"Blizzard has issued a warning of a potential dangerous Trojan that is being used to compromise Battle.net accounts, even if the accounts are protected with an authenticator. According to the post, the Trojan "acts in real time" by stealing both your account information and the authenticator password (both mobile and key fob) at the time you enter them."

Cinelinx takes a look back into the previous decade (where 3D visuals started coming more and more into play) at some of the best cinematic intros to have come from that time period in gaming.

"Blizzard, developer giants behind one of the worlds most popular MMO games (World of Warcraft), have just announced the upcoming release of a new children’s book, Snowfight. The book will be based on the background story and exploits of World of Warcraft, which has come across as concerning to many fans."

"Altering the mechanics of a game never comes easy. There is the 'do changes need to be made' step, followed by research, followed by programming adjustments, followed by play testing, etc. At the end, all that hard work never pleases 100% of your audience. It’s a thankless task, but with World of Warcraft’s 5.2 patch there will be attempted equilibrium."

"To me, it encompasses many years of my gaming life where I made friends who shared epic moments with me and provided endless jokes and stories for me to tell. World of Warcraft is not a game to me, it is an experience that I’ll never forget."

"'In terms of gameplay and socialising, the appeal of World of Warcraft is so great that it is like having another life … which can be a problem for certain players. Having unlimited access to this massive world can be overwhelming, but enticing, which has left some players addicted to the game.'"

"Easily one of the most eagerly anticipated MMORPG updates this year, World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria is set to expand on the already huge World of Warcraft and concrete the games position as king of the MMORPG. The upcoming social-based gaming website, Raptr, have just announced a partnership with Blizzard that will allow them to offer 5,000 beta keys for the upcoming expansion."

World of Warcraft turns 7 on November 23, and to celebrate, Blizzard is playing on launching a unique commercial campaign. This Sunday, be sure to check CBS for the debut of a new addition to the What's Your Game commercial line. Previous editions have seen stars like William Shatner, Mr. T and Ozzy Osbourne advertising the game's many classes. So who do you think Blizzard got to humiliate themselves this time? On a related note, be sure to log onto WoW between November 20 and December 3...

"There's been a lot of news circulating around the ever-prevalent World of Warcraft over the last few weeks. From the shocking announcement of Mists of Pandaria to the consistent releases of new tier gear, fans of the popular MMORPG sure have had a lot to talk about. In order to keep the chatter flowing, Blizzard has announced a new service today; one which will no doubt make Activision and Blizzard even richer. It involves making cross-realm transfers for guilds a lot easier, allowing you to ..."

"Several things have been forming dark clouds in front of the windshield of World of Warcraft. It's not just new games either, Blizzard hasn't been trying to be careful lately. But WoW needs to be, because they are slowly getting in trouble."

"Brazilian gamers have a lot to celebrate about this week. Not only did they gain access to the Playstation Store but now Blizzard is launching World of Warcraft in Brazil. The game has been fully translated into Portuguese and the subscription prices have been converted. Blizzard stated that the game would be available in Brazil later this year."

Daav from NoobFeed.com goes over all the winners in the Art of Video Games exhibition from the Smithsonian. After about a quarter decade of playing games and a bunch of platforms, NoobFeed goes over what choices are sound and what improvements or better decisions could've made the final cut. Get your nostalgia on!

"The player base for many MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online) comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and emotional decay. Whether it be the socially awkward twenty-four year old with dominance issues, or the thirty-two year old ‘girl gamer’ who feels that her chest bumps are deserving of the latest and greatest equipment within the game; If you’ve played any MMO at all you are bound to run into one or the other – hopefully not both, but sadly not exactly all that uncommon of an occurrence."

"Alexander “Ocktra” Rhodes from MMOGlider, the service which provides many World of Warcraft players with an automation bot has spoken out about their company being sued by Blizzard Entertainment."

While everyone was busy gushing over Eitanya's plushified rendition of Garrus from Mass Effect, TK-Nation's Cassandra Khaw took it a step further and investigated the full extent of Eitanya's abilities.

Conclusion? She wants the Okami hat. Bad.

Blizzard have announced their subscriber figures to have reached the all time high of 12 million.

This is the first announcement in regard to the subscriber base in roughly 2 years! Reasons for the delay are assumed to be associated with a troubled history with the release of the second add-on; Wrath of the Lich King into China.

