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Gamers Are Normal? Shh, Don't tell!
08/05/2009 alle 21:34
Do you know someone who plays games, but isn't really a gamer? I've met a lot of what I like to call “normal” people in Azeroth. But wait, normal you say? Playing World of Warcraft?
How can this be?!
All kinds of people play WoW. People who are new to online gaming, or video and computer games period, have been constantly flocking toward what I consider the most full-featured and accessible MMO built to date. The number of people who had, previously, never ventured beyond Solitaire on Windows 3.1 is impressive. Now they're raiding and getting phat lewtz every week. How awesome is that?
Of course, everyone knows we gamers are far from normal. We fly around on mystical dragons, take magic carpet rides, and yes--we even have neighbors who waggle when they walk (sometimes named
So what exactly is normal when we're all responsible for this madness?
What exactly do you define as a “normal” person? Do you hide your gaming habits from others?
'Warcraft' Helps Swine Flu Researchers
08/05/2009 alle 12:22
Some of you might remember the
pandemic from a few years back, when
became the Number 1 cause of death throughout the entire World of Warcraft.
Some of you (mostly those living in the Americas I guess) might be thinking about the recent
H1N1 outbreak, which is still a reason for a lot of worries among most families in not only the Americas, but other continents as well.
But have you even imagined that the two events may not only be similar in character, but that the players' behaviour during Hakkar's madness could be used by U.S. Department of Homeland Security? Well, it's not only possible, but it's happening!
Read on to find out what
08/05/2009 alle 01:40
Crygil recently announced some changes to the arena rating system. To give you a basic overview, they're changing the 3v3 and 5v5 rating systems to correct the imbalance between the ratings people can achieve in those brackets vs. the 2v2 bracket. Please note that they're also increasing the ratings requirements for the ilevel 239 weapons to compensate—
but the tooltips will not change immediately
, both in game and on Wowhead.
Check out the full announcement after the break!
In-Game Casinos — Legal?
07/05/2009 alle 18:21
I wrote this blog a little while ago, so the topic may be a little played out. But
just got around to publishing it—so blame him!
advertisements or scam players. In a more recent post, found
, Blizzard decided to ban advertisements altogether due to two reasons: one, because the advertisements were going out of hand; and two, because players expressed their disapproval over this.
StarCraft Fans Rejoice!
06/05/2009 alle 15:16
was kind enough to bring this to our attention, big thanks to him. The
Starcraft II Beta
test is scheduled for sometime within the next few months, so if you'd like to slide your Marine Boot in that door - and then up some Zergling behind - listen closely.
Introducing MMOUI Minion!
06/05/2009 alle 00:09
So our friends at
are rolling out a
exciting new project.
, and it's exactly what we've always wanted from an AddOn site—a simple, easy to use client that lets you manage your addons, update them all with a single click (or update them automatically when new versions come out), and does it all with the full permission of the authors and the sites involved—without gimping your features
your download speeds.
(who I'm a big fan of) and the team over there are just about to enter open beta, and they're looking for input from the Wowhead community. I'm looking forward to collecting a lot of feedback over here to give them—don't you guys let me down. ;)
We’ve got an FAQ for you guys here after the break (in addition to the more complete FAQ at WoWInterface
), as well as a couple of juicy screenshots after the break!
BlizzCon '09 Ticket Sales Announced!
05/05/2009 alle 17:55
Blizzard have just announced that the tickets for this years BlizzCon Gaming Convention will be going on sale May 16th, and again May 30th!
The tickets will cost $125 USD, and will be sold in two batches as to give everyone a chance at nabbing their pass to this awesome (IRL*) event. This fourth BlizzCon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, on August 21st and 22nd. Like last year, DIRECTV® will be offering the chance to watch the goings on of the convention with their Pay Per View service. Just in case you are unfortunate, and cannot attend BlizzCon in person.
Like me. /cry
Go here for more information!
Blizzard Press Release
*In real life. Cause we all have to go outside sometimes.
Blessing of Light
05/05/2009 alle 00:06
So, I have a problem, and maybe you can help me.
Warriors, Rogues, and Hunters draw their abilities from some amount of martial perfection. Mages and Warlocks derive their power from the demonic (yes mages too, read your lore), Shamans and Druids derive their power from nature, Death Knights from the Lich King, Paladins and Priests from the Light.
Now here's what gets me: As far as I can tell, the Lich King and the Light both couldn't care less if you're actually using their power to serve their own goals.
Wowhead Comic #19
04/05/2009 alle 23:00
I know this was supposed to be posted yesterday, but hey, we all have bad days.
is finally mine. Apart from the amazingly adorable chubby little piggy, my favourite part of this event is the
achievement. It's not difficult, doesn't have a story behind it, no special significance, it's just ironically mean. And that amuses me. Just one of those fun, selfish and silly achievements.
And so this week's comic has no joke, no punchline, etc. Just lots and lots of delicious and moist cake.
Late Post! (Interview with Malgayne)
04/05/2009 alle 18:37
So I did this a while ago, and I could have SWORN I posted about it, but apparently I didn't—so now I'm linking you to some VERY old news. But I would still be remiss if I didn't link you, no matter how embarrassed I am, so here we go:
I've recently done an interview for a WoW video podcast called
. For those of you who are interested in hearing my lovely voice as I drone on and on about how cool Wowhead is—and occasionally type really loudly into the microphone—the link is here:
The Sanctum podcast is nearly three weeks old now, so feel free to check up on them there, and see how the show has evolved due to my evil influence. Feel free to leave your comments and questions here. :)
Wowhead Weekly Review (April 27 - May 2)
03/05/2009 alle 02:14
Welcome once again! With the recent promotions of Queggy and MasterOfDisguise to Bloggers, all Wowhead Weekly Reviews from now on will be posting as blogging entries! For those of you just joining us, every week we post a guide to the latest and greatest of the Wowhead
Opinions presented in the Wowhead Weekly Review are not necessarily those of Wowhead.com or its staff members.
Creative Writing Contest Update!
03/05/2009 alle 02:01
Hey all you creative writers—MasterOfDisguise here!
Creative Writing Contest
Blizzard had back in April? Well, Nethaera posted an update regarding the contest. Basically, the entries are being reviewed by the judges now, and the winners will be announced on Friday, May 22. The announcement will likely be placed either on Blizzard's
World of Warcraft home page
General Discussion Forum
. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled then!
Take a look at the full announcement after the break!
Children's Week 2009 (May 1 - May 7) - Quest Guide + Information!
01/05/2009 alle 14:21
Seldom in the World of Warcraft do we think that war is at hand, and for every fallen hero, there are a hundred commoners and civilians slain by beasts, agents of the Scourge, agents of the Old Gods, or even members of the opposite faction! In days like this, we, the heroes of Azeroth should take a bit of extra responsibility and do something beyond holding the monsters at bay, beyond slaughtering them, or restoring the health of our troops: we should take care of the numberless orphans left in the wake of this war.
Children's Week is upon us! A week in which we brave face a challenge greater than any undead monstrosity, a task more daunting than saving the world. We must become parents for all those orphans throughout Azeroth and make sure they are happy. We can't tank a child's fears, we can't heal its memories of pain, nor can we DPS the sorrow out of them. So equip your toys, make a mage conjure a candy table, fill your quiver with joy, load your gun with something colorful, and venture into the World of Parenting!
(Yes, the intro did come out as dramatic as you said it was, Argent
Comic Quiz Contest!
30/04/2009 alle 17:55
Hey all you lore fanatics—MasterOfDisguise here!
This is kind of old news, but worth a post anyway! If you know World of Warcraft's lore inside and out, then you may have the chance to win a
World of Warcraft Action Figure
! Blizzard is hosting a
Comic Quiz Contest
. You can sign up and look at all of the rules
All the details to follow after the break!
ZAM Rolls Out 'Free Realms' Site
29/04/2009 alle 15:53
So I know it's not always kosher to post non-WoW-related news up here, but I thought I would take the time to mention this one, because I'm personally kind of excited about this game.
