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Save your Stage6 raid videos


Many raiders and machinima fans will be disappointed to learn that Stage6, one of the best purveyors of high quality DivX videos, will be shutting down. Moo announced yesterday in her his WoW Moviewatch the shut down will take place this Thursday. This is a big blow to not only the WoW community due to all the superb WoW videos hosted there, but also to the larger DivX community.

If you're like me, you probably have half a dozen boss videos that you either need to watch, or do watch after wipes to learn from them. Stage6 has an option to save these videos to your hard disk, and it looks like after this Thursday, that will be the only way to enjoy them.

In light of the closure of Stage6, what video sites will you use to get high quality boss and strategy videos from?

Edit: A sincere apology to Moo for my gender mistake. Having not met any of my fellow bloggers in real life yet, I mistakenly assumed Moo was a masculine identity. /red-in-the-face. /apologize.

Filed under: Fan stuff, News items, Raiding

WSVG president breaks down what happened

GameDaily BIZ tracked down Matt Ringel the (former?) president of the World Series of Videogames, to figure out just what the hell happened last week.

As you can see from our own interview with Ringel earlier this year, things seems to be rolling along great for the WSVG-- they were working with Blizzard to make presentation much better for Arena PvP, and they had gotten a deal together with CBS to show their videogame tournaments in a series of specials. But Ringel says the WSVG wasn't alone in the space-- the CPL is another big player, and one who many have cited as a successor to the WSVG-- and advertisers had a big problem determining what the differences were between all the organizations. Ringel doesn't add much more, except to say that the WSVG is really, truly dead: Games Media is going to focus on their online properties, including Gameriot.com.

As we said on the podcast last Saturday, this doesn't mean professional gaming is over-- it just means the WSVG didn't do it right. But considering the WSVG was working hand-in-hand with Blizzard to promote Arena PvP, it might mean the end of non-Blizzard professional Arena matches. My guess is that instead of partnering with another organization to run professional tournaments, Blizzard will be much more inclined to just run their own, at BlizzCon and other Blizzard-related events.

[ via Joystiq ]

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, PvP

WSVG shuts down, cancels all events


Wow. Last we heard, the WSVG was going gangbusters. They had events appearing on CBS, they were working with Blizzard to make Arena PvP huge, and their president was extremely optimistic about the future of professional videogaming.

But earlier this afternoon, the World Series of Videogames shut its doors, and announced that all of their future events are cancelled. In their notice, they cite the "challenge of securing adequate revenues" to keep up their big events (they had tourneys planned in LA, London, and Sweden yet this year). Games Media Properties, WSVG's parent company, says they will continue to grow the "online advertising network" of websites-- which sites these are, we're not sure.

Again, wow. GotFrag has already talked to Pandemic about the closing, and they say they're going to go into a "waiting game" as regards to professional Arena PvP, and that they're "deeply disappointed" in WSVG's "inability to finish out the season." They, too, had no idea this was coming. Will someone else step up into the WSVG's place in professional gaming promotion? Blizzard was doing a lot of work directly with the WSVG in terms of presentation, and while it's hard to say this will be the end of professional Arena PvP, there's no question this will have a major effect on professional gaming at large. The World Series of Videogames as we know it is no more.

Thanks, Jason!

Update: Curse has more, including players calling it "a huge blow to WoW professional gaming."

Filed under: Blizzard, News items, PvP

Rolling Restarts on US Realms Tonight

Well, they may have already happened on your realm, but starting at 4:38PM PDT rolling restarts began across all US realms. The restarts were apparently necessary to hotfix an issue with enchantments and items vanishing from players' inventories that was mentioned earlier. There's still no details on exactly what the issue with enchantments was, but it would have been serious to merit prime-time restarts...

Filed under: Enchanting, Bugs, Realm Status, News items

The Five Stages of Server Shutdown

Ever had an unexpected server restart? Unsure what to do on these occasions? Never fear, for WoW Insider's handy pocket guide to server shutdowns will help you through the process:

Disbelief.


[SERVER] Shutdown in 15:00 flashes on the screen. A murmur ripples through all the chat channels: did I just see what I think I saw? Did you see it too? Are we really being shut down? It's very important to check with your friends just in case someone's managed to play a dirty trick on you. If you don't have any friends, the LookingForGroup channel will welcome you with open arms.

 Anger.

Once enough people have confirmed that the shutdown is happening, those involved in complicated tasks -- and even those just idling in cities -- get angry. Chances are the shutdown happened at the worst possible time -- you just encountered a boss in BWL, you're four hours into a four-hour-and-five-minutes BG queue, or you're this close to finishing a quest. Instead of finishing what you're doing, start expressing this rage via all chat channels available to you.

 Acceptance.

Okay, it's gonna happen, and the timer flashing up reminds you it's gonna happen soon. So you start a little finishing up what you started, you tie up a couple of loose ends, hearth and then... well, there's a little time to kill before the event...

 Silliness.

...so join the millions of others on the Ironforge AH bridge who are huddling together for warmth at this apocalyptic moment. (And, coincidentally, trying to force the server to crash before it actually shuts down.) But just standing there isn't good enough! It's time for phase 5!

 SPAM!

Now the LookingForGroup channel comes into its own. Fill it up with as much spam as you can, /yell your little heart out, fire off your worst macros and AOE spells. When you're bored of that, if there's a little time to kill, start tearing into the other spammers -- if you're lucky you might get banned from LFG!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Realm Status, Odds and ends

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