The new Battleplan announcement by Wow Lead Producer Shane Dabiri reveals that BlizzCon indeed will share with fans a lot of content planned for Wow Expansion. Ah’Quiraj will have an outdoor content for 20-players while the indoor will have an instance for 40-players which Dabiri claims will be a tier above Blackwing Lair. Quests for Silithus will be added in patch 1.8 that will tie in with quests for other instances. We are promised that AhQuiraj will be a quest hub for future content quests.
“Beyond the doors of Ahn?Qiraj, Silithus is being fleshed out as a major quest hub with episodic storylines that extend into its depths and past its borders. Players have frequently requested more small-party and solo content, and we?ve focused our efforts to meet those desires around Silithus. Everyone should definitely check out the new quest and storylines when the Silithus content is released in patch 1.8.”
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Few interesting news from World of Warcraft website: A Bug fixes list of what is been addressed in the Test Servers for patch 1.7 was released possibly in the attempt to cooldown fans who are impatient and want to know why the patch has not been released. The answer is that the Test Server is simply for testing to find bugs, and hoping that players will cooperate informing the bugs. The feedback helps the Dev team to fix them before the patch goes out into the Live Realms. Second news is the release of a new Classic Warcraft Music MP3.
New York Times has written an article about the boom of Massive Multiplayer Online Games with the launch of World of Warcraft, but with the concern that the game might be hurting other companies in the genre.
“World of Warcraft is completely owning the online game space right now,” said Chris Kramer, a spokesman for Sony Online Entertainment, buyer of Matrix Online and one of Blizzard’s chief rivals. “Look, Matrix Online is good, but it’s like being in the early 90’s and trying to put a fighting game up against Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter; it’s just not going to happen. There are a lot of other online games that are just sucking wind right now because so many people are playing WOW.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF) strikes back at the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to give a victory to Blizzard Entertainment on the legal case against BNETD:
The court ruled that Congress? explicit protections for reverse engineering and add-on innovation in the highly controversial DMCA are too narrow and weak to protect innovators from lawsuits when the software they create is used for illegal copying, even if the copying occurs without the knowledge or participation of the program?s creators. The court also ruled that clicking on a EULA?s “I Agree” button, common when installing almost any software product purchased today, can be used to force both consumers and competitors out of the marketplace for add-on innovation.
Additionally, Gamespot got a reply from Paul Sams—Blizzard VP of Business Operations after the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled their decision. The link provides some more of his comment. Here is an excerpt:
We have worked hard to provide gamers with a free and secure environment on Battle.net, and this ruling further validates that we are justified in protecting our service and our players. In addition, it represents another major victory against software piracy.”
All fans of Jeff Grubb, writer of D&D and Wizards of the Coast, feel free to share your questions for the Q&A to take place at RP-PvP.com Public IRC Chat.
The topic can be anything from Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft RPG Books, Magic: The Gathering – Ice Age, Star Wars, D&D: Manual of the Planes, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms or any of his previous and current projects. Post your entry here
Jeff Grub is an addict player of World of Warcraft in his spare time. We humbly hope he joins the RP-PVP Servers when they are launched in the US =]
Hellgate Guru ran a Q&A with Flagship Studios CEO Bill Roper, and it seems that the Hellgate: London Alpha or Beta might be somewhere around the corner.
“Hellgate Guru: For my last question: we’d all like to know how far the game is into development, and when can we expect to see a playable alpha/beta of the Hellgate: London?
Bill Roper: We’re in the phase of development where we are generally dumping in lots of content. We’ve defined the “acts” of the game, roughed out how we’re moving the story along through those levels, and have huge lists of tasks we’re ticking off one by one. As for timing on an Alpha and Beta – stay tuned!”
There are five new screenshots of Starcraft: Ghost available and a new Wallpaper. There is been a lot of updates lately, as we near BlizzCon.
It has been announced that Blizzard has won the Blizzard vs BNETD case.
“A federal appeals court has ruled that computer programmers do not have the right to reverse-engineer Blizzard Entertainment’s video games to improve their playability.”
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Blizzard is calling to the heart of all Blizzard players to donate to the Red Cross, to facilitate the help offered to victims of the hurricane Katrina in the southern zones of United States, specially those of New Orleans(Lousiana)
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Our heartfelt condolences go out to the individuals and families affected by Hurricane Katrina. We encourage everyone to assist the federal, state, and local organizations doing vital work on the ground by making a donation to the relief efforts. The Department of Homeland Security has asked that donations be made in the form of financial contributions, rather than supplies, which are difficult to get into the affected areas at this time. If you would like to make a donation to the relief efforts, please contact the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org; 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-4357-669).
Blizzard released a new feature that may be exciting to some hardcore players: The Player vs. Player rankings. You can now look up the rankings for your realm and your faction (Horde or Alliance) on the website. These listings are updated weekly. The new feature will make your player vs. player experience more enjoyable.