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Breakfast Topic: Yellow car, I win!

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A few months ago, a friend introduced me to Yellow Car, I Win! The main point of the game, clearly, is to shout the titular phrase every time you see a yellow car or other yellow vehicle. There are rules, however. The way we play the game, players cannot call school buses, construction equipment or taxis. What qualifies as a yellow "car" varies, also; the vehicle has to have wheels and/or an engine, so a yellow bicycle would work, as well as a yellow speedboat or jet ski, but a yellow kayak would not. Once a person has the rules down, it just comes down to spotting the relatively uncommonly colored vehicle before anyone else in the car. Even when I'm alone or not playing with other passengers, the game is in the back of my head.

Now one day while I was thinking about this, I wondered if there were any similar games going on in Azeroth. I realize that there aren't a lot of yellow mounts in game, but there must be some games people play while running around Dalaran waiting for the next Wintergrasp or ICC run. Maybe a spontaneous game of I Spy or Catch Phrase in guild chat every now and then?

So, this is my question for you, fellow WoW players: Do you and your friends have any games or activities you like to do to fill those short, in-between times, or even to spice up regular activities?

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Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

The World (of Warcraft) is full, please come back later

Queues are the highest most of us have ever seen tonight. On my home server of Eldre'Thalas I was behind over 850 people at one point, and have had over an hour wait be estimated for me more often than not. I maxed out at 115 minutes.

The estimated wait time will fluctuate back and forth depending on the frequency in which players log off or leave the queue in frustration.

Perhaps the biggest thing we need to worry about this expansion is not server down time, but the phenomenal amount of players wanting to get in the game.

If Blizzard has any announcement about this, or solutions (other than transferring realms) we'll keep you updated here. Other than that... good luck getting in.

Filed under: Realm News, Realm Status, News items, Wrath of the Lich King

Turpster at the World Wide Invitational: Meet and greet in the queue

People are lining up out the door, down the street and around the corner at the Porte de Versailles Exposition Center in Paris, France. Our beloved Turpster visited with several of the Blizzard fans waiting in line to get into the convention in time for the opening event. This video captures the excitement in the air as WoW players and other Blizzard fans from around Europe and the United States gather in anticipation. The fans in attendance are making their own predictions for Blizzard's big announcement. Diablo 3? Lost Vikings? Wrath? All of the above?

Stay tuned, Turpster and the rest of the WoW Insider staff are devoted to keeping you posted on the latest breaking news.

Filed under: Events, Fan stuff, WoW Social Conventions, Blizzard, Interviews, Worldwide Invitational

Part Time Druid fights WoW apathy

It's that time again -- we're in the slump right before the expansion, when people get bored of playing, no one wants to reroll another character because new options are just around the corner, and there's a general sense of apathy around the game. Why play what we've got when the new and shiny is almost here? Fortunately, this time seems a little better than last time -- lots of guilds are still rolling through the endgame, and there's still lots to do, from Arena to battlegrounds to reputation and daily quest grinding.

Fortunately, Part Time Druid has some good ideas about how to "fight WoW apathy," just in case you can't think of any yourself. PvP and money farming are in here (those are goals that are practically never ending for sure), and the time-tested idea of going back and finding refreshment in an old alt is a good idea as well. But there are some more original ideas in here as well: helping out lowbies (whether they be 16 or 61) is a good idea, and organizing for five mans might be the best idea. With the daily Heroic quest, there's no better time than now to find four friends who want badges and gold, and set up a regular weekly or even daily time to run a Heroic instance.

Let's be honest: we're going to at least be waiting a whole summer for this expansion, if not a few months after that. Might as well make the most of it -- set some goals now and get productive (or go try out Age of Conan, we're not picky), and the boat to Northrend will be loading before you know it.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Odds and ends, The Burning Crusade, Leveling, Making money, Alts

In the line for passes at BlizzCon

I think we were just plain unlucky-- right at 5pm, we hit the big rush for BlizzCon passes, as the line started way outside the convention center, and slowly moved inside to the checkin area. But there was lots to see, including the WoW Radio guys doing their thing, the All Access pass (the guy I took the picture of was very suspicious of why I was so interested in a picture of Arthas at BlizzCon), and the official BlizzCon Staff t-shirt (featuring, yes, an item called the BlizzCon Staff).

All that and more in the gallery below. Who knew something as boring as picking up a pass could be so exciting somewhat interesting?

Filed under: Events, Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, Galleries, BlizzCon

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