Blizzard's recent decision to include real names on their forums caused a gigantic uproar all over the internet. Apparently, Blizzard listened to the complaints and has just announced a backtrack on the decision

Blizzard's upcoming policy of using forum posters' real names in their posts is controversial at best, and people are in an uproar about it. Are they doing the right thing, though? Community management is an elegant art, and one that it seems Blizzard is not interested in managing. An Icrontic op/ed.

"A thrifty gamer is a happy gamer so we've scoured the Sunday ads to find the best video game deals for this week from local stores for the Playstation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC for the week of May 23, 2010."

GameZone has broke news that a 30-year-old high school assistant principal has transmitted nude photos to a 14-year-old boy via World of Warcraft and may end up facing more charges as the police investigate further.

"Blizzard is offering up official shots of the female worgen today. The model can be seen in cloth, leather, chain, and plate armor and although it's a work in progress, it's still great to see it officially. There's no skins or hair choices available publicly, but you'll get a good idea of how the model moves from the models."

"Soon you'll be able to access the World of Warcraft auction house from any web browser or with the aid of an iPhone or iPod Touch thanks to the new WoW Remote Auction House feature. Players can get notifications on when their auctions sell or expire and even when they are outbid on auctions. The service even allows you to look at your bags, bank, and mailbox."

"BlizzCon 2010 will be held on October 22nd and 23rd in Anaheim, California. Gamers and Blizzard fans will be able to attend panels, play demos, participate in tournaments, and much more in the Anaheim Convention Center."

"Joystick: We did a few special things on twitter
FoxyKazoo: yeah, i saw the retweet for Xbox points, i did not win
Joystick: yeah, and WrathChild attempted to win, she tried to finagle her way in, we had to tell her she couldn't do that. So I do wish to formally apologize for last week. It was a little rude of me, and in case some of you are wondering what it is that I did, the one thing that I am apologizing for, not everything am I apologizing for, but the one thing. I apologize for makin..."

GamersRevenge.com's Joystick and RedzoneGaming.net's Foxy Kazoo come together for their weekly podcast, 'Revenge in the Redzone' covering Magic the Gathering, exposing yourself on XBLA and World of Warcraft

Blizzard recently detailed their 2010 plans for World of Warcraft, beyond just "we're releasing an expansion". New dungeons, infrastructure updates, zone changes, and more are all laid out in this roadmap.

A new battleground queuing system, the requisite class changes, and more in preparation for the coming Cataclysm, today Blizzard released major patch 3.3.3 for the venerable MMO World of Warcraft.

Last week toy makers gathered for the annual Toy Fair to showcase the hottest upcoming toys and figures. We highlight 5 of the figures even non-collectors will be sure to have on their wish lists.

""According to a recent report on Kotaku.com, Blizzard’s highly touted, and subscription-crazed massively multiplayer online title, World of Warcraft, has stabilized in the past year in terms of growth. The number of players playing it in December 2008 has not changed. Same numbers.

Of course, there are those predicting its downfall. Every new MMO that comes down the pike inevitably – though in hushed tones – gets the question about whether it will be the game that kills WoW.

Let’s get ..."

Blizzard today announced that their popular match-making service, Battle.net, will be receiving a major face lift sometime in the future, likely corresponding with the Starcraft II release.

"Massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) boast one of the largest player bases of any gaming genre. With 11 million players subscribing to World of Warcraft alone, MMOs are not only a hugely popular form of entertainment, they're also becoming an increasingly popular lab for social scientists."

Blizzard has recently released the details on their new Facebook app for World of Warcraft: Now everyone that enjoys the MMO can share their online achievements without linking them in trade chat. Let all your friends know when your guild downed that boss, or when you get that sweet purp you've had your eyes on.

Today in an official forum post, Blizzard hinted at an out-of-game Auction House service coming soon, available via the Armory website as well as an iPhone App. Follow the link for more details.

Blizzard released a new version of their popular WoW Armory today, with features including full 3D character rendering and animation, streaming character feeds for RSS readers, and a calendar feed.

"NVIDIA and Guinness World Records were offering VISA Gift Cards, high-end computer peripherals and memory, entrance to the expo, a custom shirt, free food and beverage service throughout the attempt and an official medal and custom-made plaque to hold the record certificate to top it all off. I'd also receive exclusive Guinness World recorder branded Nike Presto shoes. Even better: My company would be paying me for my gaming experience, because it was a great way to promote and recruit for th..."