For those of you who haven't heard yet, it's called
, and it's the most recent game from Sony Online Entertainment—the makers of the Everquest series, among several others. Free Realms is one of the first forays by a major US MMO publisher into the free-to-play space, and it actually looks pretty interesting. For once, here's a brand new major MMO that's NOT just trying to do the WoW thing in a different way—and since it's free, and it downloads and installs remarkably quickly, there's really no reason NOT to try it out. :)
Of course, when an awesome new game comes out, the folks here at the
have to cover it, so ZAM has just rolled out it's brand new
The announcement on ZAM.com
29/04/2009 alle 00:02
So Malgayne has finally succumbed—and given me
! Behold my fearsome wrath! All shall tremble before my might! Or...at least...my...blogging? *cough* Anyways, moving on to the actual post:
I would like to introduce a man to you, known as "Pascal." He is a "papercrafter" and has recently done an interview for Blizzard EU which can be viewed
. Some of his models he has created include: Thrall, a Kodo, a Gnome, an Abomination, and a golem. It's really amazing stuff that he does. The Thrall model, for instance, required
standard size pages. Imagine how long it takes to make these! This guy certainly has my respect.
Taking an MMO Vacation? Come Back Soon!
27/04/2009 alle 18:34
Did you know over 11.5 million people were subscribed to World of Warcraft
the Ulduar 3.1 patch was released? Imagine how many more players have come back to the game since. It never ceases to amaze me how many people share in our joy playing what has become, apparently, the top massively multi-player online (MMO) game in the world.
What is it that attracts so many people for so long?
I'm not really sure myself. I love the atmosphere, the lore, and the friends I've made in-game. No matter what time of the week, month, or year I can always find something to do in Azeroth. In fact, I'm so Azeroth-ed out that I actually think I need an MMO vacation. Of course, I know whenever I get bored or a new patch is released, I always seem to come back.
Has the game ever gone stale for you? Been bored or took a break? What is it that keeps you coming back (or do you just love visiting Wowhead)?
Noblegarden 2009 (Apr 26 - May 2) - Quest Guide + Information!
25/04/2009 alle 23:00
It's time yet another hunt for phat loot in World of Warcraft, this time in the form of brightly colored eggs! We join together to "
share the joy of life and friendship
" all the while meticulously hunting carefully hidden eggs and nomming tons of chocolate!
Eggs have been hidden all across the places of our youth (namely, the starting areas for the Alliance and Horde races) for both young and old to discover and perhaps even be rewarded with a
! Simply head out to one of your faction's starting areas, grab some quests, and get out there and hunt eggs! Maybe you'll even earn some achievements along the way!
Sunday, April 26th
at 12:01 AM (server) and ends on
Saturday, May 2nd
at 11:59 PM.
Argent Tournament Guide
25/04/2009 alle 20:30
Update: Patch 3.1.2 introduced new mounts and reduced costs for existing mounts! See the
section for more details!
The cold winds of the north blow over the frigid icy glaciers of
. The sun barely reaches the frozen lands with its rays. The Lich King gathers his power, his Scourge minions planting destruction everywhere. Bloodthirsty Vrykul shout promises to eviscerate adventurers too foolish to enter their lands. Yet, in the northernmost corner of the great glacier, something defies the self-proclaimed true king's threats. Workers' sweat flows like rivers, as hired hands build a Coliseum. Mounts scream in pain or triumph as their riders - men and women representing all the peoples of Azeroth - fight to prove their worthiness to members of the
and their own war factions.
Despite the imminent danger of the Lich King, despite the hatred between King Varian and Garosh Hellscream, and despite the weather for which "harsh" would be a soft word, the heroes of Azeroth battle to determine who will face the h
Val'anyr, Hammer of the Ancients Kings
25/04/2009 alle 15:30
A little while ago we gave you a blog about the new
Legendary Healing Mace
. Now we feel ready to give you something more - the actual
Val'anyr, Martello degli Antichi Re
As we feed on dataz, you will be fed on information. Here is what we know about the Hammer of the Ancient Kings:
Val'anyr is only usable by healing classes - druid, paladin, priest, shaman. No hunter loot!
You need 30
Frammento di Val'anyr
to start its short quest chain.
Fragments of Val'anyr have a chance to drop off all the bosses in
Heroic difficulty only
. This means you can only obtain the Hammer from Ulduar-25.
Val'anyr, Martello degli Antichi Re
, the final quest, you will be given an item called Shattered Pieces of Val'anyr. You will need to
's mouth while he is casting
. You also need to fight and defeat Yogg-Saron with 3 or fewer Watchers assisting you.
Obtaining the Hammer of the Ancients Kings awards not only the legendary item, but the feat of strength [url=/?achieve
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