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New Druid Forms! (Tauren Bear)
2009/05/26 at 12:28 PM
So Blizzard has just announced that they are finally updating the models for some of the druid forms!
These graphical updates will be released in the next major content patch, including separate updates for both night elf and tauren, and both bear and cat forms. Blizzard is releasing the information in four installments, and this is the first:
Tauren Bear Form
Just click on the image to see. For the original full-size version, click on the "Original" button in the lightbox.
So what do you guys think? Is it gorgeous, is it lame? Is it the update druids were waiting for, or is it totally missing the point? Thoughts and opinions are welcome!
: I've added the full details from Blizzard as to how the different colors and skin types are selected after the break. Click to read more!
Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced!
2009/05/22 at 8:09 PM
Hey everyone—MasterOfDisguise here with exciting news!
As some of you know may or may not have remembered, I posted a blogging entry (
) regarding the creative writing contest. The judges have finally reached their decision, and Netherea announced the winners on Blizzard's
General Discussion Forum
Check out the list of winners after the break!
Costume Contest for Blizzard EU!
2009/05/13 at 5:12 PM
So being US-based, we wind up running a lot of contests that are US-only, and I know our non US-based community feels a little left out sometimes, so I figured I'd let you guys know about an opportunity to turn the tables on us. :)
is having a
! Any of you who are interested in going to Blizzcon, and (like many of us) are doubtful of your ability to secure tickets when they go on sale this weekend, consider this contest a second chance!
The full details are on the contest page here:
Maintenance Complainers: Justified?
2009/05/12 at 1:09 PM
Every single Tuesday on North American servers and every single Wednesday on EU servers, Blizzard takes down their servers for maintenance. Sometimes it's for full maintenance, and other times it's for rolling restarts. Since this has been the normal routine for over four years now, one thing really confuses me. It's not the fact that Blizzard even
maintenance in the first place; rather, what confuses me is the fact that players still complain about it. It makes me wonder why they complain about in the first place, and if they've not found a way to cope with the 6-8 hour inconvenience.
Let's venture into the realm of possibilities!
2009/05/08 at 1:40 AM
Crygil recently announced some changes to the arena rating system. To give you a basic overview, they're changing the 3v3 and 5v5 rating systems to correct the imbalance between the ratings people can achieve in those brackets vs. the 2v2 bracket. Please note that they're also increasing the ratings requirements for the ilevel 239 weapons to compensate—
but the tooltips will not change immediately
, both in game and on Wowhead.
Check out the full announcement after the break!
In-Game Casinos — Legal?
2009/05/07 at 6:21 PM
I wrote this blog a little while ago, so the topic may be a little played out. But
just got around to publishing it—so blame him!
advertisements or scam players. In a more recent post, found
, Blizzard decided to ban advertisements altogether due to two reasons: one, because the advertisements were going out of hand; and two, because players expressed their disapproval over this.
StarCraft Fans Rejoice!
2009/05/06 at 3:16 PM
was kind enough to bring this to our attention, big thanks to him. The
Starcraft II Beta
test is scheduled for sometime within the next few months, so if you'd like to slide your Marine Boot in that door - and then up some Zergling behind - listen closely.
BlizzCon '09 Ticket Sales Announced!
2009/05/05 at 5:55 PM
Blizzard have just announced that the tickets for this years BlizzCon Gaming Convention will be going on sale May 16th, and again May 30th!
The tickets will cost $125 USD, and will be sold in two batches as to give everyone a chance at nabbing their pass to this awesome (IRL*) event. This fourth BlizzCon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, on August 21st and 22nd. Like last year, DIRECTV® will be offering the chance to watch the goings on of the convention with their Pay Per View service. Just in case you are unfortunate, and cannot attend BlizzCon in person.
Like me. /cry
Go here for more information!
Blizzard Press Release
*In real life. Cause we all have to go outside sometimes.
Creative Writing Contest Update!
2009/05/03 at 2:01 AM
Hey all you creative writers—MasterOfDisguise here!
Creative Writing Contest
Blizzard had back in April? Well, Nethaera posted an update regarding the contest. Basically, the entries are being reviewed by the judges now, and the winners will be announced on Friday, May 22. The announcement will likely be placed either on Blizzard's
World of Warcraft home page
General Discussion Forum
. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled then!
Take a look at the full announcement after the break!
Comic Quiz Contest!
2009/04/30 at 5:55 PM
Hey all you lore fanatics—MasterOfDisguise here!
This is kind of old news, but worth a post anyway! If you know World of Warcraft's lore inside and out, then you may have the chance to win a
World of Warcraft Action Figure
! Blizzard is hosting a
Comic Quiz Contest
. You can sign up and look at all of the rules
All the details to follow after the break!
2009/04/21 at 8:42 PM
A little while ago, as some of you may know, I was at
San Francisco (Game Developers Conference), and while there, I learned a lot about gamer culture.
Now, E3 is and always has been a press event—an event where game companies get to show off the new cool stuff that they're doing to the public and to each other. GDC, though, is an industry event—where it's mostly about meeting other people in the industry, awarding innovation in games, and the new middleware type stuff that's out there. Being someone who works in the game industry, and only a short drive away from San Francisco, I just had to be there.
Girls Don't Game
2009/04/09 at 6:37 PM
I know I've been doing a lot of short, link-out posts lately but I had to take the time to mention this one—according to the latest article on WoWInsider, WoW is now the
most played "core" game
in the 25-54 year old female demographic.
Ladies and gentlemen, the world is changing—and it's about time.
For those of you who want the link directly to the Nielsen report, it can be found here:
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