Is there a single person out there that doesn't play WoW?
I guess not- Shacknews
reports that there are now a total of 5 million subscribers to WoW! Wow!
For those of you keeping score at home. Blizzard Entertainment has just announced
that they have now reached 5 million paying subscribers to World of Warcraft
across the globe. In late July it was 3.5 million and then 4 million in late
August. So 5 million is like, a lot more.
IRVINE, Calif. – December 19, 2005 – Blizzard Entertainment,
Inc. today announced that World of WarcraftÃ‚Â®, its
massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has surpassed five
million customers worldwide. The subscription-based MMORPG launched approximately
one year ago in North America, Australia, and New Zealand and has since released
in multiple countries throughout Europe and Asia.
So then... 5 million people paying roughly $12 - $15 per month would be $60
- $75 million each month. Perhaps if they work really hard they get to gross
over a billion dollars next year.
Are you an aspiring filmmaker? If so, you're in the right place! The World of Warcraft Movie Contest sponsored by Xfire is a great way for up-and-coming directors to show off their moviemaking skills. We're looking for players to create movies, set in Azeroth, in three main categories: Dance, Comedy, and Drama. The content requirements for the movies are open-ended, as long as they're created in game.
This contest runs from December 14, 2005 to January 21, 2006. Five prizes, such as Xbox 360 Premium game consoles, XFX GeForce 7800 GTX video cards (PCI-Express), and Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum sound cards, will be awarded for each of the three categories listed above. In addition, 10 prizes will be awarded for special categories, including: Best Picture, Best Dialog, Best Editing, and Best Music.
You'll have to click on that picture below the dialogue for rules and prizes. Good Luck!
WoW: The Burning Crusade At CVG
Are they on fire or something? CVG
got a chance to drill the mind of Shane Dabiri about the upcoming expansion
for World of Warcraft.
Who is Shane Dabiri? Find out:
What are you currently working on at the moment in the expansion?
Shane Dabiri: As lead producer on the World of Warcraft team, I'm currently
undertaking the exciting task of dividing and focusing our resources on the
development of both the expansion set and on the continuing content development
for the current game. This should help us streamline our efforts for 2006.
What percentage of the content is geared toward players of all levels, and
what percentage to only level 60 (and above with the level cap increase) characters?
Shane Dabiri: As is traditional with MMO expansions, a large portion of the
content will be geared toward characters in the range between the current
maximum and new maximum levels, starting at around level 55. However, we do
also plan to add content to better tie in the new races to the world, so players
who choose to start as one of the new races will experience a great deal of
new content up to about level 20.
" Mercury told us that the primary purpose of WoWglider is to allow busy people to "level up" their characters. When he first started playing WoW, Mercury felt left behind because his friends were already at level 60 and he had little time to catch up. "I also wanted to get to 60 to come along on the instance runs, but I had no time to grind it out between work and social life." Many areas of the game are only available to higher level characters, so Mercury wrote WoWglider to accelerate his game. "
Holiday cheer gets patched into World of Warcraft.
Blizzard has their World of Warcraft servers down today to patch in some holiday hootinanny. Oh, and the big-time losers in the battlegrounds (or cheaters) no longer get any rewards.
"Patch 1.8.4 Battlegrounds
Battles must now last at least ten minutes after the start of the battle in order for the losing team to receive a Mark of Honor.
New quests for the Feast of Winter Veil have been added! See your Smokywood Pastures customer service representative in Ironforge and Orgrimmar for more details!
The level of many of last year's Feast of Winter Veil quests have been adjusted so that reputation rewards are available in their full amount for players of all levels able to do them.
Fixed a bug with both versions of the quest "A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!" that was sending mail out immediately rather than on the intended delay.
In a startling discovery, Mistletoe sold on last year's vendors is now named "Fake Mistletoe". A Smokywood Pastures spokesman was quoted as saying, "Sorry, no refunds."
Some of the Southsea Dock Workers that were working under the boat should now be much more accessible to players.
Andre Firebeard no longer has a chance of dropping a Wastewander Water Pouch.
All OOX Distress Beacons are now multi-drop; everyone in a group should be able to receive one if it drops.
Fixed a bug with Oglethorpe Obnoticus' gossip where he was being much more familiar with strangers than he should have been.
Various preparations added to the client for Patch 1.9. "
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.