No other video game developer does things (or more fitting, everything) quite like Blizzard Entertainment does. From developing, in my opinion, the most iconic video games to spectacular live events and tournaments, from highly detailed merchandise to a blockbuster feature film, Blizzard has this unique ability to bring a world of fantasy to life, fantasy that feels real and alive.
Blizzard has been know for bringing characters and items from their fictional worlds to life in various art forms and their latest is an iconic item from World of Warcraft; Ashbringer - a Paladin Artifact weapon. Watch legendary Hollywood blacksmith Tony Swatton of Sword and Stone use the mighty tools of his trade to bring Ashbringer to life.
As an avid gamer, owner of an overly excited imagination and a father of a one year old, I sometimes am left pondering on some rather random things. Here is one such random 'thing'. My mind has often left me wondering when and how I will one day introduce my child (or children) to the wonderful fantasy worlds that I have enjoyed while spending countless hours in games like World of Warcraft and StarCraft. Blizzard Entertainment (developers of video games like Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo) have always been the quintessential creators of epic stories and incredible worlds in my books. From the fantastic Sci-Fi story and setting of StarCraft to the stunning worlds and stories of WoW, Blizzard have always managed to captivate and inspire my imagination and this is what I want to share with my family.
So, you can imagine just how elated I was when Blizzard announce their collaboration with Scholastic (the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books) to bring to life a new book series for children (ages 8-12) based on the World of Warcraft franchise. Titled 'World of Warcraft: Traveler', this will be the perfect way for me to someday introduce my children to Azeroth and for Blizzard, it is a Brilliant way to introduce and usher in a new audience to WoW.
Hands down, 'Warcraft: The Beginning' is my most anticipated movie, not only of 2016, but of all time. Now that is a very bold statement given the score of incredible films that have been release over the last decade or two which I have thoroughly looked forward to and ultimately enjoyed. So, be it the epic trilogies of The Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit to the most recent Star Wars film, none of all the previous great films released have ever had me as excited as I am about this film adaptation of a video game.
Even though I had read J. R. R. Tolkien's books before watching the films and had seen all the previous Star Wars films before The Force Awakens hit the cinema, none of these (or any other film for that matter) has had a deep and profound personal connection in the way that the Warcraft film will have. Simply put; Warcraft represents a significant chapter of my life and the film will let me read it all over again. An that is epic!