Make space in your social life, because World of Warcraft’s second expansion is almost here. We’ve already been playing it for a solid month, exploring the nooks and crannies of Azeroth’s new continent, Northrend. Now it’s time for you to find what awaits adventurers fresh off the boat. Over the coming pages you’ll discover the zones, quests and improvements that make Wrath of the Lich King essential.
Videogames, like movies and music, live and die by their release dates. A smartly planned launch can make a niche product soar to unpredicted heights or cause a long-respected franchise to slip beneath consumers’ radar.
Last week, we had a chance to check out the final build of WWE SmackDown! vs RAW 2009 in the desolate city of Tampa, Florida. Interestingly enough, we didn’t see any WWE wrasslin’, but rather the scrappy up-and-comers from the WWE’s minor league, Florida Championship Wrestling. These men and women are training seven days a week in hopes to be the next Rock or Stone Cold.
Periodically - usually while imbibing grog - I lament the glut of promising RPGs that have received inadequate post-release support.
Hear that noise? Sounds kind of like a baby strangling a kitten? Yeah, that’s the sound of this season’s hottest new Nintendo title, aptly titled Wii Music. Using futuristic waggle-motions, you conduct Miis to your favorite public domain songs. And all in the high-fidelity sound format of MIDI. One minute with this future toy and we went apeshit. But did you know you can play Wii Music anywhere?
You’re not supposed to like griefers. You’re supposed to look down on their childish pranks designed to frustrate and humiliate. You’re supposed to frown at the way they ruin it for everyone else. But we don’t care as long as it’s funny. That’s why we’ve collected some of our favorite game-related pranks of all time.
BlizzCon has always been the ultimate gathering for Blizzard fans. This year's celebration of all things Blizz was the biggest yet, filling every hall of the gigantic Anaheim Convention Center with thousands of rabid fans, playable demos, and elaborate displays.
We play MMOs for the chance to escape. They help distract us from the drudgery of the real world - that dreadfully non-magical place where night elves don’t ride giant tigers into battle and rock trolls don’t puke acid on our heads. But sometimes MMOs take the whole idea of “work as play” too far, giving us virtual chores that take grinding to a whole new level. Meet the worst MMO jobs.
If you’ve been playing Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, you may be surprised by all the spam. From our experience, it’s not unusual to receive a lengthy whisper from some stranger hawking gold and power-leveling services every 10 minutes.
Playing an MMO isn't a hobby. It isn't a pastime. It's an obsession that grabs you by the nuts and doesn't let go until you become a sleep-deprived zombie with an insatiable lust for more loot. MMOs aren't just games. They're an all consuming way of life that replaces your family with guildmates, sacrifices sleep for more raiding, and leaves you hung over with blurry visions of gear upgrades.