Bizarre Server Problems?
Now THESE are some weird server problems.
has posted a story about the strange server troubles Blizzard seems to have been having tonight.
Apparently there are a lot of server crashes—this is nothing new. What IS new are the instances of duplicate NPCs all over major cities, and the reports of the letters "F U" appearing outside the Violet Hold.
Could this be the work of a hacker? Has someone finally managed to crack Blizzard's security? Or is it just a strange confluence of weird server errors?
The WoW Insider story can be found
April Fools' Day
—the official holiday of the Internet!
So some of you may have noticed that our
changed designs yesterday—perhaps to something a little...
. For those of you who haven't picked it up yet, the change isn't permanent. :)
We really thought that the line about "original graphics, created by our art team" might be too much—but that didn't stop over
from sending us emails! So naturally we thought we'd re-print a few of the highlights—anonymously, of course.
Check out the emails after the break!
WoWInterface Exclusive: The WoW Addon Store
Our sister site,
, has got some breaking news on the latest major change to Blizzard's Addon system: The Blizzard Addon Store.
This is a gutsy decision on Blizzard's part—especially because adopting this business plan will make sites like WoWInterface, Curse, and UI.Worldofwar.net entirely obsolete—WoWI has already announced plans to shut down.
I encourage everyone to read the
, and to post their thoughts and opinions.
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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
, and even the exotic alien
, which I hear is made
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.
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
What Class Do You Need? I Have One of Those!
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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!
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