Stumbling upon PC Gamer‘s Big 10 of 2011 list of the games they’re anticipating for this year, I was rather surprised. PCG is one of, if not the most respected gaming magazine in the industry, and I’m sure there’s more than a little bit of insider knowledge going into this particular article of theirs.

PC Gamer logoThat said, the reason for my surprise was twofold. They think that both Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 are going to be out this year! Whoooooaaa there, Nelly. As much as I’d be in RPG heaven were this to happen, I just really can’t see it… though of course there’s that leaked release schedule document which was all over the interwebz last month suggesting 2011 might be the year after all. Perhaps a combination of waiting this long and being generally cynical about everything has made me over-patient.

Anyhow, as I switched my brain into “lurk” mode in work today, I got to thinking about what games I’d like to play – if elephants could fly – this year. Daydreaming is fun! Keep reading after the jump to find out what I came up with.

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Research is important whenever you’re going to write about something and I try my best to at least make a feeble effort of getting my facts straight before I start attacking my keyboard. Unfortunately my search for news about Work3‘s OokiBloks on Google wasn’t very helpful; it believed that I was wanting to find out about Pokéblocks from the Bulbapedia instead. Yee-es. Thanks for that. Since my fad of playing Pokémon is some distance in the past I thought it best to tell Google that for once I did actually type my search correctly. This helped massively – I now possessed a link to the OokiBloks homepage! But I already knew this because it’s in my darned Watch List… :evil:

Ookibloks logoInformation more recent than that on the game’s blog, dated 2009, is hard to come by. The game has great potential to be a colourful arcade action-puzzler with a prominent focus on catchy music (just watch this gameplay video and enjoy the nifty audio!), but for the last 18 months, it seems to be dead in the water. An iPhone port was talked about but got dropped, then a hint was dropped that the game may get finished after all – but there’s been nothing since then.

OokiBloks - yes, sir, we have no bananas...Although it was nominated for an Excellence in Audio award in 2008′s IGF the game came away with nothing for its troubles of travelling to San Francisco.

To a humble outsider it looks like this is a game whose developer has suffered the cruel side of Lady Luck’s scales. I certainly think that it deserves a chance to succeed in the increasingly-competitive indie market. It has a cute main character and a rare amount of charm; y’know what? I reckon it’d do quite well – so spread the word! Let’s get this game the attention it deserves and bring it back from the brink of the void!

BlizzConBlizzard will will kicking off 2009′s BlizzCon very shortly, and those who have subscribed to the live internet TV stream will see the hot news as it happens – but there are also plenty of other ways to keep up to date with developments! There are plenty of blogs (such as Massively and Joystiq amongst loads of others) and Twitterers working furiously to deliver the gossip as it’s known.

I’m hyped. It’s going to be an interesting couple of days! :D

I did get the latest Millenipede teaser ready yesterday, but after receiving literally some emails relating to the 1.2 beta I got entirely sidetracked and forgot to post it :)

So here it is:

Millenipede 1.2.0 - weird icons, weird shrooms... whoa. Weird!

Mmmmm. Nice pixels 8-) But I wonder what those strange icons that have appeared on the status bar mean? And how on earth did some crazy person manage to get a highscore of 995,000 points?? No, wait, that’s just a crazy side effect of some debugging… :-D

This would be a great shame if it were true.

Flagship 'F' logoSpeculation and confusion is running riot through the forums for Hellgate London and Mythos at the moment, as you can see here and here. Many sites are reporting that software house Flagship Studios has seen major job losses and that the company no longer holds the rights to Hellgate (sources: HellgateGuru, Gamasutra).

Ping0, a subsidiary who is involved with the Mythos side of Flagship‘s work, are also said to have suffered layoffs.

At this stage it’s just a rumour as there hasn’t been any official word from the people who matter. Still, a site like Gamasutra is fairly reliable and, sadly, I doubt they’d post this news without checking it out thoroughly. It will probably be a couple of days before we hear what Flagship have to say about the story, and until then, nothing is set in stone.

Okay, if you’re not a Diablo fan, you might want to skip this post as it’ll probably not mean much to you. Otherwise… well, speculate away:

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This image got added as a splash page to www.blizzard.com, and indeed all the other Blizzard project websites, earlier today. As you might expect, the internet has exploded into rumours. The phrase “Hell has frozen over” was used on one previous occasion in Diablo history – are we seeing it again as a precursor to a proper Diablo 3 announcement later this week? Is the image something to do with the World Crystal, destroyed at the end of Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction?

Only time will tell. Keep your eyes peeled for the next teaser – I know I will be!