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  • Natural selection in action.

    The death of a 13 year-old World of
    player has prompted his parents to sue Blizzard,
    claiming that the game is to blame for his death.  The boy
    allegedly jumped from a high building re-enacting something his
    character had done in the game.
    has a bit about it, as does GameShout and
    even Joystiq

    In other news, personal and parental responsibility took a long hard
    kick in the ass today. 

    Mon, Nov 21, 2005
  • The future is a blizzard.
    EuroGamer chatted with the good folks at Blizzard and posted their thoughts. This is a great read, especially so if you are a Blizzard fan.

    " Behind elderly security guards is the press room. It's here over the weekend Eurogamer gets the chance to chat extensively with some of the higher members of the Blizzard hierarchy. We talk about what it feels like to stand in front of a huge crowd, who are here just because of your games, and to speak to them. We ask how you keep a straight face while someone has just said, "I play a Rogue, and you said that my damage rate would drop by three-per cent - and for me, it's nearer six per cent". And we asked them and anyone where we could get more tapes for our dictaphone, as we chatted so much we ran out. "

    You can read Blizzard On The Future at EuroGamer.

    Tue, Nov 08, 2005
  • Sony haXX0rs WoW.
    SecurityFocus is reporting that the Sony BMG content protection software is making it possible for people to hack World of Warcraft and not get caught.

    " World of Warcraft hackers have confirmed that the hiding capabilities of Sony BMG's content protection software can make tools made for cheating in the online world impossible to detect. The software--deemed a "rootkit" by many security experts--is shipped with tens of thousands of the record company's music titles.
    Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of World of Warcraft, has created a controversial program that detects cheaters by scanning the processes that are running at the time the game is played. Called the Warden, the anti-cheating program cannot detect any files that are hidden with Sony BMG's content protection, which only requires that the hacker add the prefix "$sys$" to file names."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Hackers Using Sony BMG Rootkit at SecurityFocus.
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    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
  • Wow! A free day of WoW.
    Blizzard announced via their forums that they have given all World of Warcraft subscribers a free day of service.

    " There were a variety of issues with the authentication server yesterday and today that caused players to have issues logging in to the game and forums. Several realms came down for unscheduled maintenance yesterday to resolve a few continent crashes. The extended maintenance today also caused a great deal of inconvenience to many. As a result, we are giving all accounts a 24-hour credit on their subscription. This credit should show up on your account by the end of the week.

    As of this post, things are back to normal, but we will continue to closely monitor the realms and be prepared to take action should any other issues arise. We regret that the game was unavailable for a number of players both before and after the regularly scheduled maintenance period, and we would like to thank you all for your patience during this time.

    You can read the original World of Warcraft One-Day Extension Post at the Official Site.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
  • Succubus babes and other Blizzard silliness.
    The BlizzCon coverage continues to blow in.

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    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
  • It's massive. It's multiplayer. It's a boardgame.
    You can now pre-order the World of Warcraft board game. I guess you play this on Tuesdays when the game is down for patching. An interesting note, is that the board game costs more than the video game.

    " Adventure across Lordaeron, vanquish terrible monsters, take home incredible treasures, and fight for the honor of the Alliance! ...or the Horde. Pre-order your copy of World of Warcraft: the Board Game today! Not only will you get your game immediately upon its release, but you'll get special limited-edition goodies free! "

    You can check out the World of Warcraft Board Game Pre-Order Information at FantasyFlightGames.
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    Thu, Oct 27, 2005
  • 1.8.1 WoW Patch Notes or for you 133t dudes that would be !.8.!
    The World of Warcraft 1.8.1 patch notes are posted online at the official site.

    Patch 1.8.1 Changes


    • Certain geometry exploits in Arathi Basin have been fixed.


    • The tooltip on the Lightforged Blade has been updated to correctly show its minimum level requirement of 47 and its Bind on Acquire status.

    User Interface

    • Fonts should once again display properly.
    • Fixed bug preventing UI scripting error messages from wrapping.
    • Fixed per-character saved variables for non-English character name."

    You can read the World of Warcraft 1.8.1 patch notes and more at the Official Site.
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    Wed, Oct 26, 2005
  • The not-so-secret secrets. has posted a lengthy article titled, "Secrets of Massively Multiplayer Farming". I'm not sure these were secrets to anyone who has played World of Warcraft, but the article was an interesting read.

    In the past several months, I’ve become friendly with a number of the professional farmers on my server. I had no special motive in doing so; I certainly didn’t befriend them so that I could study them. Nonetheless, during the course of our teaming and chatting together, I gained glimpses into their lifestyles and learned things that I’ve found to be interesting and that I would like to share. The odds are that if you have access to the venue where this document is being published, you’ll find them interesting too. " 

    You can read the entire "Secrets of Massively Multiplayer Farming" at GameGuidesOnline.
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    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
  • The new patch is here, and with it the moans and cries of 4 million players.
    The new World of Warcraft Patch is out and about, weighing in at a mere 252 MB and calling itself version 1.8. Most notable of the many changes are the revamped Silithus zone for 60+ players, the Four Dragons outdoor raid zone and the talent revamp for druids. We asked Jet Li if he had ever met the Four Dragons, or even stayed at a four seasons, but he abruptly chopped us in the windpipe and mumbled:

    " The arid sands of Silithus are shifting. Something is awakening beyond the wall to the south... Aid the Druids of the Cenarion Circle as they delve into the mysteries of the desert. Seek answers behind the Twilight Hammer's presence. Discover more about the alien creatures known as the Silithid as you explore their hives. Many new endeavors await the high-level adventurer! " 

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft 1.8 Patch Notes at The Official Site.
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    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
  • "We got spirit, yes we do... we got spirit, we'll gank you!"
    The "spirit" of World of Warcraft PvP is the topic of this Op/Ed piece. If you've ever wanted to know more about how player vs. player action works in the worlds most popular first-person MMO, and get a tour of PvP efforts in MMOs to date, take a looksee.

    " In conclusion, is the World of Warcraft PvP system perfect? No, there are plenty of loop holes to exploit. Is the game fun? Yes, like any other online game you get out what you put in. If you are disappointed in the Battlegrounds, try going to an area and starting trouble, create your own fights, or join a guild that randomly PvPs all the time. I hope we see more improvements from Blizzard in the future with respect to rankings and Battleground availability. "

    Player vs. Player Battlegrounds in World of Warcraft... click here to enter the action!

    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
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