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Holly Walmart Batman!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Need helpThat’s right old chum. In my new fangled effort to reclaim my lost WOW heritage, I decided that I needed the expansion pack.

Maybe you’ve heard of it: Burning Crusade. It has a good reputation among players.

Apparently it has flying mounts. About time Blizzard!

What’s that you say? It’s been out for nearly a year? Oh I see.

…Anyway. For the three of you who have not already purchased the expansion, it’s on sale at Walmart for 20 silver (er, I mean $20). That’s $10 less than Blizzard charge to download it. (Walmart controls the world.)

Wrath of the Lich King Movie

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

World of Warcraft_ Wrath of the Lich King-1-1.jpgBlizzard has posted a very nice Flash movie trailer. Check it out.

Wrath of the Lich King FAQ

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

World of Warcraft_ Wrath of the Lich King.jpgBlizzard announced a new expansion at BlizzCon 2007: Wrath of the Lich King FAQ.Blizzard has post an interesting FAQ. New features and new classes look tasty.

new expansion rumored

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Need helpWired.bolgs has an breif article about the next great (rumored) expansion for WOW.

Possible rumor:

The first–and far more plausible–rumor is that the expac will be entitled World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Late last night, news leaked that the USK (Germany’s answer to the ESRB) had received a submission for a product of the same name, for consideration at the Games Convention in Leipzeig. The genre was “add on,” and the submitter was Vivendi Deutschland. Further evidence comes in the form of a leaked excerpt from the Video Games Live orchestra’s Blizzcon playlist. The significant titles? “Northerend 1″,” 2,” and “3.” Notherend is the name of the continent where Arthas, the Lich King, holed up after causing a ruckus in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne.  

WOW 2.2 beta offers cool new mac feature: QuickTime recording

Friday, July 13th, 2007

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Macworld reported that Blizzard is testing WOW client 2.2.

This version is supposed to offer a host of new features. Notably, the ability to record part of your session in QuickTime.

Thanks Blizzard.

Here’s the story.

Article – Money – Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Check out this story. – this is news!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality
Make-A-Wish and a willing company help a grade schooler become the first outsider to create a new character in World of Warcraft.

By TAMARA CHUANG
The Orange County Register
UPDATE: Gamers show support for Ezra, Blizzard (May 23)

IRVINE – For World of Warcraft players hanging out in Shadowmoon Valley last Friday, bizarre events occurred that can only be explained by a small group of people inside the headquarters of Blizzard Entertainment.

At the helm of the strangeness sat 10-year-old Ezra Chatterton, who directed Warcraft’s lead game designer Jeff Kaplan to blast ferocious-looking monsters, or “bosses,” with a single death ray. Chatterton cleared the Black Temple for a European clan to fight the volcano-summoning Supremus.
All that power. Heh, heh.

“I’m impressed with Blizzard,” said Chatterton from his wheelchair. “Bravo!”
The Riverside fifth-grader has a brain tumor. The diagnosis isn’t good; metastatic cancer. Splitting headaches started in March, which led to an emergency room visit in April. Doctors had to sedate him for the pain and he didn’t wake up for a week. Groggy and weak in the hospital, Chatterton only wanted to play the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft.
When the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening cases, came calling two weeks ago, Chatterton knew exactly what he wanted.
“I wished for a trip to Blizzard because I’d like to see if they could make a character and do some things for us.”

Chatterton didn’t think his wish would come true. He’s starting treatment today. And, at most, he thought it could just be a video conference call. But when he found out Blizzard was nearby, and willing, Chatterton became the envy of the 8.5 million World of Warcraft players worldwide. He not only got the chance to tour the company, but to create something new for the game.

Dubbed WoW, Blizzard’s game debuted in 2004 and has inspired hundreds of fan sites, a Warcraft Wiki, global game tournaments and even a “South Park” episode.
Chatterton had his father, Micah, sketch characters and write down questions so he wouldn’t forget.

Blizzard pulled the daylong funfest together in days. On Friday, father and son arrived at Blizzard’s Irvine headquarters in a black limo to tour one of the world’s most successful game companies.

Chatterton was whisked immediately to Kaplan’s office to create weapons and characters for the game. Later he would head to the recording studio to do a voice for the new character and meet with an artist to get the character’s look just right. Throughout the day, he got to design a new weapon, add his dog Kyle to the game, create a quest and record his voice for the new character, Ahab Wheathoof, the Old Rancher.

“We definitely want a crossbow,” Chatterton instructed Kaplan. He offered a detailed description of what he wanted: dangerous flames, curved frame and an ability to wreak havoc.

“I want it to shoot a fiery arrow at 300 damage over 10 seconds,” he said.
With a few clicks of his mouse, Kaplan constructed a prototype.
“Wow. Weird. Progress is going quicker than I expected,” Chatterton said.
“This crossbow will be the only one in the game and it’s very difficult to get,” Kaplan explained. “You’re going to get a lot of questions (from other players).”
Chatterton shied away at Kaplan’s suggestion to add “Finely crafted to Ezra’s specifications.” Father Micah explained, “He doesn’t want to appear boastful.” They settled on attributing it to ePhoenix, his character in the game.

Chatterton’s parents divorced about five years ago and he spends time with both. But only when he’s with his dad does he get to play WoW. Micah Chatterton, a writer, wanted to play from the game’s beginning, but couldn’t afford it. In the U.S., WoW costs about $20 plus another $15 a month in subscription fees. Also, to play online, it’s best to have a high-speed Internet connection, which is another $20 to $50 a month.

