My very first give away!

Hello, folks!

Today I was surprised by finding a Dota 2 in my Steam inventory, however, since I already own the game, I’m giving this one away (a $30 value) to one of you lucky readers! And it’s dead simple to participate! All you have to do is leave a comment down below and tell me what makes Dota 2 better than the other MOBAs out there and leave your Steam IDs also so I can give you the game if you win!

A winner will be chosen on Thursday November 29th at (almost) 18:00 EET (That’s exactly one week from today) by the rate of which he/she convinced me to actually start the game, since ever since I got owned so bad the first game I played, I haven’t booted it up again since.

Good luck to you all, and may the best argument win!

Update: I feel like I haven’t been very clear about the $30 value of the game, you can get beta access for the game by signing up for free and waiting Valve to send you a beta invite, my giveaway is for the early access of the game, which grants you also, these nice goodies!

“Get immediate access to Dota 2 and start playing right away! This bundle includes a Mighty Boar courier, and a full set of items for Sven, Juggernaut, and Witch Doctor.

Items Included

  • Mighty Boar
  • Stoic Mask of the High Plains
  • Wolf Cape of the High Plains
  • Aspect Wraps of the High Plains
  • Long-Fang the Grey Blade
  • Tayrnhelm of the Swordmaster
  • Girth of the Swordmaster
  • Fluted Guard of the Swordmaster
  • Grip of the Swordmaster
  • Staff of the Old Doctor
  • Wooden Fetish Mask”

So that’s what you get in this giveaway! You may participate now.

P.S.: There’s apparently a restriction on what country this is redeemable on, so check the following screen cap to see if your country is listed or not, but as far as I can tell, mostly everywhere is in.

Update: I’m guessing the list is not complete, for one thing, there is no country called OM that I’m aware of, and for another thing, USA isn’t listed, which is weird. Basically this give away is open to any country in which you can create a Steam account, and purchase content from.

 

Update: Give away over. Winner of the Dota 2 early access is Omar Haridy!

Disclaimer: If by some extremely odd coincidence I wasn’t able to offer you the game because of the restriction above, I sincerely apologize and will instead invite you to the game’s beta.

Blizzard experimenting with consoles

Blizzard have always beenĀ  (at least to me), a PC/Mac only game development company, though they have released numerous of their older titles for consoles, such as Diablo 1, Warcraft 2, and Starcraft. But is a Diablo III console port a good move on Blizzard’s part?

Blizzard have recently been contemplating a Diablo III console release, which will really broaden their consumer base, though most people seem to always think that Blizzard would never make a console version of a game of theirs, however a bit overshadowed, the first Diablo game was a success as a PlayStation 1 title, and Diablo is (as a friend pointed out to me earlier) like Dragon Age 2, could do very well on consoles, since I for one enjoyed the console version of Dragon Age 2 more than the PC version.

How this would work? I think one of the problems they could face in the interaction of the game, is with the belt system, in Diablo II, we all used to spam buttons 1 through 4 when fighting Hardcore Duriel in hopes that our brave hero can actually drop the beast’s health by even 1%, but how will that be replaced on a controller? It could be like pressing R2 on the PlayStation 3 controller, or the right trigger on the Xbox 360 one, and a wheel would pop out that lets you circle through your belt, but that doesn’t sound so practical, does it?

Another thing is that Diablo has always been a “click fest” of a game, especially when you’re trying so hard to re-arrange your inventory so that you can fit in this one large Charm that you desperately need, yet can’t find the small version of, anywhere, unless Diablo III would have PlayStation Move functionality, for point and click (which is still very tedious, compared to our normal trusty mouse), the console release won’t be very, fluid. Unless the game, would feature mouse and keyboard play even for consoles, just like how Valve have announced Counter Strike: Global Offensive would be.

For now though, Diablo III will release for both PC and Mac, no release date has been confirmed yet, but playing along Blizzard’s teasing, we can say that Diablo III will be released somewhere over the next 5 years.

Next up in here, is a gameplay video of the released Diablo III beta, the guys over at IGN were kind enough to make: