ZAM Enters the MMO Industry with TMNT Online!
That's right, ladies and gentlemen—ZAM is getting into the gaming business. The ZAM Network has announced development of its first original title:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Online!
TMNTO gives the players the choice of a number of exciting classes, including the Ninja Rat, the Reporter, the Sports Vigilante, and (of course) the Ninja Turtle. In addition to this, though, TMNTO breaks new ground in the MMO industry by not only implementing voice recognition software that genuinely allows you to speak to the NPCs—It's
the first MMO in history to completely do away with the idea of experience points. Character upgrades are purchased with "Turtle Points", bought via microtransaction at the Turtle Store, and then activated by shouting "Cowabunga" into your microphone!
For the full details, as well as some awesome screenshots, check out the full press release on ZAM.com,
2009/04/01 at 7:00 AM
So you may have noticed a few changes around here!
Wowhead has updated with a sleek, exciting new
design. We're very excited about this new phase in Wowhead's development, and we hope you are too! We think it really takes Wowhead to the next level.
Please be sure to give us your thoughts and opinions at:
Learn more about the changes after the break.
2009/04/01 at 2:00 AM
Wowhead Comic #16
Tuesday! Time for a comic!
Sorry for the delay folks, this one took me a while to draw.
Plus I had my first raid on Saturday night, so I was reading up fights for hours. ;o /excuses
This week's script was written by, and stars, Snowfi. The little pink-haired mageykins.
Without further ado, I give you
, during Tuesday Maintenance.
Those poor bosses finally get a few hours to themselves without random heroes turning up and trying to stick various spiky objects into their heads.
2009/03/31 at 8:00 PM
ZAM Interviews MDY Lawyer on Addon Policy
So our friends over at the ZAM.com news site have posted a very interesting interview—this time with a lady named Connie Mableson.
Connie is the lawyer who represented MDY (known to most of you as the company that created the infamous "Glider" program) in the legal action that took place between Blizzard and MDY. She also represented the very first business to try and make money off of the Internet, was the first lawyer to open a law office in a virtual world—in this case, Second Life. She's
an avid WoW player, and she has some very interesting theories about the motivating factors behind Blizzard's recent UI policy change.
Having read the article, I don't agree with the conclusions she's come to. But either way, it's interesting to see her opinion on a highly controversial topic.
Head on over to ZAM.com to
check it out!
2009/03/30 at 6:50 PM
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 8)
Long time no see, dear readers! Please forgive my absence at the writing desk, for I have been separated from my mailbox! Let us all dearly hope that no such inconvenience strikes us again.
Today we have a letter from a confused young man in Stormwind City. Shall we?
I am yet another addict, seeking your help - for the sake of both me and my beautiful wife, Elaine. I am a huge fan of your "Dear Wowhead" section, and have recently gathered my courage to write to you, seeing that you have already helped people like me -
, being two examples.
It is more than embarrassing to say, but I am addicted to...cheese.
Yes, cheese, is that a problem?!
...I am sorry for my temper, but it took me almost quarter of an hour to compose this part of the letter, and that has been a painful cheese-less quarter of an hour. As I was, saying, I am addicted to cheese.
Spiced Onion Cheese
Fine Aged Cheddar
, and even the exotic alien
, which I hea
2009/03/29 at 2:14 AM
Raider Apprentice - Addons
You ever found desktop so full of icons that you almost need to use a search engine to find the folder you need? Or your desk/working place literally hidden by mountains of papers, hole-punchers, sticky notes, staplers, folders, binders, pens and other office tools? Well, things like that can happen in WoW too, and I am an unfortunate victim of Addon addiction.
2009/03/27 at 4:15 PM
March Mayhem on the Escapist
So in light of all the discussion there's been about loyalty to Blizzard lately, I thought I'd make you guys aware of an opportunity to prove that loyalty. :)
is holding a March Madness, NCAA-style tournament showdown of game developers! The showdown had already begun before I got wind of it, but the
matchup is between
, makers of the Dawn of War series. As of the time of this writing, Relic was ahead by 8 votes!
So go poke around, show your support! The tournament index page is
, and the specific showdown page is
2009/03/26 at 12:52 PM
What Class Do You Need? I Have One of Those!
I have a disease. My disease is terminal.
My disease is alts.
My first character was a rogue that I rolled shortly after Warcraft came out. He was, is and always will be my favorite. But then I rolled a warrior. Shortly after I rolled a druid. Then a mage showed up, and with the release of The Burning Crusade, came my shaman, who quickly became my "other" favorite, because to say "second" would suggest that I love him less than my rogue, which is untrue. Now here I am; I’ve got 3 80’s, several more in “striking range” (within 10 levels), and my warlock has begun his ascent from level one. I think there's something wrong with me.
But I’ve come to the conclusion after reading over a few profiles and seeing some other posts that I’m not the only one doing this, so I’m curious what motives others may have.
2009/03/25 at 4:06 PM
Wowhead: New Items Page!
Forgive my tardiness—normally I hate to wait this long before I get an update posted, but I've been moving into my new apartment this week, and I've been a little slow on the draw!
So those of you who are quicker on the uptake than I am, you may have already noticed the new page that we featured. The URL is here:
On this page, you have access to every item that's been added to WoW in patch 3.1! They're sorted by type, linked in a table of contents, and divided up by item level. Feel free to poke around and get started on your Ulduar shopping lists!
2009/03/24 at 12:56 AM
Wowhead Comic #15
Hey lookie, it's Sunday! Have a comic.
