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  • What do you mean slow fall doesn't work in  real life?

    More coverage of the Chinese boy who's impersonation of a hot air
    balloon failed miserably, inciting his parents to sue Blizzard debacle
    is posted at Ferrago.

    "The lawsuit against Blizzard blames the dangerous
    influences of their
    title for the boy's death, and the case is being supported by the vocal
    Zhang Chunliang, an activist who has in the past sought to educate on
    the dangers of internet
    addictions. The suit will be filed soon and Chungliang claims he has
    spoken to over sixty parents, concerned about the impact of online
    addictions on their children. Blizzard have yet to respond to the
    lawsuit, which has yet to be officially filed, but it is likely that
    this will prove a test case for China's perception of online gaming and
    the associated risks. "

    Oh, you want more?

    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • A day late and a platinum short.

    Hot on the hooves of the other sites reporting about the Blizzard
    lawsuit, TechSpot
    has jumped into the fray.  

    "In China, the
    parents of a 13-year-old Tianjin boy are suing the makers of "
    of Warcraft" because they claim
    that the game was responsible for the death of their son!
    Seemingly, the boy jumped to his death after re-enacting a scene from
    the game, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. Anti-Internet
    addiction advocate Zhang Chunliang is backing the parent’s suit against
    Blizzard Entertainment. Chunliang has apparently spoken to 63 parents
    whose children have allegedly suffered from
    online gaming addiction, and has a class-action
    suit in the works.

    Mon, Nov 21, 2005
  • 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 hall of fame gets a lord.
    Richard "Lord British" Garriott has been inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

    " CALABASAS, CA - November 8, 2005 - The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced that computer games pioneer Richard Garriott will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Annually voted on by the Academy's Board of Directors, this honor is awarded to individuals whose efforts and contributions have expanded the scope and success of the computer games industry. As the ninth member of the Hall, Garriott joins an already impressive fraternity of gaming icons, including Trip Hawkins, Peter Molyneux, Yu Suzuki, Will Wright, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto. "

    You can read a bit more about Lord British being Honored at Blues News.

    Wed, Nov 09, 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
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