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  • Kopps and Robbers...

    Brian Kopp sold his World of Warcraft guide for a tidy sum on Ebay and elsewhere. Problem was, his product was short on the "guide" and long on the cheats and exploits. Consequently, Blizzard sought to make a symbolic example of this glitch-ganking entrepreneur by threatening a cease-and-desist order aimed at curbing his sales.

    According to Cnet, after repeated counter-notices and litigation seeking monetary damages from Kopp, Blizzard's withdrawn it's threats.

    The terms of the settlement do not provide for monetary compensation for Kopp, which he had originally sought. Instead, the companies agreed to withdraw their previous take-down notices and to drop their infringement claims. They also said they'd refrain from filing any future take-down notices against the same items Kopp had already disputed through counternotices.

    Kopp, for his part, agreed to retain the book's disclaimers about its unofficial nature and said he wouldn't include links or instructions on how to locate "cheats" in the game.

    We offer plenty of guides here at Ten Ton Hammer. Guides that provide some fundamentals to build on, that offer hints on how to spend your precious gaming time most effectively, and yea, we give you the occasional spoiler to help you past a tough spot. We differentiate ourselves from Kopp's ilk because we want you to fully experience and enjoy these games while keeping the frustration level to a minimum. Cheating your way to level cap is a cheap thrill compared to the lasting joy you'll get from getting involved with the game's community as your character develops. /rant off

    Check out the denouement of the Blizzard vs. Gold Guide Guy standoff at Cnet.

    News
    Fri, Jun 09, 2006
    Ethec
  • The Escapist searches out the recipe to Blizzard's "Secret Sauce"

    Snappy webzine The Escapist details the history of Blizzard Entertainment, questioning why Blizzard always seems to come out on top.

    "We had to build an entire company around [World of Warcraft]," says Kern. "This included tweaking everything from PR and QA to establishing entirely new departments like operations, customer service, GMs and billing - it literally transformed Blizzard."

    As well as the entire landscape of online gaming. It was the final move in a decade-long coup d'etat by Blizzard, against the entire gaming industry.

    Check out this superb article on Blizzard's meteoric rise at The Escapist.

    News
    Wed, Jun 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • "Your daughter and the Moor... er, Tauren... are now making the beast with two backs." - Iago, I.i (sort of)

    As a class project, some industrious youths have acted out Shakespeare's play "Othello" in World of Warcraft and recorded a video for posterity. We'd give them an "A".

    This adaptation was created as a class project. The version includes the whole cast of Othello acted out by WoW toons, complete with newly scripted lines and more.

    With a running time of just over 13 minutes and a musical score that includes a little CCR with “Bad Moon Rising” and some “Obsession” by Animotion, this is the funniest remake of anything I think I’ve ever seen anywhere. The entire video is very well done. It’s a little fuzzy, but that minor problem is worth getting past.

    Q: What does the typical World of Warcraft raid share with Shakespearean tragedies?
    A: Everyone dies at the end.

    I plan to do "Titus Andronicus" myself, casting undead so they can do the cannibalism part at the end.

    I could go on and on, but instead I'll direct you to Irish site Ignig.com for a preview of "Othello," set in World of Warcraft

    News
    Wed, Jun 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • What's coming up in the 1.11 patch?

    Blizzard Entertainment is giving World of Warcraft adventurers a glimpse of the forthcoming Shadow of the Necropolis update - or patch 1.11 - for its MMORPG in a gameplay trailer of massive battle proportions. View big boss fights and other WoW malarkey by clicking on the moving thumbnail, handily located over to your right.

    Shadow of the Necropolis, for those unaware, deals with the dirty Scourge launching a direct assault on the lands of Azeroth, regions Azshara, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Tanaris and Winterspring bearing the brunt of the invasion.

    Computer and Videogames has the latest Shadows of Necropolis teaser trailer for your drooling pleasure.

    While you're waiting for that to load up, check out our World of Warcraft Community!

    News
    Mon, Jun 05, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • World of Warcraft is officially the genre's 24K lb. elephant...