Katers17’s video serves as her desperate plee to Blizzard, director Sam Raimi, and a call to arms for her numerous fanboys and fangirls to get her in the WoW film. Katers17 represents the classic, cute girl gamer thrust into internet stardom because...well because she's a cute girl who plays video games. Check it out and see if she’s worthy to play a Tauren lass.

Top model Adrianne Curry posted a picture of herself playing World of Warcraft naked. Adrianne Curry plays on the Alliance side as a Night Elf Warrior named ‘Darthadri’ on the Nazgrel server.

Blizzard Entertainment, long opposed to the exchange of real currency for in-game items, has added World of Warcraft mini-pets to their online store for $10 a piece.

During the opening ceremony of this years Blizzcon, Blizzard announced World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the third expansion for their massive MMO which will see the old world expanded and remade.

World of Warcraft player known as 'Athene' has gathered 200 Gnomes to raid Ironforge and Stormwind in a RP server. Their goal is to hump everything in sight and establish their group now known as the 'Midget Humpers from Hell'.

PC gamers are familiar with these kinds of "surveys," and there's often a choice to opt out. However, there's some buzz over Blizzard's upcoming plans to data mine World of Warcraft subscribers, for the usual "non-personal system specifications."

It's only a week long, but not everyone in the community is happy about it -- main complaint is the lack of an opt-out option. Harmless, most likely, but wouldn't you prefer having a choice, at least?

It seems the days of players paying their way to success in MMO's could soon be coming to an end. China has announced that it is banning the sale of virtual goods for money (unless by the issuer of the title). What are the ramifications of this? Well, the days of people paying real life cash in order to get an unfair boost may be coming to an end. Also, it would undoubtedly see the number of people getting scammed or hacked by gold farmers diminish. Overall, a win-win in my opinion.

You know those little warnings that show up on games that you can play online that say the company or ESRB are not responsible for online interactions? Well those are called unclassified/unrated games, and soon, the Australian government could be banning them.

"I had never laid my hands on a single bit of MMO action until late 2007. Don’t get me wrong, I had always wanted to play one since the days of Everquest; but to be fair I was a bit young to be shelling out subscription fees and upgrading my computer. However, after hearing about World of Warcraft’s global success of 11 million players and counting, I had just finished with Warcraft III for the PC and I was intrigued. I had actually purchased the client disc for World of Warcraft a few months ..."

Two days ago, the BlizzCon 2009 sold out in record time and the only way to get tickets now is off of eBay, but you better be willing to lay down the cash. Some of the tickets for the convention are over $1000!

"MI6, a company dedicated to supporting marketing, promotion and advertising videogame and entertainment community professionals, yearly organizes an award celebration in order to honor the best marketing successes in the videogame industry staged a lively awards celebration to honor the video game industry’s best marketing achievements.

The fourth MI6 conference was hosted by Rob Corddry (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “What Happens in Vegas,” “W”), who awarded the launch campaign for ..."

Time to have some entertainment. I'am sure while you played some video games you had also some funny scenes, did you ever made a screenshot? No? Here are seven screens from gamers who did! ;-)

The PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) has released their report for the PC gaming market in 2008. A big portion of the money from PC games comes from the MMOs, with World of WarCraft making over a billion dollars each year.

There are a lot of other interesting facts about the PC market in 2008, it's worth a look.

Following their recent move to Orange County, California, Blizzard Entertainment (odd place for a company named as such, innit?) decided to put up a 12 foot high statue of a member of the Horde in front of their offices, lest any passerbys get funny ideas (we assume).

"An internet computer game has been condemned as being as addictive as cocaine after a teenager who played it 24 hours non-stop had convulsions.

World of Warcraft has been hugely successful in capturing the imagination of players by drawing them into a virtual universe of battles and quests.

However, it is at the centre of a growing problem of computer game addiction. any players will sit alone in their rooms for hours at a time, immersed in the lives of their fantasy character creations..."

While gaming industry analyst Michael Cai thinks people should stop looking for a WoW killer, the truth is that World of Warcraft will eventually die, and we may start seeing the beginning of it in the next round of big MMO titles.

As the season of romance gets closer and closer, people are finding different ways to express their love or recognition for their own special someone. beavotron from the Penny Arcade forums decided to produce his own gamer themed Valentines - and no, unlike VGCats' Scott Ramsoomair, the variety of games is not limited to Nintendo! Check out his unique way of sharing the love: mediguns, fire, and... vomit.

