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Last chance to enter to win a Creative headset of your own

This is finally it -- your last chance as a single commenter to pick yourself up a Creative World of Warcraft wireless gaming headset. We've been giving one of these away every single week for a few months now, and today we've finally run out of the single headsets, so here's your last chance to leave a comment on this post and win one on your own.

As usual, the contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), and everyone who enters must be 13 or older. To enter, leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, November 18th, at midnight eastern, and please be sure to use a real email that you check often to enter, so we can contact the winners when we choose them. One winner will be chosen. You may enter only once, and each winner will get a Creative World of Warcraft Wireless Gaming Headset, with a retail value of $150. Please note: winners will not receive the headset until it is released later this year. Click here to read the official contest rules.

Good luck -- oh, and are you wondering why we said "single headset"? Because we will have yet another contest next week, but it'll be more of a "group quest" kind of thing, where you and some friends will have a chance to win a raid full of headsets for yourselves. Stay tuned for more info in one week's time.

Filed under: Odds and ends, Contests, Hardware

[1.Local]: Belting it out

Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

In last week's [1.Local], we snarked around a bit about the most common "mistaken identity" emails we receive on the WoW.com news and comments lines -- issues for a video game company, a cable company, an ISP and even a gym. "Looks like we just keep diversifying," observed Eddie Carrington. "I think the next business should we should get into is event planning."

Readers joshed good-naturedly about the idea -- and brought up a popular ongoing request. "Oh man, you guys are starting event planning now?" asked paul. "Finally, been looking for some guys good enough to help with my upcoming 18th. Does the package include Belt giving a speech? 'Cos that would be awesome. xD"

"Anything that includes Mr. Belt giving a speech is bound to be awesome," agreed MusedMoose with a *grin*.

Gentlemen, your wish has been granted: the rare spawn, Archmage Pants himself, made his WoW Insider Show debut this very weekend. If you missed Mr. Belt live on Saturday, keep an eye on WoW.com tomorrow and listen up.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, Humor, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: One sick puppy

Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

Why, oh why, are the wolves of Northshire Abbey getting sick? Has swine flu gone to the dogs? Could it be something even more cataclysmic?!

(cutaia): It all makes sense now! The letters W, O and E are the 23rd, 15th and 5th letters of the alphabet. On 5/15/23, Johnny Walker was born -- not the brand of scotch, but the Indian actor. In 1954, Mr. Walker starred in Taxi Driver. In 1976, Robert De Niro also starred in a movie called Taxi Driver. Twenty years later, Bobby D. appeared in Sleepers with ... that's right, Kevin Bacon.

...I don't think I'm doing this right. :(

More of this week's (astute?) observations from our readers, after the break.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, [1.Local]

The indomitable LFG chat channel

The first thing I thought when I saw the new LFG interface coming in patch 3.3 was what I said on last week's podcast: that's cool, but where's the LFG channel? If you remember way back during patch 2.0.1, when Blizzard originally released the LFG system, there was quite a clamor raised when they took away the LFG channel then, so much so that they eventually had to resurrect it. And so, when I saw in the latest patch notes that the LFG was set to return as a citywide channel, it didn't come as a surprise at all -- even in the new era of cross-realm LFG, there's still a place for just talking about which groups you can join.

But citywide still isn't enough for a lot of players -- some are saying that they want the channel to be worldwide. Ghostcrawler himself shows up in that thread and says a worldwide LFG channel would be nuts. And he's right: way back in the day when it was worldwide, it was "mass chaos," like a Barrens from everywhere. So why are people so tied to it? Blizzard seems to be missing a major way people used the LFG channel.

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Filed under: Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Instances, Raiding

[1.Local]: PUGgin' for money and emblems for free


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

ElderDruid doesn't think we'll be working too hard for our gold and our emblems in 3.3.

ElderDruid:
Look at them yo-yo's, that's the way you do it
You PUG for money on the 3.3
That ain't workin', that's the way you do it
PUGgin for money and emblems for free

Now that's just profit, that's the way you do it
Let me tell you, them guys ain't dumb
Gonna keep subscribers with the epic carrot
Keep 'em till the launch of Cataclysm.

I want my ... I want my ... I want my emblems free ...

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: The battle over Battle.net


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

Did Halloween arrive a few weeks early? You might think so, given the surge of moaning and groaning emanating from [1.Local] – but wait, that appears to be the sound of players facing up to the impending Battle.net account conversion deadline. Blizzard announced this week that players need to convert their WoW accounts to Battle.net accounts by Nov. 11 in order to continue to be able to log into WoW. The lamentation from some quarters wafted up above the usual QQ chokepoints, even creeping into what one might imagine would have been upbeat posts about the free companion pet awarded to every player who converts an account.

In the face of this all this angst, at least a few readers were able to maintain a sense of humor and perspective. Quite a few players were pretty worked up over whether or not they would be able to successfully receive their Mr. Chilly pet if their accounts were currently inactive.

