Myndflame Machinima - Max Payne Noir Undercity

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MyndFlame presents a machinima titled Max Payne Noir Undercity – Chapter 1, by Varath from Blackhand Pictures Machinima.  A story inspired by the original Max Payne storyline merged with World of Warcraft creating a unique mix of editing techniques from in-game capture and compositing to 3D editing. The machinima duration is 24:51 minutes. You may find it at the official MyndFlame website.

Wrath of the Lich King Ban In China Was False

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Gamespot investigated the rumor that Wrath of the Lich King had been banned by Mainland China government.  The original source that cited the big headliner extracted some information from the East Asia Finance blog: JML Pacific Epoch.  That article doesn’t mention a ban.  In turn, the JML blog cited the chinese-language search engine Sohu, where news about the situation had been posted.  What nobody knew when all this emerged is that Sohu stated their source for all of this fabrication was from unnamed sources. What means that the banning was very exaggerated. And didn’t happen at all.

That reminds me of how the economic crisis in USA started.  There is CRISIS !!!! And out of nowhere everyone started taking their money out of banks, and they in turn collapsed, which resulted in a chain reaction. Collective hysteria, anyone?

In short, don’t worry. Wrath of the Lich King hasn’t been banned in Mainland China. The Burning Crusade release date suffered a few delays in China, and that was solved by removing skeletons and fleshing the Undead to remove the skeleton areas in their cheeks, ribs and joints. Burning Crusade launched later and there hasn’t been any major problems for said expansion with the Chinese government.

Wrath of the Lich King will come afloat once The9 adjusts the expansion to meet the regulations and law stipulated by the government. Back on November, when Wrath of the Lich King launched, I interviewed Frank Pearce (Blizzard Entertainment Senior Vice-President, and World of Warcraft Executive Producer) during the New York Midnight Launch.  Pearce said: “We are still going through the process of iterating on that, working with the different government authorities responsible for that, so we don

Video Games Live 2009 March Schedule

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Video Games Live played various music pieces from Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft games at the end of Blizzcon 2008, last year. It is very probable they might do so again this upcoming August at Blizzcon 2009.

Video Games Live will have a few concerts throughout the month of March. So if you love video games music played by a live symphony orchestra, and live in Kitchener, Ontario; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Austin, Texas—then check out the schedule and where to get the tickets.

ONTARIO
The music of video games will be performed by the world-class Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony led by industry veterans and world famous video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall on March 13 and March 14 at 8:00pm.  The Video Games Live concert will take place at:

The Centre In The Square
101 Queen Street N.
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada

The concert tickets for March 13 are sold out, but if you would love to be there—Saturday, March 14 tickets are still open while they last. Adult seating ticket prices range between $30-80. And can be ordered here.

There will be a pre-show festival starting at 6:30pm.  You can watch some Video Game Live video clips here.

MICHIGAN
On March 20, 2009, Video Games Live will perform at the Miller Auditorium at 8:00pm on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Tickets are available here—ranging from $25-52 for adult seating.

TEXAS
On March 28, 2009—Video Games Live will perform at the Long Center in Austin, TX at 8:00 PM.

Maps here. Ticket info here. Ticket prices range from $32-49.

Michael & Susan Dell Hall
701 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX
(512) 474-5664

A Quest To Honor A Father’s Memory

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When I read this, it somehow touched me. Of course, we don’t need Christie Golden or other writers to cause that thing deep within us to be touched. You know … emotions. Everyone wraps up with the artificial facade that is an online character or avatar, separting their true selves from their online alter ego to the point we classify our breathing and human things as IRL (In Real Life).

In terms of RPG or book stories, you would feel touched if you read something along a Tauren Shaman who embarks in a quest to deliver his father’s staff to the other side of the world, through perilous lands to bring it before the elders of his tribe to be placed on a sacred shrine in order to honor her father’s memory. If Christie Golden wrote such a story you would shed a tear most likely.

In real life, a man age 57—Jerald Spangenberg—was a World of Warcraft player, and had many friends in his guild.  However, one day he no longer came back online. He was absent for three weeks. He collapsed and died of an abdominal aneurysm while still playing World of Warcraft. His daughter Melissa Allen Spangenberg—for a reason that befuddles me felt the need to tell his guild that he had passed away.

