think they'd have the look of the characters and the environments completely down and polished.

Re:Ewwwwww. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12574719)

After watching the gameplay trailers, I couldn't help but think "wow, this looks like a crappy UT2k4 fan mod."

So, yeah. Less than impressive.

(And, seriously, I wouldn't worry about the bnetd thing. Looking at Blizzard's current products, there's really no point to boycott them. They suck anyway. It's like my boycott on McDonalds - even if I weren't boycotting them, I wouldn't eat there anyway.)

Am I the only one... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12575063)

Am I the only one still pissed over the whole "Hey PC gamers! Thanks for making Starcraft a success! No, you're not getting Ghost! OK then, bu-bye now." thing?

Re:Am I the only one... (1)

IntergalacticWalrus (720648) | more than 9 years ago | (#12586491)

Not that I am particularly pissed about it, but I still think Blizzard should reconsider. I'm sure there is a high enough demand to see Ghost on PC. Afterall, 100% of the Starcraft fanbase is composed of PC gamers.

Anyway, their loss. Personally I have bought every game Blizzard has released since Warcraft II (except for WoW, I don't have time for MMORPGs, altough I admit this is the first MMORPG ever I find interesting). As I don't own any (current-gen) console, I won't buy Ghost. And I'm sure I'm not the only one in the same situation.
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