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  • Chinese Government steps up 'anti-gaming' measures

    Spong.com has posted a report on efforts being taken by China's already anti gaming government to take restrictions even further.

    You might not be aware of this, but the ever-autocratic Chinese government has had a system in place since last August preventing individuals from playing online games for more than three consecutive hours.

    The system, by law, is installed in every online game in the country. It works by cutting the ability level of a player's online game character by half after he or she has played for more than three consecutive hours. After five consecutive hours of play, the system cuts the ability level of that player's character to the lowest level allowed by the game. Players have to log off for a minimum of five hours before the system resets.

    Read the rest of this report at Spong.com.

    News
    Thu, Jun 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Now You Can Move Your Character...For A Fee...

    This announcement was posted on the official World of Warcraft site...

    We are happy to announce the availability of the Paid Character Transfer service for World of Warcraft. You can find this feature in the account-management section of the official World of Warcraft website. This new functionality will allow you to transfer characters to other realms (within certain restrictions) in order to join friends and family or make new friends and allies. Learn more about this new feature in our Paid Character Transfer FAQ.

    The initial launch of the Paid Character Transfer service will only allow transfers between a limited set of realms. You can now transfer characters off of these realms:

    * Altar of Storms
    * Argent Dawn
    * Demon Soul
    * Illidan
    * Warsong

    We'll gradually scale up the list of realms to accommodate more players as quickly as possible. To start transferring your characters, just log in to the account-management section and click the Paid Character Transfer button. Good luck in your continued adventures in Azeroth, and have fun on your new realm!

    Please note that because it is tied into the account-management section, the Paid Character Transfer service may be unavailable during the regularly scheduled weekly maintenance.

    Head over to the World of Warcraft site for more information.

    News
    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Cross server battlegrounds, when death-coiling the locals just isn't enough any more.
    Blizzard has thrown up their look ahead to Patch 1.12 for World of Warcraft. Also in the works are a rogue revamp, hopefully changing the many typos of rouge to rogue automatically and World PvP.

    " For the first time in the history of World of Warcraft, you will be able to face off against players from other realms in the Battlegrounds. Coming in patch 1.12 are cross-realm PvP Battlegrounds, linking Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, and Arathi Basin so that players from several realms will be combined into one huge matchmaking pool. Replenish your mana, sharpen your blades, and get ready for some brand-new challengers! "

     
    You can read the World of Warcraft patch notes for 1.12 at the official site.

    News
    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
    Boomjack
  • White Wolf Offers Free Downloads of Adventures and More...

    Need time away from the computer? Just want to take some time to experience pen and paper gaming? Try your hand at some new adventures in World of Warcraft. White Wolf is running a Week of Warcraft, complete with free adventure downloads and a 50% sale. How can you pass that up??

    Enjoy official background material and stories for World of Warcraft that you can’t find anywhere else. “Bones of Ironforge” is a free download to get you started. With brand new adventures to experience, after you leave your mark, Azeroth will never be the same.

    Head over to the World of Warcraft Official Site and get all the details.

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Burning Crusades Critter List Gets Cozy With Outland Orcs

    World of Warcraft announced on their site today that they have updated the bestiary for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades.

    The bestiary page for World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade has been updated with a new creature from the upcoming expansion.

    Check out the updates but remember to keep your fingers away from the cages!

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Empire Strikes Back

    Blizzard developers on the World of Warcraft forums are saying that there are no "announced" plans to do additional Blizzard MMORPGs based on the Diablo and Starcraft franchises, and rumors are blatantly untrue.

    "I believe this [rumour] was a misquote," said Drysc. "We haven't announced any specific development plans beyond the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft,
    and we don't have any intentions to focus on only one genre or platform with our future games."

    "Nothing in that rumour is true in regards to Blizzard," added EnoYls. "If I had to guess, there was some confusion between what Vivendi has planned for its its game division versus what Blizzard has planned. While Blizzard is owned by Vivendi, their game division operates separately from Blizzard."

    So Vivendi owns Blizzard, Blizzard is the number one cash cow, yet Vivendi takes nothing more than a philosophical interest in Blizzard's plans. Yea, ok.

    In any case, Boomtown has the scoop of Blizzard's case of denial.

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • It looks like WoW is the MMO for Blizzard. However, one can never tell can they?

    I believe this was a misquote. We haven't announced any specific development plans beyond the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft, and we don't have any intentions to focus on only one genre or platform with our future games.

    This was found on the WoW General Discussion Forums today.

    We have our own conversation going on about about it right here. Tell us what you think!

    News
    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • World of DiabloStarWarcraft?

    In the biggest gaming news to hit since, well, the Burning Crusade expansion was announced...

    During a presentation to Wall Street today, a company representative from Vivendi reportedly said, "All Blizzard franchises will become MMOGs." The rep said they have a model in place to produce an MMOG for $50 million over the next three years.

    I know I'd invest, but then I thought it would be impossible to lose with a Star Wars licensed MMO . In any case, check out this stop-the-presses news from Vivendi at IGN!

    News
    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
    Ethec
  • Personally I believe the reasoning to be that they saw more "real life" Night Elves than any one group should ever see.

    While QuakeCon 2006 is apparently still going to happen, it's looking like Blizzard will not be doing a 2006 edition of their BlizzCon, which debuted last fall. According to a post on the subject on the World of Warcraft forums a Blizzard employee stated, "We haven't yet begun planning a BlizzCon for this year, and truthfully it isn't intended as an annual event. We had a lot of fun though, and we're looking forward to getting another one going and inviting everyone to come hang out with us and check out everything that is Blizzard."

    Thanks to Firing Squad for that little on dit.

    For Everything That is World of Warcraft.

    News
    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Blizzard again bans more accounts than some online games have...

    In what's becoming almost a monthly occurence, Blizzard is wiping out massive numbers of EULA-violating gold farmer accounts. This time its 30,000 - the rough equivalent of the Puzzle Pirates community (according to MMOGchart.com). As usual, the target is not so much gold farmers working hand-to-mouth; it's botters who attempt to automate farming chores.

    In keeping with Blizzard's aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, we banned over 30,000 accounts in the month of May, and with that removed well over 30 million gold from the economy across all realms. The banned accounts were taking part in activities that violate the game's Terms of Use, including using third-party programs to farm gold and items, which severely impacts the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players.

    We will continue to aggressively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating. Please note that selling World of Warcraft content, such as gold, items, and characters, can result in a permanent ban of the involved accounts from World of Warcraft.

    Read about the Blizzard's massive May bannings at the official World of Warcraft site.

    News
    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
    Ethec
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