She tried to contact a Blizzard Entertainment representative to find out her father’s account password to notify his guild, with no luck. This rises the question, whether Blizzard should consider an evaluation of their terms of service where parents or family members could have access to the accounts when the original subscriber passes away.  At least by presenting a certificate of death via fax. Or an option link in the terms of service that allows subscribers to set permission to a person (providing a name and address) to access your account in the event you died for as long as that person submits a certificate of death.

Regardless, Melissa didn’t rest until she could notify her father’s online friends of his death. She created a World of Warcraft account. Searched restlessly on his server to find out if anyone knew what guild he belonged to. And finally, she contacted the guild leader Chuck Pagoria from Morgantown, Kentucky to honor what could have been her father’s wish to let his friends know.

A waste of time, or a noble act? Read the full story at Tech.Yahoo.

Blizzard Campus: WETA Wolfrider Statue Installation Video

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A few days ago, we reported the OCRegister Blizzard Blog had exclusive photos of the awesome 12-feet tall Orc Wolfrider Statue developed by WETA Studios which they installed at the Blizzard Entertainment campus recently.  Gametrailers now has exclusive video of the installation of the statue. Hurray, for Blizzard. For the HORDE !!!

PTR 3.1 Ulduar - Mimiron

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Mimiron can be found at The Spark of Imagination within the Ulduar dungeon. This is the boss that can be accessed through the tram service. Mimiron mounts a tank that resembles the boss Leviathan. He named it the Leviathan MK II (Mortal Kombat II?)  I had the opportunity to test Mimiron 13 times. It is absolutely the hardest boss thus far.  It is a DPS race as much as it is a survival race. He dies in approximately 4:30-5:00 minutes for as long as enough players stay alive through the carnage.

The most fearful ability is definitely the Napalm Shell. This ability kills a player before a Flash Heal can get through. That’s barely 2 seconds or less. Read the phase one abilities below the video.

LEVIATHAN MK II – PHASE ONE

Leviathan MK II has 1742K health in 10-man.

Melee Swing: Hits for 4200 to 6000 physical damage.

Plasma Blast: It is a 3 sec cast, with a 7 sec cooldown. It deals 20000 Fire damage per sec for 6 sec.

Napalm Shell: It is a 2 sec cast. Deals 9425 to 10575 fire damage. It can be resisted down by half with fire aura and fire resist potions. The affected player must run away from the place of impact which gets a 5-yards aura that deals 6000 fire damage a tick for 8 sec. Healers will see his cannon throw a fireball toward a random target. Make sure to cast HOTs, Prayer of Mending, and Holy Shock on the affected player to keep them alive long enough for a healer to cast a flash or big heal.  It is nigh impossible to cast a flash light in time. Seriously, You can lose a player that rough-fast. Come prepared with health potions to help your healers keep you alive. As soon as you get hit by Napalm Shell, drink a healing potion.  Keep healing pots on a hotkey for this encounter. And a fel health stone. Paladins can use Divine Shield and Mages can iceblock out of its effects.

Rocket Strike: Instant cast. This deals 1000000 fire damage within a 3 yard radius.
damage.

Shock Blast: 5 sec cast. It deals 100000 Nature. It can be resisted. Does only around 14000 – 17500 nature damage with the Hunter buff. You will see a blinding electric jolt emanate from Leviathan MK II. All melee has 5 sec to run away. It has a 15 yard radius.

Proximity Mine: Inflicts 17500 fire damage. Can be resisted. Leviathan MK II willl launch a circle of mines 10 yards around himself which stay on the ground for around 20 sec before exploding. Make sure to stay away from them or they explode. They look like the mines in Blood Furnace. A rogue can dismantle them.

Once the Leviathan MK II tank is destroyed, the fight doesn’t end there. That’s the beginning of Phase 2, where he starts attacking players with the VX-001 Anti-personnel Assault Cannon. We didn’t get to test Phase 2, however. There is a total of four phases. More soon.

Warcraft Legends 33% Off Special Offer Until March 16

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We have been covering the Warcraft Legends Marathon in the past days, and hope you have loved the free stories TOKYOPOP has allowed fans to read.  For that matter, I wish to share with you a special offer announced today by TOKYOPOP at one of their affiliate bookstores that knocks 33% off the retail price on all graphic novel mangas including Warcraft and Starcraft.  And that includes Pre-orders.  If you would love to start collecting the Warcraft mangas, this is the right time to do so. Let me tell you how to. Note: I created and account, and tested the coupon code and without. It does work.

