From today through November 30th, World of Warcraft players can celebrate the game's 14th birthday. Everyone logging in will receive a special gift that contains Timewarped Badges, items that boost XP and reputation gains for an hour, and a letter from the Timewalkers that sends players off on a quest to their capital city. During the event, players can complete a pair of daily quests, one to answer a WoW trivia question and the other to head out to "defeat some familiar foes". In addition, there are a number of classic loot transmog items available. It’s been 14 years since gates opened into Azeroth and the heroes of the Horde and Alliance began their journey of discovery and adventure. To celebrate this momentous occasion, some familiar foes have returned to Azeroth—with some slightly updated abilities. Players level 60 and above can take on Lord Kazzak, Azuregos, and one of the four Dragons of Nightmare each day for some loot and 50 Timewarped Badges. This year's … [Read more...] about Celebrate 14 Years of World of Warcraft from Today Through November 30th
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When they write the history of virtual worlds and interactive entertainment, the introduction of the Star Trek’s holodeck that captured the imagination of millions of sci-fi fans will surely be included. Back in 1987, a new Star Trek TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted which introduced sci-fi fans to the wonders of the holodeck. Created in the fictional future of planet earth, the holodeck was used primarily by the United Federation of Planets as a recreational activity for crew members of their starships. The holodeck was a virtual reality room where computers would accurately simulate people, creatures, objects, climates and places all within a designated world. Unlike the virtual reality of today that is visual and audio in nature, the virtual reality in the holodeck allowed participants to use all of their senses to experience the fullness of the simulation. The holodeck was a useful plot contrivance that breathed some fresh air into the Star Trek … [Read more...] about Star Trek’s Holodeck, Virtual Worlds and the Future That Never Was
How old were you when World of Warcraft launched in 2004? Now add 14 to that. Do ya feel super old yet? Where were you when it launched? Blizzard is kicking off November with a month of festivities celebrating the game’s 14th birthday and beyond, beginning with BlizzCon this weekend, then Darkmoon Faire, Pilgrim’s Bounty, Day of the Dead, the Moonkin Festival, and other PvE and PvP mini-holiday goodies. The anniversary events themselves will apparently run from November 16th to the end of the month. Wonder if we’ll get another minipet this year? … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft is 14 years old this month – where were you when it launched?
Almost 6 years ago in 2010, I penned an article entitled the Are Chatless MMOs a Precursor to Console MMOs? It was during that fateful year that Blizzard designed to automate the process of assembling groups for dungeons in their World of Warcraft MMO with a feature called the Dungeon Finder. WoW would never be the same. Back then that I predicted the bleak, anti-social future of MMOs that had decided to embrace the seductive path of convenience based game design. That future is finally here with WoW and it is not good. The closure of the Nostalrius legacy server has made world-wide news and touched a nerve. The very existence of legacy servers is a public repudiation of Blizzard’s stewardship of WoW. Many faithful fans are finally asking serious existential questions about the current state of WoW. The fact that hundreds of thousands of people are voting with their feet and rejecting the current version of WoW and instead are playing on legacy servers speaks volumes about the … [Read more...] about How a Video Exposes the Sorry State of World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion is the latest in a long series of expansions for the legendary MMORPG. Just this week, we’ve gotten news that BFA is now the fastest selling WoW expansion ever, with over 3.4 million units sold within the first 24 hours. That got us thinking – how did the other expansions do in terms of day one sales? We’ve gotten some good data from the good folks at Statista and are sharing the findings below. #1 Battle for Azeroth (3.4m units sold) In case you missed it, yes Battle for Azeroth is a hit. The latest expansion which went live August 14 brought players to two new continents in Kul Tiras and Zandalar. Both the Horde and Alliance are back at it again, and it’s that classic tale of war that’s got players excited. What also helped sell the expansion is definitely the good use of marketing and social media campaigns. When combined together with the bold storytelling – Slyvannas, Warchief of the Horde, … [Read more...] about Top 5 World of Warcraft Expansions 2018 – Which Are The Bestselling WoW Expansions Of All Time?