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Warlords of Draenor Screenshot of the Day gallery

Yes, it was a Cataclysm feature that continued in Mists of Pandaria's development process, and now it's back again for the ramp up to Warlords of Draenor -- the official Screenshot of the Day. We're actually up to five of them so far but the above scene from the steps of the Temple of Karabor is my favorite. Still, this picture from Frostfire Ridge (I presume) definitely interests me as well. Looking forward to combing over the pictures obsessively for the next few months.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Warlords of Draenor

Creative Director Alex Afrasiabi's weekly look into Warcraft's past

Twitter Throwback Thursdays are one idea that World of Warcraft Creative Director Alex Afrasiabi has grabbed onto with both hands, and today was no exception. We saw the very first Naaru in the game, before they had a naming convention, and apparently before they stopped being boxing champions.

Alex followed this with an image showing his design for the DK starting area, a colorful but almost illegible flow chart that split the starting experience into chapters, and, from what I can read at least, had several recognizable quests and characters spelled out.

Next up was a screenshot of a very orderly queue in the DK start area on beta, apparently a bug was causing a bottleneck, which the beta players decided to overcome with an orderly queue, and stern admonishment for anyone who tried to skip their place in line.

Lastly, an image of the testing of the Battle for Undercity. While not much detail was provided on this now-removed feature, the image shows an Alliance group, with a couple of Horde flags, and a whole lot of deep freezes. It's great fun seeing old shots and remembering the days when that was a totally normal screen resolution!

Filed under: News items, Interviews

Around Azeroth: A merman I should turn to be

"My rogue had a hard time getting anything done in Vashj'ir," writes submitter Melindre of Decoden on Aszune (EU-H). "Not because of the hostile wildlife, although there was plenty of that too, but from the sheer beauty of the place. I thought Vashj'ir looked good first time I got there. Then I got a computer that could run it on ultra settings, and oh my! I love the story too. Still hate fighting there, though Cloak and Dagger was very useful in that respect."

Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to aroundazeroth@wowinsider.com. We strongly prefer full-sized pictures with no UI or names showing. Include "Azeroth" in the subject line to ensure your submission dodges email spam filters; if you'd like to be credited, also include your name, guild and realm.

Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: Your screenshot moments

Not every game inspires you to run around snapping screenshots, but we -- and the countless submitters of Around Azeroth shots -- think World of Warcraft is one of them. As we traverse the game world and find new places, amazing sights, or just funny moments we want to capture the memory as an image -- just like we do with our real world smartphone cameras. But the sorts of things we feel are worth capturing can be very different: maybe you whip out the virtual camera when you see something silly happening in a big city or maybe you just want to catch your guild group at the end of boss fights.

So today, readers, we're asking what your screenshot moments are. What compels you to click your screenshot hotkey -- and what makes you want to share those WoW memories with others?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Your very best screenshots

I knew I'd be stuck playing World of Warcraft when, after logging on, I regularly got distracted from quests and other game content to look around and take screenshots. The environment was lovely and I couldn't stop looking around, touristing my way across Azeroth and collecting screenshot-postcards as I went. Now, I've spent years in World of Warcraft, but I still spend probably too much time exploring the world around me -- and taking plenty of screenshots. I'm fairly sure I'm not the only one! With the number of submissions we get for Around Azeroth, it seems evident that many of you have dedicated time to collecting an Azerothian photo journal.

So why not share your screenshotting talents? Where's your favorite photo spot? How, when, and where did you capture your greatest shot? What tips have you to share with photographic newcomers?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

These alpha screenshots aren't quite the World of Warcraft you used to know

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Just how long have you been playing World of Warcraft? Whatever the answer, there's a very good chance you weren't playing when these screenshots were taken, back in the game's alpha phase. The above screenshot, taken off the coast of Stranglethorn Vale in the game's earliest of days, was posted to Reddit along with many others, all carefully annotated.

While it's not quite a comprehensive directory of Azeroth as it was, it's a more complete record than any we've seen and a great nostalgia trip for players who have been there as well as players who haven't. Some of the scenery will be familiar to anyone who played before Cataclysm, though a great deal of it is subtly off from the WoW you may remember. And then there are oddball shots like the one above.

Head to Reddit or Imgur to browse the whole gallery for yourself or read on to see a selection of our favorites.

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Filed under: Odds and ends, Blizzard

Seeing Azeroth from a bird's eye view

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We've seen plenty of cool WoW screenshots in our day, but these bird's eye view images of Dalaran, Kun-Lai Summit (above), Lordaeron, Stormwind and most recently Orgrimmar still caught our eye. To capture these stellar views, Masserah of Arthas takes anywhere from 65 to 95 screenshots (at 1366 x 768 resolution on ultra settings), which he stitches together using the free app Hugin. This is the time-consuming part of the process, as Hugin can take two or three hours to piece a large scene together. Once Hugin has done its thing, Masserah manipulates the scene to give the fisheye effect and then goes into Photoshop to smooth out imperfections and correct colors.

These aren't the first WoW panoramas Masserah has made -- he has a gallery of panoramas, tilt-shifts, and other cool shots dating back to 2006. "I tend to come and go, and do these in waves," Masserah says. "I'm always on the lookout for the next scene, but I rarely get off my butt to do so."