2008 had tons of crazy moments in the world of gaming, and EuroGamer has decided to run through the events that happened from July all the way to December. They include the E3 conferences, the new 160 GB PS3, and Wii Music.

To check out the months before, click here.

World of Warcraft now has 11.5 million active subscribers, continuing to solidify its place as the world's premiere MMORPG. According to the story, Blizzard credits the increase in server populations with the release of Wrath of the Lich King. For those of you living under a rock, World of Warcraft is a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game set in a fantasy world developed by Blizzard Entertainment (now Activision-Blizzard).

"1. World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King / Blizzard / $36 (Average)
2. Spore / EA Maxis / $48 (Average)
3. The Sims 2 Deluxe / EA Maxis / $19 (Average)
4. Call Of Duty: World At War / Treyarch / $50 (Average)
5. Fallout 3 / Bethesda / $49 (Average)
6. The Sims 2 Apartment Life Exp. Pack / EA Maxis / $21(Average)
7. Grand Theft Auto IV / Rockstar Games / ($49 Average)
8. Left 4 Dead / Valve / $48 (Average)
9. Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft Montreal / $50 (Average)
1..."

A very well written article by Wired's Clive Thompson about torture; not just from a political perspective, but also in the gaming world, and how we need more of it.

This was all in response to a quest in the new World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King entitled 'The Art of Persuasion', where players need to stab a sorcerer with a needle until he gives up the information. Seems harmless enough right? Well the game-o-sphere and the blog-o-sphere erupted to the ideologist extremes, leading ...

"The owner of the restaurant said he created the diner in the hope that people who share his enthusiasm for The World of Warcraft would find a comfortable gathering place.

In addition to the interior decoration, game features dominate the menu selection. Diners choose from dishes named after denizens of the virtual world."

"Enter our "meta-metareview," a list of every game released this year that's scored above 85% on average from reviewers around the world. You won't be surprised by the games that made the list; you will be surprised that some of your (and our) favorites didn't make it.

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The best-reviewed game this year? April's Grand Theft Auto IV (98%), followed by a three-way tie between LittleBigPlanet, BioShock (PS3) and World of Goo (95%) -- all three of which were released in October. Metal Gear S..."

"First, I want to point out that the PC gaming industry is not dead, or dying. It's changing, perhaps, but multi-million dollar game sales (that aren't just casual games) prove that it's still going strong. In fact, I would argue that World of Warcraft is actually helping the PC gaming industry, even if it is ruining lives."

As unbelievable as it may seem, 4 years ago World of Warcraft launched. Now several years, failed relationships, lack of sleep and basic hygine later - Blizzard is offering a cute little baby polar bear familiar to all gamers who login today. For those of you who haven't logged off yet since yesterday, you will need to logoff and logon again to receive your gift.

Also make note - only one character per account can receive the polar bear, so be careful.

"The 15-year-old boy and his friends were exploring the "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion pack when he suffered what appeared to be an epileptic seizure, it was reported Monday.

"They played all day and all night. Maybe they got a few hours of sleep. They ate a little food and breakfast at their computers," the boy's father told the Kvällsposten newspaper in Sweden."

"A warlock by the name of Nymh will live on forever in World of Warcraft lore as being the first person to reach level 80, achieving this fear a mere 27 hours after the release of the latest expansion Wrath of the Lich King.

Contrary to what you may think, Nymh is actually employed and simply took a few days off of work in order to beat the game. It's nice to know that in this day and age where the world economy is in shambles that people can still take time off of work to grind."

"Show Notes:

What we have been playing: Mirrors Edge Demo (Xbox 360), Left 4 Dead Demo (Xbox 360), Mirrors Edge Demo (PS3), Tetris Splash (Xbox 360), Call of Duty 4 (Xbox 360), Rock Band (Xbox 360), Soulcalibur IV (Xbox 360), Oblivion (PS3), The Sims (PC)

Left 4 Dead not coming to the PS3. Again. For the last time.

VGXPO - Philly Area - Let us know if you are coming!

Wrath of the Lich King released

Study shows that playing violent games *bleep*s with your sleep

Microsoft bans..."

"Our intrepid reporter and videographer were both on hand for the launch event in Anaheim, CA for Blizzard's Wrath of the Lich King. As if you thought you had heard the last about the expansion by now, not a chance! Here is their short video segment taped at the event. Also available is their photo..."