1. Register an account at RightStuf.com—and login.
2. Click on the Purchase links at each manga page (below) to keep adding books to your shopping cart.
3. When you are done with your purchases, click the shopping cart button at the bottom of the page. (You have the option to pay through a secure server or via Fax/Mailed Order.)
4. Press the Ready to Check Out button on the top right and enter the following coupon code:

Coupon Code: infusion
Expires: Monday, March 16, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. CST

You will find the Coupon Code option textbox at Step 3: Shipping and Tax page.

The links below will take you straight into each Manga page for convenience.

WARCRAFT

STARCRAFT

These are the shipping options:
Canada – $7.00
Economy – $3.00
International – $10.00
Priority Mail – $5.00
UPS 2nd Day Air – $11.00
UPS Ground – $7.00

3rd Annual ELAN Awards Nominates World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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Blizzard Entertainment has been nominated for the 3rd Annual ELAN Awards in the Best Animated Short Subject category for:

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (intro cinematic) Blizzard Entertainment
Jeff Chamberlain, Director; Phillip Hillenbrand, Producer

ELANS Announce Ceremony Date & Venue and Who Will be Waiting to Hear Their Name Called

Vancouver, BC- March 11, 2009 – Kelly Zmak, President of Radical Entertainment where the ELAN Awards press conference was held today, opened this morning’s presser by saying “The ELAN awards give our industry a chance to celebrate the talents and creativity of the people who create these art forms. At a time where we are surrounded by bad new and a barrage of negativity, the ELAN awards give us a chance to celebrate the positives of our industry and the people who make it great.”

DeCandido And Rosenberg At Lunacon 2009

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Keith R.A. DeCandido and Aaron Rosenberg are attending the 2009 Lunacon to take place at Rye Brook, New York.  The event will be held through March 20-22. Keith R.A. DeCandido is author of World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred.  Aaron Rosenberg is author of World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness and co-writer of World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal.

Their scheduled programming doesn’t involve any Blizzard product discussion, but if you are planning to attend Lunacon, they would be glad to meeting you and signing your Warcraft and Starcraft books.  One of Aaron’s scheduled panels is Tribute to Gygax.
Description: The biggest name in the development of roleplaying games, and one of the few recognizable names in a low-profile field, Gygax was always a lightning rod for many people’s views about gaming, both from inside and outside the field. A look back at Gygax’s life and influence on the field..

Keith has an interesting panel titled From Book to Film:
Description: Why do some books make great movie adaptations, while others fail utterly? What are the problems inherent on moving between the two media? How do you make a book into a great film?

Send us your photos with Keith and Aaron taken at this event if you are attending. Below is my photo with Keith at the 2009 New York Comic Con.

 

Warcraft Legends Marathon Day 4

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TOKYOPOP continues their Warcraft Legends manga marathon posting one story each day from volume 1 and 2, celebrating the upcoming release of volume 3—on sale March 17. Today marks the fourth story offered for free. You can only watch it for 24 hours. So, make sure to watch today’s story by Richard A. Knaak titled Fiend.

This story has all the whistles and potential to carry on into World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King’s Icecrown Citadel dungeon.  The undead tauren Trag Highmountain continues his journey toward Icecrown, aided by the Warchief Thrall.

We have 29 exclusive preview scans of Warcraft Legends Vol. 3 at the Worldofwar.net Wiki.

WoW Patch 3.1 Blessing of Wisdom & Mana Spring Totem change

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The WoW developers are planning changes for mana regeneration and certain buffs in patch 3.1.0 by lowering down the amount of shamans and paladins required for a raid. They want raids to have an even amount of classes participating, rather than stacking 4-5 paladins or shamans.  Mana Spring will now benefit all the raid. Only one Shaman is now needed to benefit from that ability.

The major impact to how raids are usually done is that you can no longer stack mana regeneration. How is that?  From what Eyonix said, what can be understood is that Mana Spring Totem and Blessing of Wisdom will no longer stack.  So now the raid leader needs to synchronize which abilities must be used according to the raid’s class setup—depending on which classes are online at a given time.

If there is a shaman and a paladin, the way to go would be to have the shaman drop mana spring totem and the paladin to do blessing of kings.  If there are two paladins and no shaman, one will do Blessing of Kings and the second shall cast blessing of wisdom. The wrong way to go now is having a paladin cast wisdom and a shaman drop mana spring—both mana regen won’t stack, thus wasting a group buff.

