The miscreants we pass off as staff on the TenTonHammer team found a way to pass the time while World is WorldCraft is down today. No, they won't be working extra hard to make my life easier, instead they decided to play Plasma Pong.
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Apparently Chinese World of Warcraft players have threatened a boycott of the game. This news comes from GamaSutra who are reporting that,
"The Chinese userbase reports widespread delays of over an hour when logging into the game and getting a server list, and the last straw seems to have been complete server outages that disrupted the endgame of a large-scale raid involving nearly 1,000 players."
Just for good measure, I'll repeat the statement made by Blizzard that I quoted in this column yesterday.
Paul Sams of Blizzard had an amusing statement about putting the game on the XBox 360. Mr. Sams said,
"World of Warcraft is built as a PC gaming experience. Porting PC games to console often compromises games, and we'd never allow the World of Warcraft gameplay experience to suffer."
It's one thing to annoy North Americans. Making the Chinese upset is a whole new level of crazy. The Chinese are pissed off and the North Americans are pissed off. To think that I wondered why a Spanish localization was being cranked out.
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