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WoW Moviewatch: Work Work, Zug Zug, Dabu {WoW}

Sep 7th 2009 6:52PM Job's done!

(Link is relevant, honest. Check the features list)

The Queue: Deconstructed {WoW}

Sep 2nd 2009 9:59AM Large Address Aware may be a more useful addition than you realize; no matter how much RAM your computer is packing, if an application runs only in native 32-bit (and is not LAA), it cannot use more than 2GB of the system RAM because (on standard Windows OSes) that is the maximum RAM allocated to user applications.

The maximum RAM capacity on 32-bit systems is 4GB; if you hit this maximum, then 2GB of it is dedicated to system (kernel) processes. Retail games have been colliding with this 'glass ceiling' for years now (Command & Conquer springs to mind as an example, as well as the infamous Crysis), and it's inevitably going to become a more frequent problem as graphics improve.

Enabling LAA would give WoW 4GB of RAM to play around with on 64-bit systems. Double the current standard. And (barring a little debugging) it only takes one extra line of code being added to Wow-dot-exe. Graphics purists will always demand things like native 64-bit applications and DirectX-whatever compatability, but this seems like a fairly reasonable (and future-thinkingly useful) addition in comparison.

Comment to win some Saturday night swag {WoW}

Aug 29th 2009 10:02PM It's more likely that I'll teach my grandmother to suck eggs before I win one of these giveaways, but what the heck.

European weekly maintenance: 26th August 2009 {WoW}

Aug 25th 2009 10:40AM Aerie Peak (and probably the rest of the Misery battlegroup) has had an ever-increasing problem with instances (up until this maintainance, hopefully); getting into a Northrend instance could take anywhere between 2 and 20 minutes, but any dungeon or raid in Burning Crusade or Classic areas, unless attempted beyond midnight, would take well over half an hour, up to 2 hours.

Still, any sign that this is being fixed is great, even if it's been present since Wrath's launch. The proof will be in the practical test, tomorrow or Thursday.

Around Azeroth: Demolition man {WoW}

Aug 16th 2009 9:30AM It's all to do with the way front page posts are 'queued' for this site. Once one of the editors submits something, the amount of time it takes to reach the front depends on the time of day and the number of queued articles.

The average time between articles appearing is an hour and a half; it may be less than an hour if there's breaking news, or well over 2 hours if it's a slow day (eg. during Blizzcon's morning hours). There's a 12-hour gap on most nights, starting in the evening and continuing to the next morning.

AA and WoW Moviewatch are oddities in that their content is viewable well before the articles are due to be posted (you can't write the article and post it if the content isn't already on the server). Being able to see this picture 9 hours ahead of schedule probably means it was posted late at night, in the site's quiet period.
*Top Gear theme*


Hammond and May go undercover in a drag race with the infalliable Skyshatter!

We have a world-exclusive test on the upcoming v8 [Riding Crop]!

And I (Jeremy) give the Flame Leviathan a run for its money with the Titan's new head-themed number!

Around Azeroth: Fallen for you {WoW}

Jul 21st 2009 7:04AM >Your clumsiness causes you to fall into an abandoned Sand Gnome tunnel.

>You are likely to be eaten by a Jormungar.

UPDATE: Fields of Honor Loot Card EU giveaway {WoW}

Jul 1st 2009 9:43AM A guildie was lucky enough to find the Mechanical Spectral Tiger in a card pack last month, and bought a Path of Frost code to show off.

I've been apprehensive about starting a Trading Card collection since nobody I know on (or off) WoW actually plays it, but the artwork is so brilliant (a friend gave me an A4 Art card pack as a gift) and the loot so enticing that I've decided to track down a binder and storage sleeves, that I may store the cards and treasure them alongside my POGs (the only IRL 'collectables' I've ever owned a full set of; I even remember sneaking out of school to a promotional event to snag the last two).

To be granted a loot code before I even start collecting would be a fantastic stroke of luck. My sights of mine are set on Sir Large Chicken, but leaving flowers in my wake sounds just as special. It's up to the RNG in the end, though. Here's hoping that, for once, it doesn't hate me.

Aerie Peak (EU)

Breakfast Topic: Favorite in-game settlement {WoW}

Jun 21st 2009 8:09AM Archmage Vargoth's Retreat, if that counts. If I need to do something in Dalaran, and it doesn't need the involvement of someone or something else besides me, then I do it there.

Otherwise, I'd have to go with Yojimba Isle. Friendly trolls abound (for once), it's secluded enough to not be overcrowded, and it's easily the best spot to compete in the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza; in the weeks where I lost, I never had less than 30 fish.

Around Azeroth: From her to eternity {WoW}

May 22nd 2009 12:55PM *Obligatory 'shout-out' to the multitude of 'homies' engaging in the action of 'keeping it real' in the realm we have come to refer to as 'Da Peakz'*