Gearing Up IRL
All of us already know that WoW, and by extension Warcraft, is an exceedingly successful franchise. After all, we likely wouldn't be here if it wasn't. So with that in mind, I find myself wondering today about the numerous other sub-franchises that have sprung up around it.
Licensing is an amazing thing. You can get your guild crest printed on a
. You can have a three-dimensional
cast of your character, in whatever gear you're wearing at the time. You can read
about WoW. You can even play the WoW
, or the WoW
Trading Card Game
, or the WoW
, or the WoW
, or any number of other ways o
I submit to you the following question:
“Is your WoW character a violent person?”
Ostensibly, the answer would have to be yes, given that probably about 90% of what your character does involves fighting. And yet, I'm not exactly sure that needs to be the case. Is someone a “violent” character if they routinely use violence to accomplish goals that can
be accomplished through violent means?
Official Blizzard Update: Patch 3.0.8a today
Blizzard is cleaning house and clearing out the last few problems with 3.0.8 today, with a tiny patch designed to sweep up the last of the issues mentioned in the previous
on the subject. Here's the official "patch notes":
Human females Helms will no longer lift off the character's head during a Special2H animation or during a HoldRifle animation.
: The 5 second cooldown will now display correctly.
are no longer on the global cooldown that is shared with other Hunter abilities. All hunter aspects are now on a separate 1 second cooldown.
will now function as intended.
The official source is
Philosophy of a Good Player
Recently I began digging around in various forums (both here at
and at other sites) trying to find a few good replies to the question, "What does it take to be a good DPS?"
Many players are still learning, or perhaps just started the game—and with over 11 million players, surely there are questions. My goal is to provide answers of a different color. Today I'm throwing out another (hopefully) thought-provoking entry. I originally planned it around damage dealers exclusively, but this entry can be applied to many roles (and in real life). And no, it was not conceived that way because I'm suffering from an influx of
Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3
. Okay, maybe I lied. Maybe. =)
Wowhead Comic #10
Sorry it's a little late this weekend!
I have heard many tales of the new raid content being so surprisingly easy, and then the oh-so-experienced getting their bottoms handed back on a silver platter by the drake trio in
Note: I know the paladin's
is incredibly outdated, but it's
, and you at least all know he's a paladin. That's pretty much my only reason for drawing him dressed that way.
- insert binglybingly tacky news jingle song here -
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 6)
Welcome back, dear readers! Today we have a letter from a dear friend of mine out in the Crossroads—the names have been changed to protect the people involved!
Lately, I have been having urges.... strong urges. When did I start getting these urges? A couple days ago my friends were hanging around
, who is the main supplier of Herbs in
. What I noticed that was strange about my friends was that they had bought some
s, and they were offering it to me. Always being a team player, I tried it.
Now, I am addicted. I can't stop. I try to stop, and I just end up doing something drastic or unpleasant. I found out yesterday that in my rage to get more, I had beaten my
!! Please, help me. I am a wreck... I need help! What do I do? HELP!!!
Lunar Festival 2009 (Jan 24 - Feb 12) - Quest Guide + Information!
Welcome back readers! It's time for the Lunar Festival, so everyone break out the fireworks, show a little respect for your Elders, and come celebrate the new year!
is held every year starting on a date that typically coincides with the Chinese New Year. In 2009, the Lunar Festival will run from
January 24 - February 12
. The festival is celebrated by the druids of
with great fireworks and festive attire. Ancestors of Azeroth are praised and honored by both Horde and Alliance, who then reward players with reputation and
that can be used to purchase festive garb, patterns and fireworks! Also, higher level players will be able to earn a new player title -
Patch 3.0.8 Issues Resolved
Most of the major issues plaguing Patch 3.0.8 have now been resolved:
Arenas Re-enabled - All Items Removed
Death Knight Creation
Wintergrasp Instability Issues
There are still a few minor issues that still are being worked on:
Warlock's Ritual of Summoning currently has a two-minute cooldown.
Human Female Animation Errors.
Tooltip error on Howling Blast (currently doesn't indicate a cooldown).
Tamat Interviews Mia Rose
So those of you who have been reading news (and watching some of those video interviews) over at our sister site,
, will know Andrew "
" Beegle, the editor-in-chief. Since we've been working together on editorial stuff on our respective sites, I've granted Tamat blogging privileges here on the Wowhead blog, so he can let you guys know when they have a particularly awesome story running over there.
Today's particularly awesome story is an interview with miss
from CES this year. I admit to being a little reluctant at first ("oh ha ha cute girl plays WoW we get it"), but the shirt sold me—and as it turns out, she's a more hardcore WoW player than I am.
Those who are offended by mildly NSFW content are probably better off not clicking. :P
The interview is up on Allakhazam
Arenas Disabled—Official Blizzard Update (2:30 PM PST)
Bad news for PvPers:
Blizzard has disabled all Arena matches
pending further investigation of calculation issues. The official link has been added to the list below.
This latest patch is a doozy, and if you're anything like me your realm is swarming with problems. Feel free to post any issues you may be having with the latest patch here, so we have a consolidated list.