This decision could probably benefit alchemists a tad in theory, as players will want to buy mana regen flasks more often than pre-patch 3.1.

We are making a change to these spells so that their benefits are exclusive in patch 3.1.0. The buffs will be equivalent, but will no longer stack. Mana Spring will affect the entire raid instead of just the shaman

PTR Testing Schedule Updated - March 13-18

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It looks like double posting the news, but it is rather an update to the previous one.  A new PTR testing schedule update has been released.  Blizzard needs you to type /combatlog before engaging these bosses and then submit the log to them. The log may be found in your WoW folder within the logs folder. The numbering matches the date. To disable logging you can type oncreen again: /combatlog.

Blizzard Quote:
Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing. We’re currently in a mild holding pattern while we wait for a new PTR build with updated changes to most all the bosses, Mimiron, Auriaya, more loot, etc. As a reminder, this schedule could change further depending on build status.

On the North American test realms:

Mimiron – Friday Night, March 13, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Hodir – Saturday Night, March 14, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday, March 15, starting at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.
Ignis the Furnace Master – Monday Night, March 16, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
XT-002 Deconstructor – Tuesday Night, March 17, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Kologarn – Wednesday Night, March 18, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.

On the European test realms:

Mimiron – Friday Night, March 13 at 19:00 CET.
Auriaya – Saturday Night, March 14, at 19:00 CET.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday Night, March 15, starting at 19:00 CET.
General Vezax – Monday Night, March 16, starting at 19:00 CET.
Thorim – Tuesday Night, March 17, starting at 19:00 CET.
Freya – Wednesday Night, March 18, starting at 19:00 CET.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

PTR 3.1 Ulduar Test Schedule March 10-15

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Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing starting today:

On the North American test realms:

Hodir – Tuesday Night, March 10 at 7pm EDT/4PM PDT.
Mimiron – Wednesday Night, March 11, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Ignis the Furnace Master – Thursday Night, March 12, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
XT-002 Deconstructor – Friday Night, March 13, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Kologarn- Saturday Night, March 14, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday, March 15, starting at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.

On the European test realms:

Auriaya – Wednesday Night, March 11 at 19:00 CET.
Mimiron – Thursday Night, March 12 at 19:00 CET.
Thorim- Friday Night, March 13, at 19:00 CET.
General Vezax – Saturday Night, March 14, starting at 19:00 CET.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday Night, March 15, starting at 19:00 CET.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) We don’t have everything turned on for these tests, and this sometimes includes trash creatures before each boss encounter.

Q) Where’s the loot? (UPDATED)
A) 25 player raid bosses should have all of their loot attached.

Q) What about achievements? (UPDATED)
A) After the next PTR build goes live, you’ll see some Achievements in the list. Most all of these are not actually functional yet, and the list is not final.

PTR 3.1 Ulduar XT-002 Deconstructor

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The XT-002 Deconstructor boss can be found at the Scrapyard in Ulduar. He uses an altered version of the Void Walker model. If that doesn’t chill your spine, with the dread memories, nothing will.  He has a very funny movement sub-routine: after he patrols back and forth, he will stand by the stairs to do exercises. To get ready to pull, wait until he moves either to the left or right side.  Then move all your players to the center. The tank must pull him and position him on top of the stairs by its center. The farthest he is from the scrapyard piles the better.

All players must stand together, stacking on top of each other.  This boss is like Tempest Keep: The Eye’s High Astromancer Solarian.  Players need to wake up and be alert if they don’t want their leader yelling and cussing. This video had to be slightly edited for that reason (for lack of options to edit sound).  When Deconstructor casts Light Bomb, you will be visibly surrounded by a yellowish glow that flashes every tick. Easy to see. It will cause up to 3000 damage to all nearby players within 10 yards for 9 seconds. The player must run either left or right, then return to where the players are stacking at.

At random, a player will be affected by Gravity Bomb. This one is very, very important to be alert with. It is an irregular-shaped purplish bubble surrounding the target, and after a short length of time it will attract all nearby players to the target and explode for up to 21000 damage. This is pretty much overkill for most cloth and leather class players, including holy paladins.

The one ability healers need to be alert with is the Tympanic Tantrum (Earthquake) which causes a lot of damage over time, and will kill anyone that is low in health. Healers need to know when to cast AOE heals, that includes Paladins. Holy Light is a mild AOE heal. Use it. Priests should spam AOE heals. Shamans should focus chain heal, and everyone else should place HOTs on everyone they can.

