Blizzard and I have a lot of history. Some of the first computer games I ever played were Warcraft 1 and Warcraft 2. The first game I ever played online was StarCraft. Blizzard has been a part of my gaming life for at least a decade and a half, if not longer – it’s hard to remember exactly what year it was I got my introduction to them and we hit it off really well. Their games made me happy, and I loved the communities they’d built. For a while, in my eyes they could do no wrong… but over time… that has changed. I think we’ve been drifting apart for a while, and I’ve just had a hard time recognizing it… but recently, it’s been becoming more and more obvious.
Since we have a prominent Tolkien-inspired game hitting this week, I thought I’d make my recommendations content that is either inspired by LotR or that shares a similar theme or focus.
Blizzard has recently announced that they’ve cancelled another much-anticipated title – this time the secretive Project Titan, which was supposed to be Blizzard’s next attempt at a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG. In order to mourn its loss, along with the finally confirmed to be cancelled StarCraft: Ghost, I’d like to celebrate the greatest of Blizzard’s works. This is not an easy list to narrow down, because while Blizzard hasn’t released a lot of games, they’ve (nearly) all been well made and they also have a vast array of books set in their game worlds. Here we’ll highlight the best among all of those… so let’s take a trip down Blizzard’s history.
Interested in getting your feet wet in the many worlds of anime? Looking for a game that won’t put too much pressure on you if you’re not familiar with gaming? Looking for that book that’ll get you hooked on reading forever? Well, that’s our theme this week – today I’ll be offering you some games, anime, and books that will be great either if you’re interested in seeing what the fuss is, or if you have a friend and you want the right introduction that won’t scare them off…
Gamers all know the ‘summer lull’ – that time between June and September when games simply do not come out… or well…. mostly don’t come out. There are still a few games that defy all standard accepted practices and release during the summer… and we also have the summer anime season each year. Today, I’d like to spotlight some of those brave games, as well as some of my favourite summer-released anime.