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The Queue: Rodeo

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I got Titanfall last night. I don't even really like shooter games, but here I am, hooting and hollering, riding giant robots and shooting their innards out while double-jumping and wall-running. I am having a blast. Go figure.

JackJesson asked:

My current preoccupation is, is it Hearthstone as in 'earth', or Hearthstone as in 'Arthas'?

This isn't actually one of my questions, what I would like to know is, does it even matter at all? (Seems it does to me right?) is there a specific way to pronounce these things anyway? Or, as I'm starting to think, is it possible that me, trying to render a proper noun with my British accent as a West Coast American working for blizz would say it, just going to ruin the structure of the words and the poetry of the environment? in the same way that no one would expect me to pronounce Moscow asin a 'grazing, milk making, Mulgore resident.


It rhymes with Darth Stone. There is usually a specific way to pronounce the names of fictional places/people/items; the creator undoubtedly has it in mind when crafting them. As to whether or not you use their pronunciation, well, that's up to you. The creator of the GIF recently explained that it's pronounced with a soft G, but you have people really adamantly against it who still pronounce it with a hard G. Death of the author and all that.

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The Queue: THE QVEVE

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My jam of late.

CatrionaShadowleaf asked:

What's your favourite starting area and why?

I dislike the back-and-forth of Azure/Bloodmyst so I hightailed my new paladin out of there post haste, and now I'm doing the dwarf/gnome area just to try to level mining (not working btw, it's picked clean).


Years ago I probably would've said the draenei starting zone, but having done it again recently, hell no. So much running around, back and forth. Ugh. I'm all about Gilneas now. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it's also fairly brisk.

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The Queue: Untouched

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Yesterday was "load up music you listened to in 2007 on Spotify" day. Here's a relic from my not-so-distant past.

BlackSeal asked:

I've always felt the biggest disappointment of Cata (which I think many would agree was not Blizzards biggest expansion success) was the large reuse of already existing assets in the game when it came to locations and bosses/skins/models. (especially boss models). It really came across to me as if they didn't have the time or money to put into creating new assets for the game.

Pandaria I've largely enjoyed being that it's a whole new world and culture to see and discover along with many unique creatures and models and architecture.

Do you worry they are in danger of repeating this with WoD? Especially considering we are going to what is basically Outland once again, with an obviously completely similar map and set of locations along with the fact that I have even read of them redoing UBRS/Possibly LBRS? Do you believe we about to be delivered "Cata 2" in these regards? Its got me a little worried!


Good question. I wouldn't worry, though. A lot of the creatures we saw in TBC straight-up didn't exist on Draenor prior to the calamity. There were no naga, no demons, no lost ones, no broken, the arakkoa looked different, etc. We'll be seeing a lot of orcs and draenei, for sure, but also lots of new or remodeled faces.

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The Queue: PDA

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I remembered this song last night in bed and it's been stuck in my head ever since.

Twowolves asked:

How long after Garrosh's arrival are we arriving on Draenor-2? Apparently enough time has elapsed since he halted the drinking of the blood to forge the Orc clans into the Iron Horde and begin their march of conquest. Do you think it's a few months or a year later?

We don't know exactly how long yet, but at BlizzCon the devs said it would be "a few years". Definitely enough time to get that crucible of war heated up.

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The Queue: Twitch Beats Pokemon

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Where were you when thousands of people beat Pokemon Red by jamming random buttons for 16 days?

dafino asked:

Going forward, will the WoW Insider podcast still be offered as a download? I know it takes time to edit and I hope recent events won't interfere with it's availability.

The WoW Insider Show must go on. We still plan to record and make the show available every week. That much hasn't changed.

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The Queue: Light it up

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I've had this song stuck in my head for like an entire week, so now I deliver it unto you.

SichasStudios asked:

In today's Breakfast Topic, the header image says "No Veteran Bonus" on the form to boost to 90. What's that bonus, and how do you get it?

The veteran bonus is a reward for using the 90 boost on a level 60+ character. It boosts the character's primary professions and first aid to 600.

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The Queue: Everything is awesome

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Well folks, I held out as long as I could, but there was a BOGO sale on Lego sets at Toys-R-Us. I am now nine years old again.

morvackthemountmimic asked:

I have a two part question. When you make your character, it shows them in a certain set of gear. Are these gear sets obtainable? If so, where?

Those sets are usually riffs on existing sets (the warlock one is a retooled Nemesis, for example), but they're not available in the game, much to my chagrin. You'll notice the texture resolution on them is quite high, and the shoulder models are brand new in most cases. Sad we don't get to wear them! They'd make great heirlooms!

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The Queue: Up up up down A select A B A A A up down

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45,000 people are currently trying to play Pokemon Red simultaneously using a chat parser. The results are about what you'd expect.

pedroboteon asked:

WIth the news that the PvP Season is ending could that be a sign that:

1) Patch 5.4.7 is about to drop.

2) WoD will be available for pre-purchase very very soon™?


I think 1) and 2) are both true, actually!

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The Queue: Hit it hard and hit it fast

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The candy aisle, that is! Valentine's candy is half off or more!

JohnO asked:

If the friends and family testing version is the Alpha and select people get to test the Beta, then is the version of the game that we buy just the Gamma test version when we all get to first log in?

Usually, once a game is ready for the general public, it "goes gold" and stops being given testing phase designations like alpha, beta, etc. However, some might refer to the "release candidate" stage as delta or gamma. You can read a little more about the software release cycle here.

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The Queue: Welcome Bear

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An old friend visits in today's Queue.

GnomeMaleModel asked:

Ignoring all current race/class restrictions, what would be your dream insta-90 character? Tauren Rogue? Gnome Hunter? Panda DK? Murloc Priest?

Undead druid, just so I could see their ostensibly-awesome forms. A playable version of the classic Welcome Bear from Western Plaguelands! A big ol' dead tree form! I'm sure the artists would have a grand old time with it, and so would I.

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