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BlizzCon 2011 tickets go on sale in May

Blizzard’s annual BlizzCon show is always a big hit with gamers. And if you want to attend the 2011 edition of the company’s “celebration of the global communities surrounding Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft” you’ll have two chances to buy tickets.

The first batch of tickets will go on sale on Saturday, May 21 at 10 AM (Pacific Time) with another batch up for grabs on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 PM (Pacific Time). Tickets will be priced at $175 each and will only be available at the official BlizzCon website.

Blizzard fans looking for the complete BlizzCon experience will also have the chance to purchase tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 28 at 10 AM (Pacific Time). The $500 tickets will include admission to BlizzCon and the pre-show dinner, which takes place on Thursday, October 20. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County as guests get the “opportunity to rub elbows and trade war stories with Blizzard game developers and other employees before the show.”

If both of those options are out of your price range, then perhaps the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket (priced at $39.99) is for you. According to Blizzard, “the Virtual Ticket grants access to comprehensive live HD coverage from the show floor on each day of the convention, including exclusive interviews, demos, and more.” Ticketholders will be able to access all of the Virtual Ticket content through a multichannel Internet stream and also via Pay-Per-View on DirecTV. BlizzCon Virtual Ticket buyers will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in-game items

BlizzCon 2011 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on October 21 and 22.

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The 2010-2011 Video Game Awards Season

Beginning with the Spike TV Video Game Awards in early December and culminating with last night’s BAFTA Games Awards, the 2010-2011 “video game awards season” has come to a close. And after four months of awards, acceptance speeches and arguments, we have a clearer picture of what really were the best games of the year.

The snobbier segments of the game community love to decry the Spike TV Video Game Awards as an embarrassment and not representative of the feelings of “real” gamers. Typically, the show’s world premiere trailers overshadow the actual awards themselves. But the event is spearheaded by Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers TV and the winners are voted on by a well-respected contingent of game journalists, so I guess it could be worse.

That said, this year’s Spike TV Video Game Awards “Game of the Year” was awarded to Rockstar’s epic western Red Dead Redemption. Keighley and company spread the love as the remaining major awards all went to other games: “Best PC Game” StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty; “Best PS3 Game” God of War III; “Best Wii Game” Super Mario Galaxy 2; “Best Xbox 360 Game” Halo: Reach; “Best Handheld Game” God of War: Ghost of Sparta; and “Best Downloadable Game” Costume Quest.

If Spike TV’s annual awards attempt to reach the mainstream, Time Magazine‘s top ten is the polar opposite, reaching into corners of the gaming world that are often ignored. This year’s selections are no different, including Alan Wake being awarded the #1 spot with iOS phenomenon Angry Birds at #2. The rest of the list was pretty typical, but the lack of Alan Wake’s spiritual twin, Heavy Rain, was the baffling part. Also, Limbo received its first love of the year-end awards with a sixth-place selection. (more…)

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