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  • WoW's new honors ranking page is simply gank-o-tastic!

    Yep, now you can check on your pwn-age and show it off to your friends on other servers. Like you really needed any encouragement!

    We're pleased to bring you a new dynamic web section titled Player vs. Player rankings. You can now look up the rankings for your realm and your faction (Horde or Alliance) on the web site. These listings are updated weekly. We hope this new feature makes your player vs. player experience more enjoyable. Look for more upcoming dynamic web features in the future.

    Check out the new World of Warcraft PvP Ranking page.

    News
    Thu, Sep 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • 4 million subscribers just can't be all wrong...
    Shawn Carnes, Blizzard Game Developer, speaks to subscriber retention and sheds light on Blizzard's vision for World of Warcraft. Apparently, the new trend is toward MMOG localization rather than content expansion. But can WoW continue to please its current 9-monthers without an expansion for another whole year while adapting the game for the Koreans? After all, a year in gamer years is like a century. Also, will Korea have a new race modeled after Vin Diesel?

    "Grimwell: With WoW as a clear success, an expansion is a no-brainer to follow up on the success. What are the plans for this?



    Shawn: An expansion is planned, not in 2005, possibly in late 2006 barring unforeseen chaos. Work is already going on for the expansion, and it's going good. What to look for? Blizzard is good at polishing what we do well. The WoW expansion will be like other game expansions in that there will be new characters, items, spells, etc. but it will have the Blizzard twist. "

    Read the World of Warcraft Interview at GamerGod, then hone your WoW talents (no pun intended) at wow.tentonhammer.com!
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • Our Alterac Valley tip is don't die.
    Blizzard has posted a page of World of Warcraft tips for Alterac Valley. Our calls to Vin Diesel were sent to voice-mail. Strangely, the voice-mail message was this:

    " Here are some tips that we hope will give you a better experience in Alterac Valley. This is a very involved Battleground and it can take time to learn how everything works. If you have any questions, be sure to read the various Aterac Valley information pages we have created. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft Tips For Alterac Valley at The Official Site.
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    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • WoW announces 4 Million subscribers just a month after announcing 3.5 Million.
    Blizzard has issued a press release announcing 4 Million paying subscribers. Our attempts to contact all 4 million paying subscribers were in vain. We were only able to track down 3.8 Million. Nonetheless, each and every one of them had this to say:

    "IRVINE, California - August 29, 2005 - Blizzard Entertainment®, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®, its subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has reached more than one million paying customers in North America. This brings the total population for Blizzard's critically acclaimed game, the largest MMORPG in the world, to more than four million paying customers. "It's very rewarding to see so many new and returning players logging in to play World of Warcraft daily," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With the continued support of our retail partners, World of Warcraft has reached more than one million paying customers in North America well before its one-year anniversary in November. We would like to express our appreciation to both the players and our retail and license partners for helping us make World of Warcraft one of the most popular online games in the world." To support World of Warcraft's expanding population, Blizzard Entertainment continues to release content updates on a regular basis. These updates continually evolve the game, rewarding subscribers with new experiences and enticing prospective players to join in on an ever-growing number of adventures. World of Warcraft has been the #1-selling MMORPG in North America since it launched in November 2004. Reaching the one million customer milestone in North America further solidifies World of Warcraft's position as the biggest and most popular online RPG by far in the region. Since its North America debut, World of Warcraft has steadily grown in popularity around the world. Following launches in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Europe, World of Warcraft recently released in China on June 7, 2005 and quickly garnered over 1.5 million paying customers in its first month. Shortly after the China launch, World of Warcraft made its debut in Singapore. The game is currently scheduled to launch in the region of Taiwan later this year. For more information on World of Warcraft, please visit the game's official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com. World of Warcraft's Paying Customer Definition



    World of Warcraft customers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or purchased a prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the installation box bundled with one free month access. Internet Game Room players having accessed the game over the last seven days are also counted as customers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or canceled subscriptions, and expired pre-paid cards. Customers in licensees' territories are defined along the same rules.
    About Blizzard Entertainment®, Inc.

    Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment® Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes nine #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service, Battle.net , reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users. "

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    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • WoW is Wow.
    CVG has posted a World of Warcraft interview featuring Shane Dabiri and discussing the "WoW Factor". Tom Cruise confused WoW for War of the Worlds and demanded his own interview. When asked about his relationship with Katie Holmes he replied:

    "Last evening we caught our pet cat playing World of Warcraft. As the most evil character in the game - Night Elf Rogue - he was fairing okay at level five although was getting a little confused when we kept telling him we'd assigned auto-run to the pause key (they're ALL paws keys to a cat see - geddit?). But it's testament to the massive, wide-spread penetration (yes, in our increasing effort to get slightly more risqué, we actually said 'PENETRATION') that Blizzard's MMORPG has achieved, with player numbers rocketing into the stratosphere. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Interview at CVG.
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Aug 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because, let's face it, nobody has heard of World of Warcraft.
    Computer Gaming World has reviewed World of Warcraft. Both people who have not yet played WoW read the following:

    " Rather than focus on a bunch of explicit, boring tutorials, WoW teaches you the ropes and eases you into the game so slyly that you'll barely even notice you're in school. Instead of pitched battles against rabbits, cats, rats, and other tiny animals that you could kill in real life without much effort, the game immediately pits you against actual monsters. Garden-variety animals exist--you're just not expected to fight them. They merely hop around and occasionally get devoured by a passing predator. Since there aren't any artificial zone boundaries, you're free to wander wherever you want to right from the start, which removes the penned-in feeling common to low-level characters in most other MMORPGs. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Review at Computer Gaming World.
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    Reviews
    Thu, Aug 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Swag For Nerds
    Blizzard has announced the goodies that BlizzCon attendees will receive. Britney Spears mistaking the Blizzard goodies for junk food purchased her BlizzCon ticket and exclaimed:

    " With the date for BlizzCon rapidly approaching, we’re excited to reveal more information about what attendees have in store. Here are some of the noteworthy and exclusive BlizzCon goodies that each attendee will receive. "

    You can read the entire BlizzCon Swag Announcement at The Official Site.
    Need more swag? WoW.TenTonHammer.com.

    Fri, Aug 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You don't have to be an olda man, but it's best to be level 44-50 to visit this WoW instanced dungeon!
    It’s old, creepy, and filled with nasty Troggs (and even dwarves made of stone) but at last we have a guide for daring adventurers!  With information on the Instance, quests, and tactics, the Uldaman guide will be a useful asset for those looking to run Uldaman.  Uldaman itself is a mid leveled World of Warcraft Instance that is the home of the Titans (the shapers of the WoW world) and one of three Instances that they have setup across the world.

    " Since it a fairly long Instance to run through, and there are various quests and special mobs to kill, it is obvious that there are certain tactics that need to be followed in order to succeed in the Uldaman.

    The MOBs in Uldaman range from 37-45 elite and are generally found in groups of 4-5, with the occasional group of 5 or even 6. You will note that the levels of the MOBS increase dynamically as you go further into the Instance.

    Being a level 44-50 instance, with the MOBs being 37-46 elite you will HAVE to work together as a team, especially if you are at the low end of the level scale. Most players in the correct level range will not be able to handle an elite MOB of their level or higher on their own. The best tactic to deal with this is to designate a single player to pull MOBs and be careful to not pull anything other than what is planned. If you are the puller always plan the pull carefully. This means, watching for patrols, movement of MOBs, and party health and mana. If you do these things even a party of all 45-47 characters stands an excellent chance at finishing the instance. "

    The Uldaman guide, in all its splendor, can be found on the TTH World of Warcraft Community Site!

    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Ethec
  • Succubus Spanks WoW Kiddie. Film at 11:00.
    Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy is an article up on Joystiq. MAWP, Mothers Against WoW Players has delivered a press release that goes something like this:

    "Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG ever. So big, in fact, that everyone and his mother is playing it… literally. "

    You can read the entire Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy article at Joystiq.
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    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Now the twist on Big Brother 6. Blizzard will be entering the house.
    ZDNet is reporting on the current hub-bub over Blizzard deploying system scanning software with World of Warcraft. Tom Cruise arrived at TenTonHammer.com HQ this morning wearing his Mission Impossible gear and a wide grin. He may or may not have had this to say:

    " A number of "World of Warcraft" players are up in arms over software being used by the game's publisher to scan users' computers for hacks prohibited under its terms of service. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Hacking Article at ZDNet.
    More WoW Goodies than Microsoft has patents are yours at WoW.TenTonHammer.com.

    News
    Mon, Aug 15, 2005
    Boomjack
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