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'World of WarCraft' Hits 11 Million Subscribers
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:18 AM

The unstoppable force that is World of WarCraft keeps on truckin' with Blizzard announcing that they have hit 11 million subscribers world wide.

This includes players that are within their initial free month of play or accounts that have logged on through Internet cafes, which accounts for a vast majority of the players in China.

"It's been very rewarding to see gamers around the world continue to show such strong support for World of WarCraft," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard's CEO. "We remain fully committed to responding to that enthusiasm with a high-quality, constantly evolving game experience."

The MMORPG's next expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, will be released on November 13, 2008 for the PC and Mac.

In other news, Blizzard has not officially announced plans to print their own money, but insiders speculate that they are already doing so.


Sony Releases 15th 'EverQuest' Expansion: 'Seeds of Destruction'
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:52 AM

EverQuest, the landmark MMORPG from Sony Online Entertainment, has just seen the release of its 15th expansion pack after almost 10 years of uptime.

The expansion, titled EverQuest Seeds of Destruction, is available now as a digital download from Sony for $39.99 at

What could they still possibly add to this PC MMO? Hit the jump to find out.

EverQuest Seeds of Destruction Feature Set:

  • Mercenaries: Player-controlled NPCs are now available and will not only scale to the appropriate level but also think and act for themselves with limited player guidance. Designed for extra support or extra muscle in PvE encounters, mercenary archetypes include a variety of classes from all playable races.
  • Level Cap Increase: Players can now achieve level 85 with new high-level item sets, new alternate advancement ability lines and new spells.
  • 20 New Zones: Experience reimagined classic content and brand-new realms for adventurers to explore, including the eerie wasteland of the Void, the Battle of Rathe on the Plane of Earth and the ultimate Heart of Darkness in the Plane of Discord.
  • Access to All Previous Content: Includes all features and content from the 14 previous expansion packs.
  • Legends of Norrath: Includes strategic online trading card game, digital starter deck, booster pack and loot item.

For a 10 year old game, that certainly is a lot of new content. Mercenaries will definitely be a huge change to the PvE gameplay and new levels are always fun.

At this point, it'd be crazy to try and jump into EverQuest for the first time, but subscribers are lucky to have the continued support of Sony over all these years.


'Street Fighter Alpha' 2, 3 To PSN?
Posted By: John Manalang - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:38 PM

Thanks to ESRB ratings, PS3 fighting-game fans might get a double-dose of classic titles with Street Fighter Alpha 2 and 3 for the Playstation Network. Both titles were spotted under the ESRB's listings for the PS3 and PSP systems, where the titles could appear as "Playstation Classics".

Street Fighter Alpha landed on the Playstation Network this recent August. Thanks for the news tip, Marcus.


Mila Kunis Plays 'World Of Warcraft'
Posted By: John Manalang - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:15 AM

There are plenty of reasons to adore the entity known as Mila Kunis. Aside for being "feign-death" gorgeous, she's quite the comic, voicing the character of Meg Griffin in Family Guy. Not only that, but she played the sexy Mona Sax in the recent Max Payne feature film.

And, folks, to top it all of, Mila Kunis is an avid player of World of Warcraft, complete with raid-talk and "Twink"-build characters. Here's what Kunis had to say during the Jimmy Kimmel show:

“The problem is, if anyone plays Warcraft… I’m really good, I’m a really kick ass Mage… We’ll you’re your own person and you can get into a guild… You gotta be in a guild, because you gotta do raids that require thirty or forty people. But now with the expansion pack, they’re gonna have raids that require only like ten people. So that’ll really make things a lot easier… Oh my god, it’s such a good game. I love it.”

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Blizzard: 'WAR' Players Returning To 'WoW'
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:28 AM

Blizzard executive Paul Sams said that more than half of the players in Mythic Entertainment's MMORPG, Warhammer Online, are already returning to the company's massive title, World of Warcraft, according to his interview with GamesIndustry.

The report states that the user-base of World of Warcraft has dropped in the time of Warhammer Online's release. "The good news is that we've seen a significant number of people, well over half, that cited Warhammer as their reason for leaving [World of Warcraft] - they've already returned," said Sams. He added that the same experience occurred when Funcom's MMO, Age of Conan, was first released.

Despite the competition, Sams said, "I think Warhammer is best positioned to succeed out of the various products that have come out thus far since World of Warcraft has come out". "Mythic and Mark [Jacobs] over there and his team, they're very, very talented," he said.

As of last week, game publisher Electronic Arts announced that Warhammer Online has over 750,000 players since launch. The latest World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, is due out this November 13 for the PC and Mac.


Wow Patch Notes: 'World Of Warcraft' Updating For Lich King
Posted By: John Manalang - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:11 AM

At some point today, millions of people will clench their cheeks in anticipation as the latest World of Warcraft update downloads. The Echoes of Doom patch will be a major download in preparation for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion coming this November 13.

The wonderful folks over at WoW Insider has all the details and patch notes. The update will include the new achievements system, new talents, barber shop so you can get your hair did and much more. Make sure you hit the source for all the mind-numbing details. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will be available for the PC and Macintosh platforms.



'WoW' Character Customization Requires Fee
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 13, 2008 2:28 PM

Hey Azeroth inhabitants, like, do you think you need a makeover? Ever wanted to wrap-up that long, lavish Night Elf hair or put that shiny Troll tusk in another place on your face? In the future, if you're willing to pay a certain price, you may be able to do so.

The upcoming character customization option for World of Warcraft will require a fee to give your character a makeover. The post on WarCry reads:

"When asked to expand upon a button found by sifting through the Lich King beta's data files named "Paid Character Customization," [World of Warcraft production director J. Allen] Brack initially hesitated to give any answer at all. Several questions later, he went back to the matter, saying that he could, in fact, confirm that World of Warcraft would eventually have some form of paid character customization, though they themselves hadn't yet worked out any details."

But don't worry; as soon as Wrath of the Lich King comes out this November 13, you could still get your character's hair did just like those two generous ladies over there...hopefully.


'WoW' Player's 36 Man Solo Raids
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 13, 2008 9:33 AM

We had assumed that we'd seen every hardcore WoW player out there, but alas, the internets have proven us wrong once again. A being known as Bradster currently has 36 accounts on World of Wacraft all for himself, and not only that, he plays them all at once. Again, he has three dozen accounts and he plays them all at once.

Here's word from the man himself:

"A lot have asked me, why create so many? The main reason is to invade Stormwind and Ironforge when they reach top level. I’m sure the Alliance will put up a big fight when that happens. We’ll see how it goes. If they don’t make level 70 before Wrath of the Lich King, then it will be at level 80. That is my main goal."

The Bradster pays $5711 in subscription fees per year. Well, if that's his "main goal" then...meh, we'd rather not go on about what are not his main goals, so we'll leave that up to you.