Dec 23rd 2011 6:12PM FILM HISTORY BUFFS LISTEN UP\
First error in this article is to say that George Lucas "kept" the rights to the sequel to Star Wars. A little know fact is that this was a LEGAL CONTRACT ERROR by the lawyers at 20th Century Fox. After the first Star Wars film was such a big Box office draw. all Fox could do is fire a few lawyers and be real nice to Mr. Lucas. EVERY contract a major writes when they fund a film contains a sequel rights clause. They just left it out by mistake. So we are talking about a multi-billion dollar error.
Having a screenwriter put in charge of everything led to some real problems. More importantly, Fox hired Barry Diller after that and he fired everyone AND I MEAN EVERYONE that had any knowledge on how to make film unless their specific department was way in the black. Craft departments were shutdown wholesale. So Mr. Lucas got all the money from the sequels and everyone at the film company got canned because of a legal contract error.
Kind of comparable to FOX's film Cleopatra [Elizabeth Taylor; Richard Burton] that cost so much money to make it could not possibly take in that amount at the box office and THAT forced FOX to sell all of Century City, which used to be 100% Fox's backlot. Only darrly Zanuck coming in with the film "The Longest Day" , and his subsequent work saved Fox. The Zanuck sound stage at Fox is still where many films are mixed today. I was privileged to meet the head mixer many years ago Don Bassman [Hunt for Red October], who died later from cancer. he survived the "Diller firings" because he was in such high demand to mix films, he got paid a million dollar mix fee. Sound is half the film and producers were willing to pay anything to guarantee the film came out right.
In short. Film companies tend to go from one disaster to the other. At this point in time they are 99% merely a distribution hub. That they are good at. Film Production... not so much.
Nov 14th 2011 8:20PM DEATH OF A GLYPH BOT
I had to deal with a botting Glyph auctioneer on my server. He was on 95% of the day, and controlled the glyph market by instantly undercutting anyone who posted a lower price. After i while i had given up and made gold aplently on my other 4 characters. 5 months later I posted 2 glyphs, and he was still there and he undercut me in about 60 seconds. So I checked the market and almost everyone else had given up as well and glyph prices were 200 300 400 gold. Sky high! There was no possibility of beating a bot so I brought down the prices 30% at a time on the most profitable glyphs and then I made and posted EVERY GLYPH i could make at 25 gold -30 gold. He may well have controlled the market but i sure as heck was gonna take the profit out of it. I checked the undermine journal, as you can, and Panako had posted 19360 glyph auction in 7 days, so I opened a botting ticket with Blizz. Soon after, the Bot realized every glyph was available for 25-30 gold that had been selling prior at 300-400 gold, as he had gotten everyone else to give up. Enraged he hit a button and posted 63 PAGES of every glyph for 10 gold each in a time frame of 10 minutes. That was over 52% of the glyph auctions at the time. Then Panako logged off. Blizz had given me a quick response and I added the 63 pages of glyphs for sale at 10 gold each all posted in 10 minutes to my initial complaint. When the botter woke up, he removed all the 10 G auctions and reposted at prices undercutting everyone closer to the other listed prices. His total auction posting jumped from 19,360 to 21,800 and then to 23.900. The 1,200 glyph postings posting were almost instantaneous. But uh oh! THIS TIME BLIZZ WAS WATCHING! Muhuhaha! Auction house BAN! Looks like he got banned from auction house. See him on sometimes, but no glyphs for sale. The death of a Glyph botter. I don't know how he posted 1300 auctions in 10 minutes, but his AH botting days seem over and scribes on my realm are free to practice their professions. Mission accomplished!
Oct 22nd 2011 9:40AM An obvious attempt for CHINA market share. I don't know how the government there will feel about people killing Pandas and gloating over the corpses.
I am sure this comment will be downgraded, but Pandaren race was a bad idea for western market, and I don't think the people in China have enough leisure time to play WoW nor will they have enough disposable income for Subscriptions any time soon.
Blizz could have done this CHINA motif without using Panda bears.
I KNOW I don't want to roll a Panda.
I guess Blizz execs have nobody to tell them that the emperor in charge of game development has no clothes. Yup this is a FAIL big time. I am watching a big corp fall FLAT ON IT'S FACE. When videos appear of Pandas being GANKED PvP on the internet chances are Blizz could suffer a CHINA BAN. That's right a BAN HAMMER. That is a dictatorship over there.
Now go ahead and downgrade me for speaking the truth just the way it is.
Oct 16th 2011 3:41AM You failed to mention If the Tokens are the same or a new kind. i.e.can we save up JC tokens in 4.2 for 4.3? Or will these be NEW tokens. Can't tell from the screenshots.
Inquiring Jewelcrafters want to know.
Oct 6th 2011 10:10PM Too bad they have to be SET inside a WoW universe as opposed to about people who PLAY WoW where WoW plays an integral role in the story. A wider audience could actually relate to that. Real characters... what a concept. Also quality Theatrical Animation costs $$$ to produce. People can be hired cheaper.
Seems a good screenplay is beyond the scope of the contest... I pass...respectfully.
Knock yourselves out guys.
Nov 11th 2008 11:40PM New Message From Blizzard!>
"Sorry but everything is still f ucked up..."
Please check back often.
Feel free to contact us with your complaints at >
Nov 11th 2008 10:53PM To Blizzard> YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!
[Your own words, from the BC cinematic]
Nov 11th 2008 10:26PM To summarize>
DON"T CALL US ! WE"LL CALL YOU!
AND > THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL!
Nov 11th 2008 6:46PM Pissed off postal workers!
Considering how many millions of dollars Blizz takes in every month, you would THINK that basic mail would have to be the simplest software programming aspect of the game to get right.
Reminds me of when my mother was tired from work and put a frozen cherry pie in the oven and since the box said "Remove pie from container and place in oven" she took it out of the box AND pie tin! Nice bubbly cherry mess in the oven just like our mai is nowl... Except the mail is a BIGGER MESS.
Dang i had a TON of stuff up at AH and logged on to see no mail at all! Was expecting at LEAST auction expired mail.... Had a few mechanical Yeti for sale for the pet achievement.... Also I always bounced mats between alts as an extra storage space technique...
I am certain others do the same...
I hope Blizz BACKS UP the mail data, and the AH data or everyone is gonna be flaming !