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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

BC discounted at BestBuy!

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

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For the 3 of you who have not yet purchased the Burning Crusade expansion… BestBuy is reported to have it for sale online for $30. That’s $10 less than list price.

The original story was posted at mmorpg.qj.net

Check out the BestBuy page.

I’ve suspected trouble in BC for awhile now…

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Now I have proof! Check out this little video.

BC surprises

Monday, March 19th, 2007

BC.jpgNow anyone can sift through the ocean of posts on the Blizzard message boards; but it takes a real troll glutton for punishment to scan some of the more exotic forums.

I decided to explore the Tribe.net boards and smiled at a thread called, “BC Surpises.” One of the obvious reactions is the giant heap of abandoned blue items as people chortle like little girls on Christmas day as they gather the BC new green items.

I was amused at the huge number of blood elves tripping over each other in the noob area.

One fellow claimed that there is a new tool tip in the wow loading page: “Take everything in moderation (Even World of Warcraft)”

My favorite quote: ‘I also didn’t expect Dranei to have so many color options…I figured they were just blue space demons. They look really cool if you go for the black skin with dark hair. More intimidating than the Smurf-like pictures I saw in the previews.’

Edit: Other favorite quote: ‘I love the bizarre stuff that pops up in the game. I once found a ‘Chainlink Towel’ – it was a gray or white – I don’t remember which – cloak that had low armor & the caption “Now even less absorbent!”‘

Check it out 🙂

[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.)

How to earn 1,000G in two hours

Friday, February 9th, 2007

I stumbled on this and thought you might dig it. Cash seems easy in the expansion 🙂

How to earn 1,000G in two hours: “Mojo:

From Fanfan on Mal’Ganis the WoW forums:

Strapped for cash? need to buy epic flying mount? Want to make 1000g in 2 hours?

Nagrand – Elemental Plateau (67,23)

Wind Elementals = Drop 1-2 motes of air, 10x combines to 1 Primal Air = ~20g per
Fire Elementals = Drop 1-2 motes of fire, 10x combines to 1 Primal Fire = ~25g per
Water Elementals = Drop 1-2 motes of water, 10x combines to 1 Primal Water = ~20g per

2 hours of farming yielded 978g

Nagrand – Lake South of Throne of Elements (58,26) under the water

Water Elementals = Drop 1-2 motes of water, 10x combines to 1 Primal Water = ~20g per

Netherstorm – Ruins of Enkaat (34,57) north of area 52

Mana Wraiths = Drop 1-2 motes of mana, 10x combines to 1 Primal Mana = ~15g per
Rock Elementals = drop 1-2 motes of earth, 10x combines to 1 Primal Earth = ~10g per

1 hour of farming yielded 500g

Shadowmoon Valley – The Hand of Gul’dan (47,45)

Fire Elementals = Drop 1-2 motes of fire, 10x combines to 1 Primal Fire = ~25g per
Rock Elementals = drop 1-2 motes of earth, 10x combines to 1 Primal Earth = ~10g per

2 hours of farming yeilded 840g

The method relies upon crafters needing lots of the new primal essences for many decent high-level craftables, and is pretty ingenious. There is a very strong demand for these right now as everyone is rushing to skill up their professions. I can see the price dropping somewhat if everyone begins doing it, but the primal essences have a low deposit amount on the auction house, which makes them well-suited to waiting for a high buyout.

I may consider doing this once I run out of quests, if I’m still shy of the 5k I need for my epic flying mount.

(Via Metroblogging Azeroth.)

The Comics for BC have begun

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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A couple of different sites have posted humorous comics about BC.

take a look.

PVP online

GU Comics

lvl 70 already

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Well somebody has already reached level 70. What’s the point? Why pay $35 for software if you’re going to spend 28 hours burning through it?

What do you think?

The gate is open

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

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Have you stopped to eat yet?

Seriously, now that the expansion has shipped and the global event has started, I’m not really expecting many visitors for a while.

This is ok, since I’ve got a new mouth to feed (not one of the cool new pets).

However, should you find a minute to read this, please let us know what you think of the expansion. Is it buggy as hell? Do you already have your flying mount? What happens when you fall off the edge of the world?

Please let us know what you learn.

Kurn

Quickie

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

burning crusadeWell, it looks like Burning Crusade will be out on the 15th of this month. I’ve heard that you should max out your skills before you hit the expansion. They also suggest that you stock up on snacks, frozen dinners, and maybe a bedpan.

I heard one beta tester say, don’t hit auto-run and then take your eyes off the screen. It seems there are gapping holes that will drop you in to an abyss. My question(s): how long do you fall, before the game decides that you are dead? How do you get your corpse?

Happy New Year!