When Phase two kicks in, Deconstructor will stop all attacks and stand still. You will see huge sparks coming off him, and landing far away to each of the four scrapyard piles. A bunch of bots will spawn ranging three types of bots.  The first target range players need to kill are obviously the bomb shaped ones: XE-321 Boombot. These can do up to 13000 damage to all nearby players.

However, the ones you should also watch out for—make sure you assign players to take care of them—are the XS-013 Scrapbots.  These will merge with Deconstructor, healing him. You really don’t want this to happen. As you will see in our video, the raid players were close to kill him after 11 minutes, but he went into enrage mode wiping us.  If these Scrapbots heal him, you better call it and reset to save time, because most likely he will enrage. The phases are rinse and repeat until he dies. Train your guild players to take care of the boombots and scrapbots, and to run when they should during Light Bomb and Gravity Bomb, and this boss will surely be cake. Just needs coordination.

XT-002 Deconstructor abilities:

  • Gravity Bomb: Charges the target with dark energy (the gravity well), causing them to explode and pull in nearby allies after 9 sec. This sucks people in, so stay away from others! It creates Gravity Well on the player: This pulls various players within 10 yards and deals up to 21000 damage.
  • Light Bomb: Charges the target with divine energy, causing them to sear nearby allies for 9 sec. Inflicts up to 3000 damage per tick to nearby allies.
  • Tympanic Tantrum: Deals 10% damage every 1 sec for 12 sec. Nearby enemies are also dazed for the duration. This is an earthquake effect when he punches his fists onto the ground.

On phase two he stops attacking and you will see big sparks launching off him toward the four scrap piles in the area. This will spawn three types of mobs in large numbers.:

  • XS-013 Scrapbot: These must be killed soon before they reach the boss. They are absorbed by the boss to repair itself.
  • XM-024 Pummeler: They do the least damage, causing 2000 damage with Arcing Smash.
  • XE-321 Boombot: These must be your primary target. Need to be max dps’ed. Otherwise they inflict up to 13000 damage to all nearby players.

Warcraft Legends Marathon !!!

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Today, Chapter 3 of Warcraft Legends Vol. 1 is available: How to Win Friends—by Dan Jolley. (47 pages). Watch on the media player below.

On March 17, Warcraft: Legends Vol. 3 goes on sale in bookstores everywhere. To celebrate, TOKYOPOP is sponsoring a FREE Warcraft: Legends marathon! Eight stories in eight days—just enough time to get hyped up for the next installment of Warcraft Legends.

And while you’re checking out these stories, make sure you check out the Warcraft: Legends Vol. 3 Preview HERE.

I will provide a link to each Marathon day everyday to make it easier for you to find them. This is a real nice touch by TOKYOPOP to let you read these for free.

Warcraft: Legends Volume 1

Friday, March 6: Fallen by Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim (Available)

Monday, March 9: The Journey by Troy Lewter, Mike Wellman & Mi-Young No

Tuesday, March 10: How to Win Friends by Carlos Olivares

Wednesday, March 11: An Honest Trade by Troy Lewter & Nam Kim

Warcraft: Legends Volume 2

Thursday, March 12: Fear by Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim

Friday, March 13: Warrior: Divided by Grace Randolph & Erie

Monday, March 16: Miles to Go by Dan Jolley & Elisa Kwon

Tuesday, March 17: Family Values by Aaron Sparrow & In-Bae Kim

Recent In-Game Fixes 3-10-09

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The WoW Developers have applied very welcome fixes to the Ring of Valor Arena that will allow players to reduce their damage taken during fear or roots.  The flame wall was an exploitable mechanic for druids who would root players at the right moment and place to cause players to get flame wall damage without the ability to move away from it.  Fear could also cause players to take excessive damage with Flame Wall.

Now players can start fighting as soon as the elevator reaches to the top. The gates that used to surround the elevator have been removed.

  • The flame wall in the Ring of Valor arena will now be able to break spells like fear and roots after a player takes damage.
  • The gates in the Ring of Valor arena have been removed so players are now free to begin combat as soon as the elevators reach the floor of the arena.
  • We modified the small side pillars in the Ring of Valor arena to start in the up position instead of rising up a few seconds after the start of the match.

