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  • RPPVP on the QT for VIPs
    Blizzard has released three new Role Play - PvP servers. Vin Diesel can complete Molten Core alone, with his priest character:

    " "Salutations! I, Bokkle, humble tinker and Gnomeregan exile, have come to you with wondrous news! My fellow lovers of lore and spinners of stories, we need wait no longer to find a new home; the path is open to a grand new experience not yet seen in Azeroth! Come, my friends, and rejoice! Let us celebr-eeeeerk!" The troll set his spear aside and looked down upon the tiny, prone body. "Heh. Dat gnome be chattin' so loud, he not see us comin'."

    "Heh." A cold smirk came to the Orc's scarred face. "The little chatterbox forgot to watch his back. No magic protects the foolish in these lands. Be on your guard -- enemies could be anywhere!"
    The RP-PvP realms are live and available for play! Are you a loremonger seeking gameplay with a little more bite? Look no further! Join Emerald Dream or Maelstrom and defend the realm against your enemies!"
    [Ed: Another realm, Twisting Nether, was later opened.]

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    Wed, Sep 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Pirates cheer as the new WoW Patch version 1.7 is released.
    Our own beloved World of Warcraft community site has the scoop on the latest World of Warcraft 1.7 patch. Vin Diesel writes his own patches for WoW, and they never have bugs, ever, even when he writes things like:

    " Hidden within the jungles of Stranglethorn, an ancient Troll city full of peril has been uncovered. Do you have what it takes to delve into its mysteries with a band of hardy explorers? There's only one way to find out! Zul'Gurub is a high-level, 20-man raid instance with 120 new rare and epic items to uncover. Adventure awaits! "

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    Wed, Sep 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Frap it and strap it.
    Blizzard has announced the BlizzCon Movie Contest, sponsored by NVIDIA and doling out NVIDIA 6800 graphics card to the winners. Steven Spielberg refused to comment on whether he would be entering the movie contest, but he did say this:

    " We're proud to announce our official BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Competition, sponsored by NVIDIA! To enter, all you need to do is create a movie using in-game footage and combine it with music from any of our past games. We're accepting submissions beginning Thursday, September 8, which means you have plenty of time to create movie-magic! Five winners will receive an NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra, two tickets to BlizzCon, and much more. Details on how to submit your World of Warcraft movie will be announced when we begin accepting submissions. Good luck! "

    You can read all about the BlizzCon Movie Contest at the Official Site.
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    Fri, Sep 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • World of Warcraft Servers Trouble Europe.
    The continued problems with the European World of Warcraft servers have prompted Blizzard to compensate the players. European players were unavailable for comment, apparently all playing on the servers that work, but we did track down one troubled Frenchman who told us:

    " As European World of Warcraft players grow increasingly frustrated with the lagging issues that continue to plague many servers, developer Blizzard has pledged to compensate players for their trouble.
    "Two days' compensation will be offered to everyone, even those who remain unaffected by the problems," a Blizzard spokesperson told Eurogamer.
    "In addition, everyone will receive level one and a half extra rest so they level up quicker." "

    You can read about the European World of Warcraft Server Problems at Eurogamer.
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    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard Boasts Battleplan
    Shane Dabiri, the Lead Producer on World of Warcraft has posted the World of Warcraft Battleplan Vol. 2 on the official forums. 2,579 undead rogues immediately ganked the battleplan and announced:

    " Since the last World of Warcraft Battle Plan, much has happened in the Warcraft universe. We’ve launched Blackwing Lair, the highest level dungeon in the game, we launched World of Warcraft in China and Singapore with great success, and work continues on adding even more content for our players.



    BlizzCon is quickly approaching, and we're preparing the lineup of programs, dev chats, and the concert to be held at our inaugural event. I’m very happy to announce that we'll have the first public showing of the expansion for World of Warcraft at BlizzCon. Attendees will be able to view the work that is going into the project and hear some of the eagerly awaited details. To those of you who won’t be able to make it to the show, please keep an eye out for the game magazines that will be hitting newsstands right around BlizzCon, because some of them will feature in-depth articles on the expansion with plenty of information about how World of Warcraft will be evolving.



