GameSpot's Live Photo Stream: BlizzCon 2009
BlizzCon is getting started, and it's looking to be downright insane.
Blizzard's turned BlizzCon into an absolute juggernaut. Twenty-thousand people will show up this year. If that is not impressive enough, tickets sold out in eight minutes flat, and with good reason. Both Diablo III and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty will be playable, and the new expansion to World of Warcraft, Cataclysm, was just announced. BlizzCon's shaping up to be one heck of a show, and we intend to shoot all of it.
The Horde ArrivesAccommodating 20, 000 people requires some serious logistics on the back end, and apparently, a whole lot of plastic-chain roping. Once filled, it's a madhouse. Photographers:
Goody BagOnce you're signed up, it's time to tear into the goody bag. Spending $125 gets you more than just a ticket through the door. This year's bag came with an authenticator, Terran Marine action figure, hand sanitizer, and array of promotional materials. Photographer:
Terran Marines!Blizzard's employees went to town making custom Terran Marines. Each one is totally unique and pretty sweet-looking if you ask us. The themes vary considerably. We're big fans of the Terran Marines painted like the Alien facehugger and Cylon from Battlestar Gallactica. Photographer:
Miniatures and StuffBlizzard's franchises lend themselves well to merchandising and cool looking toys. We've only just scratched the surface of what's on offer at BlizzCon. Photographer:
StatuesThe cut scenes in games like WarCraft and StarCraft look amazing, but running into life-size versions of the characters is downright scary. Don't eat me! Photographer:
The Show FloorOnce you manage to maneuver your way through the crowd, there's tons to see and do on the show floor. Feel like recalling old times? Play at that classics arcade and get your fill of games like StarCraft, WarCraft, and tons of other Blizzard classics. Once you're done with the past, amble over to the future of Blizzard and check out Diablo III and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. Photographer:
Costume Contest and CosplayBlizzCon's costume contest is an excellent venue for gamers to show off all the hard work that goes into their outfits. All the entrants had spectacular costumes, although some were seriously out of this world. Some of the more elaborate entrants needed help to even get on stage. Photographer:
More Show AnticsBlizzCon is one crowded place. Some folks play games, others tour the art exhibits, and some just kick it on the ground tinkering with their new found loot. Photographer:
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