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The Blizzard Orc Statue and compass points of wisdom

Kevin Kelly

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Hey there readers! You're probably wondering who the hell this guy is. And by this guy, I mean me. I'm a writer over at Joystiq, where we sometimes jealously watch all the fun stuff our sword and spell-wielding counterparts over here get to do. Luckily, and only by means of geographical location and the fact that they were showing off Starcraft 2, I got a chance to tour the Blzzard campus and take a lot of snaps if you know that I mean. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

These will be featured in a story over on Joystiq at some point today, but in the meantime here's a sneak preview just for readers. You may already know about Blizzard's massive courtyard Orc statue that's in the process of being installed in the front of the main building, but you might not know about the tenets engraved on each of the eight compass points that tout Blizzard's mottos. There's a peek at all of 'em in the gallery below, and they're also listed just beyond the break.

Read on for more, check out the statue and points gallery below, and stay tuned today for the drool-worth tour photos.

Gallery: The Blizzard Orc Statue and Compass Points | 10 Photos

Each one of the Blizzard employees got to take home a scaled-down version of this sucker, with some even appearing on eBay, but none of them feature the massive compass that's being installed around the statue. Although the statue was supposedly ready back in February, Blizzard had contractors on-hand last week tearing up the concrete and putting new lights in ... or maybe that Orc just secretly comes to life at night and tears everything up. Who knows.

Anyhow, they were working on things while we were there, and upon closer inspection we noticed the compass points were surrounded by runes. The eight different points say (in English, who knows what those runes mean):

and my personal favorite ...
Although "Think Globally" reminds me a bit of Pinky and the Brain trying to take over the world, this is some pretty cool stuff. Now I'm starting to wonder what I'd be qualified to do at Blizzard ... maybe they need someone to photo-document all of their campus-improvement projects obsessively.

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