"GS: Many Paladin-players are upset about the recent nerfing of their protection abilities in order to 'fix' the over-powered retribution ones. Do you have anything you would like to tell them?

TC: Well, we definitely still feel like the Paladins are very competitive tanks. We have been really pressed with Lich King to make sure that all of the tanking classes remain viable in all their different specs. Its definitely something that is very important to us to make sure that every tank out t..."

"We interviewed Blizzard Lead Game Designer Tom Chilton at 10:15pm (interview to be posted tomorrow) and then anxiously awaited the chaos that would ensure when they began letting people inside the store, which had by now erected barricades made of overturned shopping carts to funnel people in..."

Blizzard has apparently gone trigger happy with their ban hammers this season. Anyone who has taken Diablo 2 or Starcraft online knows there are a fair few people who cheat. (I myself encountering a another player in Diablo 2 who wouldn't die even when his health was drained five times over) Blizzard is fighting back now however banning over 350000 accounts between the two games. Along with over 7000 World of Warcraft players. I'd love to see their faces when they realize what's happened.

"PC
Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: World at War Limited Collector's Edition, History Channel Civil War: Secret Missions, Petz Horse Club, Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, Secret Service, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Expansion Pack), World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector's Edition (Expansion Pack)

PS2
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts, Eternal Poison, Hasbro Family Game Night, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009

PS3
Call of Duty: ..."

That's right. Your tax dollars are going to the development of AI so sophisticated that you think it's a human being. And how are they going to test it? By throwing it into the proverbial online fire that is World of Warcraft. So next time you yell for a healbot you might actually get one! Oh, and they're also making some other leaps in technology that could possibly change the face of modern warfare as well.

"Blizzard took steps with its 2.3 patch to allow new players to level from 20 to 60 much more quickly, and giving out bigger experience bonuses for quests ranging from 30 through 60. The idea was to allow newcomers and longtime players to get to the new 60 to 70 Outland content much faster with new characters. And now, after the Echoes of Doom 3.0.2 patch, Blizzard pulled off something quite similar, making the process of getting from 60 to the 70 cap much faster. The goal, naturally, is to ma..."

Sexual innuendo aside - Clive Thompson over at Wired goes through an analysis as to why many gamers prefer playing by themselves in a world populated by thousands of NPCs (such as Fable II), as opposed to a world populated by millions of live users (such as World of Warcraft and most of the other big MMOs).

"So what hope is there for the PC? Unfortunately, things look grim, though there is hope in unusual places. Of course, MMOs will help to keep PC gaming alive; I don’t think WoW will be leaving us anytime soon. And with the increase in casual gaming by women (playing arcade or card games online), those kind of game sales will help to booster the PC as well.

In addition, an alliance was formed earlier this year, including Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Advanced Micro Devices, all companies wit..."

GameIndustry.biz got a chance to speak to Frank Pearce of Bllizzard Entertainment about a wide assortment of things, ranging from Warcraft and Warhammer, to the current MMO scene, to upcoming RTS and how they expect to build on past experiences with Diablo III. We also get a little bit of a look at the inside workings of the company. Worth a look for all interested in seeing where Blizzard Entertainment is going to be going next!

"With this content expansion, Blizzard is essentially barring new players from signing up. The focus of the game up to this point has been accessibility and ease of play, but this new expansion goes in the opposite direction. Granted, the new level 80 cap is only 10 levels higher, and for the 70’s, they will be 10 levels of refreshment. Many players had plenty of time at level 70 to play around without feeling forced to level up; they were able to raid and grind, but now they are anxious to r..."

"Players can become infected with this new ailment either through random encounters or contact with a zombified player. Fortunately, special healers are on hand to help cure players of the disease. The disease itself does grant players with some exclusive zombie abilities like infecting other characters (even NPCs) and they can attack players of any faction, so we can imagine the intention is all in good fun... assuming your idea of fun includes killing and infecting other players as a zombie..."

"This is a truly heartwarming story about a developer really showing their dedication to the fans. Sadly, this is where the heartwarming part ends. A few months ago, Ezra suffered a stroke, and on Monday, he passed away, never getting to realize his dream of becoming a tester and developer for Blizzard. Video games can't solve all problems, of course, but it is really nice to hear about a community coming together to care about a little boy who loved this industry so much."

