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News Roundup: Patch 4.0.3 on PTR, Explorer's League Journal, Red Shirt Guy
2010/11/17 at 8:02 PM
More assorted World of Warcraft and Blizzard-related news around the web that we thought might interest you guys!
'The Shattering' (Patch 4.0.3a) Now On Public Test Realms
The patch we've all been waiting for, 4.0.3a, which will activate 'The Shattering' event with the destruction of Azeroth, is currently live for testing on the
Public Test Realms
. With Cataclysm's release date getting closer, there is much speculation on when this event will hit the live servers.
Blizzard has stated that The Shattering is
"scheduled to be released shortly after patch 4.0.3"
) which probably means we'll be meeting Deathwing within the next two weeks!
World of Warcraft Explorers' League Journal: Entry II
Blizzard have just posted a new edition of the
Explorers' League Journal
World of Warcraft community spotlight column, featured on their
snazzy new website
Blizzard Offering 7 Free Days To Expired Accounts
2010/11/13 at 5:40 PM
In preparation for the Cataclysm, Blizzard has been sending out emails to owners of cancelled or expired accounts. They are
offering 7 days of World of Warcraft for free with reactivation of the account
, no credit card or payment method required! This is a good opportunity for players who may have been taking a break or stopped playing for any other reason to get back into the World of Warcraft and see what they've missed (before it all gets destroyed). The offer is valid until December 1st.
If you're planning on taking advantage of this offer, be sure that you check the sender and content of the email so you are not taken advantage of yourself! This email is confirmed to be sent from
with the subject "Name - Return to Azeroth with 7 Days of Game Time." The link provided in the email will take you to
- DO NOT enter your details anywhere other than a confirmed World of Warcraft / Battle.net URL! Get back into the World of Warcraft and see what you've missed! :)
Looks like EU players get some love too! The of
Blizzard's New Explorers' League Journal of WoW News Goodness!
2010/11/09 at 8:19 PM
Blizzard have just posted the first of a great news summary that will (hopefully) become a staple feature of their
brand spankin' new site's
blog. This new feature, the
Explorers' League Journal
, explores (hah!) Blizzard's latest developments and other important news from the World of Warcraft.
What I like the most about this new blog is that it spotlights not only blog articles (such as their recent post regarding the
) but it also features links to important threads made by Blizzard posters on their own World of Warcraft Official Forums. Check it out!
Well met, travelers! Welcome to the first entry in our ongoing Explorers' League Journal. Together, we'll embark on frequent journeys through the fascinating World of Warcraft community and investigate the latest developments and topics of interest being discussed throughout the lands. It wouldn't be a proper start without drawing your attention to the exciting live preview and impending official launch of the brand-new World of Wa
Battle.net Dial-In Authenticator
2010/11/09 at 4:17 PM
Blizzard announced a new tool today for security conscious people: the
Battle.net Dial-In Authenticator
. For those who don't have access to a smart phone capable of running the authenticator software, or those unable to get a token authenicator, users will be able to sign up for this new service. It's free and (currently) only available to U.S. Residents. How it works is pretty simple: you will authorize a specific phone number and make a phone call to verify it. After that every time something unusual happens with your account, such as logging in from a foreign location, you will be required to make a phone call from the registered phone number and enter your pin which will provide you with a single use security code much like the normal authenticators.
You can read more about the Dial-In Authenticator on
Blizzard's Support Site
Battle.net Introduces New Privacy Features
2010/09/30 at 11:44 AM
posted a rather big announcement that will hopefully please a lot of people who didn't like Real ID when it launched. Blizzard has introduced
new privacy options
to Battle.Net, including the option to opt-in or opt-out of the controversial "Friends of Friends" feature and the "Add Facebook Friends".
We'd like to make you aware of the new Real ID-related privacy options we've introduced to Battle.net. These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features or to turn off Real ID altogether.
