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  • Yes, Gamespot has the good stuff yet again. Do I sound bitter? I could be a little bitter. After all.. they don't REALLY cover MMO games. Anyway, it's a good interview with great information on the new expansion.

    GS: The Burning Crusade will open up a new Outlands area that isn't a part of Azeroth. How will players reach the Outlands?

    JK: You'll travel through the Dark Portal, which is in the Blasted Lands. At one point the Blasted Lands and the Swamp of Sorrows were one zone called the Black Morass in the Warcraft 2 era. When Medivh opened the Dark Portal, it caused a huge crater to form and opened the world to the Hellfire Peninsula. Eventually as the expansion ages, you'll be able to port to one of the key cities, and if you have a warlock buddy and two friends, they can just summon you up. We're not going to force you to run through the portal every time.

    You can read the interview in it's entirety here.

    Want the best guide coverage around? Check out our World of Warcraft Community.

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    Thu, May 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Vivendi Games earnings up... ho hum.

    Building on Vivendi Universal's announcement of a 34% revenue increase earlier this month, subsidiary company Vivendi Games reported a 109% first quarter revenue increase. It's just another quarter in paradise for Blizzard Entertainment and Vivendi.

    According to the company, the "dramatic" improvement in revenue growth was fueled by "an increased proportion relating to the higher margin of World of Warcraft business." Interestingly, in the same report, Vivendi states that the earnings figures include increased development costs incurred by Blizzard, WoW's developer. The report did not specify if these costs were related to the upcoming WoW expansion The Burning Crusade or some other unannounced project.

    Yawn, stretch, and check out the rest of the Vivendi earnings announcement at IGN.

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    Wed, May 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • World of Moviecraft

    Blizzard's Paul Sams discusses the nascent World of Warcraft movie. Will the screen adaptation be subtitled "Lord of the Core Fragments"?

    He reckons the finished movie will end up "somewhere between Braveheart and Lord of the Rings"... So does that mean they'll be approaching Peter Jackson to direct?

    "That's an obvious. Yeah, he would kick ass at this. But, you know, whether we can get him or whether he'd be interested... Who knows?"

    Hmm. Maybe they'll pick Hans Zimmer instead of Howard Shore to do the soundtrack too; the waltzing leitmotif in the LotR movies was more appropriate for dancing than fighting. Enya was a nice touch though, in moderation. I digress.

    Check out a quick Q&A with Paul Sams regarding the World of Warcraft movie at Eurogamer.

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    Wed, May 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • Mephisto will melt your face?

    From E3, speculation grows that Blizzard has a next-gen console game well along in development. MMO, FPS, or RTS? I have little doubt that, accounting for both subscription revenue and box price, World of Warcraft is the top-grossing game of all time. The choice seems like a no-brainer.

    In the past year Blizzard have advertised full time position for next gen programming positions so the news is not really a big surprise. It would be more interesting to discover which game they have up their sleeves. Could it be Diablo which, according to many rumours will be an MMO as huge as World of Warcraft, with the concept of Hell invading Heaven.

    Check out the rest of the story on Blizzard's possible next-gen plans at HEXUS.gaming.

    News
    Mon, May 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • Looking for quest information and help? Tired of supporting the secondary market and the sites they now own?

    Well, so are we... That's why we are in the process of writing our own WoW database application. Below are a few sneak peaks of our internal alpha test version. We will release more information about it, after the insanity that is E3, so check back soon.

    Wed, May 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • On the Official World of Warcraft Online site they have updated to some new interactive Mage and Shaman talent previews.

    Wed, May 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Stranger movies have been made and the current trend to turn games into movies seems to be moving right along to the very popular World of Warcraft according to "The New York Times".

    Most Hollywood attempts at converging games and film have resulted in primarily low-budget movies. On Tuesday, Blizzard Entertainment hopes to reverse that trend as it plans to announce a deal with Legendary Pictures, a major Warner Brothers affiliate, to make a big-budget "Lord of the Rings"-style live-action film based on Blizzard's wildly popular Warcraft series.

    Many details are as yet unannounced, such as director, cast, and planned release date but it appears that Blizzard and Legendary want to depart from Hollywood's undistinguished record of turning games into lack luster films.