The WoW tournament for the BlizzCon 2008 that was held in the Anaheim Convention Center - located in California - has finally come to a hault, with German-based team "Nihilum Plasma" taking the grand prize of $75,000 and a replica Frostmourne, the blade in Wrath of the Lich King.

Check out the seeds and videos of the matches in the source.

"Wired.com: When I told my community, the greater Wired, um, "people," that I was going to be coming to Blizzcon they wanted to know ... a couple months ago we talked about the Activision merger ...

Morhaime: Yep.

Wired.com: ... You seemed really happy about it. Everything seemed to be working out pretty well, you seemed genuinely pleased about it, and not being, like, the “PR-business-diplomacy guy” ...

Morhaime: Sure. "PR-business-diplomacy guy?" [Laughter]

Wired.com: Are things ..."

In the past, players have been frustrated with falling from their Mount when trying to cross over water on WoW. At the BlizzCon 2008, it was revealed that after Wrath of the Lich King comes out on November 13th, a patch will fix that problem.

What really makes you say wow? Well this news story certainly will make you go wow... since one gamer alone has done what no man gamer has done before:- Played World of Warcraft using 36 accounts... and most of all... he plays on them simultaneously...

That's right... he goes on raids with a lot of characters... all controlled by him. Spending a total of $5711 on subscriptions, it most definitely an expensive hobby that this guy has... be sure to check out what he thinks of this in his own...

World of Warcraft Developer Blizzard has been awarded $6 million due to the sales of the controversial MMO Glider software. In July, it was ruled that the bot author had violated WoW's licence agreement.

WiiFit? How about WoWFit!

Warbiking - a growing trend where players hook up electronic bicycles to their computers and use that to control their travels in the digital realm of Azeroth.

One player has reportedly lost over 100 pounds via this method.

Oh, did I mention they sometimes cosplay while doing so?

Amazon has the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion available for pre-order, just so y'know. The regular edition runs for $36.99 while the Collector's Edition goes for $69.99.

Wrath of the Lich King ships November 13.

It seems that the rumours were true after all. Wrath of the Lich King, the second expansion for World of Warcraft, will release on the 13th of November 2008.

[World of Warcraft Forum]

Though no official word has been given from Blizzard yet, it seems as though a release date has slipped out for the much anticipated expansion to World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King. Both wowhead.com and wotlkwiki.info have posted the same official-looking Wrath of the Lich King background with the not-so-subtle words:

""WoW Subscribers were previously unable to move their characters from a server that pitted them against AI opponents realm to one that also allowed player vs. player combat, though paid transfers have been around for a while.

'As the state of the game has matured substantially since the inception of Paid Character Transfers, we will now be allowing PvE-to-PvP transfers on a full-time basis to provide players with more mobility and freedom to easily play with their friends,' the company sta..."

The beta testers who are testing the Wrath of the Lich King that live in North America are now able to select a level 80 pre-made character, which comes with some PVP equipment.

It looks like Blizzard is making sure there isn't any bugs in the PVP system for the high levels. Sounds pretty cool, I would love to start magically playing with a level 80 elf or something.

"Q: How interesting has it been for you to watch the success of World of Warcraft?

Frank Pearce: I don't know if I'd describe it as "interesting" as much as exhausting. We've got almost 3000 employees worldwide now, and the majority of that growth is due to the success of World of Warcraft.

As a company we've found ourselves spread very, very thin - because the World of Warcraft community has a voracious appetite for content. That development team is 130 people, they're working on conten..."

Blizzard released the intro to their upcoming World of Warcraft expansion - Wrath of the Lich King. No release date has been announced so far. Blizzard is building up hype as usual while working hard on the new content for us ex and present WoW junkies.

""...remember you are one of the chosen by the Lich King himself. You are given several tasks, killing civilians among them until you eventually sneak your way to the Scarlet Crusades docks. You find out that they're changing their name and heading up North for unknown reasons. Once at the docks, this was the first time I encountered a mounted weapon in the form of a giant cannon. Well, you blow them to high hell and escape narrowly on a skeletal gryphon...""

""Looks like after a barrage of folks whacking Blizzard servers, taking them offline several times, all the tickets for the upcoming BlizzCon expo have been sold. Blizzard is holding the event on October 10th and 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center (in Anaheim, CA). Tickets were $100 dollars a piece and there is no word on how many were sold.

What we do know for sure is that we have been offered two press passes for the event and will bring you the latest coverage from the expo as it unfo..."

