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The Queue: Argentinosaurus, Patagotitan and other giant sauropods

Both Patagotitan and Argentinosaurus are contenders for ‘biggest thing ever to walk on land’ with Patagotitan estimated at 40 meters long vs. Argentinosaurus’ 35 meter estimate, but Patagotitan is estimated at around 85 tons vs. Argentinosaurus’ 98 tons. Patagotitan is known from fairly complete remains (roughly 150 bones all told) while Argentinosaurus is more fragmentary. Based on the completeness of the skeleton and the estimated length, I’d say for right now Patagotitan is the reigning champion of big dinosaurs, but they’re close relatives and both were massive animals, members of the South American Titanosaurs.

Speaking of Titanosaurs, say hello to Shingopana. A recently discovered African Titanosaur and a relative of the South American branch of the family. Shingopana’s existence is a testimonial to the plate tectonics that tore Africa and South America apart around 96 million years ago.

Anyway, this is the Queue. I haven’t talked about dinosaurs in a while, so I wanted to.


Are you buying StarCraft: Remastered today? It feels like almost no time at all has passed since Blizzard first announced StarCraft: Remastered, but here we are, ready and able to take the remaster for a spin. I admit, I never actually played the original campaign fully through — by the time I actually got into the StarCraft series, it was several...




StarCraft’s patch 1.19 is the last major patch before StarCraft: Remastered Yes, you read that correctly. The original StarCraft game is still receiving updates, and its latest, patch 1.19, marks the last major patch it will receive before StarCraft Remastered launches later in August. Several changes appear to bring the game up to more modern, cross-game standards, especially when it comes to this thing called “Battle.net”...

Alexei Stukov likely to be next Heroes of the Storm character Heroes of the Storm took to Twitter this morning to tease its next hero and everyone is already confident it's Alexei Stukov of StarCraft.

StarCraft Remastered coming soon In 1998, when we were all “Gettin’ Jiggy With” Will Smith, a little game called StarCraft hit the market and was followed shortly by its acclaimed expansion, Brood War. StarCraft was a trailblazer in many ways. If nothing else, it was among the pioneers in the concept of esports. However, much like Big Willie Style,...

What’s your favorite Blizzard franchise? BlizzCon is coming up next week and with it, the Diablo 20th anniversary, which got me thinking. Blizzard has made a lot of games over the years, some still going strong or establishing franchises that last to this day. Others (like my old friend Blackthorne) not so much. But over the years Blizzard has racked...




BlizzCon 2016 schedule
What kind of game should Blizzard put out next? BlizzCon is fast approaching. We have no reason to expect a new game from Blizzard — they have a pretty full slate, with Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, and World of Warcraft all in various stages of development and possibility of a new Diablo game bolstered by rumors about David Brevik’s return....

Know Your Lore: The legacy of Chris Metzen Earlier this week, Chris Metzen announced his retirement from Blizzard. He’s worn a lot of hats over the last twenty-three years with the company. Out of all those hats, the one he wore best of all was the one that had him spinning and shaping stories for every franchise Blizzard Entertainment has. It might seem...



The Queue: Earth is Earth is Earth

All Earths are Earth.

This is the Queue. Let’s talk Blizzard and games.


Breakfast Topic: Would you play the original Warcraft? You know, with all the chatter about Blizzard’s possible move into mobile gaming, everyone’s been talking about the possibility of seeing the company’s original RTS titles make a reappearance. I don’t really blame them — the original RTS games are classics, and they’re the kinds of games that almost make sense on a tablet. I’ve...

Breakfast Topic: What’s your favorite Blizzard music? I’m having one of those weeks where I’m obsessed with a particular piece of music — this time, it’s the soundtrack from Auchindoun, which contains all the sweeping parts of the login screen track along with a lot of eerie chanting. If there’s one thing Blizzard has consistently nailed with every game they’ve put out...

Breakfast Topic: CSI Undercity Okay, so here’s the thing — with all the new genre TV shows available from sources like Netflix, and the Warcraft movie about to hit theatres, and Activision-Blizzard starting their own studio, I find myself wondering…what kind of shows are they going to make?

Blizzard updating Warcraft 3, Diablo 2, and StarCraft in HD Blizzard tipped its hand that it is planning to recreate Warcraft 3, Diablo 2, and the original StarCraft for modern gaming rigs with a new job listing for a Senior Software Engineer. Though the titles are currently available, they often don’t run on newer operating systems. This is a great sign as those classics still have...

Artanis’ jokes show even Protoss have a sense of humor StarCraft‘s Protoss always seem so serious, but Artanis — the latest Warrior to join the Heroes of the Storm rotation — has a voiceover that proves even they can have a sense of humor (at least sometimes). While he’s mostly all business (or being offended at having to fight alongside Zerg), this video compiles all of his voiceovers...

Warcraft RTS
Blizzard will consider the possibility of another Warcraft RTS game after Starcraft 2 It’s been twelve years since a new installment of the Warcraft series from the top-down RTS perspective.  Not surprising, of course — it’s long been the accepted and stated wisdom that World of Warcraft provides pretty much all of the Warcraft the company wants.  But it turns out that Blizzard isn’t quite so dead set...

Breakfast Topic: Superstar Avatar One of the core tenets of multiple Blizzard games is the immersive role that the player assumes within the game. In Starcraft, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm, we take on the mantle and characteristics of existing in-game characters. World of Warcraft takes this a step further: We customize and design our characters according to...