Blizzard announce StarCraft 2 release – Korean economy to crumble on the 27th of July

May 4, 2010

Blizzard announced in a press release overnight that StarCraft 2 will be released world-wide on July 27.

Why is this a big deal? Because even 12 years after the release of the original StarCraft, it’s still one of the most played online games in the world. In fact, in Korea it’s pretty much their national sport with multiple national leagues with matches broadcast on cable TV.

Watch for a severe dip in the Korean economy when the “StarCraft 2 Flu” hits the workforce in July.


Online retailers handing out StarCraft 2 beta keys

April 29, 2010

Hey StarCraft fans… 12 years. Yep. Been waiting TWELVE YEARS for StarCraft 2 and it’s nearly here. Blizzard kicked off the closed beta for this in February and since then, access keys have been highly sought after.

This week a bunch of online retailers made things a whole lot easier and started offering beta keys for preorders. Sure, you need to put deposit down on a game that still has no official release date, but you get instant access to the multiplayer beta.

Aussies can get it locally at EB Games or GAME , but you’re looking at paying crazy Australian prices. You can always order it from Amazon, but you’re looking at about 40 bucks postage.

I’m tempted, but do I really want a beta key enough to pay that much when I can get it from CDWow for $50 delivered? I’ll be honest, I’m still considering it.


Top 10 Funny Signs on the Internet

September 4, 2008

Here it is – the top ten funniest signs in the world according to a special formula (actually we chose them …because we get to see an awful lot of this stuff and these ones made us laugh most).

Perhaps one of the reasons that these signs seem so incredibly amusing is the fact that they are possibly still standing somewhere. Who put them there?  How come nobody pulled them down? The thing is that many people walk straight past signs (see #6) without paying much attention, but others do notice and they love to dump this stuff on the web…

10. MOST DISTURBING SIGN

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We’re not sure this is anything more than a joke sign from Korea, but it’s got us all looking around when visiting the restroom.
http://www.flickr.mud.yahoo.com/photos/wili/83732757/in/set-72157594153019201/

9. MOST IRONIC SIGN

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http://www.flickr.mud.yahoo.com/photos/sameli/1898511953/
We have a feeling this might have seen a bit of Photoshop love but we still like it. 

8. MOST SCARY SIGN

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We’re not going on holiday here.
http://www.flickr.mud.yahoo.com/photos/ekai/457004988/

7. MOST IMPOSSIBLE SIGN

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Sign from the future?
http://funnysigns.kitt.net/uploaded_images/funny_sign_08-786248.jpg

6. MOST FAKE SIGN 

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(Yes we’re pretty sure this was created for a powerpoint deck from a preso explaining that people don’t read warnings) 

5. MOST OBVIOUS SIGN

(Amnesia bloggers took this off the TV watching cricket last year. Hilarious!)
https://amnesiablog.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/worlds-best-sign-seen-at-cricket-match-england-vs-australia-jan-06/

4. MOST TECHNICAL SIGN

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I never knew how deep bottomless was until I saw this. 

3. MOST IRRELIVANT SIGN

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I’ll take the fine if there’s a choice.

2. MOST APATHETIC SIGN
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Don’t go arguing with them. They’re probably right. 

1. FUNNIEST FOREIGN SIGN TRANSLATION
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This sign totally speaks for itself.

Final word:
Signs can be great fun in advertising too. A good illustration of this was the mysterious Obay campaign (here) which made a major splash in Toronto early 2008. The Rolling Rock Moonvertising campaign (here) also caused a big stir in the US…

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