Toasting To a One Year Anniversary.
In celebration of World of Warcraft's first successful year, Blizzard
has decided to give a little something back to the people:
To help celebrate World of Warcraft's first-year anniversary, Blizzard is
giving away one ASUS PCI-E GeForce 7800 GTX 256mb video card to a random World
of Warcraft account holder each day during the month of December! That's 31
top-of-the-line video cards for 31 lucky players.
Something Need Doing?
Sci-Fi novelist Keith R.A. DeCandido (Star Trek, Andromeda) is bringing a little
more than upgrades to Warcraft players. He is writing a series of novels devoted
to the World of Warcraft series. The first book will be called "World of
Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred." A very fitting title given the books contents:
The Burning Legion has been defeated, and eastern regions of Kalimdor
are now shared by two nations: the orcs of Durotar, led by their noble Warchief,
Thrall; and the humans of Theramore, led by one of the most powerful mages alive
-- Lady Jaina Proudmoore. But the tentative peace between orcs and humans is
suddenly crumbling. Random attacks against Durotar's holdings suggest that the
humans have renewed their aggression toward the orcs. Now Jaina and Thrall must
avert disaster before old hatreds are rekindled -- and Kalimdor is plunged into
another devastating war. Jaina's search to uncover the truth behind the attacks
leads her to a shocking revelation. Her encounter with a legendary, long-lost
wizard will challenge everything that she believes and illuminate the secret
history of the world of...
More "wow" for WoW.
Blizzard announced that more realm-to-realm transfers will be available starting
November 30 at 3 a.m. PST. MMORPG
reports with a complete list from Blizzard.
Blizzard has announced that another set of Realm-to-Realm transfers
are now available. The transfers opened at 3AM PST this morning and will be
available at the normal time, 3:00AM-3:00PM PST, until December 7, at 3:00PM.
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. "
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
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
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.
The World of Warcraft Team "
Subscribers have the "link below" and can print off three coupons to
hand out while dressed as Santa.
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. "
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. "
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
In other news, personal and parental responsibility took a long hard
kick in the ass today.
Fancy moving pictures, complete with sound!
1UP has posted some videos from the recent BlizzCon gathering. My personal favorite is the dance-alike contest.
" But Blizzcon isn't about what they exhibited-- it was all about the attendees and the community. To be able to see my WoW General Chat in flesh is a surreal but exciting. It's exhilarating and comforting to know that I belong in this niche community where all of us are deeply obsessed and passionate about this alternate reality. Is it geeky that all of us cheered wildly at the guy who did the perfect Troll dance in the dance-alike contest? Maybe, but that's what I felt like Blizzcon was- a huge inside joke where all of us who "get it" are reveling in the exclusivity. Walking around the show floor was tiring but that didn't bog us Blizzconites down, we had high Spirit. Enjoy the videos! "