May 5th 2009 2:22AM A friend of mine joined two weeks before the recruit-a-friend offers went live. I casually leveled an alt up with him to about level 40 over 5 months before he got bored and quit.
The old world quest are excruciatingly boring, and no amount of pleading on my part could convince him that Outland and Northrend were progressively more interesting. By that point, the damage was done, and his opinion was set. The overwhelming number of levels he had to acquire just to play with the other members of the guild didn't make things any more appealing, particularly since he knew he'd also have two purchase two additional expansions (one of which, BC, he would end up wanting to power level through anyhow).
I know WoW has a huge and growing user base, but I honestly believe they've made the requirements too steep for enjoying their most refined work in Wrath. The buzz and reviews for Wrath were great. But they could have capitalized on it much more by letting new players actually enjoy the game they've been reading reviews for, instead of being forced to play vanilla WoW which is over five years old, only to be left wondering what all the excitement was about.
Blizz would do well to abandon the concept of a linear progression for leveling in future MMOs.
May 1st 2009 5:54PM If you're that concerned about your daughter, then you wouldn't be allowing her to play a game that rewards war, murder, and in a few quests, torture.
Apr 8th 2009 2:25PM Perhaps sourge construction will be completed on Malykriss: The Vile Hold? I could see it being a 5man dungeon setting the story up for the final confrontation in Icecrown Citadel. If this doesn't appear in 3.2, I could see it being in 3.3 as a 5man companion to the Citadel raid (sort of like MrT was to Sunwell).
I doubt the art team would spend the time to design the unfinished scaffolding on that necropolis if it didn't have a more significant role in the story. Right now it only serves as a quick stop on an exploration quest.
Mar 30th 2009 5:39PM There are several direct and some subtle ties to Vrykul, Yogg-Saron, and the old god's curse of flesh used to corrupt the Vrykul scattered throughout the game. I apologize if this writing is all over the place, but here are a few that I recall:
In Halls of Stone, we learn that vrykul were initially Titan constructs just like the earthen dwarves. However, the old gods began corrupting earth based Titan constructs with a "curse of flesh" in order to facilitate their assimilation, turning them into flesh and blood living creatures (it has taken them much longer to corrupt the metal constructs which the Titans built to replace the vulnerable earthen constructs, but the troubles at Ulduar as well as the abundance of corrupted metal known as saronite in Northrend show that it was only a matter of time).
In Uldaman, we also learn that the curse of flesh had a greater effect the titan constructs the deeper they dug underground closer to the old gods (this was before the Titans even realized the old gods existed).
In the Horde quest chain for Gjalerbron, it's revealed that the vrykul have been slumbering below ground for centuries waiting for the return of the god they worship, referred to as an ancient god of death (presumably Yogg-Saron). Knowing what we know from Uldaman and Halls of Stone, we can speculate that these slumbering vrykul may have very well been earth/stone vrykul at the time, burrying themselves underground in order to allow themselves to be converted by the curse of flesh.
Seeing as how the vrykul have now awoken to serve worship the Lich King as their "god of death", we can again speculate that the Lich King's power over the dead may somehow be tied Yogg-Saron. Another possibility is that the Lich King may be deceiving the vrykul into believe he is a god of some sort, but that seems less likely.
Mar 26th 2009 8:09PM Why use a screenshot of the prince from the Wrath Beta?
Oct 6th 2007 6:14PM Old news. Blizzard is adding new mid-level content. Dustwallow is being revamped.
Aug 3rd 2007 1:02PM Actually, I checked your site 15 minutes ago and saw nothing. Then went to mmo-champion.com and read about it there. Then went to ign.com and read about it there. Then I went to Shacknews.com and read about it there. And now you guys have the story.
Sorry, but that ain't first. Keep on tryin'!
Jul 25th 2007 7:16PM WHOOP-DEE-DOO!
Feb 1st 2006 4:11PM I had seen this footage ages ago on television, I believe. Nice that someone has taken time to upload it to the net.