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  • Are you a heretic or a believer? Will the Burning Crusade be hot or just luke-warm?
    Those crazy bananas at our World of Warcraft site have posted a great article that takes a look at the upcoming Burning Crusade expansion. How will this expansion affect you, or will it? Find out in, "Thoughts on the Burning Crusade: How Will It Affect You?".

    " But as the future of the Game shifts before us, I realised that by raising the level cap an extra 10 levels, it will change the face of the (medium-end) game as we have come to know it. It will seriously affect many in-game aspects that few have considered. "

    Visit our World of Warcraft Community site and if you are a history buff, check out our other World of Warcraft News.
     

    News
    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • For only $19.99, you too can pretend to be a  cow.



    Blizzard has fired out special coupons to its millions of
    subscribers just in time for the holiday season.  The coupons
    entitle the subscriber to give gifts of World of Warcraft to three of their
    friends for only $19.99 a shot.

    "Dear World of
    Warcraft Subscriber,

    It's hard to believe it's been a year since World of Warcraft first
    opened to adventurers. As a thank you for your loyalty, we'd like to
    present you with 3 special coupons that you can use to purchase gift
    copies of World of Warcraft for only $19.99 after rebate. Just click on
    the link below to print your rebate coupons, purchase a World of
    Warcraft retail box at your favorite retailer, and mail back the
    completed rebate forms, along with your original receipt. It's that
    simple.



    The rebate offer is for subscribers only, so for verification purposes,
    you will need to legibly write your World of Warcraft Account Name on
    each coupon, as well as the new Account Names of your gift recipients.
    We hope you're enjoying World of Warcraft and that this makes it a
    little easier to share the fun with friends this holiday.



    Best Regards,



    The World of Warcraft Team "

    Subscribers have the "link below" and can print off three coupons to
    hand out while dressed as Santa.  

    News
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 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?

    News
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 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 "
    World
    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.
    "



    News
    Mon, Nov 21, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Natural selection in action.



    The death of a 13 year-old World of
    Warcraft
    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.    GamesIndustry.biz
    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. 

    News
    Mon, Nov 21, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 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.
     

    News
    Tue, Nov 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 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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    News
    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 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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    News
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Succubus babes and other Blizzard silliness.
    The BlizzCon coverage continues to blow in.

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    News
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 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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    News
    Thu, Oct 27, 2005
    Boomjack
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