Ever since the perpetrator linked the recent attack in Norway with some of the games he played there has been a small amount of backlash. Norwegian retailer, Coop Norway, has banned a total of 51 games from their shelves including World of Warcraft and Call of Duty which the perpetrator claimed helped train him for the attack. As ridiculous as the thought of an unrealistic military shooter or an MMO training someone to slaughter innocents sounds Coop Norway took it to heart and has banned these games on their own accord.
In an interview with interview with Rogalands Avis, a Norwegian newspaper, a company spokesman said that “The decision to remove the games was made around the time we realised the scope of the attack,” …”Others are better suited than us to point to the negative effects of games like these. At the moment it’s [appropriate] for us to take them down. I wouldn’t be surprised if others do the same.”
It seems incredibly reactionary of me to take the massively popular teen-rated MMO World of Warcraft off the shelves because of this, but companies can do what they want when it comes to inventory.
Blizzard has joined the many other games that have been changing their business models in recent months in a bid to entice more players to their juggernaut of an MMO.
Instead of the standard fourteen days and your done, they have put in a level cap for non-paying players at level 20. This also comes with a restriction on how much gold that can be amassed (10), trade skills will be kept at 100 and trading is pretty much impossible, all of which I assume is to stop gold farming.
With reports coming in about Blizzard losing subscribers, as well as The Old Republic on the horizon, this could be the first step in a fully free WoW, but that’s years from happening, if that is the case. Blizzard have already made an estimated $1 billion, at minimum – will be interesting to see if other games follow suit.
(Source: Gamespot )
Over the last few days, the Starcraft 2 mod, World of Starcraft (which feature elements from both WoW and Starcraft 2 ) has certainly gained a lot of attention. So much so, in fact, that Blizzard noticed gameplay videos on Youtube and took them down due to copyright infringement.
Blizzard’s lawyers also contacted Ryan Winzell, the man behind the mod, but it was later clarified that Blizzard didn’t have an issue with the mod itself, but they felt the name of the game was too similar to that of their own. Winzell will be supposedly meeting with Blizzard to discuss changing the title of the Mod.
On top of that, they noted that the removal of the Youtube videos was just “standard procedure”, and are interested as to what the Mod entails.
Ryan Winzell has also gained quite a reputation from all of this, and was even offered a job in video game design for Riot games in Los Angeles.
If only we could be so lucky…
So, you all have been spreading the word, right? Because the marathon’s getting close and we need all the help we can get for BestFriends.org! You know, the Mario marathon brought in a lot of extra viewers, thanks in no small part to MMO Champion and a legion of friendly and awesome World of Warcraft geeks. So in honor of you noble nerds, I bring you Winterspring, from World of Warcraft!
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Yeah. You read that right. Footage showing a first look at World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is going to be shown pubilicly on a very strange venue: Sunday Night Football.
Apparently, you’ll be able to get a sneak peak at the game during the Dallas vs Minnesota game. If you want to see some WoW action, you’re going to want to watch the game. It’s a pretty good deal, but you could probably find the clip on Youtube an hour later…
But in all seriousness, it seems like a strange advertising decision on the team responsible for the game to market the game primarily to football fans, and not just gamers, necessarily. While many football fans won’t care about the game at all, there are quite a few who will, so perhaps the decision will pay off in the long run.
And I always knew that the NFL and WoW were pretty much the same thing 🙂
For $30 you can now change from Horde to Alliance or Alliance to Horde. I think we all know which transfer might happen a bit more often. If you decide to make the switch, all your equipment will make the move with you and you will be able to choose from applicable races. You’ll have to wait another 60 days after changing factions before being eligible again.
You must be at least level 10 in order to make the change. Unless you’re around the level 40-50 range, I wouldn’t suggest it because of the ease you can get to those levels now.
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It’s the night before the first day of class for many of us. Away from our gaming setups we must go into the halls of our schools. No more long summer afternoons of playing games for hours on in. Our raid schedules will take a hit until our next lengthy holiday. Just because you’re away at class during the day doesn’t mean you can’t get some quality gaming in. Here’s my list of top 5 games to play while away at school.
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