Craig Sherman, who blogs for EDGE Online, has noticed how the video game industry has taken great strides in incorporating the trends on the Internet. He notes that no matter what it is, a social network or a browser-based game, they are both always trying to create more user interaction. Sherman goes on to explain how video games are taking a page out of the web's book and creating better gaming experiences.

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"“Eventually, our plans are for the Achievement system to become an account-based system,” [lead “World of Warcraft” designer Jeff Kaplan] explained.

When the new Blizzard Accounts are active, a player’s ‘WoW’ points can be added to an overall score dubbed an account holder’s “Blizzard Level.” “It’s basically a gamerscore,” Kaplan said, when I made reference to Xbox Live’s Achievement system. “For now the points are just a ‘WoW’ character score. As we graduate to that Blizzard Account syste..."

"Have you been considering free-to-play for World of Warcraft, and if you did, what would the Blizzard way of free-to-play look like?

PS: I don’t envision us changing the business model for World of Warcraft. It’s been working really well in each of the markets.

The game has been designed in such a way to where we determined the business model to wrap that around what the game experience was. Given that we’re not looking to significantly modify the overall gameplay experience, which is I..."

"An Australian man was arrested recently after he convinced a 15-year-old girl he met while playing World of WarCraft to run away from home to be with him. He even paid for the trip. How sweet.

The 31-year-old Anthony Taylor formed a relationship with the less-than-half-his-age girl, which eventually led to sexual messages and phone calls. The girl’s father found out about the relationship and threatened to kill Anthony, so Anthony did what any self-respecting pedophile would do — he sent ..."

A new expansion for "World of Warcraft" will be released:"Wrath of the Lich King - Death Knight Hands-on".

The biggest new is that you will be able to create a Death Knight. Unlike the others, you can only keep one per account server. After creating one, you will find yourself in the middest of the "Plaguelands". Your Death Knight will have an incredible and rare blade, carved with red runes.

At first it might look pretty difficult, as the its skills are limited, but that's until you m...

A hysterical look at the state of the political world between Obama and McCain done- how else - with World of Warcraft in game models. Fair. Balanced. Biased. If you take notice of their names you can see how it relates to each candidate, Obama and McCain.

Direct downloads from providers such as Steam can now provide direct content to the gamer without him or her ever having to leave their respective houses. There are many PC only games that have brought PC gaming back to the forefront, instead of the projected lingering behind consoles and dying out. Online PC gaming is also responsible for helping this growing trend.

You might remember these people when they were using the Wii Balance Board to surf Google Earth. They have now made a new video of them using the Balance Board to control WoW! The man is controlling the character by shifting his weight forward and when he leans his body, it controls the camera.

In a move of startling originally Blizzard are apparently going to introduce a point system for doing particular tasks much like the current Achievement system for the Xbox 360. Which will be implemented in the next expansion Wrath of the Lich King.

This rumor posted on Deathnkight.info has not been confirmed by Blizzard yet and is only in the Alpha stages even if it is real but it certainly is a interesting move the massive MMO.

Dan Loton, a graduate of Psychology from Victoria University, made a research project to find out if game addictions are related to social life and your self esteem for his honors class. Loton's study found that only one percent of gaming addicts effected how shy they are, but none of the problems could be directly tied to video games.

EA has said today that they have acquired the company ThreeSF and its video game network Rupture. ThreeSF and Rupture used to belong to Shaun Fanning, you might know him as the founder of Napster. A person close to the deal said that EA bought them for $30 million. This was also reported by TechCrunch, but both companies have just confirmed it now.

"Police say Jones drove to Boise from Birmingham, Alabama, and picked the teen around 7 a.m. on May 28th.

The pair was found at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time today and are in the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Washington state.

Authorities say Julian appears to be in good physical condition.

Boise Police detectives have contacted the teen's family who are relieved to know she's been found and is unharmed."

A lot of gamers are looking forward to Wrath of the Lich King because of the Death Knight class, but a lot of gamers wonder why Blizzard is releasing only one new class for Lich King. One player, who goes by the name of Skudo in the WoW forums, asked why Blizzard is only releasing one new class for Wrath of the Lich King and another poster named Nethaera in the WoW forums answered that question: " There is a lot of work that goes into it and many considerations for how it will work, how it wi...