Real ID offers an optional, convenient way for keeping in touch with real-world friends you know and trust, whether they're playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or one of our future games. The "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features provide you with even more options to stay connected while you play by making it easier for real-life friends to locate each other on Battle.net. You can easily enable or
Blizzard Introduces Automated Account Recovery
2010/09/22 at 2:40 PM
Blizzard has announced a new feature part of their Battle.net website -
Account Recovery Form
. This new form will hopefully expedite your recovery process after being hacked by asking you some questions that only you may know the answers to and then proceeds to automatically attempt to recover your account! This new process will also issue you a password reset via email, and automatically enter a GM ticket for you. You won't see this ticket visibly in-game, but you will receive an email with the ticket number and any other information.
You can check out the new form on the Battle.net Website and you can read the original announcement after the break!
Answers to Common Community Questions About Real ID
2010/07/16 at 6:27 PM
The Real ID system, which we were introduced to a little while ago, was one of the most controversial things Blizzard has done in a long time. The feedback from the community varied from extremely negative to extremely positive, with all the points in-between. Not only has the community been divided in its opinions, but it has been quite vocal with them as well. Just a little while ago a post appeared on the official Battle.net StarCraft II blog; in it Blizzard answers common questions and addresses concerns about the Real ID functionality, features, and plans.
Check out the full article on the link below, or read over the highlights further down.
You will be able to remove yourself from your friends' Friends List. So if I and
are Real ID friends, he will be able to remove himself from the list of friends you see when you look up my profile.
Battle.net Facebook integration will allow StarCraft players (and later on, customers from other Battle.net games) to search their Facebook's friends list and easily send
In the Future, All Posts on the Official Forums Will Show RealID
2010/07/06 at 1:00 PM
According to a post Nethaera just put up on the official forums, future posts on the official WoW forums will be posted by RealID, rather than by character name. This means that when you post on the official forums, you will be identified by your first and last name.
Nethaera has posted a thread in the official forums detailing the reasons for this change. Most important to note is that it will
not be retroactive
—previous posts on the forums will still be printed the same way. Only
posts will be converted.
This is an interesting change. I admit I'm concerned a bit—partially about privacy issues but mostly about security. But honestly, my first and last name are up all over the Internet already. I have a blog at
, so anybody who happens to be curious about my personal info can find it there. What I'm
curious about is to see how this affects flaming and trolling on the forums. Would you behave differently on the forums if anybody who read your post knew your real name? Time to find out!
The blue posts are after the break!
Thoughts on Battle.net 2.0
2010/06/14 at 5:32 PM
has posted a very interesting story about the new improvements to
There are some very interesting improvements to the Battle.net system coming up with Battle.net 2.0, but there are also some strange—and some would say glaring—omissions. Got some opinions on the subject? Let us know!
The full story is here:
Battle.net Real ID Friends
2010/05/05 at 2:16 PM
Blizzard just announced yet another one of the features the new and improved Battle.net will have. Just earlier today they said that Battle.net will have Facebook integration, and now this.
to your Battle.net account will allow you and your friends (who have also entered their IDs and have agreed to be friends with you) to access a number of unique features - real names for friends, cross-game chat, rich presence (additional information about what your friends are doing/playing), broadcasts (short messages to all your friends), and see-all-characters.
Battle.net Facebook Integration
2010/05/05 at 12:26 PM
This morning Blizzard release a press release that is rather interesting. The new Battle.net, which will be released with the upcoming release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, will feature
This is not especially surprising—clearly the functionality is intended to make it easy to connect and add friends through Facebook to your Battle.net friends list. According to the press release, this should be popping up on the beta test client in the near future.
Battle.net Authenticator for Android Devices
2010/02/10 at 6:34 PM
A lot of people have been complaining there is no
authenticator for Android
devices. Blizzard has finally answered that complaint and released a free download for the authenticator through the Android Market! As with the iPhone version it provides you a one-time password for when you login to your account on either the account management or in-game.
If you have your phone with you right now, just scan the QR code with your phone directly!
The original Blue post can be found after the break.
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