Posts Tagged ‘World of Warcraft’

WoW Boosting Colour Blind Filter Options In 6.1

By Philippa Warr on February 17th, 2015.

A percentage of the population does a double take over the existence of the neutral class of characters

World of Warcraft‘s 6.1 patch will add a more robust suite of options for colour blind players to use while in Azeroth. Blizzard have had a colourblind mode in World of Warcraft [official site] for a few years now but the next patch will bring a new set of filter and strength options to better cater for people with colour vision deficiencies.

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Blizzard’s Digital Space Goat Raises $1.9m For Ebola Relief

By Philippa Warr on February 12th, 2015.

Sometimes I wonder whether my Mastermind specialist subject would no longer involve questions on “Picasso’s relationship with the Communist Party” and would, instead, be “Pets it is possible to own in videogames”. Perhaps I’d go with one for the main series and save the other for if I got into the finals.

Today’s pet is World of Warcraft‘s Argi who is a blue goat-looking creature. She’s actually been trotting about in Azeroth for a while now but the reason she popped back onto my radar is that for a limited period Blizzard were selling her in order to raise money for the American Red Cross as a way of assisting in the Ebola relief efforts in Africa. Today they announced that sales of the pet had raised $1.9 million.

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WoW Patch 6.1: Selfies, Blood Elves And Twitter

By Philippa Warr on January 27th, 2015.

Blood elf character model

World of Warcraft’s 6.1 patch adds a selfie camera to the MMO. Well. It adds a “S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera” which amounts to the same thing.

6.1 is live on the public test realm (PTR) at the moment and does a bunch of other things too. For example, the new character models for Blood Elves are part of 6.1, as is Twitter integration so you can share content from Azeroth to your Twitter followers.

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S.EXE: Seven Stories About Love

By Cara Ellison on January 23rd, 2015.

The first time I ever wrote anything about games, it was because I was still brokenhearted about a relationship that had dissolved years ago. PC Gamer edited the 4000 word essay into a six pager about Dota in 2012 and it is still one of the best things I have ever written. But wherever I go, whatever I do, games participate in a meaningful way in many of the relationships I see. Welcome to a special edition of S.EXE: the love letters edition. Brace yourself, you are in for chop. Here are seven stories about falling in love next to a loading screen.

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Warlords Of Draenor: Blackrock Foundry’s Raid Bosses

By Philippa Warr on January 21st, 2015.

In another world he would be a catalogue model

Blizzard have released a preview for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor raid Blackrock Foundry, with info about its denizens and bosses as well as some general Foundry facts.

The raid opens on February 4th with Normal and Heroic difficulties (Mythic is slightly later on Feb 11th and Raid Finder kicks in on the 18th) taking the titular Blackrock Foundry as its setting. The Foundry used to be home to the Blackrock orcs but is now being used by Warlord Blackhand to pump out weaponry intended to destroy Azeroth.

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Revisit Azeroth With Old Toons Thanks To ‘Veteran Edition’

By Shaun Green on January 18th, 2015.

Word has sneaked out that Blizzard are introducing a new trial account type provisionally dubbed ‘Veteran Edition’ in World of Warcraft‘s update 6.1. MMO Champion turned up patch notes mentioning the Veteran Edition, leading folks to speculate away and some to start doomsaying about a free-to-play shift. Relax, it’s all fine. Blizzard stepped in to explain it’ll simply be a trial open to lapsed subscribers too.

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Game Time For Gold In Proposed World Of Warcraft Update

By Philippa Warr on December 19th, 2014.

You heard the man

A forum post by Blizzard has offered some insight into what the company has got in mind for World of Warcraft and it includes a PLEX-esque system for exchanging gold for game time.

It’s not a definite announcement yet, more of a “we’re exploring the idea and want to know what you reckon” kind of deal.

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Why WoW Is Now All About WarCraft 3-Style Player Bases

By Tom Mayo on December 8th, 2014.

Garrisons are the biggest, splashiest feature of Warlords of Draenor by a considerable margin. Players have been rhubarbing about the lack of player housing for years, and this is Blizzard answering them while drawing from their RTS roots for inspiration. Combine these factors and you get an instanced Warcraft III-style base of your very own, complete with meaningful building choices and dozens of NPC followers.

If there’s one reason to return to World of Warcraft, or maybe try it out for the first time, this is it. Let me tour you around my home and I’ll explain why.

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10 Million World Of Warcrafteers And A Lawsuit Settlement

By Philippa Warr on November 20th, 2014.

Add in another 9,999,999 for accuracy

It looks like something of a double celebration for Activision Blizzard as the company announces a sizeable uptick in World of Warcraft subscribers (they’re back above 10 million) and a settlement in that shareholder case. Party hats at dawn…

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Wot I Think: World Of Warcraft – Warlords Of Draenor

By Tom Mayo on November 19th, 2014.

World of Warcraft is ten years old and over that decade it has dominated the genre it popularised back in 2004. Given the size and devotion of its playerbase, it isn’t surprising to see another spurt of growth, adding bulk in the form of a stack of new content. Tom Mayo explored that content and found that the game hasn’t just expanded – with the release of Warlords of Draenor it may have received its most intriguing new feature to date.

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Going Analogue: What MMOs Can Learn From LARPs

By Caelyn Ellis on November 13th, 2014.

In theory, MMORPGs are my favourite PC games in the world. Exploring strange new worlds, dressing up in shiny armour, and kicking butt are my primary gaming motivations and MMORPGs have those in spades. Richard Garriott sold me the dream of a living fantasy world to inhabit in my early PC gaming days and it’s a dream I’ve never quite given up on.

Yet the genre has become stagnant, like the fetid dregs of your drink once you’ve dragged yourself to bed after an all-night raiding binge. Everquest became popular, then World of Warcraft ridiculously so, and the desire for all that subscription money cemented the theme park MMO as the One True Way, with only EVE Online achieving success while stubbornly flying the sandbox flag. Which isn’t much good if you prefer dragons to spaceships. I believe that MMORPGs need a good kick up the arse and I’d like to propose an unconventional Boot of Inspiration: live-action role-playing, better known as LARPing.

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World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor Has Launched

By Alice O'Connor on November 13th, 2014.

This exciting screenshot comes from the official WoW site.

With World of Warcraft‘s fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, having launched this morning, Alice and Pip offer their expert analysis after watching two (2) trailers.

Pip: Alice. There is a World of Warcraft expansion out called Warlords of Draenor – I know this because I have seen TWO (2) trailers for it. You going to play it?

Alice: I shan’t, no – I have one ancient WoW account I played intensely for the free month then no more – but I’m fascinated by the people who will be returning. Like spawning salmon, they feel an aching tug drawing them back to the same place every two years.

Pip: Do you think it’s like when you go home after a few years – like to your hometown or something – and you do a lap to see what’s changed and what you still recognise?

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Success Story: World Of Warcraft Documentary

By Adam Smith on November 10th, 2014.

Looking For Group, a new World of Warcraft documentary, is as earnest as the late Jim Varney. It’s a sixty minute reflection on the first ten years of the giant of MMORPGs and as it was created in-house at Blizzard, it’s all about the good times. Creators and players alike fondly reminisce and the whole thing almost collapses into a blackhole of backslapping self-aggrandisement around the forty minute mark, when a kung fu panda is held up as an example of the maturing narratives tastes of the WOW audience. But despite the fluff, I found my cynicism thawing as I watched. The whole thing is embedded below.

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