Recently, Blizzard disabled the WoWArmory Facebook application
, signaling that the time of the modern WoW
Armory is over and we will soon live in an age when new Blizzard APIs
will transform our out-of-game experience. And change it, they will. These forthcoming APIs will change the way you interact with WoW
outside of the game in ways you cannot even think up yet. How do I know this? That's the power of information facilitation, and some inventive hypotheticals will show you what Blizzard's APIs
will do for you in the near future.
Over the past few months, Blizzard has been preparing to roll out a new set of APIs that will take internal information from the Armory, the new community site
, and more, parse it into easily manageable data streams, and make those streams available to application developers. With these new streams of information, savvy developers can craft web applications, smartphone apps, social media plugins, and anything else under the sun to provide you with new and dynamic WoW
experiences on the internet. I know that sounds horribly cliché, but hear me out -- this stuff is pretty cool, and the back end could bring about a new standard for information availability and MMOs.
I'm not a developer. In fact, a lot of us in the community are not developers. Writing this story felt like an exercise in obscurity because, frankly, all this back end information isn't in my wheelhouse. As I dug deeper and began to realize the potential of the systems being set up, I fell in love with the idea that Blizzard is opening up easy access to so much information. I thought it would be a good idea to illustrate for those of us who have no idea what APIs are capable of, to break through the programmer/developer talk and discuss what these APIs mean for us, at the end of the day.
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