FifthDream: Grr, I hope it's there when I reactivate my account in a few days.

Raynier: Oh, don't worry ... The chick is in the mail!

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Features, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: We feel good


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

It was a long week here for WoW.com staffers, who spent seemingly endless crunch time sifting through and digging out of PTR 3.3 updates. Gregg Reece sent on to [1.Local] this comment from his post about our team's first impressions of the Forge of Souls instance. The post discussed a boss named Bronjahm, the Godfather of Souls – "or as we like to call him, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul."

Aedilhild: When he hits 20%, an undead MC swathes a cape over his shoulders and begins to walk him off before the boss turns, throws off the cape and enrages to the tune of "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)."

We're not so sure about the sex machine part ... But comments like these (and the rest of this week's [1.Local] batch) sure make us feel good. (We knew that we would, now.)

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, Humor, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: Garrosh Goulash


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

We interrupt this edition of [1.Local] for this declaration on the state of the world post-Icecrown, just in from reader "Garrosh" (whom we suspect may be the Orc himself, given the abrasive use of capslock):

IN CELEBRATION AND HONOR OF THE GREAT VICTORIES THE HORDE HAS AND WILL SECURE UNDER MY LEADERSHIP, WE ARE GOING TO BE RENAMING MANY OF OUR FINE CITIES AND TOWNS:

ORGRIMMAR SHALL NOW BE CALLED GARROMAR
HAMMERFALL IS NOW CALLED GARROSHIRE
THE CROSSROADS SHALL FOREVER BE KNOWN AS THE GARROSHROADS

ALL COMMON OBJECTS SHALL REFLECT THE SUPERIORITY OF THE HORDE. NO MORE REFERENCES TO THE ALLIANCE:

WESTFALL STEW SHALL HENCEFORTH BE KNOWN AS GARROSH GOULASH
STORMWIND BRIE IS NOW CALLED GARROSH GOUDA
DWARVEN SNOW BOOTS SHALL BE KNOWN AS GARROSHES

BLOOD AND THUNDER! LOK'TAR OGAR!

Join us after the break for less caps lock and more reader comments from the past week at WoW.com.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, Humor, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: How?


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

No summons, no buffs, we're not even going to clear the trash. [1.Local]'s going hardcore and pulling the reader e-mail of the week right away.

Name: [redacted]
URL:
Subject:

how

Related URL: http://


You can practically smell the desperation on [redacted]'s breath as he pecks out an agonized cry for help, painfully tapped out with three searing characters. But never fear, there's a new warlock in town. Currying favor as the new kid on the block, Dominic Hobbs lets it be known that he's up to the task by dropping this DoT on the WoW.com team list:

I'll look into this one.

You have fun with that, Dom.

After the break, the WoW.com staff points out some of the week's more remarkable reader comments.

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Filed under: Mage, Warlock, Analysis / Opinion, Features, Lore, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: Fix it yourself


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

"You don't like it? Fix it yourself." We've heard this exhortation to users of wowwiki.com in the comments before. Still, you have to wonder why more WoW fans don't get in there and make their mark.

teacher: I'm a bit surprised that WoW.com still uses WoWwiki anymore. It used to be all I used, but sometime around the end of BC, it stopped being very accurate and updated. Now it seems pretty much useless. Don't get me wrong, I would love it to be better updated, but as of right now, a site like Wowhead (specifically the comments) is a much better resource.

theRaptor: Then update it. It is a wiki; you are the editor. There isn't a horde of slaves out there waiting to fulfill your every whim. The only reason a lot of articles are stuck in BC is because of the huge surge in growth during BC which lead to a lot of articles being created then. In early BC a lot of articles were still stuck in classic.

I always check WoWwiki first even for items because they usually have pertinent summaries and historical data (such as item ability changes in patches; wowhead often has this data but it is much more disorganised and sometimes requires trolling through a lot of comments). Then I click on the wowhead link if there is one. A lot of the content of WoWWiki is simply not on a site like wowhead (such as the class articles).


So if you hate the way something is set up, take the initiative to turn it into something you love. Hate, love ... Love, hate ... Hmm, we feel a set of Breakfast Topics coming on ...

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Features, [1.Local]

Enter to win a Creative World of Warcraft wireless headset


Creative has announced their brand new World of Warcraft wireless headset, and you lot are the lucky ones -- they've set up a deal with us to give away one of these headsets every single week up until the actual release in November. So here's your first chance -- leave a comment on this post before next Wednesday, September 23, 2009, and we'll be picking one lucky commenter to win the best-looking WoW-related headgear since Warlocks rode single file.

The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), and everyone who enters must be 13 or older. To enter, leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, September 23rd at midnight eastern, and please be sure to use a real email that you check often to enter, so we can contact the winners when we choose them. You may enter only once, and each winner will get a Creative World of Warcraft Wireless Gaming Headset, with a retail value of $150. Please note: winners will not receive the headset until it is released later this year. Click here to read the official contest rules.