CrossOver Games Support For DirectX 10 Linux and Mac Soon

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I rarely post news outside the Blizzard games scope, but I thought this one was very interesting to share with Mac and Linux Blizzard gamers. Codeweaver—developer of the CrossOver Games—announced their roadmap for 2009 highlighted by their support of DirectX 10 right out of the box.—Full Article.

We’ve just shipped a lot of those ‘under the hood’ improvements for games out in CrossOver Games 7.2. We’re really pushing Direct X 9 support pretty far along, and getting ready to move on Direct X 10.

In the next few months, we’ll be shipping CrossOver Linux 8.0, and CrossOver Mac 8.0. That revision of our flagship product will bring support for IE7, modern QuickBooks versions, Quicken 2009 (at a nice speed), Photoshop CS3, and many many other improvements, particularly around Microsoft Office and specifically Outlook. —via Slashdot

WorldofWar.net Winners: World of Warcraft: Arthas Galley

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The WorldofWar.net winners are now announced. Watch the video to find out who won the World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King galleys. This video shows you the box full of books that I will be shipping in upcoming days to all winners around the world—courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc and Blizzard Entertainment. You will be able to read this book nearly a month earlier.  Those who wish to purchase the book, it will be on bookstores on April 21.

PTR 3.1 Deadly Gladiator Priest PvP Set

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Added the Deadly Gladiator Priest PvP Set obtainable from the Emblem of Conquest Quartermaster in PTR 3.1.  The most attractive piece of the Investiture and Rainment sets is the gloves—Equip: Reduces the cooldown of your Psychic Scream ability by 3 sec.  Both sets have a (2) pieces bonus: +50 Resilence rating; and the (4) Pieces bonus Reduces the duration of the Weakened Soul effect caused by your Power Word: Shield by 2 sec.

The Gladiator’s Investiture set offers:

1250 Armor
515 Stamina
224 Intellect
227 Spirit (plus 16 spirit socket bonus)
452 Spell Power (plus 7 spell power socket bonus)
271 Resilience (plus 6 resilence rating socket bonus and plus 50+ resilience with 2 set pieces)

Meta socket x 1
Red socket x 3
Blue socket x 2
Yellow socket x 2

The Gladiator’s Raiment set offers:

1250 Armor
515 Stamina (plus 15 Stamina socket bonus)
224 Intellect
452 Spell Power (plus 12 Spell Power socket bonus)
227 Critical Strike Rating
271 Resilience (plus 8 Resilience rating socket bonus)

Meta socket x 1
Red socket x 3
Blue socket x 2
Yellow socket x 2

World of Warcraft: Arthas Galley Winners

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Thanks everyone for participating in this Blizzplanet’s giveaway.  The World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King galleys given away are a courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc and Blizzard Entertainment. The fortunate winners of this great novel are:

  • Gurtogg
  • Handclaw
  • Kenzuki
  • Xarthat
  • Lon-Ami
  • Kyosei
  • Neto
  • Rainska
  • Odethrissa

You still have a slight chance at getting one of these ARTHAS galleys at our sister site WorldofWar.net where I am giving away ten more. The WorldofWar.net giveaway ends tomorrow Monday, March 9th.  So get going and participate there too.

PTR 3.1 Ulduar: Kologarn

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Do you remember our recent Ulduar Exploring PTR 3.1 Coverage video? You know how tall is the Prison of Yogg-Saron from the upper level where the broken crystal dome is … down to where the icy pool is. It is very high. Well, we teleported to the Antechamber of Ulduar, I was walking alongside some players to open the door that leads to that hub chamber … and my, oh my! A sight froze us as something that wasn’t there before covered the whole screen … watching at us with a threatening look.

Behold Kologarn … a massive bonafide … Titan? This is by far the tallest boss in World of Warcraft, except maybe for Kil’jaeden. Probably taller than that Scourge robot roaming Zul’Drak.

The most notorious thing about this boss is that his hands are tagged as separate objects: Left Arm and Right Arm.