I uh... I think
needs a brain scan. ): The poor fellow, such short term memory loss.
Kay back to playing WoW, Noxiia is almost 80! Ahh! My first 80! *squeal*
2009/03/22 at 3:50 PM
So Blizzard appears to be moving in a more unified direction! Yesterday they announced the expansion of their Battle.net service. It looks like they're setting things up so that going forward you can log into WoW, Diablo III, Starcraft II, and all their upcoming betas with a single set of login information.
This is all well and good, of course, but what I'm
excited about is the ability to keep track of your CD Keys for
games, which will let you download and play games like Diablo II and Warcraft III on any computer. Anyone who's been a regular reader of this blog will know that this is an exciting prospect for me personally. Just be careful with your account information!
You can set up your Battle.net account here:
More info can be found on the Battle.net FAQ here:
The full announcement is after the break!
2009/03/20 at 3:08 PM
Tier 8 Bonuses and Other Goodies
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the moment we have all been waiting for! The Tier8 armor sets for all the classes are no longer mystery. We now know how the sets look like, how they are named, but more importantly - what bonuses they give us!
Turtlenecks Are In This Year
for a video and some information about the way the sets look!
But before we move to the sets, there is a little teaser I would like to toss in here. Remember how at the end of each Arena Season the top teams were rewarded a Nether Drake mount with 310% bonus speed? Well, the reward for the next Arena Season is going to be a
Deadly Gladiator's Frostwyrm
2009/03/19 at 2:20 PM
UI Changes Rundown Now Available
Blizzard has released some new info on all the different upcoming UI changes! Here's the official announcement:
New User Interface Updates
There are many new additions and changes coming in the near future for World of Warcraft. Alongside the hotly anticipated raid dungeon
, several new user interface features will be debuting, and we’ve put together a
preview of them
to let you know what to expect when the patch arrives.
Check after the break for a rundown of what you can expect to see.
2009/03/17 at 3:15 PM
Wowhead Comic #14
Sorry folks, didn't have the time to make a full length comic this week. Busy busy busy!
But, as I had so much fun with the Boomkitty, I decided to go the other route.
Meet Mr. Bearhealz!
I wish I could draw more of these with other classes, but the druid forms were just so flexible..
Anyhoo. I stuck them together and made a
, purely for my own amusement, but I figured I'd add it to this blog post!
2009/03/15 at 5:20 PM
Dark Riders, Tree Branches, & Evil Dudes--Oh, My!
My goal in writing entries such as this remains simple: to encourage readers to get back in the game and do those quests they never even knew existed, to explore and go where no other has so boldly gone before, and to come back here to tell us about their experiences or interpretations. If you like reading these entries help spread the word--it's bird! Er, blog--I MEAN BLOG! Tell your friends about our blog!
In my last entry I covered a lot of information concerning the history and origins of worgen. There is a plethora of lore surrounding the worgen and I fear we only got a glimpse of it last time. Follow along this week as we tackle the Dark Riders, Scythe of Elune, and some sinister wizard-wannabes, the likes of which you've always hated when leveling up. Ugh!
2009/03/14 at 11:44 PM
New & Changed Icons in Patch 3.1 (Build 9684)
What does a new PTR build mean? Exciting icon changes, of course. In this new build (184.108.40.20684),
new icons were added, and
All these icons are visible by browsing achievements, items, spells etc. on the site—but we thought you might appreciate having them all in one place for browsing. :)
2009/03/12 at 8:00 PM
A long time ago, at the height of my raiding career in Burning Crusade, I sat down and wrote the following sublime piece of poetry:
I hope you are a warlock
I encourage you to contribute your own to my list of WoW haiku. The standard format is 5-7-5, and the person who contributes the best one may or may not win a gold plated skateboarding whale.
2009/03/12 at 2:50 AM
Turtlenecks Are In This Year
So for those of you who have been following
—which you should be if you're interested in early warning info about the upcoming patch—you'll notice that Boubouille has posted the
final model preview
for the tier 8 armor sets!
He's posted a
showing a full 360 degree 3D view of each armor set, as well as a high-definition screenshot showing them on every race/gender combination.
The URLs are:
So what are your favorites and least favorites? I like the Shaman and Druid sets—Druid especially, I think it's nice to see a Druid wearing something that actually looks like
. Warrior's pretty good too, it feels very Norse. Least favorites are the Paladin set (I know, right?) and the Rog
2009/03/11 at 1:23 AM
Mommy, Where Does QQ Come From?
A little while ago I had a conversation with a user that got me thinking.
He was talking for a bit about how he didn't want Wowhead to turn into WowSpace, and that while he granted that the forums were a great addition to Wowhead, he also expressed frustration about troll posters, feeling that they caused the Wowhead forums to bring the overall quality of Wowhead down, rather than up.
Now, I don't mean to suggest that this user was QQing. He was expressing his honest opinion and I respect him for it. But it started to make me think about the nature of people, and why we complain about the things we do.
2009/03/08 at 2:00 PM
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Going To Be
It appears that on the latest PTR build, Blizzard has removed the
Brew of the Year
achievement from the list of requirements for the
meta-achievement—and by extension, for the mega-achievement
What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been
. Death Knights now no longer have to wait until 2010 for their shot at the
This is coming hot on the heels of another PTR change which was announced some time earlier regarding the
Fool For Love
meta-achievement (which, like the
achievement, grants a title). For those of you who missed it, the notorious
achievement which spawned so much drop-rate related controversy, has been nerfed: You now only need to find six[
2009/03/07 at 7:00 AM