Last night while I was getting my daily dose of Rebecca Black and Rick Astley, an interesting video caught my eye... It looks as if MachinimaRealm, the company Force works for, has a running series called "All Your History," where they go over the background and lore of different companies and games, including both Blizzard Entertainment, World of Warcraft, Valve, and a few more big names. As the first video started up, I felt like I was going to just see a recap of the 20-year Anniversary video Blizzard had released, however I was in for quite a surprise. The first video went over some information and showed some footage that Blizzard had not shown in the Anniversary video, which made for a great watch.
They also just released Part 2 of the Blizzard "episode," and I feel like this is the 20-year anniversary video that never was. No, really, I almost think this belongs on Blizzard's website as it includes an interview with Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce about their early days with Condor/Blizzard:North in the same style as their own videos do. With Blizzard only giving us DiabloFans a small little blurb in their own video, this second episode from Machinima focuses almost completely on Diablo and Condor/BN (they kick it off with Warcraft 1). Anyone who is a DiabloFan should enjoy really enjoy this particular video.
For any Starcraft fans out there, Part 3 of the episode, dubbed "Zerg Rush," will be something you'll want to check out next week when it goes live. And I would regret not mentioning that they have also done a World of Warcraft series, that you can also check out. Even if you aren't a hardcore WoW player, you'll enjoy the video anyway.
UPDATE: 4/28/11: Episode 3 is live! It begins talking about Starcraft and gives a small mention of Hellfire. It then goes on to talk about Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, Starcraft, Warcraft 3 later on, with the last 2 or so minutes about Diablo II. Episode 4 of the series should be out next week and follows Blizzard through the later 2000's.
Point still is that the time between announcement and release has increased significantly.
Can't blame them either. It probably becomes increasingly harder to create a game, with all the different details that interact and stuff. Not to mention all the balance and innovation and iteration and...
Listened to the first one and will listen to the second one in due time. I liked the first one's style.
That was awesome. I remember that chess game: I played it! Never knew Blizzard (or: Sylicon & Synapse) ported it to Windows. Guess that was actually the first game I played that Blizzard had worked on since it came out before The Lost Vikings :biggrin:
That first RTS game from Westwood looks alot like Cannon Fodder btw. I guess it was inspired by that? And RPM Racing looks alot like Skidmarks! I used to play those two games so much back in the day
You mean Command and Conquer? It was based on Dune. Cannon Fodder was also a cool game though. Damn I wish Westwood was still around.
Nice find! Freakin loved Rock and Roll Racing. I love how Blizzard found something they liked (Diablo)and just took over infected it like a virus thus creating Blizzard North(A good and pleasant virus that...umm yea just a good virus). I liked the humble beginnings approach the video takes. It makes it somewhat inspiring. Lastly can anyone prove or disprove the the song rolling at the end of the first video is one of the main themes in TMNT Radical Rescue? I feel like it was but no longer own the game.
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"Give a man a skill tree, and he will become a Fire Sorc. Give a man 6 skills to choose from, pulling from all three trees, and he becomes a Fire Sorc that likes to shoot lightning to manage the bigger crowds."