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?
Are you sick and tired of people declaring PC gaming dead and gone when it's actually still alive and kicking? Does it make you want to physically kick them? In the head? Well, that'd probably get you slapped with some pesky assault charges, so let's not do that! Instead, in case of just such an emergency, we recommend you break the glass around Blizzard executive VP of game design Rob Pardo's viewpoint of the whole situation.
“The PC games industry and the gaming industry is super healthy. It's always been tough to do metrics in any industry and especially once you start having a lot of digital distribution it's hard to capture the real metrics of the health of the industry,” he told GamesIndustry.biz.
“Even if you look at something like NPD there's still an estimation involved there, they don't really have real-time data from every retail chain. By necessity they're guessing. But I think the industry is as healthy as ever. From our experience our games continue to sell better than the last ones. I always laugh because as long as I've been in the games industry, every year I'm asked 'is PC gaming dead?' But it keeps on growing despite the fact it's been pronounced dead 20 times.”
So that's that, then. Of course, now people will be needing another irrelevant gaming topic to perpetuate. So let's see, may we recommend a thoroughly used, mentally broken beyond repair Jack Thompson? Or how about an impassioned argument about the Xbox 360 vs. PS3 console war? Those are always fun.
Hey everyone! We’re at BlizzCon, by which we mean we’re playing as much Diablo III as our broken, caffeine-riddled bodies will allow. However, some angry, impressively large-looking Blizzard people just approached us with looks in their eyes that basically said, “remove your hands from that demo station or we’ll remove your hands,” so we decided to graciously allow others to give the game a try.
So now we’re writing, because we suppose that’s our job or something. Anyway, BlizzCon! Stuff happened. Find out about that stuff below. Diablo III “way over half-way done” – Sorry, folks. No release date this year. Fortunately, just as we prepared ourselves to walk away from the convention information-starved and tail between our legs, Blizzard threw us a bone. See, Diablo III’s “close” to launching its friends and family beta. And according to the developer, when that beta churns to life, Diablo III will be “close” to completion. So close, yet so far away.