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Why is World of Warcraft So Popular?

Written on February 19, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It's a question almost as old as the game itself, but we're gonna answer it anyways!

World of Warcraft is once again at the helm in the world of MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game), though we think it never left the seat in the first place. After two months of release of it’s latest expansion, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, more and more people start joining the bandwagon as reports state the game has already reached 12 million subscribers.

Yes, we are aware that the question has been asked since forever, but its relevance never dies especially to non-WoW players and non-Blizzard developers out there: “What makes World of Warcraft so popular?” Despite the game having a monthly fee, not so amazing graphics plus the plethora of available and FREE MMORPGs around there, what does World of Warcraft have that makes the players keep playing even after 6 freakin’ years of existence?

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is World’s Fastest-Selling PC Game of All Time

Written on January 11, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Ironically, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm doesn't give Blizzard any reason to end the game soon.

It already holds the record thanks to a whopping 3.3 million sold copies on its opening day, but now World of Warcraft: Cataclysm just cemented its place in the charts. With more than 4.7 million copies sold in a month’s time, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is now crowned as the world’s fastest selling PC game of all time.

Despite the game being almost a decade old, the leading MMORPG still has some zing in its lifeline as the latest expansion drew massive crowds as devoted, returning, and new fans alike lined up or scoured the internet to purchase and download this epic game. Hit the break and watch a video on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’s Midnight Launch event to see how massive the game has become!

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 Goes Live on PTR

Written on January 09, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Patch 4.0.6 is now live at World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Public Test Realm (PTR). Expect alot of changes on class balance, professions, guild perks, heroic dungeons, and raids.

It’s been a month since World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was unleashed and we’ve already had alot to work on as we grind our way through new Azeroth. Most players have already conquered the new available zones, have leveled their toon/s to level 85, plus have worked their way through their professions, including Archaelogy. There are also triumphs in Heroic Dungeons and even raids, including the Bastion of Twilight, Cataclysm’s hardest raid so far.

However, many of the adventures and triumphs we’ve come acrossed and achieved these past weeks do not escape the issues of unbalanced characters, game play and mechanics problems, profession glitches, and so on. That’s why Blizzard keeps on uploading some hotfixes to make our World of Warcraft lives more convenient. And for the first time since the game has been released, a new patch is on its way to further fix some bugs and problems the game currently has. It’s already available at the Public Test Realm (PTR) and might soon hit the real game around next week.

Hit this link to go to the official patch notes.


Film Director Believes Warcraft Movie Could Be First Great Video Game Movie

Written on January 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Director of "Moon" and upcoming "Source Code", Duncan Jones, sat down and expressed his thoughts about video games to movies adaptations. Though disappointed with the adaptations made over the past 20 years, he believes that we can still find a spark of light on the upcoming Warcraft movie. And he extremely envies Sam Raimi.

Duncan Jones, director of Moon and the upcoming Source Code is really cynical when it comes to directors claiming that they’re actual gamers, since film making practically takes up a chunk of a person’s life. Not Duncan Jones, though. Despite the life of a director, he still finds the time to play games during late nights.

When asked if he’s skeptical about the future of video game to movie adaptations, he vividly points out the aspects alot of directors missed in the past years:

“I definitely think there is an intangible aspect of video games in the interactivity that a film is never going to capture. But that is not what a game adaptation needs to be. A good game adaptation is where you find the story or the emotional aspect that’s at the heart of a computer game and you replicate that on film. It doesn’t mean you need to have first person perspective or try and capture the mechanics of a game. If you’re going to make a film of a game it’s got to be about the essence of why you, the audience, care what’s going on. There are certain games where that will work, and there are certain games where it doesn’t.”

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World of Warcraft 4th Expansion? What’s Next After Cataclysm?

Written on January 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Azeroth has been shattered and World of Warcraft is now under the mercy of Deathwing. But for alot of players and diehard fans out there, Deathwing's message of the end is just a build up for a bigger, much epic expansion.

As much as we want to focus on playing WOW: Cataclysm, grind through quests in Mount Hyjal or Uldum, get achievements and rare mounts, continuously queue for Heroic Dungeons, and ultimately defeat Deathwing’s pawns and the Aspect of Death himself, alot of us are already wondering who or what the champions will be facing 2 years from now.

It’s a pretty funny thing thinking about what’s next way before finishing what you’ve just started. But here are some pretty great and valid ideas from fans like you who have participated and trolled around various forums.

See the could-be expansions after the break!

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World of Warcraft Survival Guide for Newbies (Part 1)

Written on December 26, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Welcome young adventurer to the rest of your life. The waters are dangerous to tread, the lands are in discord, and the air burns with fiery anger. Whatever your friend told you about the game, that was yesterday. This is a completely new journey where you and veterans alike will take together.

Welcome to World of Warcraft. You are reading this right now probably because of two things: one is that you’re interested in the game and are gathering enough information if you should go for it or you’ve already bought it but have no idea how to begin. Well this write-up will try to box up all the information you need to jumpstart your experience in the most popular MMORPG in history and beyond. Lok’tar Ogar, Ishnu’alah, For the Horde, For the Alliance.

Continue after the break to find out what you need in surviving this game.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Review

Written on December 25, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Pain. Suffering. Deathwing's hatred runs through the cavernous deeps as he sweeps Azeroth off its feet, totally changing the face of the planet as easy as you wake up in the morning and eat breakfast. But pain and suffering surely won't describe what we think of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Dive into this quick review for newbies and oldies alike.

Hands down, Blizzard has once again outdone themselves as World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm replenishes the dwinling mantra of the franchise into a refreshing, charming and epic game it’s been known for since day one. Cataclysm introduces new playable races, new game mechanics, new quests, new adventures, new achievements, new zones, new everything. Even the old zones have gotten a facelift to get with the times, a feat which made some fans cry out of sentimental reasons.

But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies, as several bugs and problems surfaced on the day of expansion. Players particularly in the US realms were extremely disappointed, but Blizzard immediately patched up the wounds with hotfixes.

Let’s do a quick round up of the new features before we get on with the verdict.

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Cataclysm Greets Players with Pugs, Long Queue Times, and Lags

Written on December 08, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is here, and so are the bugs, the lags, and the long queue times. Classic.

Just a few hours into World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, US servers got a bitter taste of what several months of beta testing resulted to, all that plus your usual problems whenever a new expansion comes out.

The most infamous of all problems was the Experience. Level 80 players who had the tenacity to gather and complete daily quests a day before the expansion release didn’t gain experience once they turned over the quests the following day, nice one! Blizzard was well aware of the situation and took action immediately.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Goes Live!

Written on December 07, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Pain. Suffering. Torment. Relive the days where the only time you'll leave your seat is when you need to go to the bathroom. Yes, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is here.

The wait is finally over. After 1 game, 2 expansions and a year of waiting, the third installment of the most popular MMORPG in the world is knocking on our doors, while some even in their hard drives, as World of Warcraft: Cataclsym goes to full throttle today.

You can now start experiencing a whole new environment as Azeroth unveils to its denizens ancient lands thanks to Deathwing and an impressive roster of new villains. Relive the lore of the Worgen and the Goblins as they enter the fray of an ongoing war between the Alliance and the Horde. Tickle your sense of exploration with the new profession, Archaeology. Plus a new level cap of 85. Yes, it’s WOW like we’ve never seen it before.

New instances, new zones, new bosses, new battlegrounds, new awesomeness. Don’t get left behind and purchase your World of Warcraft: Cataclysm game today at your local gaming store or download the digital file at Battlenet. We wish you luck if you’re planning to buy the Collector’s Edition.



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