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Mists of Pandaria Release Party Pictures and Report

/ Sep 25th, 2012 1 Comment

Kissy Kissy for Pandas

The Mists of Pandaria Release Party was held on September 24th, 2012 at the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, CA to celebrate the release of the fourth expansion pack, Mists of Pandaria, for World of WarCraft. Blizzard Entertainment always pulls out all the punches for these events, setting up a huge stage with a giant screen with WoW fans packing the area. There was a noticeable positive energy all around at this event with everyone in attendance anticipating the midnight release of the game in high spirits. GameStop was there taking pre-orders and Blizzard employees were on hand to sign autographs for fans. Top Blizzard staff such as CEO Mike Morhaime, acclaimed game designer Chris Metzen and Senior Producer Ray Cobo were all on hand and answer press questions during the event. We were on hand to take pictures of the crowd including many attractive girls. Enjoy!

Executive Editor Sean Gibson

Executive Editor Sean Gibson

Interviewing Senior Producer Ray Cobo

Interviewing Senior Producer Ray Cobo

OMG - The GI Team!

OMG – The GI Team!

Stage for the MoP Release

Stage for the MoP Release

Hands off the Hot Elf!

Hands off the Hot Elf!

We Really Can't Explain This One

We Really Can’t Explain This One

Alliance Ladies All Dressed Up

Alliance Ladies All Dressed Up

Ahh The Great Outdoors...

Ahh The Great Outdoors…

A Group of Dressed Up People

A Group of Dressed Up People

Carl Armstrong Interviews ... a Female Troll.

Carl Armstrong Interviews … a Female Troll.

Sexy Night Elf ... Big Sword.

Sexy Night Elf … Big Sword.

Pretty Outstanding Female Troll... with a Pet!

Pretty Outstanding Female Troll… with a Pet!

Elf and Panda... Together Forever.

Elf and Panda… Together Forever.

Yup It's the Release Party

Yup It’s the Release Party

Pandas ... pandas.

Pandas … pandas.

Easily the Most Comical Picture of the Pictures Taken at the Mists of Pandaria Release Party

Easily the Most Comical Picture of the Pictures Taken at the Mists of Pandaria Release Party

Kissy Kissy for Pandas

Kissy Kissy for Pandas

That's a Big Hammer

That’s a Big Hammer

As you can see the party was definitely full of interesting characters. Surprisingly there was a decent amount of attractive women on hand. Of course, most of them actually worked at Blizzard! Overall though the crowd was really into the whole event, people were really excited to take pictures with those people that showed up dressed as their favorite characters. Overall there was a really positive vibe and the Mists of Pandaria Release Party was definitely a much better crowd that the Diablo 3 Release Party.

If you’ve never been to one of these things, they’re actually pretty fun to attend. Most people are in a really good mood and Blizzard shows off some behind-the-scenes footage from folks that made the game. In addition some celebrities in the world of gaming tend to make appearances on stage for interviews, plus top Blizzard staff are on hand to meet people in the crowd. There’s tons of giveaways too as Blizzard was giving away NVIDIA video cards and SSDs to some of the folks on-hand.

Overall, the Mists of Pandaria Release Party was a great event and enjoyed by our staff as Blizzard did a bang-up job as always blowing out another fine release for WoW.

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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