June 28, 2008

Diablo III official website launched

Blizzard is getting ready to add another title to its "hack and slash" RPG series, Diablo. Its third installment already has an official website, hosting your usual teaser videos, game world information, artwork goodies and previews of two character classes: our old acquaintance, the Barbarian, and the funky fresh Witch Doctor. In addition, a chronological guide to the major events in Diablo I & II is provided in the form of Deckard Cain's Journal.

Blizzard say that they will take their time developing Diablo III in order to satisfy the high standards we've been used to; so, obviously, no release date has been estimated.

I've compiled a short list of relevant information (so you wouldn't need to read through the entire FAQ on the website) and a shorter list of my own assumptions induced by the trailers and other info.
  • FACT: there will be a total of 5 character classes in Diablo III
  • FACT: the game will be fully 3D
  • FACT: the action takes place 20 years after that in Diablo II
  • FACT: Deckard Cain will be present in the game
  • FACT: the player will return to Tristram and a few other familiar locations, while exploring new ones as well
  • FACT: the game will feature both single player and multi-player (Battle.net) modes
  • FACT: unlike in the previous games, the player will be able to choose the gender of their character, regardless of its class
  • GUESS: based on the above, I'd say that we won't see the Amazon anymore
  • GUESS: the Witch Doctor will replace the Necromancer from Diablo II; First of all, the Necromancer never really did fit in with all the of other protect-the-innocent and save-the-world-from-Evil characters. Secondly the Witch Doctor's style of play seems to resemble the Necromancer's, at least when we think about raising/summoning minions.

June 27, 2008

www.vladcananau.blog

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has announced yesterday that it intends to relax the assignment rules for top level internet domains (TLDs). Right now, TLDs are restricted to .com, .net, .org, .country and so on, but it's to be expected that starting with late 2009, setting up an internet domain will be a much more liberal affair that it is today, dotAnything-liberal actually. Moreover, ICANN has opened the way for domain names written in scripts other than Latin, responding to the needs of the booming Asian market.

That being said, let's see some guesses on which will be the first custom TLD to be registered with ICANN. My bet goes on .xxx. The xxx people have been waiting for this ever since they bagged their first online pay-per-jerk sucker.