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.


New Details on the World of Warcraft Movie

October 13, 2009

Speaking with MTV News, World of Warcraft director Sam Raimi revealed that Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot screenwriter Robert Rodat will be handling the story for the massively multiplayer movie.

Raimi chats with MTV news about being faithful to the source material and presenting characters and settings that will be familiar to World of Warcraft players, while still delivering an original story. That’s where Robert Rodat comes in.

“I think we would try and find touchstones within the game to make it accurate and true and choose one or some of the lands that are portrayed in the game with as much accuracy and authenticity as possible. But we would have our writer, Robert Rodat, really craft an original story within that world that feels like a ‘World of WarCraft’ adventure. Only obviously it’s very different ’cause it’s expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture.”

He makes sense. Rodat is known for creating compelling characters in the midst of wartime situations, and the World of Warcraft certainly has its fair share of both.

It bears noting that Saving Private Ryan is one of many pop culture references included in world of Warcraft, with a Saving Private Imarion quest located in Hellfire Peninsula, the first zone on the other side of the Dark Portal. We’ve gone full circle or something.

New WoW Expansion in the Works?

August 10, 2009


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, 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.


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.”


Mountain Dew: World of Warcraft?

March 18, 2009


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.

Top 10 Video Games of 2008

December 9, 2008

(1)  Grand Theft Auto 4 – Xbox 360 & PC

GTA 4 has all of the makings for game of the year: blood, sex, violence, destruction, death, and prostitutes.  For any fans of the gangster/mob genre there is no greater storyline than an Eastern European coming to America to do right  and getting dragged back into the underworld of crime.  Niko Bellic was a great character that encompassed the raw emotion that none of the previous GTA characters were able to.  The missions were far more diverse and the recreation of NYC was very well done.  GTA 4 is a must have for any gamer.

(2)  Gears of War 2 – Xbox 360

This heavily anticipated sequel does everything right, again.  The level design in GOW 2 is far more expansive and bigger and better than the original.  There’s brutal executions, more blood and gore, and a much more detailed plot delving into a lot of the backstories of Dom and Marcus.  Add in the addictive Horde mode and a highly replayable Multiplayer mode and you’ve got one of the best games of the year.

(3)  World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – PC

The 2nd expansion to WoW opens up a new continent, caps the levels to 80, adds addictive achievements, new raid dungeons and gear, and improved battlegrounds.  Surely that will be enough to keep WoW fans please for the rest of ’08 and well into ’09.  Blizzard has its hands full with some big franchise sequels coming out next year but World of Warcraft has become its flagship series.

(4)  Metal Gear Solid 4 – PS3

Snake is back..and old.  Metal Gear Solid 4 takes place in the future and has an aging Snake as its protaganist.  The cinematic cut scenes in this series has always made this franchise feel like playing your own movie, and with the amount of them in MGS 4 you feel like you are watching a movie.  Fortunately it’s a good one.  MGS 4 is probably going to come to the Xbox 360 in ’09 but for ’08 it was the only reason to buy a Playstation 3.

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