After more than a decade of waiting, Blizzard finally announced the release date for one of the gaming worlds most anticipated franchise. May 15th, Diablo III will be playable to the world.
World of Warcraft maybe a game that sucks in the most addictive personality, but just like crack cocaine, WoW does not discriminate on who its victims are.
In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Mila Kunis admitted she has been addicted to WoW and had to give the game up. Some may think that celebrity women would know very little about the game, but Mila spoke as a true World of WarCrack gamer citing her guild, raiding, the new expansion, and talking on ventrilo. Check out the vid below for evey geeks wet dream.
As you can see, Mila played an Alliance mage (2old2play runs an Alliance guild and needs mages!) but had to give it up after WoW sunk its teeth in. So the next time you yell at that school teacher from Kansas, it could just be Mila taking a break from her latest movie project.
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Echoes of Doom will be live when the World of Warcraft systems come back for maintenance. WorldofWarcraft.com was down for a bit today, probably to revamp and push the Lich King messages (which now splash the homepage prior to landing).
This patch brings a crap ton of content to the game including a lot of the lich king updates for character classes, user interface changes, calendar and other crazy awesome stuff. When you start the client, now, you’ll notice the front screen has changed to promote the Lich King content; it now resembles the client for all those in the beta.
The only downfall to the beta will be, once again, re-distributing your talent points. It’s free, so now is your time to re-spec and get ready for battling death knights in our near future!
Check out the full 3.0.2 Echoes of Doom patch for the massive, massive list.
Games Industry Biz is reporting that Gaute Godager, co-founder of Funcom, is leaving the company due to his dissatisfaction with Age of Conan: Hyperion Adventures.
“We don’t want to go into all the specifics on what he was dissatisfied with - it’s sufficient to say that there were elements in the game that he was not happy with and he wanted to take the consequence of that,” [European product manager Erling] Ellingsen told GamesIndustry.biz. “The consequence was him leaving the company and allowing someone else to take over the project.”
If you have read the negative reviews of Age of Conan, it’s plainly obvious that the title was a rushed product. Now its paying the price, as the initial 800,000 subscriber base has shrunk to 400,000 since its release.
Ellingsen has promised:
“The first things will be that we are updating the PVP, we’re adding new PVP features and that’s something players have been requesting for months now, they’ve been screaming at us… Next new content will introduce new areas into the game, new quests, hours of more exploration and so on. That’s two of the things we’re working very hard on right now.”
Is the damage too severe to be fixed? Let us know if you left AoC, or are still playing it.
Via Games Industry Biz.
We just received the official release date email from Blizzard announcing the November 13 release date,and it includes some details about the Collector’s Edition that will also be released.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows® XP/Windows Vista® and Machintosh® in two packages: a standard edition, which will sell for a suggested retail price of $39.99, and a special Collector’s Edition (in select regions) priced at $69.99. The limited Collector’s Edition package will contain:
- The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, a 208-page book featuring never-before-seen images from the game.
- An exclusive in-game pet: Frosty, the baby frost wyrm.
- A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, the Wrath of the Lich King intro cinematic with director’s commentary, and more.
- The official soundtrack CD, containing 21 epic tracks from the game, along with exclusive bonus tracks.
- A mouse pad featuring a map of the newly opened continent of Northrend.
- Two World of Warcraft Trading Card Game March of the Legion™ starter decks, along with two exclusive cards available only in the Collector’s Edition.
The Wrath of the Lich King expansion requires the original World of Warcraft game, available now for a suggested retail price of $19.99, along with World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®, which sells for $29.99. These two products are combined in the World of Warcraft Battle Chest®, are available for $39.99. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King has received a Teen rating from the ESRB.
Will you be picking up the Collector’s Edition for Frosty? Let us know. You can check it out at the Collector Edition’s official page.
It turns out Electronic Art’s Spore has some digital rights management (DRM) under the hood that’s irking a few video game players.
We use the term “few” lightly, as game players use their voices to be heard and let them ring loud! Taking a gander at Amazon.com’s listing of Spore and you’ll see 1,233 customer reviews with an average rating of 1-star (and growing.)
What’s the problem with the DRM? It’s almost easier to ask what isn’t the problem with the DRM in Spore. First, it’s intrusive, install Spore more than three times and you’ll have to call Electronic Arts to have them re-activate the game. Are we renting games now?
To re-activate your game with one more additional install will require you to give proof of purchase, so the comments say and, pretty much, you’re assumed to be pirating the product immediately. That might be over-reacting, a bit, but not really much considering the limitations on the product.
What if the DRM solution goes wrong? What if the game cannot access the Internet upon installation? There are plenty of what-if scenarios one can play out when they find their precious $50.00 game is phoning home to protect itself from you and your habits.