The boss has a few abilities under his arsenal:

  • Stone Grip: You will see onscreen a message: Kologarn casts Stone Grip. You can also listen to a voice emote: “I will squeeze the life from you!”. After this emote, he grabs a random player in his left arm. This does over 3700 physical damage to the affected target every second. Keep a healer keeping this target alive at all times. All DPS must be diverted to his left hand to make him release the player before he kills his victim.
  • Overhead Smash: He does around 8000 melee damage and decreases armor by 25% for 30 sec. It would be good to have some +Armor potions/elixirs to compensate.
  • Shockwave: When he yells: “Oblivion!!!” he casts an instant AOE causing nature damage to everyone in the party. On plate it hit me for 9547 damage. If a hunter keeps nature buff up on everyone, this helps a lot. With nature buff, I got hit for 6867 damage (1768 resisted). Keep everyone at full health at all times. This can kill a few players that are at half-health.
  • Petrifying Breath: Inflicts between 18000 to 21000 nature damage every 1 sec and increases damage taken by 20% for 8 sec. Don’t stand in front of Kologarn to avoid his breath.
  • Focused Eye-beam: You will hear a voice emote: KOL’TARISH. Shortly after, Kologarn shoots an eye-beam at a random target [usually a healer]. This eye-beam has two streams at the beginning. That’s your queue to start running away. Once the two streams unite into a single beam, it will chase the player across the ground for approximately 5 seconds, then he stops casting and it vanishes. As you may watch in the video below, I was panicking each time it was casted on me.

    From observation, it does 2384 nature damage (615 resisted) per tick.  If staying still doesn’t kill you, a healer should be assigned to keep the tank healer alive at all costs. In theory, the tank healer can stand still spamming heals on the tank and off-tank when the eye-beam is set on the tank-healer. Here concentration aura could do well. The only issue is that right after the eye-beam he casts Oblivion (6,000-9547 damage) which could kill the tank-healer.

PTR 3.1 Build 9637 Ulduar Raid Schedule March 4-6

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Daelo posted the new PTR 3.1 (build ) Ulduar Raid Testing Schedule. Start making arrangements with your guild, or schedule your testing time in advance. This will allow you to get a feeling of the event, but please submit your feedback and bug findings to the developers.

Blizzard Quote:

On the North American test realms:

Flame Leviathan (Normal, i.e. 10 Player Mode ONLY) – Tuesday Night, March 3 at 4PM PST (or after the PTR servers come back up) through tomorrow. We want a lot of testing on this, but take note that the Heroic version of this fight should NOT be tested at this time. Players should only form 10 player raids to test this. The Heroic/25 Player version is not properly tuned.
Ignis the Furnace Master – Wednesday night, March 4, starting at 7pm EST/4pm PST.
Hodir – Thursday night, March 5, starting at 7pm EST/4pm PST

On the European test realms

Flame Leviathan (Normal, i.e. 10 Player Mode ONLY) – Wednesday Morning, March 4 at 01:00 CET (or after the PTR servers come back up) through tomorrow. We want a lot of testing on this, but take note that the Heroic version of this fight should NOT be tested at this time. Players should only form 10 player raids to test this. The Heroic/25 Player version is not properly tuned.

Thorim – Thursday night, March 5, starting at 7pm CET.
Freya – Friday Night, March 6, starting at 7pm CET.

We should have General Vezax (EU), XT-002 Deconstructor (US), and Razorscale(EU) available for testing soon after this.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We also hope to have the zone open on off days for each respective realm for a longer period of time. We have a couple special versions of Patchwerk setup. One of them is called Patchwerk (DPS Test) and is essentially a massive training dummy for your raids. The other is Patchwerk (Tank Test), and he does not have a Hateful Strike, but his melee damage increases over time.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Will there be testing available on Oceanic, Korean, or other time zones?
A) There will be some testing available. Flame Leviathan will be up for an extended time, for instance.

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) We don’t have everything turned on for these tests, and this sometimes includes trash creatures before each boss encounter.

Q) Where’s the loot?
A) We don’t have this attached to bosses yet, but we’ll have loot hooked up soon.

Q) What about achievements?
A) These aren’t implemented yet.

PTR 3.1 Lifebloom Changes

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

Lifebloom seems to have been nerfed yet again in the new PTR 3.1 patch update released today. However, the developers don’t share the sentiment.  Lifebloomd heals as much as it currently does in life realms. Just it costs more mana. The logic behind this is that with the changes in mana regeneration, they had to balance the amount of lifeblooms a druid can pump out in comparison with the mana capacity of other healers once patch 3.1 is released.

If you think about it, if Lifebloom remained as it is, with no penalties, when priests and shamans are suffering from a lower mana regeneration, Druids would be less strained spamming lifeblooms and topping the healing meters.

In that sense, I would have to question whether this is necessarily a nerf, when most other classes will experience different issues with their mana regen lowered.