Good luck to everybody, and make sure to come back next week -- we'll be giving one of these headsets away every single week all the way up until their release later this year, so you'll have even more chances to win coming up.

Filed under: How-tos, Odds and ends, Contests, Hardware

[1.Local]: In which He-Man and Eddie get pwned


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

Sometimes it's the smallest details that people grow attached to. Take, for instance, this note that came in on the news tip line from a dejected reader named Brian. Brian and his compatriots are lamenting a dearly departed Battlemaster - one who seemed strangely reminiscent of a certain Eternian prince.

Subject: Adam Eternum is MISSING

Some time around patch 3.2, all the Battlemasters in Shattrath were changed. Gone is Adam Eternum, with his smashing magical loincloth and Gnome sidekick.

Instead we have, as a royally ticked-off guildie puts it (after having downed several stiff drinks in despair), "Shome Draenei hussy ... hic!"


My guild here on Ysera, at least, has gone into mourning.

Oh where, oh where has Prince Adam has gone? Find out what else readers have been mourning or celebrating this week - plus peek at an internal WoW.com team e-mail in which Hunter columnist Eddie Carrington gets soundly pwned - after the break.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Features, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: we're acusing him of been respoble


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

It's the middle of the holiday weekend, and we hope you're either happily socializing offline (Warp Burgers on the grill, anyone?) or getting your uninterrupted game on. Either way, we've got dessert – so open wide for these two sweet bon-bons of [1.Local] goodness from the past week: a slice from a LOLcat battle in the WoW.com staff chat room (screenshot above), plus the following gem from a player who evidently wasn't too clear about who to contact (or how to communicate his issues) after receiving some sort of action on his account.

[Name Redacted]: If you continue mail me with this and that and acusing me for things i never done plz have im mind that then i will contact my lawyer and sue you and everybody been respoble for this Crap emails send to my acc.Have a nice time and enjoy your crap game that even in 100 years i was not ggoing to play it.

Take that, WoW.com! (And yes, I do usually run a basic grammar/spelling/punctuation edit on [1.Local] comments to make them easier to read – unless the style itself makes a particular point that's relevant to the matter at hand. As with this case. Ahem.)

We'll look back at several engaging reader conversations (stat simplification, emotional boss encounters - oh, and apple pie, ice cream and boobs) from the week in review, after the break.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: The BACK back room


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

True confessions time: It really is that cool to work at WoW.com. We're a chatty team. You're probably already getting a taste of that at @wowinsider on Twitter, manned randomly by team members who're feeling particularly gabby. If you're a real Twitterati, you may be following individual staffers (listings available in the latest WRUP; follow me @eMused).

But the real WoW.com snark and hot debates go on behind closed doors. There's a chat room where everyone who's "on duty" hangs out - always good for a heated debate on mechanics or lore, as well as the inevitable off-topic romp on ... well, off-topic stuff. (Like Michael Sacco's post-dental work, Vicodin-inspired ravings, screenshotted above - but that's another story.) There's also the news line/team e-mail list, where nobody can ever seem to resist adding their zingers to the daily cacophony of annoyed moms who want us to cancel their son's WoW subscriptions, confused TV viewers searching for customer support for their cable service and clueless "readers" (do they actually read us?) who submit endless news tips on that awesome machinima nobody's ever heard of.

[1.Local]'s already all about the back room chatter – so we knew we couldn't exclude you from the best of the deep, deep backroom scoop at WoW.com. Look for a sampling of the behind-the-scenes staff insanity each week, mixed with the rest of the chatter on [1.Local]. Because without the insanity (and your tacit support), where would any of us be?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Features, [1.Local]

[1.Local]: Cataclysmic shock and awe


Reader comments -- ahh, yes, the juicy goodness following a meaty post. [1.Local] ducks past the swinging doors to see what readers have been chatting about in the back room over the past week.

And so it begins. Cataclysmic shock and awe is sweeping through WoW.com's [1.Local] channel (that's the post comments, for those of you so shell-shocked by the expansion announcements that you automatically assumed we meant that we, too, have a new feature you haven't discovered yet) as readers began gulping down the deluge of information coming out of BlizzCon this weekend. It all started with Blizzard's official announcement of the next WoW expansion: Cataclysm.

joggoms: And just like that, I'm all excited about playing WoW again!

cowy: I've never had such a mixed bag of feeling's over a game before! I love Azeroth; it's my home away from home and the place my little cow grew up, lived and played in for many years. While I am so psyched about the expansion and the changes (this is going to be fantastic), there's a odd sadness I can't seem to dismiss completely. Goodbye old Azeroth; it was good times.

Derbeste: Unifying the high levels with the leveling and twink communities back in the old world in a NEW way is a GOOD thing. I'll gladly pay for it.

More reader reaction to the flood of Cataclysm news (and of course, links to much of the news itself), after the break.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Expansions, Features, BlizzCon, [1.Local], Cataclysm

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