Commence the #Blizzcon2016 hashtags, baby!
Earlier this week, Blizzard decided to throw the blogging community a bone and dropped some interesting news for us to buzz about. That buzz, of course, being the announcement that there would, in fact, be a Blizzcon this year. It makes sense, this being Blizzard’s 25th anniversary as a company and all. Why not have a party to celebrate it?
Since there’s actually a chance that I might be able to go this year (the cash could be there, and I’m not scheduled to work that weekend), I’m naturally getting amped up. However, time and money are not the only gateways to Blizzcon. One must obtain a golden ticket, which thankfully(?) did not increase in price this year. I think this is the first time there hasn’t been an increase in ticket price. I mean, it’s still $199 for a ticket (OUCH) on top of airfare(OW) and hotel(STOP), but it could have been worse.
So the goal now is to make sure I’m home, at my computer, on April 20th at 9pm Central (7pm Pacific) for the first round of ticket sales with my finger on the F5 button. I guess I could set up a macro on my mouse to auto press F5, and save my keyboard from the abuse I fully intend on inflicting upon it.
Will you be trying to get tickets as well? Are you planning on going to Blizzcon 2016?
Words… I have none. Blue Post HIT IT!
Mark your calendars—a Blizzard is coming to Southern California! Tickets for BlizzCon® 2013 will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT through the official BlizzCon website. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT.
BlizzCon 2013 takes place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, and tickets to the two-day show will be available at $175 USD each. Tickets to the Benefit Dinner (which includes admission to BlizzCon) will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets to previous BlizzCon events have sold out within minutes, so be sure to synchronize your hourglasses.
Paladins, demon hunters, and Ghosts who can’t make it to the show in person will once again have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multi-channel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.
See the full press release or check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure visit the official BlizzCon website at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. We hope to see you in Anaheim!
Come on ping time… you can do it.
Imagine sitting in a large stadium with, oh say fifty thousand people. Each of you have a digital stopwatch, and you’re all looking at the scoreboard as it counts down to zero. When the digits come up 0:00, a siren blares and everybody hits the start button on their stopwatch. They then immediately hit stop. As fast as you click, it’s not really instantaneous. You look down at your display and you see a fraction of a second showing on the screen, maybe a tenth of a second if you were really on the ball.
Now imagine that your car tires are going to be slashed to ribbons in the parking lot unless you have one of the four thousand fastest times. Forty-six thousand people are going to be very disappointed, and it all comes down to a fraction of a second.
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I’m banking on the fact that the pending Rapture will distract people from spamming their F5 key until the Blizzard Store releases the tickets. Getting a good spot in the queue all boils down to server lag and luck, and there’s just enough lag between California and the belly button of Canada to cause me endless grief.
Come on Blizzard! Just let me buy your grossly overpriced ticket, damn it!
… Saturday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 25th! Woot!
Mark your calendars! Tickets for BlizzCon 2011 will go on sale at on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. PDT and on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. PDT through the official BlizzCon website (www.blizzcon.com). In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PDT. BlizzCon tickets will be available at $175 USD each, while tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner (which include admission to the show) will be priced at $500 each, with proceeds going to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets to previous BlizzCon shows have sold out within minutes, so be sure to synchronize your hourglasses.
If you can’t make it to the show in person, the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will once again allow you to watch the event live from the comfort of your own home. The Virtual Ticket will be available as multi-channel Internet stream around the world and also via DIRECTV in the United States.
See the full press release or visit the official BlizzCon website for more information, and we’ll see you at BlizzCon!
I’m a bit torn about the ticket price this year. Last year, I was willing to pay $150 because it was my first Blizzcon and I wanted to experience it. Now that I have, and now that I know what to expect, it’s a little harder to justify paying that price. The big announcement is going to be Diablo 3, which doesn’t interest me at all. The games they’ll have to play will be Diablo 3, perhaps the next
milking expansion of Starcraft, and World of Warcraft. The swag doesn’t do anything for me – I still have the unclaimed pet card on my desk.
Guess I’ve got a month to figure out what I want to do…