Blizzard's official announcements on the subject:
Battle For Wintergrasp Disabled
3.0.8 Major Known Issues
Death Knight Creation
Good luck, and cross your fingers that they get the kinks worked out soon. I'm going to try and keep this post updated as we find out more.
The Casual MMO?
So I've taken to reading
's news posts lately, and just recently they came out with one that I think was an especially interesting read.
You can find the full story here:
Their new editor, "Pwyff", writes a topic that has some striking similarities to the things we've been discussing
here on the blog
for the last week or so, so I thought I'd take a moment to point it out so as to add to the discussion. Feel free to post your comments and thoughts here, or in the comments thread on the story if you happen to have an Allakhazam account.
It's Patch Day! Official Venting Location
In keeping with patch-day tradition, here is a single centralized location to vent all of your patch day woes. Who wants to take bets on how long the servers stay down today?
Feel free to post questions, comments, annoyances, flames and trolls here—let's just try and keep it clean. The patch notes, as always, are located here:
Also—those of you who have hunter concerns might be interested in checking out
Did You Notice? Patch Changes in 3.0.8
Blizzard has been hard at work tinkering with professions, working on classes, and fixing a million other miscellaneous things to bring the game better in line with their vision.
In an effort to keep you guys from having to read all the boring details now that 3.0.8 (
) is live, I've decided to to point out some changes or additions which I thought deserved extra attention. To quote Samuel L. Jackson, "Hold on to your butts!"
Find out more after the break!
Wowhead Comic #9
I'm sure there are some of you out there that have no idea what this is referenced to, so here's a
Thanks to Web for writing another awesome comic.
Dear Wowhead... (Episode 5)
Welcome back, dear friends! Today we have a letter from one of my colleagues in Silvermoon City. Perhaps we can help our mutual friend here with a problem of a...personal nature. Read on!
My name is Emeline Foxfire, and I'm an initiate of the Blood Knights here in Silvermoon. Me and my husband, Colin, have been Initiates together for what seems like forever! He's my everything, and I don't know what I'd do without him. Many are the days I fondly remember training with him. We'd tap mana crystals together, and then – my favorite – we'd
the energy from some unsuspecting fool. Those were the days!
The trouble is, ever since those crazy adventurers infiltrated the Isle of Quel'danas, and the Sunwell was restored, well...my husband isn't interested in
ing anymore. Oh sure, we'll have the occasional
, but without the
, it's just not the same! It's like he just wants to get it over with as fast as possible – he doesn't take his
I don't know what to do, Malgayne! I'm at my wit's end. What do you recommend?
When Is a Newb Not a Noob?
Just a short philosophical question for you today, with any luck the real action will be in the comments. :)
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine today, someone who just started playing recently. Her priest is somewhere in her thirties now, and she asked me a question that I had never really stopped to consider – one of those questions that must
an answer, if you could only put your finger on what it was.
She asked me, "When do you stop being a newb?"
WoW: The Schizophrenic MMO
posted a comment
a little while ago, and it started to get me thinking.
I love WoW. It's clearly the most successful video game ever made. It's a beautifully tailored, wonderfully epic experience, that gets better each time I look at it. But ArgentSun's comment made me realize that aside from all the things we love about WoW, as a
, it's completely schizophrenic.
WoW, I would argue, is built around a blatant self-deception.
Village of Warcraft: Small Scale Story Telling in WotLK
responded to one of
about moral choices in WoW, and how they don't really exist. He says:
In other words, Blizzard is telling the story that Blizzard wants to tell (albeit with many loose ends and very, very slowly - how long did it take us to get anywhere with the new plague storyline? Almost six years?), and the players are really just along for the ride. WoW kind of has the perspective of the Tom Cruise War of the Worlds. That movie spends its entire time focusing on characters who, in any other movie, would be extras streaming past the camera.
Of course you can tell stories about people like that. But you have to stop and focus on them, and narratively speaking, WoW doesn't.
The original link is
In some ways I think I have to disagree with Nab's point. He's right about the structure. There is this two pronged duality in WoW that insists the PC is important and special while paying a lot of attention to the NPCs that, more than merely being outside the player's control, are basically unseen by a
So the Wowhead Blog has been active for two whole months, as of today. This seemed like as good a time as any to stop and check in on how we're doing.
So, I'd love to hear everyone's opinion. How
we doing? Are you guys reading stories that you like, or that are interesting? What are the stories you skipped over? What are the ones that you'd like to see more of? Who's your favorite blogger? How often do you check the site? And are you linking your favorite articles to your friends, hm?
I'd love to have everyone post thoughts, comments and feedback in this comments thread. I can't guarantee that we'll
it (you have to write what you know, of course), but we'll certainly take it into account. ;)
Diabolocles, Tormentor of Children!
Everybody likes a good story, right? Everybody loves a good story about a hero overcoming tremendous odds to achieve victory even more, right?
No, those weren't rhetorical questions.
In particular, I'm a
for stories in which the main character is able to save the day and do the right thing exclusively because of the strength of his/her convictions. The quality that makes him/her able to save the day is that he/she wants to do the right thing more than anything else in the world.
What can I say? I'm a romantic. And yet, that's not really something that the story of my WoW characters can be about.
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