BlizzCon Tickets Round 2. PLUS: Blizzard unveils new game... FAILOC-ALYPSE!

Well, what can I say. I hope all of you guys who were trying to purchase BlizzCon tickets this morning had better luck than we did. Our own staff members were trying to purchase additional tickets since we didn't have enough for everyone and wanted more to be able to attend the big event, but no such luck. From the very get-go today, things weren't looking to good.


This is the screen I saw after being in the queue for a little over a minute. An odd error which read an "Undefined" position in the queue and "NaN minutes" left to wait. 15 seconds later, I was booted out of the queue and sent back to the Blizzard homepage. From there, I had to re-enter the queue. Even with the glitches, I made it down to #659 in the queue with only a few minutes left to go. Unfortunately, before my turn came up, tickets had completely sold out.

So again, I really hope you guys had much better luck than we did today. And hey, even if you didn't, there's still hope for three of you because we're currently holding a big Blizzcon 2009 Ticket Giveaway Contest. Be sure to read all about it and get your entries in before the June 8th deadline!

On a lighter note, while the ticket queue process was clearly more glitchy this time around, there was some fun to be had. Blizzard unveiled a retro-style flash game called FAILOC-ALPYSE which you could play while you waited in the ticket queue to help pass the time. It even kept you up to date about your position in the ticket queue in the bottom right corner while you continued to play.


Naturally, I selected the Witch Doctor from Diablo 3 as my playable character of choice and killed Failocs galore in front of the ever-growing crowd outside of the Anaheim Convention Center for BlizzCon. Managed to make it up to level 42 before BlizzCon tickets were sold out. Launched a nuke and scored some majors points for doing many rad double-jumps too. I also enjoyed seeing some familiar faces popping up in the background as the game went on. Good times.

Of course, me being a web designer at heart, I always like to check into the details of a page. So when I checked out the background image that the game resided on top of, I got a good chuckle out of what the flash game had been hiding:


Good ol' Blizzard. :P

Comments

  • #1 Deadlyhazard
    Lol. I tried to buy a ticket too. Me and my friend didn't freakin' get it. We were spamming F5 desperately and still missed it =/........DAMN. Maybe next year XD.
  • #2 biff_exploder
    YEAH A CHANCE TO PLAY THE WITCHDOCTOR!!!

    i dont care if its a 2d crazy ass game, its still the closest thing we have to play Diablo 3 :P

    nice one finding that lolcats background, that made me laugh :D
  • #3 Nocturne
    That happened to me within the first few seconds. I had an error and was booted out. I didn't want to buy tickets - I just wanted to blog the experience of being in the queue.

    I already have tickets, but it was interesting to get booted out of the queue right off the bat. I got back in quick enough though, and I got all the screen captures for the process to blog about it.

    Congrats to everybody who got tickets!
  • #4 milanv
    I wanted to go this year to WWI but when I heard there wasn't going to be one I was disappointed. I can't go to blizzcon. It's far more expensive. the good thing is they expanded the event to put WWI and Blizzcon in one, so we'll get more info :)

    anyway grats to all who got their tickets. have a great time. I know you will :)

    btw, this game rocks, "Learn the enemy's pattern to defeat him" next "There is no pattern". blizzard can really make you smile.

    EDIT: the last tip is the best xD, my Z bugged when I dashed and hit it many times...
  • #5 Feabreg
    gosh i was at level 48 i think... then i nuked another bomb and my witch docter was gone hehehe

    ok anyway it was fun :P
  • #6 MijnWraak
    Quote from "Deadlyhazard" »
    Lol. I tried to buy a ticket too. Me and my friend didn't freakin' get it. We were spamming F5 desperately and still missed it =/........DAMN. Maybe next year XD.

    That's probably why you didn't get one. You're not supposed to spam f5, just wait in the queue.
  • #7 Deadlyhazard
    Quote from "MijnWraak" »
    That's probably why you didn't get one. You're not supposed to spam f5, just wait in the queue.

    Well, duh :P. I was just spamming F5 'til I actually got in the queue. 30 seconds past 10:00 (7 AM my time) and it was already at 10,000!
  • #8 JNM-illiquid
    sorry to hear that mockery (and for everyone else who missed out). somebody should donate mockery a ticket :P. We can start a new charity drive lol

    I would have loved to go but live in aus so it's a little hard to get that sort of money to travel over and for accomodation etc especially after just purchasing a car :)
  • #9 Cub
    Aww bummer :

    Easter egg in the lolcats pic! did anyone say goatse? :D
  • #10 onlinenow25
    Theres haxs in that game for Jim Raynor, buggs out so you can move and charge his lazer beam.
  • #11 Kovault
    lol Thats blizzard for ya, leaving hidden messages...:thumbsup:

    wow if im right then blizzard is making 2 million off BlizzCon tickets alone!
    16000 Tickets X $125each = $2000000
  • #12 Zhar
    Heh, didn't even try to buy tickets :/
    Still running a dial up connection, so basically I didn't have a chance in hell to get tickets.
    Maybe next year though, getting high speed ^^ !
  • #13 Kovault
    Quote from "Zhar" »
    Heh, didn't even try to buy tickets :/
    Still running a dial up connection, so basically I didn't have a chance in hell to get tickets.
    Maybe next year though, getting high speed ^^ !


    Wow dial up? I had no idea that was even around still! :o
  • #14 Lydeck
    Quote from "Cub" »
    Aww bummer :

    Easter egg in the lolcats pic! did anyone say goatse? :D


    Post of the week.
  • #15 Zhar
    Quote from "Kovault" »
    Wow dial up? I had no idea that was even around still! :o


    Heh, yep, it's still kicking.
    I live in the complete boondocks, so it's all I can get.
  • #16 VladDracul
    Failocaypse broke on me.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/Kaziglubey/Brokenblizzgame.jpg
  • #17 Kovault
    Quote from "Zhar" »
    Heh, yep, it's still kicking.
    I live in the complete boondocks, so it's all I can get.


    Well i guess when it comes to gaming its how your computer performs more then your internet..:D
  • #18 InterrogatorChaplain
    how many chars show up? i got up to blackthorne and a lost viking XD. I know how we can stop the prime evils once and for all. Three words.

    Kyle F***ing Blackthorne
  • #19 killer_bonzai
    check the help screen at start..
    not sure what the "Ok, ok" button is a reference for.. maybe the d3 pic with 2 gold icons in it?

    "Learn the enemy's pattern to defeat him."
    "There is no pattern."
    "There might be a cow level."
    "No, there isn't. Sorry."
  • #20 Dingler
    i accidentally the whole game:

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