So why take WoW screenshots in the first place? "I'm from Ireland, and more often than not the weather didn't cooperate with my photography," Masserah tells us. "I realized one day that I spent hour upon hour staring at a virtual world through a camera, and just started snapping scenes from around Azeroth. The small mercy is that a screenshot is about one-eighteenth the size of a professional photograph, and loads and processes much faster."

And, while we aren't professional photographers ourselves, we definitely approve of these results.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Odds and ends

Another Mists daily screenshot appears on WoW community site

Blizzard has released yet another picture from Mists of Pandaria featuring a new tauren model with yak-like features. Could this be our first look at a new race of tauren much like the taunka from Wrath of the Lich King, or even a look at a brand new tauren model? Only time will tell.

For those of you looking at every pixel of the image, notice the new boot, belt, and legplate models on the tauren as well as the new architecture and environments. Check out a larger version of the picture for increased detail.



World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is the next expansion, raising the level cap to 90, introducing a brand new talent system, and bringing forth the long-lost pandaren race to both Horde and Alliance. Check out the trailer and follow us for all the latest MoP news!

Filed under: Mists of Pandaria

First Core Hound Pup adoption campaign winners announced

Blizzard's Core Hound Pup Adoption Campaign is giving players the chance to win an iPad as well as boost their own account security. In an effort to get more authenticators attached to accounts, Blizzard ponied up some iPads to get the job done. Each month, a screenshot entry is chosen to win one of 12 iPads. Just take a screenshot of you and your security pup companion doing something crazy, out of the ordinary, or just plain awesome, hit up the contest rules page, and you've got a shot at winning. The first four winners have just been announced and their screenshots released.

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Filed under: Contests, Account Security, Cataclysm

Breakfast Topic: The kill shot and other boss downing traditions

This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider's pages.

So, you and your guildies have been waiting for this moment for months. You've leveled up together and run heroics until the sound of Ozruk's voice was haunting your every dream. You took all that fancy blue gear, watched some videos and made a couple nights of attempts. Now you stand at the body of some freshly killed behemoth wondering exactly what the hell a worm was doing with a fancy pair of pants (It's because he's jealous of your legs -- classic Little Mermaid syndrome.) Congratulations!

Once all the purple pieces have been passed out, though, it's time to memorialize the occasion. Guilds have long participated in the time-honored tradition of posing for screenshots after they down raid bosses for the first time. If you need further proof of this phenomena, simply do a Google image search of any current tier raid boss, and you'll be assaulted with pictures of avatars, standing together proudly.

Something else you notice about these pictures, though, is that they can be -- let's face it -- kind of boring. Personally, I've seen enough boss kill screenshots to last a lifetime, so when my guild succeeds in killing something new, I don't even take one. Instead, my wife mocks up a Photoshop like the one above to commemorate each victory. It's silly, but it gives us something to look forward to as we progress.

Does your guild take screenshots of first kills, or do you document the occasion in some other way? Perhaps you write an exciting RP blog entry recounting your band of heroes' legendary triumph? If you do take the tried-and-true screencap, what does your character do to shake things up? Extra points if you always pop a sandbox tiger and ride it in furbolg form!

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

Cataclysm Beta: Twilight Highlands and Uldum galleries

Twilight Highlands and Uldum aren't technically open yet in the Cataclysm beta, but when have invisible walls ever stopped someone who really wanted to get into a zone? Resourceful tester Lemon King sends us these monster galleries of questing through both zones, although both are unfinished (especially Uldum). Even so, they look beautiful, and there are some nice surprises in the quests. Obviously, spoilers abound!

Check out the galleries by clicking below.

Filed under: Cataclysm

That scary GearScore/Real ID screenshot is fake, guys

Normally we wouldn't take an opportunity just to debunk an edited screenshot, but given how riled up people already are over Blizzard's upcoming forum change, it seems like it's necessary in this case.

There's a screenshot circulating, which is cropped above, that shows a new "beta version" of the infamous GearScore mod that is able to see your Real ID name -- that is, your real name -- just by mousing over your character. It's not real. We reported on a possible security loophole in addons that could, with enough black magic, reveal your Real ID name -- but this isn't what's happening here.

The creator of the image has admitted that the screenshot isn't real. You can officially cease linking it around and freaking out. We know that the idea your real names being on the forum might be scary, but it's important to keep a level head and not let fear take hold of your behavior, no matter what side of the issue you're on.

The important thing is that Blizzard knows how you feel. Post on the forums and let them know, cancel your account (or don't), and if you want to opt out of Real ID altogether, Robin Torres has assembled a guide on how to do just that.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Cataclysm screenshot of the day

The latest Cataclysm screenshot from Blizzard is shown above, featuring a look at Deephome. There's a fungus among us!

If you've missed any of the previous Cataclysm screenshots of the day or you want to see a hi-res version of today's screenshot, check out the gallery below.

Cataclysm screenshot of the day

The latest Cataclysm screenshot from Blizzard is shown above, featuring yet another look at the Abyssal Maw dungeon. I wish I had a jellyfish lamp. Naga get all the cool light fixtures.

If you've missed any of the previous Cataclysm screenshots of the day or you want to see a hi-res version of today's screenshot, check out the gallery below.

Filed under: Cataclysm

Daily Cataclysm screenshot

The latest Cataclysm screenshot from Blizzard is shown above, featuring a look at the Sunken City of Vashj'ir. It's like Tron, but underwater, and there's no computers. So it's not really like Tron at all.

Check out previous daily Cataclysm screenshots in our gallery bellow.

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