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! "
You will accept my God or I will kill you, because he is a kind and caring God. And so begins the crusade.
ComputerAndVideoGames, the site with the longest name in MMOG circles has posted a preview of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades.
There is a life beyond the world as you know it. I know because I've just been there. But right now I'm sitting in an office in Irvine, California, and sitting opposite me is Blizzard's creative director Chris Metzen, the man whose mind provides the motivation every time an orc raises an axe in anger. Every major nugget of Warcraft lore has passed through his hands - Frozen Thrones, Dark Portals, you name it. He's the man who gives meaning to your daily grind. He's also a full-on rock star: wide grin, muscular build, dazzling necklace, chunky rings and Bono sunglasses. He's the closest man to Henry Rollins the games industry has. And I'm here to hear him talk Orc. "
Blizzard's Redux of "Timecop"
Jean Cluade Van Damme kind of looks like a Tauren, hmm... but you'll see what I mean about "Timecop" in a second. On another note, our British friends at CVG just posted the nuttiest preview I've ever read. I'll stand back and let a one of the tamer snippets fly:
"That's right, your character is about to make an amazing journey through time and space to some of the most pivotal moments in Warcraft history - all thanks to a handy dungeon managed by a Flight of Bronze Dragons whose humdrum task is to police the timestream. Although they're clearly not very good at it, seeing as anyone of sufficient level (and owning the expansion pack) will be able to wander into their Tanaris lair, speed up to 88mph and hurtle through history. You'll be there on the Black Morass the day the Black Portal was opened, before the land was blighted and split between the Blasted Land and the Swamp of Sorrows, with an environment being made pixel for pixel just as it was in Warcraft II. You'll be one of a party who rescue future orc leader Thrall from a distinctly non-ruined and highly turreted Durnhold keep. You'll even be present atop Mount Hyjal on the fateful day in Reign of Chaos when all the races joined together to put the boot into the wicked bad Archimonde."
The crusades, the crusades, the crusades are on Fire.... we don't need no water, we need more gameplay.
ActionTrip has posted a World of Warcraft: Burning Crusades preview. .
" In my long years of being a game junkie I have never encountered an ethereal substance as potent as whatever it is that's trickling from my monitor screen when I'm playing World of Warcraft. Still, I take solace in the fact that I'm just one of the four and something million souls feeding off the mysterious trickling substance. We need it to trickle as we need the air we breathe and the food we ingest. And if someone asks you, I'm not addicted. Nope. I deny the existence of the word 'denial' and that's that. I'm fine. (The first step in breaking an addiction is to admit you have a problem -Mo.)"
The future is a blizzard.
EuroGamer chatted with the good folks at Blizzard and posted their thoughts. This is a great read, especially so if you are a Blizzard fan.
" Behind elderly security guards is the press room. It's here over the weekend Eurogamer gets the chance to chat extensively with some of the higher members of the Blizzard hierarchy. We talk about what it feels like to stand in front of a huge crowd, who are here just because of your games, and to speak to them. We ask how you keep a straight face while someone has just said, "I play a Rogue, and you said that my damage rate would drop by three-per cent - and for me, it's nearer six per cent". And we asked them and anyone where we could get more tapes for our dictaphone, as we chatted so much we ran out. "