Blizzard Quote:
Recently, Blizzard Entertainment [finally] installed the massive bronze wolfrider statue at the center of the new headquarters in Irvine, California. The replicas were given to Blizzard employees a couple of years ago, and a very few were seen on eBay for auction. The OCRegister Blizzard Blog has eight exclusive photos showing the installation of the 12-feet tall statue.

This statue was developed by WETA Workshops, a New Zeland-based film special-effects company that has worked with Stephe Spielberg and Peter Jackson and have been involved in films such as Lord of the Rings, King Kong, I, Robot and X-Men 3—to name a few. Personally, I have a feeling WETA Workshops is knee-deep in the development of the World of Warcraft film. But that’s something that hasn’t been confirmed.

Wolfrider Statue Lands On Blizzard Entertainment Campus

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Warcraft 3 News, World of Warcraft News

Recently, Blizzard Entertainment [finally] installed the massive bronze wolfrider statue at the center of the new headquarters in Irvine, California. The replicas were given to Blizzard employees a couple of years ago, and a very few were seen on eBay for auction. The OCRegister Blizzard Blog has eight exclusive photos showing the installation of the 12-feet tall statue.

This statue was developed by WETA Workshops, a New Zeland-based film special-effects company that has worked with Stephe Spielberg and Peter Jackson and have been involved in films such as Lord of the Rings, King Kong, I, Robot and X-Men 3—to name a few. Personally, I have a feeling WETA Workshops is knee-deep in the development of the World of Warcraft film. But that’s something that hasn’t been confirmed.

Blizzard Announces Arena Shoutcasting Contest

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, World of Warcraft News

A lot of podcasters are going to love this.  Blizzard has a new contest to crown the best Arena shoutcaster. Simply download the video provided by Blizzard, and record your own commentaries and submit your entry. What are the prizes?  Dell Ultrasharp 2007WFP-HC monitor and a BlizzCon 2008 polar bear mount.  According to article 2 of the terns and conditions only participants age 15 and above; and the competition is opened to residents of France, in Belgium, in the United Kingdom or in Luxemburg, or anyone aged 18 or more residing in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia, or in Ireland, and who have an open subscription to the World of Warcraft game.

Blizzard Quote:
We’re proud to present our first http://www.wow-europe.com/en/legal/contests/arenashoutcasting-09.html

AT&T Renews Hosting Agreement With Blizzard Entertainment

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AT&T renewed their hosting agreement with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for online games over Battle.net and World of Warcraft servers. A press release is available.

Blizzard Quote:
AT&T Renews Hosting Agreement With Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. for Online Games

LOS ANGELES, March 3—Online gamers will continue to enjoy a rich and reliable gaming experience thanks to an agreement struck between AT&T* and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Today, AT&T and Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, agreed to a two-year renewal for hosted services in North America.

Blizzard Entertainment(R) is best known for its Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) PC games as well as its massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game World of Warcraft(R), which is available in eight languages and played by more than 11.5 million subscribers worldwide.** AT&T has been working closely with Blizzard Entertainment for 9 years, providing hosting for World of Warcraft and the Battle.net(R) online-gaming service.

“We’ve been pleased with AT&T’s service over the years, and we’re confident in their ability to continue to provide the quality support we need,” said Paul Sams, Chief Operating Officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “This renewed agreement allows us to stay completely focused on our games while AT&T applies its hosting expertise to help us offer the speed, reliability and security our players expect.”

Through multiple Internet Data Centers (IDC), AT&T will provide strategic hosting and proactive, 24/7 network monitoring and management for the online infrastructure of Blizzard Entertainment’s games and services. The AT&T Gaming Core Team will provide comprehensive networking support to Blizzard Entertainment.

The AT&T Gaming Core Team was formed in 2004 to meet the infrastructure needs of customers’ gaming operations across AT&T’s Internet Protocol (IP) network. The team consists of engineers and hosting specialists who provide round-the-clock support to companies offering MMO games. The team provides global, end-to-end support of customers’ gaming operations across AT&T’s hosting infrastructure, applications and IP network and supports trouble resolution, incident command and control, post incident review and root cause analysis.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, which represents computer and video game publishers, U.S. computer and video game software sales grew almost 23 percent in 2008 to $11.7 billion.

For more information on AT&T Hosting and Application Services, go to http://www.business.att.com/hosting.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.