Win an Alienware Laptop: City of Heroes Sweepstakes on ZAM
I don't know if any of you guys play
City of Heroes
, but in honor of their new expansion, ZAM is running a contest right now with some pretty awesome stuff to give away.
We've got a Dell Alienware M11X Laptop, a Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Mouse, a pair of Gunnar Optiks gaming glasses, and an actual plaque celebrating the achievements of your CoH character!
If you want to sign up, just hop on over to their sweepstakes page here:
If you're a CoH fan, they also have a pretty amusing character quiz here:
2010/08/02 at 7:49 PM
The BFF Report..er.. Reports from the Worgen Starting Zones!
I finally got into Cataclysm and with it, over 800gb of in game footage that I have to somehow squeeze into these tiny ten minute segments. The first piece of coverage I'm offering up is a walkthrough of the Worgen starting zone. Besides all the bareback riding, missed opportunities for good Twilight jokes (is there such thing?), and epic phasing abuse, Blizz seems to have taken a completely different approach to creating these zones than what we are used to.
Think Westfall... probably 80% of the quests are centered at Sentinel Hill, Gilneas is the complete opposite. I found myself doing 2-3 quests at each outpost/abandoned house/street corner before moving on to the next mini-hub. This was cool and all, but I found that (besides Grandma Wahl) in the end, I didn't really care about any of them. I mean, Ill never forget Mankrik, Jitters, the fat drunk in Westfall hills, but these guys? Who cares!
*OMG SPOILER ALART!11*
It's not like I'm going to see them again anyways...
2010/07/29 at 1:22 PM
Cataclysm Beta Key Giveaway!
Would you like a Cataclysm beta key?
You don't need to say anything. We already know the answer.
is giving away a big stack of Cataclysm beta keys! All you have to do is go to the
in their forums and post what you're looking forward to the most in Cataclysm, and on Monday the ZAM team will pick winners from among the posters!
They have 50 keys to give away—and don't worry, both us here at Wowhead and the guys at
will have some of our own to give out shortly.
Click here for the full rules!
Blizzard has notified us that they're having a little trouble with the activation process. The keys are good, but it may be a day or two before they actually activate your account properly.
Remember, if you're a
member, you already have a ZAM account! If you signed up through Wowhead, your username wil
2010/07/26 at 7:03 PM
The BFF Report Welcomes You to the Future...?
When I first walked in the door at E3, there was this super attractive young lady (shocker, right?) who took my hand and escorted me over to this giant, baby food orange booth. She likely picked me because of my incredible aura of masculinity, and not because Dolby was standing right behind me sporting a super giant news camera, amirite? She dropped a funky PS3'esque controller into my, now sweaty, palm and introduced me to the future of gaming. Sort of..
You guys ever heard of this fancy "cloud computing" technology that allows you to access documents from virtually any computer terminal? Well, replace those silly DPS calculators with games and you have OnLive. The game I was playing was not hosted by any console or gaming PC anywhere in the vicinity, but rather being streamed, live, over the interwebs, to the giant LCD TV in front of me. The first thing that came to mind was "LOLOLLOLatency," but after ninja tapping the controller a few times...
btw, I got her number.
2010/07/22 at 12:59 AM
ZAM's TERA Online Site Live
I don't know how many of you follow other MMOs—I know that I can't imagine really playing more than one at a time. But there are two coming up in the near future that I'm actually really excited about—BioWare's
The Old Republic
TERA is exciting to me, partially because of the art style but mostly because of the gameplay. It's calling itself an "Action RPG", which in practical terms means that it deals with the most basic interface problem in all MMOs—the fact that most basic combat just involves standing still and deciding what order to push your buttons in. In TERA you actually have to
move out of the way
when people shoot at you. If you're firing a bow, you actually need to
your target. The combat has sort of a next-generation
Secret of Mana
feel to it.
So this seems like a perfect time, then, to point out that ZAM has their
up! If you're interested in following news about this game as well, or in following/updating our wiki, come and take a look!
2010/07/21 at 3:16 PM
Lord of the Rings Online F2P Beta Keys for Premium Members
So if you haven't heard,
Lord of the Rings Online
is going free-to-play this fall. If you were interested in giving this game a shot but never wanted to shell out the cash, your opportunity is coming up...and if you're a
member, your time is now!
