Monthly Archives: October 2008

What are the chances of that like?

Today’s been a surprising day for music:
“Cath…” by Death Cab for Cutie

and “On the Edge of a Cliff” by “The Streets”

I am Murloc!

Illidan Statue at Blizzcon '08

I somehow managed to survive Blizzcon ’08 without my feet exploding from standing in lines for 3 days straight. I’ll say this for Blizzard – they put on one hell of a convention for their fans! The tickets were $100 each, but I think they we got half that back in the goody bag alone. A starter pack of the WoW collectible card game, an account authenticator, three different keychains, and a 4-foot-long inflatable sword among other things. Oh, and a minature bottle of hand-sanitizer. Precious, precious hand-sanitizer.

I’d normally think using hand-sanitizer when you’re not a health-care professional would be a little extreme. I didn’t think that after I sat down at one of the communal Diablo 3 PCs. This is not a joke, or an exaggeration: One of the people who sat at or near that terminal before me smelt like a backed-up toilet. When buying a few shirts from the store, I stood behind a man who smelled like stale urine.

Probably the highlight of the show was the closing ceremony. Patton Oswalt did infact appear to do a show, and I hope some of it appears in his CD coming out next year. The in-house Blizzard band, Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftan played 4 or 5 songs. For those of you not familiar with them, L70etc is a heavy-metal band made up of Blizzard employees, including the Art Director on vocals and the president of the company on Bass. Closing out the night was Videogames Live playing selections from various Blizzard games.

Unfortunately, I missed most of the section on Friday night hosted by Jay Mohr. I’d really liked to have seen the costume contest. Check out the winner. That turtle is not a dude in a costume.

I did get to see the Dance contest, though. Here’s the winner of that:

Off to Blizzcon

I’m off to Blizzard’s Blizzcon tomorrow. Tomorrow…. very… very early. So early, I might not even legally be allowed to call it early. Early showed up and me leaving for Blizzcon was like “What took you so long? I’ve been here for ages.” Yeah. In fact, I have to get up in 6 hours. And I’m not writing this in bed, or while asleep, so it’s going to be pretty rough.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibits and going to some of the panels. Maybe I’ll see some of my old World of Warcraft guildmates around. Comedian Patton Oswalt is going to be there… apparently? I don’t see any mention of it on his website. Hope I don’t buy too much stupid shit while I’m there!