World of Warcraft is something of a modest success, we'd say. Unlike a number of other MMOs, it's not exactly about to sink amidst a sea of same-y competitors. We doubt, then, that we'll be seeing “World of Warcraft Spits in Face of Death, Goes Free-to-Play” any time soon. However, if you're a penny pincher hoping to step into the shoes of a giant cow person without the aid of some, er, rather questionable costume-based life choices, there's still hope. WoW may not be F2P, but this is definitely the next, next, next, next best thing.
A few weeks ago, we took a not-so-fond look at the console portion of the grotesque, unruly mass (in some circles known as a “family”) that is the gaming world. As we often do with those with whom we share any sort of relation, we proceeded to list off all the ways they've wronged us. We find it to be a good ice-breaker. Now, though, we've been struck with some strange and debiltating malady that top scientists are calling “civility,” and we've realized there's plenty of good mixed in with the bad. No, seriously. Consoles, we may not always get along, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give you due praise for having our backs every once in a while. Now go! Jump past the break before we change our minds.
A Canadian gamer suspected her ISP of throttling traffic for games like World of Warcraft, so she put her complaint on paper and sent it to the government's telecom regulator. Her action paid off, with the government ordering her ISP, Rogers, to look into the matter and report back. Rogers did look into it, and admitted that it's throttling WoW in some instances, but claims it's not on purpose.
While most MMOs remain content to eke out a decent existence in WoW's shadow, EA's not making any bones about its main target for TOR's Death Star cannon. For BioWare's latest, it's WoW or bust. So, how do you take down the biggest kid on the playground? Well, probably avoid the tag “Grocery Store Simulator,” for one.
After raking in more money than many small nations from a single game – not to mention getting to meet Mr. T – most people would become complacent. Not Blizzard, though. The PC behemoth's officially going full-steam ahead with its next massively multiplayer megaton, and it's certainly not being shy about its pie-in-the-sky plan: to “eclipse” World of Warcraft.
After World of StarCraft Youtube videos the world over went dark a couple days ago, fans immediately began to bury the ambitious mod under proclamations of “six feet under.” Turns out, however, that Blizzard's rooting for this little MMO that could just as much as you are.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the continued development of this mod, and as part of our ongoing discussion, we’ve extended an offer to the developer to visit the Blizzard campus and meet with the StarCraft II development team,” said Blizzard in a statement to GameFront.
So then, why'd everyone need to believe that it was the end of the World of StarCraft as we knew it?
“With the name so closely resembling that of World of Warcraft, we wanted to discuss the title of the mod with the developer, and as part of our routine procedure, we contacted YouTube to request the video be removed while that discussion took place. We were also curious about the project and wanted to discuss with the developer what the mod entailed,” Blizzard continued.
In other words, it was a misunderstanding as big as Starbucks' new drink size – and equally unnecessary. Oh well, though; Blizzard's words of encouragement are better late than never. Hopefully, after a quick name change (we suggest something innocuous and lawsuit-free – how about “War of the Stars”?), the mod will be back and better than ever. Of course, that's assuming a certain job offer doesn't put the WOS dream to bed before it can even begin to become a reality.
Six years of hard work. Hundreds of thousands of man hours. Twelve million subscribers who have spent billions of hours hacking, slashing, grinding, looting, and every other vaguely dirty term you can think of. So, how do you follow that? “Blow it all up,” says Blizzard. “And use a dragon.” The end result? A total reinvention of World of Warcraft that’ll have you hooked from the first second and keep you there for—oh—a couple hundred more hours. At least.
At this year’s Intel Developer Forum, Korea’s OCOSMOS was seen flaunting a 5-inch UMPC. Based on Intel’s upcoming Oak Trail platform and running Windows 7, the dual-joystick OCOSMOS OCS1 piqued our curiosity due to its ability to run PC games like StarCraft and World of Warcraft.
According to new information posted on the company’s website, you will only have to wait until March, 2011 to lay your hands on one. It features a single-core 1.5 GHz or 1.9 GHz CPU, a 400MHz GPU capable of handling 720p decoding, 32GB solid-state storage, a front-facing 1.3MP webcam, a 5MP camera on the back, USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) 3G, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Sliding the 5-inch capacitive TFT upwards reveals a QWERTY keypad.
Its battery will last anywhere between 5 to 10 hours on a single charge. This is due to that fact that OCS1 will ship with the option of a 24 watt-hour battery or a 10-15 watt-hour battery.
You wouldn't think we'd need to post a PSA warning people against eating their World of Warcraft Authenticator, but it just so happens that's exactly what one gamer did.
"I was sitting in my chair and biting into my authenticator while thinking about several RP related story arcs that I have planned," a WoW player wrote on the game's official forums. "I swivel around in my chair and presume to fall off it and shoot the authenticator into my mouth and down my throat.
"I have drank some of that stuff that makes you vomit, but I'm apparently resistant to a whole bottle of it. I am curious on what I should do."
Whether or not he was whoring for attention, we don't know, but he did get some solid advice. "Get off the Internet and call medical services," one poster replied. "I would recommend chewing gum over authenticators. If you're feeling like something more like food, apples work well also," another poster commented.
There are fans, and then there are frothy mouthed disciples. And then, about 100 links above them on the devotion food chain, there's this kid – or, as the Internet has dubbed him, “Red Shirt Guy.” If you're not a fan of watching videos – because, let's face it, those newfangled camera-majigs are probably coming up with new ways to steal your soul as we speak – here's the short version:
During a panel at BlizzCon, Red Shirt Guy approached Blizzard Loremaster Chris Metzen with a question about a Warcraft character named “Falstad Wildhammer.” In response, Metzen said he thought Wildhammer had kicked the bucket, only to have Red Shirt Guy cooly explain that Wildhammer is, in fact, alive and kicking according to the game's lore.
Now, slightly more than a week later, WoW's Council of Three Hammers has a newcomer in its ranks. Standing next to the very much alive Falstad Wildhammer is a short, red-shirted dwarf called “Wildhammer Fact Checker.” Congratulations, Red Shirt Guy. Until the far-off day when Blizzard pulls the plug on WoW's servers, consider yourself immortalized.
Still though, we can't help but feel a bit left out here. After all, it's our career to question game developers at every turn and generally make their lives unbearable. Where's our videogame character, huh?