ZAM is giving out immediate beta access to all of our Premium members across the network. To claim your beta key, just log into your ZAM account and head over here:
Remember, if you signed up for Premium through Wowhead, your ZAM account name will most likely be
, and your password should be in an email. If you don't have it, just use the "Forgot Password" function on the ZAM site. :)
2010/07/14 at 4:22 PM
The BFF Report Pretends to have Never Played WoW...
Remember back when all of you claim to have started playing WoW? You know, the pre-beta days when the game was nothing but conceptual drawings and quest ideas jotted on a notepad. That's when the game was hardcore, unlike today, where these n00bs benefit from Blizzard's "casual friendly" experience. Back then, we used to have to grind through countless sheets of college rule and RNG was only a dice roll away.
Well, I decided to pretend that none of that ever happened and that I was just another casual in today's gaming industry trying to mooch a G. Let's see how I did..
2010/07/12 at 1:38 PM
Wowhead Premium and TankSpot Premium Now Linked!
users, in addition to getting Premium service across the other ZAM sites (including
) now get full Premium privileges on
That means all Wowhead Premium users has access to all the Premium features on TankSpot, including:
720p versions of their movies directly from the site!
classifieds prominently placed across the TankSpot site!
Ad-free site service
on the TankSpot forums!
To sign up, go to the Account Linking page below:
Note: If you are a Wowhead premium user, you will need to go to
and log in to your ZAM account to make this work. If you didn't already have a ZAM premium account, on
2010/07/07 at 3:17 PM
Aion 1.9 Is Out, and I Know You Guys Care
I told someone that I would hook it up with a quick BFF Report for Aion 1.9, and I thought there would be enough stuff to go over... Wow, was I wrong. I mean, the patchnotes are lengthy, but outside of my incredibly butch gladiator toon, there wasn't much to look at. In the end, I somehow managed to squeeze out a few minutes of coverage and even had enough time to highlight some E3 footage that's hosted on our new
BTW, I have some plans for an upcoming BFFR and need your input...
Tell me 3 things that you despised about leveling 1-20 in
2010/07/01 at 5:28 PM
Slow Day In WoW? Win Some Swag in ZAM's Aion Contest
I know the majority of you are not big fans of
, but I'm pretty sure you
a fan of swag, so I thought I'd take a minute to let you know about the
they're having over there!
They're giving away 7
mice, as well as a brand new
gaming laptop. If you want your shot, head over to the contest page on ZAM!
2010/06/29 at 3:08 PM
Warning, NFSW... As In Need For Speed: World!
Edit: The beta key giveaway has been opened to everyone! If you're interested, now is the time to sign up!
If you guys are interested in trying out EA's new Massively Multiplayer Online Racing Game,
is giving away beta keys to all ZAM Premium members. That includes subscribers on ZAM, Allakhazam, WowInterface, TankSpot, and, of course,
If you want to give it a shot, head on over to the
beta key giveaway
page. You will need to log into your ZAM Premium account to claim it (Tip: If you registered through Wowhead, your ZAM username will be
Give it a try, and leave your opinions in the comments!
Wowhead Premium sign-up
ZAM Premium sign-up
2010/06/27 at 11:57 PM
BFF Report - All Points O'Brien
I went to E3 last week to pretty much just hit on booth babes, but I partied a little too hard and now I have this "Malgayne pwnz" tribal henna tattoo on my left rump-cheek (near the crease). I vaguely remember getting the chance to
interview tons of developers
making games that somehow will all be the next "WoW killer," and even went toe-to-toe with EJ "
" Moreland, lead designer for APB! Speaking of...
This week's BFF Report is all about gameplay in All Points Bulletin... and man what a controversial subject that is amirite!?? Seriously, talk about panties->bunched when they announced that they embargoed reviews until after release (now down to July 2nd, UK release date). Then there are all the lone-wolf types who try and play this massive MULTIPLAYER game all by their lonesome and then QQ about how boring it is (they are right, btw). Truth be told, the game has it's flaws, but the good news is that the
developers are aware
of the community's concern... now let's see if they actually do anything about it.
2010/06/24 at 12:12 PM
E3 Coverage on ZAM!
