Special World Of Warcraft Statue Heading To Long-Time Subscribers

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Special World Of Warcraft Statue Heading To Long-Time Subscribers

For some who have been subscribed to World of Warcraft since the beginning, Blizzard is sending out a very special gift.

According to the report from the MMO-Champion message boards, the statue is being sent to WoW players who created their account within two months of the game's launch 10 years ago. It's likley that if you haven't already received a statue, you may not have been eligible.

You can check out images of the statue below care of Smitti on Battle.net. It's a recreation of a statue that has a home in Blizzard's offices. On the bottom of the statue, there is a message to players:

Hear Classical Piano Arrangements Made Up On The Spot From The Last Of Us, Castlevania, And Final Fantasy

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Talented pianist Sonya Belousova continues to churn out impressive piano arrangements of familiar video game themes she's never heard before.

Belousova doesn't appear to be much of a gamer, evidenced by her general unfamiliarity with the assorted video games themes she's tasked with playing, but it doesn't matter – she only needs to hear a little bit of a track to return an impressive re-imagining of basically any theme. Below you will find some of her most recent works.

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Here's What A Jak & Daxter Level Looks Like Remade In CryEngine

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YouTube user Floordan is working on a project called Jak II Renegade: Reborn, and has recreated the pumping station from Jak II using CryEngine.

You can check out the screens above and below comparing the the new and old versions of the game. If you're unsure which screen belongs to which version (which would be surprising), the lower screen is the original game.

Floordan also put together a video showcasing the remade memorable pumping station level, complete with shiny Precursor orbs and ammo boxes strewn about. You can see the video below.

First 4 Figures Teases Zelda: The Wind Waker Series With Peek At Ganon

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First 4 Figures is preparing to launch a collection of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker figures, and it is teasing the line with a look at Ganon.

Not much is known about the line like what figures will be created (other than Ganon), but pre-orders open up on January 20, which you will be able to do on the First 4 Figures website. For a look at other Zelda figures from First 4 Figures head here to see Link on Epona form Twilight Princess, here to see Link on a Loftwing from Skyward Sword, and here for a look at Zelda from Twilight Princess.

[Source: First 4 Figures on Facebook, via Kotaku]

Robot Chicken Animator Uses Modified NES Power Glove To Animate

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Robot Chicken Animator Uses Modified NES Power Glove To Animate

Dillon Markey is an animator for Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, and he uses a modified Power Glove NES controller to make his job easier.

You can check out a short documentary video on Markey's creation and job below, and how he uses his nostalgic creation in a practical way. The short was created by film maker Ava Benjamin. Markey uses the d-pad buttons to move through animation frames and the A and B buttons to take stills, and he has set it up in such a way where it is all wireless. He also has a fancy, built-in pair of tweezers that are easy to access and easy to put away.

In the video Markey says, “To be completely honest, some people have made fun of me, and said that looks like the most useless thing in the world, but uh… they’re wrong.”

Reader Discussion: Do You Like The Nintendo Direct Format?

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Reader Discussion: Do You Like The Nintendo Direct Format?

Nintendo Directs are here to stay, it seems. Do you like to watch them live?

Often video game news (outside of big trade shows) comes in small bursts. An announcement here, a reveal there – but Nintendo likes to unveil a whole bunch of stuff at once, and it does it every few months. Do you enjoy it? Or would you rather Nintendo focus its announcements on single games?

Personally, I think it's fun to get a whole lot of announcements at once, even if it sometimes diminishes the big ones. How about you?

Artist Builds Bully's Bullworth Academy In Unreal Engine

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Artist Builds Bully's Bullworth Academy In Unreal Engine

It's unclear what Rockstar has planned for its Bully franchise, but artist Wesley Arthur certainly seems to have some ideas.

You can check out the video below from Arthur which creates Bullworth's boy's dormitory in great detail using Unreal Engine 4. Arthur calls Bully one of his all time favorite games in the description of the video.

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Amplitude Moves From March To Summer

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Amplitude Moves From March To Summer

The Harmonix Kickstarted sequel to Amplitude (titled Amplitude) was originally set for release in March, but has been pushed back.

On the Amplitude Kickstarter page, Harmonix offered some reasons for why the game is seeing a small delay:

This is our first time working on PlayStation 4, and it’s been a big learning experience for the team. We’ve put a lot of work into our proprietary engine to support some of the new, awesome content we’re bringing to the reboot. These factors combined have bumped production out a few additional months.

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight For NES Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

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Originally released in 1980, Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight has little to do with Street Fighter or Final Fight, but it's available now on Wii U.

Here's the plot summary from the listing for the game on Nintendo's website:

It has been 25 years since Ken left the glory days of his fighting career. Since then, he has been working with his friend Troy to create "Cyboplasm"–an innovative formula that can turn ordinary humans into superbeings of incredible strength. But one day, Ken arrives at their lab to find the formula stolen and a pile of jelly where he should have found Troy...