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WoW Insider Show live this afternoon


Yes it's Saturday once again, and that means that we'll go live this afternoon on WoW Radio with episode number 31 of our weekly podcast. This week, the talk will no doubt center around the biggest thing that happened in the last week of Warcraft -- yes, of course I mean patch 2.4. We'll have impressions of the content so far, a look at the official and unofficial changes, and a general breakdown of just what the heck happened to Azeroth on Tuesday.

I'll be on the show along with Turpster, and this week from WoW Insider we'll have Eliah Hecht on the show for the first time ever, as well as John "BigBearButt" Petricelli. It should be a lot of fun -- to join us, tune into WoW Radio this afternoon at 3:30pm EST (and join us on IRC if you'd like -- we'll be on irc.mmoirc.com in the #wowradio channel). Feel free to email us questions or comments as well: theshow@wow.com is the address for that.

It's a patch 2.4-stravaganza on the WoW Insider Show today, so come for the 2.4 impressions and wrapups, and stay for the punch and pie!*

*Punch and pie may not be included.

Filed under: Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Humor, WoW Insider Show

WoW Insider's SwitchBlade impressions and Q&A


A while back, we posted this video of SwitchBlade, an application designed to let you use your Xbox 360 wired controller (or wireless controller with an extra adapter for PC) with World of Warcraft. I said that I'd give the software a test run, and even though all the holidays (and our other little enterprise) has delayed things quite a bit, here are my impressions on installation and after using the program to play WoW for a few hours.

We also got a chance to chat with the VP of Business Development for Blue Orb (the company that makes SwitchBlade), Aaron Levin, about how their software works, how they're making money from this free download, and what their plans are for the future. My impressions and the Q&A start right after the jump.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Tips, Odds and ends, PvP, Features, Guides, Interviews

Mike's final BlizzCon impressions

Well, these aren't really final, of course, as we're going to be discussing and responding to what we saw at BlizzCon all the way up until Wrath of the Lich King releases. But BlizzCon was definitely a crazy experience, so each of us WoW Insider staffers there are going to write up our own personal impressions for you, both about what we saw and what we didn't see there. And please share yours in the comments below.

Most Enjoyable: I really enjoyed the L70ETC concert, actually-- I wasn't quite sure what they would be, but in terms of the live entertainment, Samwise and his band were the best thing going. Yelling "for the Horde" and booing Rogues (who "do it from behind," of course) was great fun. In terms of the events, all the Blizzard guys were entertaining, but Jeff Kaplan was my favorite-- every event he showed up at, he really proved he'd been reading the forums and knew what players were interested in. The Molten Core (as designed by you and 8,999,999 others) was terrific, and while Metzen definitely has a clue, too ("im the lich king lol" is an instant classic), Kaplan was on top of his game all weekend. Oh, and of course the WoW Insider meetup was a big highlight as well-- every single reader I met was awesome.

Least Enjoyable: Waiting in line for passes on Thursday evening was really the only waiting I did all weekend. It was horribly designed-- there were about 30 lines split up by last name, but those lines all got mixed up, and you couldn't see where one started, so you had to cut across lines if you were in the wrong one. They were also mind-numbingly slow, so that definitely could have been done better. Also, we said Jay Mohr was a strange choice, and we were right-- while he did as good a job as he could (he was funnier than I expected), his time on stage alone was mostly just awkward, as the forum trolls ripped him apart. Next time, let's get a comedian who's at least played Warcraft, rather than just seen the South Park episode.

What I was most excited about and most disappointed about at BlizzCon after the jump...

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Odds and ends, Blizzard, BlizzCon, Wrath of the Lich King

First impressions: Wrath of the Lich King and Utgarde Keep


I just got done playing through a quest in Northrend and up to the first boss of Utgarde Keep, and here's my general impressions of what I saw. Elizabeth was a little disappointed with what she saw this morning, but I grabbed a press pass and snuck into the press room here at BlizzCon (where playing time was relatively unlimited), and I feel I got a pretty good impression of the Howling Fjord zone, and the first 5-man we'll see in WotLK.

So what did I think? Click the link below to find out.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Instances, Expansions, Leveling, BlizzCon, Wrath of the Lich King

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