If you're interested in following the latest developments in the MMO world—and in games in general—there's no better place to get your E3 coverage than
Mike B aka Fony
has hit the show floor to get coverage and interviews on a ton of new games, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA, LEGO Universe, Final Fantasy XIV, League of Legends, Jumpgate Evolution, LOTRO, and more.
Come check out all the info on the ZAM site!
2010/06/17 at 4:08 AM
StarCraft II Race Guides on ZAM
I know this isn't a World of Warcraft-related post, but trying to pretend that we're not all flipping out over
isn't going to fool anyone, so let's just call it straight, shall we?
Our friends at
have posted a lovely series of guides to the new races in StarCraft II, so if you're interested in being at the top of your game when the doors open wide in June, you'd best take a look!
2010/05/26 at 7:09 PM
Pandaren Brewmaster Figure Review on ZAM
Our friends over at
have gotten ahold of a
Pandaren Brewmaster Action Figure
of their own!
If you're interested in getting all the juicy details about the figurine, you can head on over to their news site for the full review.
Remember, if you want one of your own, you have until
to register for our
2010/05/19 at 4:37 PM
BFF Report Rummages Through Steam's Indie Bin
After months of heated debate and seventeen riveting
Hungry Hungry Hippos
has finally granted access for yours truly to post BFF Report episodes here on the lovely Wowhead Blog. And, while it may have cost me twenty big-toe massage sessions and my dignity, I'm proud to have finally made it to this stage in my life. Now to the meat and healthy carbohydrates portion of this week's post...
Last week I took it upon myself to dig through the dollar(ish) bin in the XBOX Live market and left all you PC gamers mildly unsatisfied. As a result, I've turned my focus to Steam in hopes to find something indie, cheap and worthy of my precious in-between-MMOs time... which I apparently have had ample amounts of these past few weeks!
btw shoutouts to the homiez.. StephX2, Sinjn, Nanu, Sopheak, Facundo the Small, Mel, JB, br0, (Atax) and biym Math...#1
2010/05/13 at 5:25 PM
TankSpot Joins the ZAM Network
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming the newest member of the ZAM Network...
For those of you who have never visited,
is the premier WoW video site on the internet, and they have unmistakably the best strategy videos available. A number of us here at Wowhead are already regular users, and we're very excited about the opportunity to work directly with them.
So what does this mean for Tankspot users? Firstly, the entire staff at TankSpot will be staying on to continue to maintain and improve the site—just like when Wowhead joined ZAM three years ago, you will continue to see the same high quality of content you've always seen from TankSpot. As time goes on, we'll be able to grow the existing site, and add new features and content. Plus, once we get our APIs integrated, ZAM and Wowhead
users will also get premium privileges on TankSpot, and vice versa!
For Wowhead users, you're going to start see more interactive and video content popping up around the site. In fact, you may have already noticed the first major change: Boss pages on Wowhead now feature
2010/05/10 at 8:52 PM
BFF Report Episode 26: XBox Live Indie Games!
So, since we're very pointedly NOT talking here on the blog about all the leaked
, we'd better come up with something else to keep you occupied, eh?
Mike B. AKA Fony
is here to save the day! In this week's episode of the
, Fony examines some of the worst Xbox Live Indie titles to ever grace the gaming world.
2010/05/06 at 5:41 PM
ZAM Interview with Richard Knaak
Cody Bye, the Director of Content of ZAM, has just interviewed
, one of the most famous writers of novels and short stories for not only World of Warcraft, but a number of other fictional worlds. Knaak's "Blizzard" bibliography includes novels like
(the latest official Warcraft novel on the market), 3 standalone Diablo novels,
The Sin War
War of the Ancients
trilogy, as well as 2 standalone novels other than
. In addition to those, he has an impressive number of Dragonlance, Dragonrealm, Conan, individual novels... not to mention his short fiction pieces and the manga.
Sadly, this interview didn't quench my thirst for lore (could anything?), but it was an interesting read nonetheless. The interview is after the break!
2010/04/21 at 7:18 PM
BFF Report Episode 24: Farmville?
A little while ago,
held a showdown for game developers called
. Those of you who participated may have noticed that our beloved
made it precisely as far in the standings as...
Mike B aka Fony
takes us into the deep, dark depths of Facebook gaming to teach us what this whole
thing is all about!
2010/04/15 at 7:27 PM