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Adam Holisky

Minneapolis, MN - http://www.holisky.com/

Adam enjoys all the different aspects of the World of Warcraft, although he mainly plays his Shaman, Priest, and Warrior. You can find more information about Adam at his personal blog: www.holisky.com

Story and Sound: Mozart would be writing the World of Warcraft


I've been thinking a lot lately about the dynamics of telling a story. What exactly is a story? How do you tell it most effectively, both from an artistic narrative stand point, and a consumer-friendly attention grabbing one? I've also been concerned with new ways to tell a story, especially one that people might discount at first since the story mechanism lives on the edge of pop culture.

Besides working on WoW Insider, I also make my home at the Minnesota Opera, working on their website and advancing an opera's story through digital mediums. Opera is an old art form, one that if not nurtured and brought into the next century is at risk of becoming obscure. I'm proud to work for a company that realizes this and does some really ground breaking things.

It struck me recently when sitting through a dress rehearsal the eerie similarities between Warcraft and an opera like The Magic Flute. After thinking about how very like these two story-telling vehicles are, I realized that they are both just a natural progression in humanity's ability to tell a story.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Breakfast Topic: What's the nicest thing you've done in WoW?


Yesterday's Breakfast Topic was about those awful awkward moments we all have when we do something incredibly stupid. For me, it came when I was in Vent. Go read about it if you must ... I'm still cringing over it.

Today though, let's focus on the nice things we've done.

There's a lot of times where I've ran stuff for people, even though I'm tired and just want to go to bed. There's been times when I've given away stuff for the heck of it (because the items are just pixels on the screen, but the people behind them are real). But there's one time that stands out for me.

There was this old gentleman (and he was a gentleman) in the first guild I joined in WoW -- Defenders of the Pass. His name was Keeria, played a Gnome mage, and was always pretty fun to be around. He wasn't the best player, he tended to die on fights and not do a ton of DPS, but he was always invited to the raids. Why? Because he brought spirit to the game, that intangible quality which certain people bring when gathering humans together in one place to just have fun.

Keeria was old though, he had lived a long and wonderful life. I'm only aware of a bit about his real life, but I know that he had an adult son who loved him (and played in the guild), and a wife and family too. His life was full of good things, and while I'm sure he had his hardships, you wouldn't know by the way he approached everyone in game.

Keeria got sick.

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Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The WoW Insider Show Episode 341

The WoW Insider Show Episode 247 In which we say hello to Anne
Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth.

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Filed under: Podcasts, WoW Insider Show

The Queue: Stormwind repair, shields, box of toys, redacted, and other zone changes


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Ahhhhh Varian... What wonderful mistakes will you make in Outland?

Is Anduin finally going to go all Ty<REDACTED> on you?

Time will tell.

Bedefiant asked:

Do you think Bliz will ever repair Stormwind? I know the only reason they haven't done it yet is because of that one Cata questline that goes through the ruins. It does seem poor foresight on Bliz to have made that quest; thus stopping them from ever fixing the city in the future...

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Filed under: The Queue

Breakfast Topic: What's your most cringe-worthy moment in WoW?


Ok... this post is hard for me to write. You see, it forces me to admit that I can be a complete doofus at times. Except for right now, because these are all in the past, and I never do anything wrong now. Now with that out of the way, let's talk about the singular most cringe-worthy thing you've ever done in-game.

For me it was five years ago when I was going to go and form a new guild. There was a really nice guy that ran my guild previously, and then handed the reins over to me. He wasn't around much after the transition, but eventually came back and wanted to take things over again. Enter awkwardness and a recipe for guild drama.

So a few of us are sitting around Vent one night going over how this new guild was going to distinguish itself. This was back in the day, mind you, and guilds were a lot more important then they are now. We had to have an identity and a strong force, or else we were just going to get washed over by the other guilds on the server. This was exactly what we were talking about, with a fair amount of alcohol involved, of course. We wanted to know how we were going to "fix the failed leadership of the past" and "avoid the mistakes that had been made." You'd think we were talking about Richard Nixon.

Into the Vent channel pops the guy that we're leaving over.

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Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The WoW Insider Show LIVE!

Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here.

Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by!

Filed under: WoW Insider Show

WoW Moviewatch: Back to the Sunwell

Sometimes you just need to go back, not just back to the good times of Cataclysm or Wrath, but all the way back to the Sunwell. Let me tell you a story:

Twenty five people, gathering for a month, night after night, just attempting to get the positioning and coordinated movement down for Kalecgos. And after that? Everyone had to pull 1,400 DPS just to get down Brutuallus, followed by a march to the end. Do I want to go back, back to the Sunwell?

Heck yes I do.

And after this skillfully edited video, you will too.

Filed under: WoW Moviewatch

Hearthstone is the most popular app in the world after one day


Apparently we weren't the only ones waiting for Hearthstone to come out on the iPad. According to Business Insider, Hearthstone is the number one app in 34 countries, and the number one game in 36. This includes the United States.

Magic: The Gathering and other CCGs also have a large support base on the platform, so it isn't really surprising that Hearthstone would be popular amongst users of the tablet. What is surprising is that it rocketed up the charts so quickly. It is estimated that the game could pull in $30 million in the first year from in-app card sales, which would make this foray into the tablet space quite worthwhile for Blizzard.

Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

Blizzard unveils the Battle.net gift card


Blizzard has announced an EU Battle.net gift card program. These gift cards, which come in the amount of €20, are available throughout many popular retailers around Europe. Upon using the gift card, the user's Battle.net balance goes up and they can purchase what they want.

This isn't a bad thing, especially for things Christmas gifts (/cough mom, if you ever read this). Individual items are still giftable via Battle.net as well, that has not gone away.

Again, this is for the EU only. The US version, we have to assume, is coming soon™.

Filed under: News items

I haven't touched my boosted character


I went and pre-ordered Warlords of Draenor along with everyone else a couple months ago (well, most everyone else, it seems like). I'd been thinking about which character I wanted to boost up to 90 and get maxed professions with for a while, and after a fair amount of time I took the jump and maxed out my rogue.

After the boost I played around on it a little bit. Did some timeless isle, ran some troll raids, and that was that. She just sits there now, not moving, not doing anything in particular. I've parked her next to a pet trainer. Occasionally I'll log on to her and battle the trainer whenever I remember to -- so that's a nice thing, I guess.

But you know what? For me the character became pointless, just a thing sitting there that doesn't get any attention or play time. I might as well have left her at 61, forever toiling around Mount Hyjal

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

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