    For this Battle Plan, we want to take the opportunity to look ahead to what our players can expect in the coming months leading up to BlizzCon and the expansion announcement.
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    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Battleplan Volume 2 at The Official Site.
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    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • World of Warcraft, the 800 pound gorilla of games.
    The N.Y. Times has posted an article discussing whether the huge success of World of Warcraft has helped or hurt the overall industry. LIVE from New York, it's an article we like:

    " The online game World of Warcraft has become such a success that it is now prompting a debate about whether it is helping or hurting the overall industry. "

    You can read the entire Conquerer in a War of Virtual Worlds article at the N.Y. Times. [Registration Required]
     

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    Tue, Sep 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • WoW's new honors ranking page is simply gank-o-tastic!

    Yep, now you can check on your pwn-age and show it off to your friends on other servers. Like you really needed any encouragement!

    We're pleased to bring you a new dynamic web section titled Player vs. Player rankings. You can now look up the rankings for your realm and your faction (Horde or Alliance) on the web site. These listings are updated weekly. We hope this new feature makes your player vs. player experience more enjoyable. Look for more upcoming dynamic web features in the future.

    Check out the new World of Warcraft PvP Ranking page.

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    Thu, Sep 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • 4 million subscribers just can't be all wrong...
    Shawn Carnes, Blizzard Game Developer, speaks to subscriber retention and sheds light on Blizzard's vision for World of Warcraft. Apparently, the new trend is toward MMOG localization rather than content expansion. But can WoW continue to please its current 9-monthers without an expansion for another whole year while adapting the game for the Koreans? After all, a year in gamer years is like a century. Also, will Korea have a new race modeled after Vin Diesel?

    "Grimwell: With WoW as a clear success, an expansion is a no-brainer to follow up on the success. What are the plans for this?



    Shawn: An expansion is planned, not in 2005, possibly in late 2006 barring unforeseen chaos. Work is already going on for the expansion, and it's going good. What to look for? Blizzard is good at polishing what we do well. The WoW expansion will be like other game expansions in that there will be new characters, items, spells, etc. but it will have the Blizzard twist. "

    Read the World of Warcraft Interview at GamerGod, then hone your WoW talents (no pun intended) at wow.tentonhammer.com!
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • Our Alterac Valley tip is don't die.
    Blizzard has posted a page of World of Warcraft tips for Alterac Valley. Our calls to Vin Diesel were sent to voice-mail. Strangely, the voice-mail message was this:

    " Here are some tips that we hope will give you a better experience in Alterac Valley. This is a very involved Battleground and it can take time to learn how everything works. If you have any questions, be sure to read the various Aterac Valley information pages we have created. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft Tips For Alterac Valley at The Official Site.
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    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • WoW announces 4 Million subscribers just a month after announcing 3.5 Million.
    Blizzard has issued a press release announcing 4 Million paying subscribers. Our attempts to contact all 4 million paying subscribers were in vain. We were only able to track down 3.8 Million. Nonetheless, each and every one of them had this to say:

    "IRVINE, California - August 29, 2005 - Blizzard Entertainment®, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®, its subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has reached more than one million paying customers in North America. This brings the total population for Blizzard's critically acclaimed game, the largest MMORPG in the world, to more than four million paying customers. "It's very rewarding to see so many new and returning players logging in to play World of Warcraft daily," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With the continued support of our retail partners, World of Warcraft has reached more than one million paying customers in North America well before its one-year anniversary in November. We would like to express our appreciation to both the players and our retail and license partners for helping us make World of Warcraft one of the most popular online games in the world." To support World of Warcraft's expanding population, Blizzard Entertainment continues to release content updates on a regular basis. These updates continually evolve the game, rewarding subscribers with new experiences and enticing prospective players to join in on an ever-growing number of adventures. World of Warcraft has been the #1-selling MMORPG in North America since it launched in November 2004. Reaching the one million customer milestone in North America further solidifies World of Warcraft's position as the biggest and most popular online RPG by far in the region. Since its North America debut, World of Warcraft has steadily grown in popularity around the world. Following launches in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and Europe, World of Warcraft recently released in China on June 7, 2005 and quickly garnered over 1.5 million paying customers in its first month. Shortly after the China launch, World of Warcraft made its debut in Singapore. The game is currently scheduled to launch in the region of Taiwan later this year. For more information on World of Warcraft, please visit the game's official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com. World of Warcraft's Paying Customer Definition



    World of Warcraft customers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or purchased a prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the installation box bundled with one free month access. Internet Game Room players having accessed the game over the last seven days are also counted as customers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or canceled subscriptions, and expired pre-paid cards. Customers in licensees' territories are defined along the same rules.
    About Blizzard Entertainment®, Inc.

    Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment® Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes nine #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service, Battle.net , reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users. "

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    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
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