    "We try to make big, epic, immersive games at Blizzard, and we have a track record of making some of the best games in the world," Paul Sams, Blizzard's chief operating officer, said in an interview. "Similarly, our goal is to make one of the best films in the world. With Legendary, they have a creative and management team that is so attuned with us it was like we were separated at birth. We want to make a movie that will not only appeal to our existing fans, but will also bring in people that have never heard of Warcraft before."

    The Warcraft world has all the traditional temptations of power and tragic tales. The demon Sargeras himself began as a sort of angel before corrupting himself into an enemy of vitrue. Some other notable characters are the knight Arthas, the mage Illidan and the orc Gul'dan, all of whom were seduced by powers beyond their ken, some find redemption , others do not.

    It's one that I am sure will have a huge following, not only due to the success of the online game but fans of the RTS versions as well. I know my 13 yr old son, a huge fan of the RTS Warcraft series, was delighted with the news.

    News
    Tue, May 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Seems a new way has been found to farm WoW gold. According to Symantec, a new trojan called :Infostrealer.Wowcraft" is targeting something more precious than your credit card information....it's your WoW account!

    Tue, May 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • BBC News has a story of the many problems that seem to be plaguing the giant World of Warcraft. Our own Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle is quoted in the article. Yep that smart guy belongs to us. If you haven't had the chance to read any of Jeff's articles, take the time now. It's good to see his insightful opinions recognized.

    Oh, I guess I should tell you about the story itself.

    Since it launched in November 2004, World of Warcraft has proved hugely popular and now boasts more than six million regular players around the globe. The game lets players control different sorts of characters, including warriors, warlocks, wizards, druids and rogues and take them adventuring in the fantasy world of Azeroth.

    However, some fear that this growth has come at a high price and the playability of the game is suffering as Blizzard, the company behind WoW, struggles to support those millions of players.

    One thing you can be sure of is that our World of Warcraft Community isn't being plagued by anything but an overabundance of great information.

    More World of Warcraft news.
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    News
    Fri, May 05, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Blizzard gets specific with planned hardware improvements

    It seems attention from Cnet and InformationWeek has paid off, and normally tight-lipped World of Warcraft Lead Producer Shane Dabiri goes to pains to list all the hardware changes in store to improve login and in-game performance. Also in the latest "Battle Plan" posted on the WoW official forums: new options for fee-based character transfers across realms and between accounts (but only if the accounts in question are in the same household).

    We recently brought a new World of Warcraft site online in North America -- the 5th one in this region. This not only allowed us to open new realms -- each site can hold approximately 40 -- it also allowed us to migrate existing realms over to the new, top-of-the-line hardware we used to build the site. As with previous migrations, this relieved pressure on our shared-database backend infrastructure, resulting in noticeable improvements in loot, auction house, mail, and instance lag and general realm stability for the players who we're moved to the new realms as well those who remained at the original site.

    Beyond this 5th World of Warcraft site, we are preparing to bring up a 6th site before the end of May, and we have plans to build additional sites in order to handle any increase in population we experience after the release of The Burning Crusade. All of our future sites will be built using the latest hardware and will give us the capacity to support new players and perform additional migrations and character transfers as needed.

    (...)

    On top of our efforts to evenly disperse our player population through coordinated realm transfers and migrations, we've begun testing our paid character-transfer feature. Scheduled to go live this summer, this feature will allow players to move their characters, within certain restrictions, to a realm of their choosing. This means that player's will now be able to join their friends on other realms without the need to wait for a pre-set mass realm transfer. In addition, this will also contribute to a balancing of the player load from realm to realm, which again is a specific way for us to reduce realm queues and lag. We know that many player's are eager for this service to be implemented, so we'll share further details as soon as more information becomes available.

    Battleplan Vol. 3 (at the WoW official forums) is one of the most detailed posts we've seen from the Blizzard crew in the nigh year and a half the blockbuster game's been live. Lots of answers, and more than a few new questions. Hopefully we'll be able to find out more from Blizzard next week at E3.

    News
    Thu, May 04, 2006
    Ethec
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