WoW makes finding group easier

October 28, 2009

Blizzard drops details on the new dungeon and raid system for World of Warcraft, which brings with it cross-sever instancing, daily random dungeons, and special rewards for taking part in a pick-up group.

Pick-up groups, or PUGs, are the bane of many an MMO player’s existence. Rather than grouping with your guild or folks you know, you group up with random strangers who often turn out to be complete and utter tools, and probably think the same thing about you. PUGs are generally avoided whenever possible, but World of Warcraft’s new dungeon and raid system, due out in an upcoming patch, actually rewards players for grouping with random strangers. In fact, the more random additions to your group, the faster you gain rewards, including a Perky Pug non-combat pet.

In order to make PUGs even more attractive, the new system features smarter group matching, which means you should never end up with five shadow priests, which would completely break any instance you entered, along with cross-server instancing, which can pull players from any server in your Battlegroup to go dungeon hopping with you.

Another cool new feature that will seriously cut down on waiting for your PUG members to show up is Instance Teleporting. Much like the PVP battlegrounds in the game, when you join a dungeon using the new system, you will be automatically teleported to the dungeon entrance, where you can then sit AFK for 20 minutes while you get a sandwich.

The new tool will also allow players to select multiple dungeons to take on, or they can take their chances with a random dungeon, with NPC’s giving out quests and rewards to those that complete daily random dungeons, which will be taking the place of the current daily heroic dungeon system.

All of this, plus vote kicking, a looking for raid tool, group disenchanting, and a need before greed update are coming our way in the upcoming WoW content patch. It should go great lengths towards making an already easy game that much easier. Huzzah!

Make some cool quests and single player content and the new expansion may be worth getting into WoW again.

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New WoW Expansion in the Works?

August 10, 2009

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It may only be two weeks till Blizzcon, but already news has started burning up the Interwebs about the latest possible expansion to Blizzard’s popular World of Warcraft. According to WoW.com, multiple sources have confirmed that the newest expansion to the MMORPG will be called World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

While details on items like the overall plot behind the expansion, potential raised level caps or new talents weren’t available, the site is reporting that there will be two new races within Cataclysm. Goblins will be selectable for the Horde, allowing them to stop being solely transportation for characters, while Worgen (wolf-like humanoids) will be part of the Alliance.

This last detail is somewhat surprising, considering that the Worgen were being controlled by Archmage Arugal on behalf of Arthas within Wrath of the Lich King.

Source: IGN.com


Sam Raimi Directing World of Warcraft Movie

July 22, 2009

The first big step in taking the Warcraft franchise to the big screen has just dropped.

Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment have announced that Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy, will be taking the reigns of the upcoming Warcraft movie.

Charles Roven, who previously worked on The Dark Knight, is set to produce the film alongside Raimi.

“At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story,” said Raimi. “I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen.”

Blizzard’s chief operating officer Paul Sams said Raimi is the best choice for the film.

“Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have a shared vision for this film and we searched at length to find the very best director to bring that vision to life,” said Sams.

“From our first conversation with Sam, we could tell he was the perfect choice. Sam knows how to simultaneously satisfy the enthusiasts and the mainstream audience that might be experiencing that content for the first time. We’re looking forward to working with him to achieve that here.”

Source: IGN.com


Mountain Dew: World of Warcraft?

March 18, 2009

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Last year Mountain Dew formed an unholy alliance with Halo 3 for special edition Code Red bottles. This year they take it a step further by joining forces with Blizzard for World of Warcraft Mountain Dew Game Fuel. If there’s anything gamer’s can go through in a 4 hour midnight raid, its endless bottles of the Dew. The average WoW player’s aren’t exactly known for their calorie counting and sculpted physiques. The drink will be available in two colors: Horde Red and Alliance Blue.


New Blizzard MMO in the works?

February 13, 2009

Apparently a Blizzard developer has let the cat out of the bag on the much speculated about rumors of a new MMO in the works. It is supposedly going to be a step away from the Warcraft universe. Since Diablo is pretty similar to WoW, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do one for Starcraft. If not then hopefully it’ll be something completely new. Here’s the official blurb from IGN about the story:

On a post today on the World of Warcraft forums, Jeff Kaplan revealed that he’s stepping away from World of Warcraft to work on Blizzard’s “upcoming, unannounced MMO.” Kaplan, who has served as lead designer on World of Warcraft for the last few years and was the game director for Wrath of the Lich King, did not offer any details on the new game or reveal his new role, but he did state that his passion for World of Warcraft is still strong and, in his words, “fuels the challenge of making our next MMO even better.” Those are some big shoes to fill, as Kaplan himself admits.

We hope to have more details on this new project in the coming months.


World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Review

December 7, 2008

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Wrath of the Lich King is the 2nd expansion pack to the ever popular World of Warcraft game.  WoW is a multi massive online role playing game (MMORPG) by Blizzard that incorporates an open fantasy world, 10 million suscribers, and all for the low cost of $14.99 a month.  While many such as myself have taken perodic breaks from WoW an expansion like WOTLK will surely bring people back to Azeroth in droves. 

WOTLK unveils many new features into WoW and most important of all unlocks a new continent for players to quest and raid in.  The new northern content is aptly titled, Northrend, and is under heavy winter weather.  Don’t let that fool you though, there isnt just 10 levels of snow and ice as there are many beautiful locales and diverse looking zone’s to quest through.  Blizzard has done its absolute best ever with the design of this continent as quest items are easier to find, the zone’s ar easier to travel through, and the graphical quality has been turned up a notch.  WOTLK takes everything they’ve learned from the previous two titles and puts it into effect.

The level cap has been upped to 80 this time around, and there are now more 10-40 man raids to take part in.  Blizzard is desperately trying to make WoW more casual friendly as opposed to some of its hardcore gamer oriented competitors and WOTLK brings down the difficulty in leveling and having to do super long raids.  Now you can just grab a few friends and run a raid in 30-45 minutes and still get good gear to keep you going. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / game news

December 5, 2008

As I type this I have full roddage and my hands are trembling with excitement. Activision Blizzard is holding their annual upfront’s in Midtown Manhattan just a few blocks away from me to show advertisers their ’09 lineup and get big bucks for ad space in return (i.e. Burger King buying ad space on the note highway for GH 5). Well MTV Multiplayer (hire me!) is there and covering the event live and has a slew of updates. The biggest of course being confirmation on the 6th Call of Duty game to come out Fall ’09 which will be a SEQUEL to Modern Warfare and made by the same development team (infinity ward) that was behind it.

There will also be a new Tony Hawk sequel, a James Bond auto racing game (by the develops of Project Gotham) and some rumors are swirling on the Kojami Production website that Hideo Kojami is intending to bring a new Metal Gear game or a port of Metal Gear 4 to the Xbox 360.

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Note to game developers, cryptic math equations are boring just tell us what you’re intending to do because we know that solving e=mc2 aint gonna get the game in my hands any faster.