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  • 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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    News
    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The sea, the sea, the sea is on FIRE!!!
    Stratics has posted some new Pirates of the Burning Sea screenshots. Johnny Depp thumbed his nose at us, giggled, spun around seven times and then announced:

    " A new massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) of adventure on the high seas. Build your character with a host of skills. Play as a Pirate, Naval Officer, or Adventurer. Customize your ship's performance and appearance. Fight other captains in real-time tactical ship combat. Conquer the enemy's ports for your side. Amass a fortune through commerce or conquest. Create and schedule your own PvP events. Compete for server-wide victory. Enter an historical world of epic combat! " 

    You can view the Pirates of the Burning Sea Screenshots at Stratics.
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    Images, Media
    Tue, Oct 11, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Ultimate in PvP
    A lot of folks were reporting compromised WoW accounts over the weekend, with the source traced to a trojan horse that broadcasts account names and passwords. In at least one case, the account was reportedly sold to an Asisan "gold farmer." While there's no indication from Blizzard of what the root of the problem is (outside of offering some common sense advice), independent sources trace the "syssmss.exe" trojan to a rogue ad displayed on a fansite which infiltrates unsuspecting computers when viewed in IE.
    The good news? TTH is, was, and always will be virus-free, leaving you to enjoy your MMOs in peace.

    " With the recent rise in reports of compromised accounts, we felt that it would be in the best interest of the community to bring this topic into the spotlight. This is an effort to educate our customers about what can be done to should your account become compromised and most importantly, what you can do to prevent it from becoming compromised. "

    As Blizzard appears to be treating this as a client-side issue, WoW gamers should take immediate steps to protect their accounts. Are you secure? Check out the password security update for World of Warcraft at the official site.
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    Mon, Oct 10, 2005
    Ethec
  • "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!

    News
    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • IGN Reviews WoW "RP-PvP" Ruleset Servers
    Consider it a "no tresspassing" sign for brats, morons, and their ilk.
    IGN takes a look at what makes a WoW roleplaying server a nice alternative to the gank-a-rific flame-fest that gave WoW PvP servers a skanky reputation. Arnold Schwarzenegger, after being terminated one too many times in Molten Core (and using his gubernatorial powers to have the perpetrators summarily executed), recently made the big switch. He quoted this excerpt from the article in a press conference:

    "When it comes down to it, "RP" is more of a special tag that keeps out the jokers, letting those who play well with others do their thing without much hassle. In general, it seems to be a more mature crowd full of people who genuinely enjoy the game and enjoy socializing within it. I've been playing the game since closed beta in April last year (with a few gaps, mind you), and I've experienced my share of hair-pulling aggravation that only a dedicated asstard can generate, so it's nice to come across what looks like a fresh change of pace."

    View the "review" on RP / PvP play in World of Warcraft at IGN.com.
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    Reviews
    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • BlizzCON gets expanded.
    Blizzard has announced that BlizzCON attendees will be able to play a "sneak peek" portion of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. Michael Jackson agreed to discuss the announcement with us, but we didnt' want to talk to him, instead we'll pretend he said this:

    " The World of Warcraft development team has confirmed that BlizzCon attendees will be able to go hands-on with a playable sneak peek of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. For those who won't be able to attend BlizzCon, please note that gaming magazines hitting newsstands in different regions of the world around the time of the event will feature in-depth previews on the new content we have in store. " 

    You can read the BlizzCON - World of Warcraft Expansion Announcement at the Official Site.
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    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Exhibitionists Only.
    Blizzard has put some new BlizzCon tickets on sale, this time they are "Exhibit Only" and will run at $85 plus website surcharge. After hearing the rumour that Adam Sandler would be dressing up as Thrall and running around the show we phoned him, only to hear the following message on his answering machine:

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    Don't miss your chance to attend the inaugural BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, from October 28-29, 2005!

    You can check out the entire BlizzCon Ticket List at the Official Site.
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    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Boomjack
  • One diary to rule them all.
    A new Lord of the Rings Online developer diary has been posted, featuring Chris Pierson. He must be an all-around cool guy because he's Canadian.

    Chris Pierson can count on one hand the number of people who have been at Turbine longer than he has. If the hand had six fingers. But still, it's been nine years now. Good grief.

    When he's not making hills or translating Sindarin, he helps the design team refrain from doing anything that would make Tolkien rise from the grave and wade across the Atlantic to wreak the wrath of the living dead upon Westwood, Massachusetts. He is a practicing Canadian, and writes novels and short stories, too. He would like you to buy his books, please.

    And be sure to ask him about Belegurth the Love-struck Balrog sometime. Be ready to duck. 

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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR DRAGONS.
    The next World of Warcraft Patch will include an outdoor raid zone that features four dragons. They're green. They're mean. They'll make you scream.

    "There is a disturbance at the Great Trees. A new threat menaces these
    secluded areas found in Ashenvale, Duskwood, Feralas, and Hinterlands.
    Four great guardians of the Green Dragonflight have arrived from the
    Dream, but these once-proud protectors now seek only destruction and
    death. Take arms with your fellows and march to these hidden groves --
    only you can defend Azeroth from the corruption they bring."

    You can read all about the World of Warcraft Four Dragons at the Official Site.
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    News
    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Patch Notes - Go Druids.
    Blizzard has put the 1.8 patch for World of Warcraft live on their public Test Server. This is your opportunity to check it out first-hand and then rush to the official forums to complain and moan about it. Druids get a huge revamp that is sure to have 50% of the community screaming that they need a nerf and the other 50% screaming that they need to get buffed. Hey, at least druids can shapeshift into a giant chicken now. I await the KFC instance where they are dipped in a secret recipe of spices and fried for the rest of the raid.

    " The test realm patch notes only apply to features that exist on the public test realms. We provide these patch notes to players who wish to know what features and changes exist in the test environment in order to more effectively test these features. "

    You can read the 1.8 World of Warcraft Patch Notes at the Official Site.
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    News
    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
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