Populous. The Sims. Minecraft. There’s something about simulation games that I’ve always enjoyed. There are other ones that I’m too fond of (honestly, I find World of Warcraft almost too time-consuming for it to be enjoyable), and others that I will spend hours playing knowing there is a definite end point. Examples of ones I [...]
Blizzard announced today that one of its most anticipated titles, previously in closed beta, would become a free Open Beta Weekend for all users with a Battle.net account beginning April 20. All you have to do is download the client here and starting 12:01 PDT, you will have access to five heroic classes up to level 13. This open beta will act as a stress test for the servers leading up to the May 15 release date for the game.
What steps do I need to take?
- Log in or create a Battle.net account at http://www.battle.net
- Create your BattleTag™, which is required to play Diablo III (What is BattleTag?)
- Download the game client, install, and play between 12:01 p.m. PDT April 20 and 10:00 a.m. PDT April 23
Blizzard, the company behind the hugely popular MMO World of Warcraft, has revealed that is constantly looking at ways in which it can bring its title to the iPhone, and admits that it would be “foolish” not to explore the possibility. It promises that as soon as it has perfected the mobile experience, we’ll know about it.
Having WoW in your pocket at all times is something fans have been dreaming about, and they’ll be pleased to know that Blizzard is indeed looking into it. The company’s senior WoW producer, John Lagrave, confirmed during an interview with Eurogamer:
Here’s your platform, you’ve got to put an interface, what do you do? So yes we have [looked into mobile] and we always are. Maybe we’ll stumble on the great way to put WoW on the phone – maybe we won’t, but we’re certainly looking into it.
The only problem is, it seems the company is having a hard time porting the title to the touchscreen. Until it has done that and developed a “decent” experience, you won’t see WoW in the App Store:
We won’t do it until we think it’s decent. But it’s interesting and the world is evolving towards that little handheld device – I’d have fun on it, that’s absolutely the case. It would be foolish for any game developer to not be looking at that.
When we have an epiphany, everyone will know. But for now, no epiphany!
It shouldn’t be too hard for Blizzard to have that epiphany. After all, it only needs to look at Gameloft’s Order & Chaos, a WoW clone, to see how games like this should work on a touchscreen.
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OnLive made headlines earlier this week when the company announced a new iPad app at CES which brings Windows 7 to the iPad, allowing you to run Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Those of you who are interested in the app and you live in the U.S., you can grab it now, for free, from the App Store.
The free download provides you with access to a cloud-based PC desktop running Windows 7 on your iPad, “whenever and wherever you want it.” OnLive promises the new app will bring you “a high-performance PC experience, regardless of the content, even when interacting with fast-action media.”
I’m not quite sure what that “fast-action media” could be, because as things currently stand you can only access certain applications, including the Microsoft Office suite, and a web browser. You cannot install your own software, so don’t expect to be loading up World of Warcraft on this thing.
There is one other downside, too. I’ve been trying to use the app all morning and all I’ve gotten out of it is a “service is currently full” error, seen below. That would suggest your hopes of a last-minute edit to your PowerPoint presentation will be quashed if too many people are already using the service.
Hopefully this is a problem OnLive will fix soon. If you’ve had chance to play around with OnLive Desktop, let us know what you think of it.