Chinese Government steps up 'anti-gaming' measures
Spong.com has posted a report on efforts being taken by China's already anti gaming government to take restrictions even further.
You might not be aware of this, but the ever-autocratic Chinese government has had a system in place since last August preventing individuals from playing online games for more than three consecutive hours.
The system, by law, is installed in every online game in the country. It works by cutting the ability level of a player's online game character by half after he or she has played for more than three consecutive hours. After five consecutive hours of play, the system cuts the ability level of that player's character to the lowest level allowed by the game. Players have to log off for a minimum of five hours before the system resets.
We continue (and finish!) our series of guides on the PvP
battlegrounds of WoW with a complete guide to Arathi Basin. Find all
the information you need to know to be competitive in this fast paced
action packed battleground! Everything from tactics to descriptions of
each objective point is located conveniently in our guide for your
"Grab a sword, staff, or bow and head out to battle! Your side needs
you to secure resources located inside of the Arathi Basin. Arathi
Basin hosts a 15 vs. 15 battle over resources which the other side
desperately needs to fuel the warfront elsewhere. You can join the
battle starting at level 20 (5 brackets of 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,
and level 60) to assist either the League of Arathor (Alliance) or the
Forsaken Defilers (Horde). Constant fast paced battles are the main
draw to this excellent battleground."
Blizzard's VP of Game Design, Rob Pardo Talks To CVG
ComputerandVideoGames.com had a chance to sit and talk with Rob Pardo about World of Warcraft's much awaited expansion The Burning Crusades.
World of Warcraft is such an unstoppable behemoth of a success story, it hardly even needs an introduction anymore. Still, there's plenty that developer Blizzard is keeping tight-lipped about regarding the forthcoming expansion Burning Crusade, so we'll seize any chance we get to weed out further nuggets of fact.
We sat down with Blizzard's VP of game design, Rob Pardo, to probe his impenetrable cavern of revelations regarding just what we can expect when Azeroth's dark portals finally open, the benefits offered by the expansion's two new races and, of course, the new level 70 cap. Read on for more.
This announcement was posted on the official World of Warcraft site...
We are happy to announce the availability of the Paid Character Transfer service for World of Warcraft. You can find this feature in the account-management section of the official World of Warcraft website. This new functionality will allow you to transfer characters to other realms (within certain restrictions) in order to join friends and family or make new friends and allies. Learn more about this new feature in our Paid Character Transfer FAQ.
The initial launch of the Paid Character Transfer service will only allow transfers between a limited set of realms. You can now transfer characters off of these realms:
* Altar of Storms
* Argent Dawn
* Demon Soul
We'll gradually scale up the list of realms to accommodate more players as quickly as possible. To start transferring your characters, just log in to the account-management section and click the Paid Character Transfer button. Good luck in your continued adventures in Azeroth, and have fun on your new realm!
Please note that because it is tied into the account-management section, the Paid Character Transfer service may be unavailable during the regularly scheduled weekly maintenance.
Kids in a Candy Store: An Interview on Casual Gamers and Tier .5
Sound familiar? The fight between Raiders and Casual gamers within the
World of Warcraft has been the biggest source of animosity within their
first MMORPG attempt. It has taken a while for the two groups to really
separate and voice their opinions and views, but now, well over a year
after the release of the game, Blizzard has taken a very large step in
trying to close the gap. The release of the new tier .5 armor quests gives
the chance for any player, both Raider or Casual, to upgrade their tier 0
armor sets, into a whole new set, comprised of 4 new rare items, and 4 new
This interview will help explain not only the steps involved to complete these new quests, but views from the gamer’s themselves as to whether or not these new upgrades and quests are worthwhile at all, and whether they are the answer to the Casual’s cries before the release of the expansion.
Elwynn Forest, a forest so lush you would almost think of it as Night Elf land. New Humans go from level 1-10 in this wonderfully scenic zone. Although things can be confusing with a feuding farms, Murlocs everywhere, and crazy ninja rogues who like to hang around in vineyards. That's why Ten Ton Hammer how has a complete walkthrough of levels 1-10 in Elwynn Forest! Everything you need to know to get
through this zone in a speedy fashion!
"Elwynn Forest is a vast sprawling woodland inhibited by the bulk of
the Human population. The forest itself is home to many wild creatures
ranging from boards and wolves to the strange kobolds and murlocs.
Elwynn Forest enjoys the security of the Stormwind guard, but that
security is only reserved for the roads and towns. Many places are
overrun by the Defias staging camps or one of the many strange
creatures that have taken up residence in this land. The majestic city
of Stormwind lies in the northwest of the forest, looking over the
last remaining cities of the Human empire."
Cross server battlegrounds, when death-coiling the locals just isn't enough any more.
Blizzard has thrown up their look ahead to Patch 1.12 for World of Warcraft. Also in the works are a rogue revamp, hopefully changing the many typos of rouge to rogue automatically and World PvP.
" For the first time in the history of World of Warcraft, you will be able to face off against players from other realms in the Battlegrounds. Coming in patch 1.12 are cross-realm PvP Battlegrounds, linking Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, and Arathi Basin so that players from several realms will be combined into one huge matchmaking pool. Replenish your mana, sharpen your blades, and get ready for some brand-new challengers! "
You can read the World of Warcraft patch notes for 1.12 at the official site.
Patch 1.11 now available for download here at Ten Ton Hammer!
The scourge are invading and the patcher is giving you a fit! Worry not, we have patch 1.11 now available from download here on our speedy servers. Getting you to fighting the evil undead invaders even faster!
Stormwind, known by many as 'the last bastion of humanity", is a
noble and proud city that's the current captial for the Human race.
Known for its scenic beauty and marvellous citadel, Stormwind provides
all the comforts any member of the Alliance could ask for. Get to know
this city more in Ten Ton Hammer's latest guide, which gives quest
info, a map, and a little bit of history behind this valiant city.
"Standing proud in the grassy hills of Elywnn Forest, Stormwind towers
over the area as a beacon of hope and prosperity for the Human race.
Many consider Stormwind as the last bastion of Human power within the
eastern kingdoms since it's the last major Human city still standing."
In a bi-monthly series, the team at Stratics has posted the results of their Q and A with the develiopers of World of Warcraft.
Q. When designing quests do you use usability testing to see how different cultures would interpret them? - Douglas Meinhardt from the Uldum realm.
A. Localization and usability are one of our top priorities when we design quests.We have dedicated localization teams who translate game content for each region. When something is found to be off color or unidentifiable, they make changes to insure that the text works in that particular region.