And the rune...
Looks like an Arcane Sanctum from WarCraft 3
The new number disproves the number=letter theory
but now there is a new theory
"The Lost Numbers"
= 4 8 15 16 23 42 http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/The_Numbers
"According to the 1975 orientation film in the Sri Lanka Video, the Valenzetti Equation "predicts the exact number of years and months until humanity extinguishes itself."
The arcane sanctum is possible, but it's far from an exact match. You're conveniently ignoring the orbiting orbs that don't match up with the 3 dots in the rune. Besides, even if you buy that identification... why? What's the significance of them putting a rune that looks like one of the buildings from warcraft? What if it looked like oh... Griswold's smithy? Or a turret from SC? A theory is needed to account for or match the image.
How about it's more symbolic? It's a sun or central object being orbited by 3 planets; basically a summary of the first 3 runes. The central object is Blizzard, and the 3 orbiting worlds are their gameworlds, as represented by the warcraft, diablo, and starcraft runes.
That's a reasonable theory, but it lacks explanatory or predictive value. So what if it's blizzard being orbited by their gameworlds. What does that tell us, or predict for splash screens 5 and 6?
I think the "hell frozen over" theory that was just a joke after image 1 is looking more feasible. It's a rather pedestrian metaphor, that diablo might be melting his way out from the ice, but hey...just might be that simple?
I wasn't able to translate this binary, but several people have come up with this solution:
And of course, if you look at the title bar on the decode, you get 10705, in which this image:
Has those numbers. Also of importance, the eyes. I'd be willing to be they'd match up. The image name? splash_diablo.jpg
Another interesting aspect about the splash images is the ever changing size of the image. One thing I've discovered in the latest is that when you multiply the image size:
1230 x 874 = 1075020
And blizzard has never been known for much logic, so lets be illogical and pull out those 0's.
1752 was a pretty important year. Thats when we adopted this calander system, which people for a while refered to satan's calander while *****ing and moaning about losing 11 days of the year. Also in this year, that blaspheming Benjamin Franklin did his famous kite experiment. More of the devils work as some people said. And most importantly, the great fire of moscow, where a large portion of moscow burnt down to the ground, around 2/3rd's of it actually.
Significant? Quite possibly.
Also notice the reoccurring numbers in this whole puzzle: 10 7 and 5... I haven't figured out the point in these numbers yet, nor do I think I will...
CujoXXXI, about the changes in the ice leaving the number 3 unchanged, the "face" on the left side also hasn't changed. It looked different at the 2nd splash image, then changed back again on the 3rd and 4th.