“This caused EA to remove the requirement that the game authenticate online every ten days, changing it to authentication whenever new content was added to the title. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be enough, and the limit on installations is what gamers are now finding most heinous. Review-bombing Amazon is a particularly nasty way of getting the point across as well; casual gamers who aren’t aware of this campaign may not bother to read the content of the reviews and only assume the game isn’t very good.”
No doubt all the negative press will result in a full on revolt, having gamers who’ve not purchased the title ding it with a 1-star to prove a point, why not? How else shall we fight “the man” and their unholy DRM solutions.
Oddly enough, you can find the game pirated already across the Internet, what has this proven? The game was found on torrent sites before it’s release, already cracked. It’s said they’re using a Sony DRM solution, a known DRM solution, which means hackers whom have already cracked this protection before had it un-shelled in a matter of hours.
What did the DRM get Electronic Arts but a PR nightmare and a bunch of people stealing it off the Internet now that they know it’s already available? Lot’s of publicity for very little gain; imagine the reviews and comments had they chosen to go without a DRM solution and be a pioneer of future technological solutions.Sure, it would be on a torrent site within hours… but it was anyway.
Those of you who applied to playtest Wrath of the Lich King, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion that adds the hardcore, upper-level Death Knight class, the beta invites have started flowing.
If you're lucky enough to get an invite, you'll be directed to the official beta site and download the content. This means certain people will have to split their time between the closed beta of Warhammer Online and the beta of Wrath of the Lich King. I'm not going to say who, though.
The registrations for the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King Beta are now available for Europe and US accounts. Feel free to use the link below to "Opt-In" or if you don't like using links via other site for account safety then check the World of Warcraft home page for more info.
Today we opened the Wrath of the Lich King Beta Opt-In program, which gives players a chance to win an invitation to the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King beta. For The Burning Crusade beta, we randomly invited players from the entire World of Warcraft community. With the Opt-In, our goal is to strengthen the beta-testing process by inviting only those players who have expressed active interest in participating. Keep in mind that opting in doesn’t guarantee you’ll be selected for the beta. To opt in to the Wrath of the Lich King beta, visit the Beta Opt-In page. https://www.worldofwarcraft.com/account/beta-opt-in.html
As stated in the blue post, you can reach the Beta Opt-In program at the following URLS.
https://www.worldofwarcraft.com/account/ for US accounts
http://www.wow-europe.com/account/ for European accounts
A ton of Diablo III information has exploded from Blizzard, including the official trailer, and screenshots after the break. In the meantime, Blizzard issued a Diablo III FAQ. Answering the question, “What’s new about Diablo III compared to the previous Diablo games?”
Exciting new classes like the witch doctor bring new gameplay options to the table. Returning classes, like the barbarian, have been completely redone with new skills to give them a feel unique to Diablo III. New customization options will provide for an even greater level of character specialization than the previous Diablo games, allowing the player to create unique characters brimming with power.
Diablo III is powered by a new graphics engine that can display characters and hordes of monsters in lush, fully 3D environments. Powerful special-effects systems and Havok-powered physics allow the player to lay waste to the Hells’ minions in spectacular ways.
Also, Diablo III builds on the random environments of the previous Diablo games by introducing a host of new ways to create random scripted events throughout the game. This creates a dense and exciting world alive with quests, NPCs, dynamic encounters, and viciously challenging new monsters and bosses. Diablo III’s environments add a great deal of interactivity to the game, including destructible elements and environmental obstacles that can be turned against your enemies.
In addition, Diablo III will benefit from Battle.net upgrades that will provide some exciting new features for players. Cooperative online play remains a primary focus, with multiple enhancements being planned to make connecting with your friends easier and cooperative gameplay even more fun. We’ll have more details on all these aspects as well as other exciting new features at a later date.
The site also features a lot of new information, so check it out.
If you enjoyed the Gold Rush update for Team Fortress 2 with its new medic weapons, maps, and Achievements, rejoice, for the Pyro update does the same thing - except for the Pyro class.
There are two new maps, a CTF map called “Turbine” that takes place inside a factory, and a Control Point map called “Fastlane”, a symmetrical map with numerous indoor routes and large outdoor arenas.
The new Pyro weapons include the Flare Gun (think pyro version of the sniper rifle), the Pyroburner (which adds 50 health to the pyro and makes every hit a critical hit), and Axtinguisher (which gives critical hits to anyone on fire.) As with the Gold Rush update, to get the new weapons, you must get a certain number of Achievements as a Pyro, which is a nifty way to both reward longtime Pyros and to entice people into trying the class.
Pilot Light: Ignite a rocket-jumping Soldier while he’s in midair.
No word on the 360 version yet.
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