Then, last fall, Micah Chatterton’s house burned down, taking away all his son’s toys. He used some insurance money for a computer and Internet access. The father-and-son team entered the world of Warcraft. By Friday, they had made it to level 63. Blizzard bumped ePhoenix up to level 70, the highest level, and stocked the character with gold, weapons and new armor.

“There were a lot of things that are unconventional with our relationship, and the way we choose to bond and spend time together,” said Micah Chatterton. “For instance, WoW was something we had researched and talked about. We would talk about what kind of character do we want to create. This costume as opposed to that costume. We would make decisions together. Neither of us would feel comfortable about making a big decision without consulting the other.”

In the few days the two had to prepare for the trip to Blizzard, they did their homework.

“He asked me draw (a character) and we settled on this Phoenix motif because that’s his middle name. It’s certainly apt because we’d like to have some rebirth,” Micah Chatterton said.

“I asked him to think about why he likes to play WoW and one thing he said was he likes interacting with people he doesn’t know. No matter how crappy things are going on the outside, in the real world, he can be strong and successful and really turn heads in WoW.”

Ezra Chatterton’s enthusiasm kept him going all day, even getting out of his wheelchair to lob some bombs. By the end of the visit, he’d probably spent nearly seven hours with the Blizzard team.

“From my end, it was a lot about really maintaining the momentum of the day, just the happiness,” Micah Chatterton said. “By the end of the day, when we sat down with the artist, Ezra was exhausted and said, ‘I’m just happy with what I’ve got.’ ”
WoW players should keep an eye out for Chatterton’s creations: the rare, flame-shooting crossbow, a quest from a graying Tauren named Ahab Wheathoof and his frenzied dog, Kyle. Blizzard will add Ezra’s changes to the game in the next four weeks.

“If Blizzard is listening, I’d like to say thank you for everything you’ve done for my character to make him so good. I want to thank them for making the quest of the lost dog and the Old Rancher and all the stuff they gave us,” said a grateful but drained Ezra Chatterton, who by Sunday got in about five hours of game play.
The visit has given him more to think about than playing games. He’s starting to think about his future.

“I’d like to be paid to test and play the game and test weapons, but I don’t think I meet the age requirements,” he said. “I’m only 10.”

Contact the writer: 714-796-4952 or tchuang@ocregister.com

Metroblogging Azeroth: Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Even reading this…I can’t believe it.

Metroblogging Azeroth: Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts: “« Yet Another Reason to Play WoW on a Mac… | Main
Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts

posted by Paul Hollingsworth at 11:05 AM on April 11, 2007
I was going to write a story about this but I’m speechless.
5000 Gold for sex.

I wonder if this is a TOS violation.

‘I play a level 70 night elf druid and would prefer someone who was into roleplaying (I have a costume!) boy honestly anyone will do, as long long as you have the gold. I would also be ok with a woman too, as long as you have the gold!’
The craiglist ad is after the jump.

 

Comments
Yikes…….

Posted by: Michael #1 at April 11, 2007 12:03 PM
I’m guessing some form of mind control is going to be required for this transaction to be completed.

Posted by: sean bonner at April 11, 2007 12:23 PM
this fiasco has totally lit a fire in my guild. a lot of us are pretty crass individuals but this subject has drawn a new line. moms beware.

Posted by: Peebers at April 11, 2007 01:51 PM
That’s just crazy.

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I’ve suspected trouble in BC for awhile now…

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Now I have proof! Check out this little video.

Play WoW on Apple’s iPhone?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

You know, I covered this back in February. It seems damn unlikely. The game is tricky enough with a mouse and keyboard. These people are clearly high.

Play WoW on Apple’s iPhone?: “Sean Bonner:

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There’s a pretty crazy story on iPhone World claiming to have confirmation that the iPhone will run WoW. No, like, for realz. From the story:

…Imagine playing WOW on them using the touch screen interface. Think of the impact its going to have on the handheld game market and Apple’s revenue.’

I tried to get more on WOW but all I could get was ‘Steve goes big and WOW is as big as they come when it comes to on-line games.’

…was told that WOW on the iPhone worked with both WiFi and EDGE (without simultaneous phone use) and full multi-tasking with 3G in the future. New iPod will utilize WiFi.

I saw this story over on WoW Insider where they are a little skeptical. I’m a LOT skeptical, and in fact am calling BS on the whole thing. I know people with Mac laptops that can’t run WoW, no way this thing will be able to. As awesome as it would be, I just can’t see it happening. And the touch screen controls would SUCK for playing WoW. You’d need some kind of bluetooth keyboard, and if you have that why not just use a laptop? That said, what would be awesome would be if some elements were accessible, perhaps you couldn’t fight mobs or PvP, but checking mail, auction house, or working on trade skills seems a little more doable. I guess we’ll have to wait and see but my guess is no way.

(Via Metroblogging Azeroth.)

[FYI] The Burning Crusade: Now Available for Download!

Friday, February 9th, 2007

The Burning Crusade: Now Available for Download!: “Everyone demanded it, it is now available. You can now download the entire installation and upgrade your account for The Burning Crusade online.

All you need to do is:
1. Login to Account Management on the World of Warcraft – Accounts Management Page
2. Click The Burning Crusade ‘Download Now’ button
3. Enter your credit card information
4. Follow the link to download The Burning Crusade game client

Easy cheesy! If you didn’t buy it out of the box or from a retailer, I don’t think I would really be too excited about downloading 4 CDs over Blizzards bandwidth. Save the trouble and buy it from the store, if you can. Just imagine downloading a 2GB patch. But, at any rate, if you have visited the World of Warcraft main site, you’re directed to the download section so you can get your copies.”

(Via WoW.Azzor.com RSS.)