The Wrath of the Lich King website posted up some information about Death Knights and gameplay features. The website describes the Death Knight, how to unlock and create the Death Knight, as well as other things. For the gameplay features, the website talks about dungeons and raids in The Wrath of the Lich King, the new quest mechanic, among other things.

""That's actually something we talk about every expansion," Brack admitted when asked about top-end visuals. "I'm positive we'll talk about it next expansion."

"A lot of people continued to play with the original client, because it was faster, or they preferred it, or were just used to it or whatever," the producer said, adding a note of caution. "And so for me as a game developer, the idea that we would spend so much time and energy on something and have people go, 'meh, that's not really ..."

"Although World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King is yet to see an official release date, sometimes we're lucky enough to find some tidbits here and there to know what to expect. This latest reveal comes from Gen Con 2007.

These pictures taken during the convention reveal three separate quests in Wrath of the Lich King. The quests are "If Valgarde Falls," "Rescuing the Rescuers," and "Prisoners of Wyrmskull." You can click on the images below for their descriptions.

One of the picture..."

"The videogame industry has been one of the hardest hit, with over ten million World of Warcraft addicts alone. That's ten million people chasing the dragon, in the hopes they can kill it and score some epic loot. To peer inside the mind of an addict is to peer into the void, where all the concerns that you and I take for granted – having shelter, food, clothes, and a steady supply of money from our whores – no longer matters. All that matters is the drug. All that matters is the next fix.

..."

Do you think Uwe Boll is finally getting the message that his movies are bad? He has ignored the gamers' pleas for him to stop making movies and he even believes that he has more talent than Micheal Bay, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg!

But when Boll asked Blizzard if he was allowed to make a World of Warcraft movie, the answer was a resounding "Hell No!"

Penny Arcade have posted the results of their Ten Word World of Warcraft Story contest, complete with comic renders of the top three winners (pictured).

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"The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) (“The9”), a leading online game operator in China, today announced that Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft, the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) has achieved a record peak concurrency of 1 million, the highest concurrency since the game's commercial launch in June 2005, following the launch of its new expansion pack, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, in mainland China on September 6, 2007."

According to Charles Blair, deputy director for the CTIS, World of Warcraft's infamous "Corrupted Blood" epidemic of 2005 is a good source of study for terrorist behaviour. Apparently the deliberate spread of the disease offers unique insight that can't be simulated by computer models. For the parents who have kids keen on infecting their Pokemon with the Pokerus, beware: this is where terrorism starts!

"Blizzard has announced that the most popular MMORPG in the world, World of Warcraft, has reached yet another landmark - 10 million subscribers. The game now has 2 million subscribers in Europe, over 2.5 million in North America, and approximately 5.5 million in Asia."

"General Information - Athene is a paladin on Emeriss, but not just any paladin. His 5v5 team has dominated the realm for quite some time now being number one in the arena ladders. However this is not how Athene became popular. Over the course of one month he published a lot of clips on YouTube, with what some would define as "explicit content", which was not exactly the case. In fact there is nothing explicit in his videos and come to think of it, they are much more original and entertaining ..."

"World of Warcraft commercials are highlighted by the likes of William Shatner, Mr. T, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and now Verne Troyer, who are keen to convey their chosen avatar to the viewer while waxing lyrical about their respective strengths."

"The unsuspecting moose immediately obeyed its territorial instincts and focused its attack toward the boy’s frightened sister. Immediately obeying his own gaming instincts, young Hans recalled that taunting was always a good way to successfully draw a monster away from a weak in-game ally in World of Warcraft."

"With this year's gaming harvest already played and beaten and filed away into memory like so many saves, it is time now to look on.

Past the bulbous shores of 2007, far off in the distant recesses of release schedules, lies the gone-golden bounty of untapped potential. And while many may slip their surly bonds and give flight to the year 2009, more still will cement their crusted plastic into delighted hands. Here we mark the prophecy of the PC legacy, a concrete, yet tumultuous hour of re..."

13 new screens have been released for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. They show off locations such as Grizzly Hills and Daggercap Bay. Go to the source for the rest of the screens.

""1/10 MMORPG Players Develop Physical Relationships With Others"


And no, I don’t mean other people period, I mean with their actual in-game friends, although that would be hilariously pathetic =D . The thought of a Tauren and Orc getting it on though is absolutely disgusting. Sure, I’ve gotten a lap dance in Goldshire before, but we were both human and she needed the gold for college or a mount or something…

Anyways, Nottingham Trent University has done a research study which reveals ..."