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WoW Chinese distributor The9 dominates China's supercomputers {WoW}

Jul 3rd 2008 2:11PM As far as MMO Supercomputing power goes, I find EvE online most impressive. Rather than run multiple shards of the game (ie realms in Wow-speak) they have one massive supercomputer cluster that allows all subscribers to play in the same world. It's purported to be the largest supercomputer in the gaming industry. Their subscriber base is obviously much smaller than Wow, so I'm not suggesting Blizz could pull this off (or even should... can you imagine trying to farm primals with 30,000+ people online?), but its pretty cool.

Authenticators sold out, for now {WoW}

Jul 3rd 2008 12:09PM I love the people who think these are going to be cracked in three weeks. If somebody has the power to brute force this in three weeks I Think we can safely assume they won't be using it to hack Wow accounts. They'd probably have more important/profitable things to do... like steal defense technology from Raytheon or Lockheed Martin.

More tradeskill love and rewards in Wrath {WoW}

Jun 30th 2008 6:06PM As a Blacksmith I went to wowwiki after hitting 70 to see which reputations to grind in order to get some plans. Lets see... Aldor/Scryer... (both of which are resist sets) done. Oh wait... I can grind exalted with a couple of factions for... more resist sets! Oh joy! Or go revered with Cenarion for a shield that's worse than a Zangarmarsh quest reward! Not to mention that at 375, regardless of whether you're weapon smith or armor smith, you get exactly 1 plan that's worth anything at 70.

I'd take engineering over BSing any day. But looking at the BC loot tables and rep rewards... I've started leveling my Jewel crafter again!

Forum post of the day: Rage against the authenticator {WoW}

Jun 28th 2008 5:26AM Blizzard provides the same level of security as my online banking does - logon password protection. Not to mention numerous other online services which have a lot more personal and important information than WoW. Please explain to me why this level of security is insufficient for a video game. They are providing this hardware security not to make up for their own lack of security measures, but for their customers lack of security measures, and the potential existence of yet undiscovered threats that even vigilant users can't defend against.

This is similar to the type of protection the military uses to allow processing of higher level data (Protected data - not classified) on computers that would otherwise only be allowed to be used for unclassified material. This is a near unbreakable form of security being offered for a pittance, and people are complaining??? (The program my military uses is PKI entrust if you want to check it out)

Blizzard has never been responsible for a user getting keylogged. They are providing this so that their customers have an extra level of protection above and beyond the norm. If you think email verification would protect you, think again. All that would do is allow you to log in and find your toon stripped naked a bit sooner... maybe, assuming the hacker didn't find a way around the email verification.

Blizzard's splash screen changes for June 27th: A "Lost" penguin and Death Knight imagery {WoW}

Jun 27th 2008 8:47AM They've stated that they're announcing a new game at WWI. But, I also think that the eyes (angle/spacing) and the bit of helm that you can see match up surprisingly well with Diablo and the bit of bone that juts down between his eyes. If I had to guess, the same artist did both Diablo and Arthas. All that being said though, the eyes are unmistakably Arthas from the WotLK screen.

Rob Pardo also said that SC2 is at a playable phase of development...

I'm banking on multiple announcements. Diablo 3, SC2 and WotLK!!!

"I am Murloc" gets rocked already {WoW}

Jun 26th 2008 7:13PM I've only had GH3 for a couple of weeks (new Wii owner) I'm a couple songs away from 5ing medium and I'm done the first 3 sets of hard. In short, that still looks pretty damn impressive to me.

Gotta agree with the comments on his strumming technique though... wonder how many guitars he's gone through playing like that!

Do botters really matter? {WoW}

Jun 9th 2008 1:38PM The author obviously had a pre-formed bias about botting prior to writing this article, and never bothered to really think about the big picture. Internet pseudo-journalism at its best. I hear Fox News is hiring, I bet you have a shot!

Breakfast Topic: Musing on old-world instances {WoW}

Jun 7th 2008 7:54PM I think that the most often proposed solution is for additional levels of difficulty on top of heroic. Probably something like:

70: Heroic
80: Epic
90: Legendary
100: Ludicrous
110: Plaid

Breakfast Topic: Musing on old-world instances {WoW}

Jun 7th 2008 3:25PM Having joined Wow Post-2.3, here's a list of Old World instances I've seen in leveling 2 toons to BC content:

- Deadmines
- Stockades
- (Some of) Gnomer
- ZF
- Mara

List of instances I've skipped: Probably couldn't name them all off the top of my head.

Mara is one I was particularly stubborn with and would not abandon any quests therein. I was almost in BRD before I made it to the final boss because I could never find a group. It's just too long and people don't want to run it. With BRD now green/grey to 2 toons, I have yet to see the emperor or 'rescue' the princess.

I'm not a power leveler. I play the game at my own pace and travel just to see different content. The current leveling speed just doesn't make running all the old instances make sense. I really hope Blizzard doesn't increase the leveling speed again just to whisk people into WotLK content or else they might as well delete half these instances as they'll never be used again.

Yes, being able to see the old content without it being a process of pulling 70 mobs and hitting an AOE would be nice, but finding a group that is capable of beating the instance is only a small portion of the battle. You actually have to find that many people on at the same time, interested in doing the same content, and capable of sticking the instance out to the end.

Had more of these dungeons been built in the more manageable 'wing' style, this would be feasible, but I don't think many 70s/80s would want to spend several hours running 'heroic' BRD/Mara/(Insert insanely long instance name here) unless the rewards from the end boss scaled WAYYYY up.

I do find the BC instances to be a bit formulaic and over-simplified, but as a casual player, it honestly works better for me and if I had my choice, I'd pick BC instances out of necessity. Blizzard catering to casuals FTW.

Official Forums shows hints of the cold {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2008 5:37PM I have a funny feeling this was totally unintentional. Forums are down right now.