World of Warcraft's Rob Pardo, Michael Dell, and Hugo Winning Author Vernor Vinge Headline Austin Game Conference on September 6-7-8, 2006
The announcement came today who would headline the Austin Game Conference in September.
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2006--The Game Initiative, the leading producer of conferences for professionals in the computer and video game industry, today announced keynotes and speakers for this year's Austin Game Conference (AGC) taking place September 6-7-8, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Headline speakers include: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment's Vice President of Game Design and lead designer for World of Warcraft; Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell, Inc.; and Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award Winning Science-Fiction Author. Austin Game Conference is the definitive worldwide conference for online game development, including massively multiplayer online games, casual games, online PC and console games.
Get your tickets now. It is reported that Blizzard will in fact be at the San Diego Comic Con Jul 20-23. Get a sneak peek at The Burning Crusades if you can stop by...
Blizzard Entertainment will showcase World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade at San Diego Comic Con through July 20(Thursday) - July 23(Saturday) at booth 4615. Some Blizzard community reps will be there including Tseric and Nethaera.
As promised, our Where to Adventure Guide continued to be updated today with additional information being added about: Loch Modan, Redridge Mountians, Teldrassil, Westfall, the Deadmines and the wailing Caverns.
As always a TenTonHammer guide is never complete without contributions from the community, so make sure you send them in!
More updates will follow over the next two weeks, so check back often.
We have a brand new guide that continues our walkthroughs of
various regions in World of Warcraft, this time on the Human zone of
Westfall. Our new guide contains plenty of information to zoom through
this zone in a speedy manner. Maps, quest walkthroughs, and other very
helpful tips are included to get through this level 10-20 zone! Look
forward to more region guides coming soon!
"Westfall, at one time, was a rich farm land full of prosperous farms.
Now it sits nearly abandoned, its farms nothing more then dry land and
the Stormwind Guard had but abandoned this land. If not for the
militia, this land would no longer be considered Human territory, but
belonging to the dastardly Defias Brotherhood."
We continue our guides over the various regions and cities in
World of Warcraft with a complete guide to the city of Darnassus. Home
to the Night Elves, this city in the trees contains plenty of beauty
and mystery. Our complete guide to Darnassus contains quests, a map,
and lore on this majestic city up in the sky.
"Darnassus is the capital city of Night Elves, proud members of the
Alliance. The city stands within the new world tree, Teldrassil, which
is slowly being tainted with the corruption left behind by the Burning
Legion. That's not the only problem that faces this new city, other
strange magical powers are slowly creeping their way into the homeland
of the Night Elves."
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.
We continue (and finish!) our series of guides on the PvP
battlegrounds of WoW with a complete guide to Arathi Basin. Find all
the information you need to know to be competitive in this fast paced
action packed battleground! Everything from tactics to descriptions of
each objective point is located conveniently in our guide for your
"Grab a sword, staff, or bow and head out to battle! Your side needs
you to secure resources located inside of the Arathi Basin. Arathi
Basin hosts a 15 vs. 15 battle over resources which the other side
desperately needs to fuel the warfront elsewhere. You can join the
battle starting at level 20 (5 brackets of 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,
and level 60) to assist either the League of Arathor (Alliance) or the
Forsaken Defilers (Horde). Constant fast paced battles are the main
draw to this excellent battleground."
Blizzard's VP of Game Design, Rob Pardo Talks To CVG
ComputerandVideoGames.com had a chance to sit and talk with Rob Pardo about World of Warcraft's much awaited expansion The Burning Crusades.
World of Warcraft is such an unstoppable behemoth of a success story, it hardly even needs an introduction anymore. Still, there's plenty that developer Blizzard is keeping tight-lipped about regarding the forthcoming expansion Burning Crusade, so we'll seize any chance we get to weed out further nuggets of fact.
We sat down with Blizzard's VP of game design, Rob Pardo, to probe his impenetrable cavern of revelations regarding just what we can expect when Azeroth's dark portals finally open, the benefits offered by the expansion's two new races and, of course, the new level 70 cap. Read on for more.
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
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.
Kids in a Candy Store: An Interview on Casual Gamers and Tier .5
Sound familiar? The fight between Raiders and Casual gamers within the
World of Warcraft has been the biggest source of animosity within their
first MMORPG attempt. It has taken a while for the two groups to really
separate and voice their opinions and views, but now, well over a year
after the release of the game, Blizzard has taken a very large step in
trying to close the gap. The release of the new tier .5 armor quests gives
the chance for any player, both Raider or Casual, to upgrade their tier 0
armor sets, into a whole new set, comprised of 4 new rare items, and 4 new
This interview will help explain not only the steps involved to complete these new quests, but views from the gamer’s themselves as to whether or not these new upgrades and quests are worthwhile at all, and whether they are the answer to the Casual’s cries before the release of the expansion.