Blizzard Apologizes For Homophobic Remarks At Blizzcon Event

Blizzard recently generated the wrong sort of attention when George Fisher of Cannibal Corpse (who was singing as part of Blizzard rock group Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain) used homophobic slurs to describe the Alliance faction. Blizzard president Mike Morhaime (who is also a member of Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain band member) has come out and issued an apology for the incident.

“As president of Blizzard, I take full responsibility for everything that occurs at BlizzCon,” said Morhaime. “It was shortsighted and insensitive to use the video at all, even in censored form. The language used in the original version, including the slurs and use of sexual orientation as an insult, is not acceptable, period. We realize now that having even an edited version at the show was counter to the standards we try to maintain in our forums and in our games. Doing so was an error in judgment, and we regret it.”

“The bottom line is we deeply apologize for our mistakes and for hurting or offending anyone. We want you to have fun at our events, and we want everyone to feel welcome. We’re proud to be part of a huge and diverse community, and I am proud that so many aspects of the community are represented within Blizzard itself,” he added. “As a leader of Blizzard, and a member of the band, I truly hope you will accept my humblest apology.”

Source: GayGamer {link no longer active}

Gameloft Working On Mobile Platform

Gameloft is one of the top mobile publishers in the world, but they currently rely upon ngmoco and OpenFeint to bring their games to various parts of Asia. However, they may be looking to offer their own platform, while maintaining close contacts with more established partners.

“Yes, that’s also something that we are working on, and investigating to see if it makes sense to,” said Senior Vice President Gonzague de Vallois. “We always value the consumer experience, so if it makes sense to add this component to our games, then we will do it — and that’s something we are studying now.”

“As Gameloft, we want to keep a direct relationship with the consumers, so we feel it can be dangerous that we have somebody in the middle, that will dictate whether the consumer will take,” added de Vallois. “Those guys have been pretty successful in Asia — DeNA and GREE — and we have a strong presence in Japan, so we’ve been working with them in Japan. On the feature phone business, not yet on the smartphone business. DeNA, mainly.”

Source: Gamasutra

Grab A Taste For Adventure

Subway and Uncharted 3 have teamed up for a Taste for Adventure. Go into a local Subway Restaurant and purchase one of the specially marked Uncharted 30 oz. drinks to receive a code that will provide you with access to the full competitive multiplayer experience throughout the month of October. Check out the official word {link no longer active} from Nathan Drake himself. Along with access to the competitive multiplayer experience, keep your eyes open for exclusive Subway items hidden throughout the maps to unlock additional content.

Diablo III Collector’s Edition Packed With Goodies

Blizzard has unveiled the Diablo III Collector’s Edition. As far as physical items, it will have a Diablo III Art Book, a special Collector’s Edition soundtrack, a two-disc”Behind the Scenes” DVD/Blu-ray boxset, a Diablo Skull paperweight, and a 4GB USB Soulstone.

The package will also include in-game items for both Diablo III, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft. Diablo III items will include “Aesthetic Artifacts”, World of Warcraft players get a “Fetish Shaman” and the Starcraft II goodies will include Battle.Net portraits.

Zynga IPO Likely Late November

Internal sources are indicating that Zynga is gearing up for an IPO in November. Zynga filed for a $1 billion IPO in July, but has delayed the decision, pending the Summer upheaval on Wall Street.

The timing of when to go public will depend on investors’ reception to Groupon and market conditions. Assuming that all goes well, a Zynga IPO might occur sometime between mid- to late November.