Well, here we go. This is my last day at WoW Insider, after two and a half years of writing, podcasting, and interacting with one of the greatest communities online. Having the opportunity to write for you and with these wonderful people has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.
I started playing World of Warcraft back in May of 2004 during the closed beta test. My time and tenure in Star Wars: Galaxies was winding down, and Dark Age of Camelot was far in the rearview mirror. None of us knew what World of Warcraft would become or how much the game would influence some of our lives. For me, World of Warcraft represents time, effort, passion, and drive; when every other option available was lacking, uninteresting, or just wrong, I wrote about my passion. I'll never stop playing because I see no reason to stop.
Every week, just at the start of the weekend, we catch up with the WoW Insider staff and ask them, "What are youplaying this week?" -- otherwise known as: WRUP. Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game, and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a very important weekend we are about to undertake. Important, you see, because it is the anniversary of Mr. Mathew Genzer McCurley's birth.
Mat's having a birthday party down in New York City this weekend, and I'm driving down to attend. But what's a birthday without presents, right? That's why I've written and illustrated my first-ever children's book, titled Mat's Birthday Wish. And because I figured you'd want to see it, too, I'm giving the book its world premiere right here, tonight, in WRUP.
So, without any further delay: Mat's Birthday Wish.
Every week, just at the start of the weekend, we catch up with the WoW Insider staff and ask them, "What are youplaying this week?" -- otherwise known as: WRUP. Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game -- and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!
Here's how the world is supposed to work, at least according to WRUP: You put in a 40-hour week at some job from Monday to Friday, and then you spend the weekend playing video games. But that neat and tidy little way of life only makes sense so long as you actually have a job. (I no longer do.)
So, while my WoW Insider comrades are enjoying a respite from a hard week of work, yours truly is about to enjoy two days that will be pretty much identical to the five that preceded it. Sure, a little bit will be different: There's no Judge Judy on weekends, for example. For the most part, though, Saturday and Sunday are going to be another 48-hour block of video gaming, interrupted by brief, cursory checks of Craigslist, Monster, and all sorts of other job boards.
The job leads have been few and far between, but the one position that seems most promising so far has been that of baby merchant. Sure, the legality of it all is questionable, but let me tell you: $11,000 buys you a lot of house here in Boston. Plus, I've got a jacket that looks just like that one. If nothing else, Fox Van Allen is all about style.
Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mathew McCurley will be your host today.
Welp. Pack your bags, ladies and gentlemen, I was right. Straight from the woman herself. Victory dance.
Has there been any mention on the size of the download if you get the digital copy of Cata? I'm trying to figure out if it would just be easier to get the discs and install it than to try and download another 16GB of info again, which didn't go so well the last time.
Oh look, it's me again. Looks like Gray came down with another case of the "feelin' fuzzies." He didn't look good when I saw him this morning in the WoW.com war room. Gangly and green and that other thing, with the grossness. Anyway. I'm sure he's fine. Probably related to that fan art issue ...
Gray has entrusted me with the monumental task of a very special Moviewatch rerun of the greatest paladin machinima ever created -- How to Paladin IX. Shepiwot is basically the greatest machinamator that the community has ever seen. Paladins are in the newsa lotthesepast few weeks, due to the cataclysmic (haw haw) changes to their class (again) so close to an expansion's release (again.)
Now, I don't fancy myself a great machinimator -- I made one once on a dare to make the worst best movie I could. Shepiwot makes my endeavor look like a children's finger painting class. Abstract, deep and thought-provoking, the How to Paladin series reaches deep into every paladin's heart and soul, revealing the motivations and machinations of truly being one with the class. When I close my eyes, I only see holy power. How to Paladin got me there. And it was good.Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at email@example.com.