    Citing MMOGchart.com figures, Ars Technica has done a little math and declared that WoW officially has more than 50% market share. Statistically, more than half of you have WoW accounts. Creepy.

    The big surprise, however, was Blizzard's World of Warcraft, released in 2004. It quickly surpassed all its rivals in subscriptions, passing the six million mark in February of this year. Now, according to the web site MMOGCHART.com, it has hit a new milestone by moving past the 50 percent mark for market share of massively multiplayer online games.

    View Ars Technica's take on WoW's predominance, then half of you should check out our WoW @ Ten Ton Hammer community site before logging in.

    News
    Sat, Jun 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • Is that kind of like a bad rash?

    With our next major content patch, Shadow of the Necropolis, players will have access to the new high-level raid dungeon Naxxramas, the seat of Kel'Thuzad, one of the most feared enemies the world of Warcraft has ever known. Horrors of the past and new terrors yet to be unleashed are converging inside the necropolis as the Lich King's servants prepare their assault. Soon, the Scourge will march again...

    You can find out more details here.

    I hear that soap and water works best for scourges.

    Visit our WoW community. It's your Cure all.

    News
    Fri, Jun 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A look into the seedy, slimey underworld of WoW hackers...

    ITWorldCanada did a nice bit of investigative journalism on the hack attacks made against World of Warcraft players in May.

    Win32.WOW entered gamers’ accounts via e-mail or seemingly innocuous peer-to-peer downloads.

    "The key logger virus sits silently in gamers' computers recording key strokes. In this way it acquires users’ login information," said David Frazer, director of technology services at F-Secure Corp., a Helsinki, Finland-based security software vendor.

    Is your WoW account vulnerable? Check out "The Games Hackers Play" at ITWorldCanada to find out!

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Ethec
  • China enters low-security space

    Scrappy space-sim MMO EVE Online is China bound, according to IcelandReview. If there was ever a community- and PvP-intensive game made for the Asian bloc, this is it.

    I was reading along, and all was well and good. That is, until I got to this DOWNRIGHT SCARY part....

    According to Hilmar, it is possible that the game will be used for instruction in Chinese schools.

    Doesn't China have the world's largest air force? Um, maybe this isn't such a good idea, CCP. Is that the Imperial Death March and clomping boots I hear?

    Anyway, check out the latest news from EVE Online and CCP at IcelandReview while I make sure my battleship has plenty of ammo.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • Here is yet another... WoW Burning Crusade Preview. This one comes from Gaming Excellence.

    So what is offered to devoted players in The Burning Crusade? First and foremost on anyone's list would be the hundreds of hours of new gameplay in a completely new area for high-level characters. This begins with the opening of the Dark Portal from Azeroth to Outland, which will be similar to a world-event, but will not require that all players be in the same area to experience it. Although the details were sketchy at this point, Blizzard has stated that regardless of where you may happen to be on the world map when this occurs on your server, and regardless of your level, you will experience something akin to hell freezing over. Or the gates to hell opening up and unleashing monsters like you have never seen before. Or the announcement of Starcraft 2 followed by a server crash. Okay, so the last one was a stretch, but I assure you that whatever does happen, you will want to be online for it, even if your character is still only level 25 or so.

    You can read the article here.

    Visit our World of Warcraft Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A sea of red, and they're all playing WoW...

    VNUnet reports that 4.3 million Chinese have subscribed to World of Warcraft since service provider The9 began operating a year ago. The9 has failed to lock in rights to WoW's "Burning Crusade" expansion, fueling speculation that Blizzard's desire for a bigger slice of the profit pie (and concerns over The9's hosting of another MMO: Guild Wars)may lead the titanic game developer to search out another China provider.

    More than 4.3 million World of Warcraft user accounts were paid for and activated in China during the past year, according to the company that operates the multiplayer online game in the country.

    The game's developer, Blizzard, is claiming more than six million players worldwide, suggesting that China has more players than any other nation and could already account for more than half the global total.

    Get the rest of the story at VNUnet.

    News
    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
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