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A Game for the Obsessive Compulsive
So having been busy with the site since the expansion came out, I'm actually not NEARLY as high level as I should be. My paladin was level 73 at the time of this writing, which is pretty tame considering the rate at which people are tearing through the new content. But as time goes on, I've realized that I have a problem with WotLK.
I've heard complaints that it's too easy, or that the new gear isn't good enough to replace the old, or other things along those lines. But the difficulty that
have is with instancing.
The instances in WotLK are
. I mean, I don't know if there are any people out there who haven't done them yet, but they're just
. The environments are bigger and more interesting. The fights are more nuanced, and more fun. They feel more connected to the game world--you don't feel as much like you're stepping out of Azeroth and into instance-land. You can see the Howling Fjord from the balcony of Utgarde Keep. There are cinematic sequences embedded in the instances to draw you further in--not long ones, just enough to hype you up and keep you interested.
So what's the problem? The problem i
02.12.2008 um 23:30
So it's that time of year again here in the US--time for us to gain another 10 pounds, and to start thinking about what we're thankful for.
I started thinking about this recently and it occurred to me that in a very real way, one of the things I'm thankful for is WoW. I hate to sound like a sap, of course, and I know that there are some people out there who have met friends, significant others, even spouses via WoW--or people who have real social lives thanks to WoW friends, etc. I read those stories and I can't help but smile. But that's not
story. My story is a little different.
27.11.2008 um 14:30
Looks like someone over at
has been spending a little too much time in Azeroth. Click the image to see! :D
Just in case HP takes the headline down, I've linked a screenshot rather than the front page of their website. :)
Anyone else seen WoW references popping up in unlikely places?
For those of you who don't know the reference, perhaps
will refresh your memory...
24.11.2008 um 23:45
So you guys may have noticed some slowdown on the site lately. Unfortunately, one of our webservers has suffered a major hard drive failure, and had to be taken offline, and the other two are a little overloaded trying to keep up. We have the team at the data center working on it, and it should be fixed soon.
Kindly bear with us! :(
24.11.2008 um 01:05
Happy Birthday, WoW
Just a quick one for you guys today--Boubouille over at MMO-Champion was kind enough to inform the public that tomorrow is World of Warcraft's 4th birthday, and to be sure to log in for your
, in whatever time zone your server happens to be in. EU players have likely gotten their present already!
22.11.2008 um 17:40
What's Your Game?
So Blizzard has added two more celebrity WoW commercials to their lineup for World of Warcraft, one featuring Ozzy Osbourne (the Prince of Darkness) and one featuring Steve Van Zandt (of
, and of Bruce Springstreen's
E Street Band
Now I love these commercials as much as the next guy. But to me, the genius of this whole thing is much bigger than just some good commercials.
20.11.2008 um 20:30
Back in the Good Old Days
I'm not sure offhand what percentage of World of Warcraft players also played
Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos
and the expansion pack,
The Frozen Throne
certainly did--for a while, Warcraft 3 and Diablo II were the only games I was capable of playing. I was never much GOOD at Warcraft 3, but I enjoyed it a great deal even when I was losing. In fact, my primary reason for picking up World of Warcraft in the first place was because I was excited to see the familiar characters, locations and battles from my old favorite game writ large--I wanted to see Warcraft 3 from the Footman's point of view.
My choice of race in Warcraft 3 was the
, and it was that reason (and that reason only) that saw me on the Horde side of the game rather than on the Alliance side--which to this day is where most of my friends remain. My first
was Undead, because I really wanted to get in and see the Scourge mobs and buildings in huge, life siz
20.11.2008 um 02:00
Music Makes the People Come Together
So you may not know it about me, but video games are but
of my twisted obsessions. The other big one is music--and I will always have a special spot in my heart reserved for the place where those two loves meet.
I wasn't the first kid in my school to have a Nintendo, by any means. That honor belonged to my friend Chris, who was kind enough to invite me to his house to play (at a time when
wanted to come to his house to play). We played the original Super Mario Bros. until all hours of the morning, and sure--the game was fun. I had a good time. But it was the
, written by the honorable
, that convinced me that I
had to have one
. That song is still with me, and considering how many cellphone ringtones it continues to grace today, I'm clearly not the only one.
When I first started playing games I had the musical joy of games like
Super Mario Bros
Legend of Zelda
15.11.2008 um 16:53
Interview with Jeff Kaplan
When Tamat and I were at the WotLK launch on Thursday, Tamat managed to spend a few minutes sitting down with Jeff "Tigole" Kaplan, of Blizzard fame. You can read the full text of the interview on
. Check it out, leave a comment or two, and maybe we'll use some of
questions next time we see him. :P
15.11.2008 um 03:00
WotLK Launch Party Picture Gallery!
So the traffic coming back from Anaheim was a little more difficult than I'd hoped, meaning I didn't get home to post these until late. The pictures are here, though, so I hope you enjoy them in all of their low-resolution, poorly lit glory.
Be sure and take a look at
Allakhazam's Image Gallery
You can find 25 pictures of the event after the break.
14.11.2008 um 04:30
WotLK Launch Event in Anaheim
This is just a short one, since I don't want to spam you with blog posts too early. I did want you guys to know, though, that our sister site Allakhazam has posted some great coverage of the
WotLK Launch Event
at the Fry's Electronics in Anaheim. Tamat from Allakhazam and I got the chance to wander around and meet some of the people attending, and Tamat managed to score an interview with Jeff Kaplan, which will be posted on their news site on Friday. We got to meet a huge number of Blizzard employees (183 in all!), as well as some staffers from
, who deserve a link just for being cool.
A host of stories and interviews will be posted on the Allakhazam site over the coming days, including an exclusive interview with Jeff Kaplan, as well as interviews with some of the denizens of the line--including John Finch (the guy who camped out at the front of the line and told everyone who arrived after him that they were in line for Hello Kitty Online Adventure), and Eugene Gray (who checked out of a hospital, against doctor's orders, to stand in line).
I also have some pictures to post, which I'll try a
13.11.2008 um 15:00
Introducing the Wowhead Blog!
You may have noticed a new tab on your friendly neighborhood database site today. Well, in celebration of Wrath of the Lich King's release, Wowhead is dressed up in some shiny new digs -- introducing the
I know, I know, the word "blog" has been done to death. But we wanted to give you guys the opportunity to peek into the minds of the people behind World of Warcraft, and maybe a little bit of the people behind Wowhead. And we're not just posting rants and personal thoughts and opinions on the WoW world (though there will be plenty of those). We'll also be posting theorycrafting essays, weekly discussion topics, WoW news and maybe even a hardware review or two.
will always have the latest posts on it, so feel free to bookmark. You may also subscribe to the blog, thanks to the
. Each post is tagged by author, by tag(s), and by date to make it as easy as possible to find the content you're looking for. The "Comments" link at the bottom of each post will allow you to comment on each post, just like you would on a database entry or a thread on the forums. Even better though, each blo
13.11.2008 um 00:30