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Exploit Hotfixed: Azeroth's cities safe once more

Exploit Hotfixed Azeroth's cities safe once more
Nethaera hopped on the forums today to let us know that the massive city deaths were indeed a result of an exploit taken by nefarious individuals. The exploit has been hotfixed already, and it should no longer be a problem.

Blizzard doesn't mess around with stuff like this... if people are found exploiting the game and causing problems, they'll not only find themselves banned but also in some other troubles.

Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.

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Addon Spotlight: Best. Addons. Ever.

Each week, WoW Insider brings you a fresh look at reader-submitted UIs as well as Addon Spotlight, which focuses on the backbone of the WoW gameplay experience: the user interface. Everything from bags to bars, buttons to DPS meters and beyond -- your addons folder will never be the same.

As Cataclysm draws near, some addons have begun to bubble to the top of the awesome pile, especially for the new leveling experience soon to be upon us. You've probably stressed over your user interface, getting ready for the new expansion in ... wow ... less than a month. Time sure flies, huh? Anyway, how about you hit the ground running in Cataclysm with the BEST. ADDONS. EVER.

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Filed under: Add-Ons, AddOn Spotlight

The Queue: The Duke swings the Nutcracker

Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column where the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky be your host today.

In the spirit of the holidays, I'm going to throw a little Duke Ellington at ya' as today's listening music. In my prolonged stint as a music major in college (saxophone FTW), I always wanted to play his Nutcracker Suite, but never got the chance. But nonetheless, it's one of my favorite pieces of music -- holiday or otherwise.

Enjoy it as we delve into The Queue today, starting off with a question a lot of folks have been asking.

Many asked...

"What's happening to the podcast?"

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Filed under: The Queue

Playing WoW off an SD card

This week at the popular Consumer Electronics Show (CES as everyone calls it) our sister site Engadget was covering all the hoopla. Some exciting technology was unveiled that will allow a theoretical 2 terabytes of data to be stored on a new SD card format called SDXC. An SD card is the kind of card you can put in your camera. Most desktop and laptops have SD drives built in these days, so you probably have access to one even if you don't know it.

The cards are great for storing pictures and other data. I've used a 2 gigabyte one quite a bit to transfer around files, and in particular relevance to WoW, large addon and configuration directories (the WTF folder in the root WoW directory). It's much faster to put the 150 megabyte of WoW configuration files onto the card and physically transfer it than to deal with a slow and shabby WiFi connection.

However with the introduction of this new technology an interesting prospect is raised: playing WoW off an SD card directly.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Hardware

WTF?!: sidescroller WoW parody

WTF?!: The GameWarning: while this review is completely Safe For Work, the subject of the review is certainly not. You should wait until you get home before trying out the game.

We received quite a few tips about the new World of Warcraft homage game called WTF?! Currently offering a "demo" version, WTF?! is a side-scrolling comedy, featuring two main characters available for your control. You can play the scarlet-topped Blood Elf Priest named "Phallicity" or the rockin' Gnome Rogue named "Lumpen."

The premise of the game is focused on the world of...

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Features, Humor


Lurking inside your World of Warcraft folder is a folder called WTF. While this has often prompted me and, I'm sure, others to exclaim "WTF indeed," I have recently learned that it stands for Warcraft Text File, instead of a more colorful alternative. Oh well. Inside the WTF folder, you will find the humble, a plain text file that contains many saved settings from WoW. Specifically, it stores most of your interface preferences, like graphics, audio, camera, and such.

And if you wanted to, you could open the document up in WordPad/TextEdit (depending on OS; apparently NotePad is not good to open in), and change the preferences therein, and they would apply to your game. It's pretty simple. For instance, the line for the profanity filter reads SET profanityFilter "0" in my, since I have it turned off. If you wanted to turn it on, you'd change the 0 to a 1, and it would read SET profanityFilter "1"; save the file, and your profanity filter is now turned on next time you run WoW. Note that you may not have a line for all possible options if they're at default values.

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Filed under: Tips, Tricks, Odds and ends

The WTF Factor and the Burning Crusade

Timothy Burke has posted an interesting article over at Terra Nova about "WTF" in the New Year. If you haven't been a gamer for long, you might not know "wtf" is slang for "What the Frak" (OK, that's only if you're a BSG fan-- the normally accepted meaning is a little more graphic). Burke, however, means he's ready for experiencing something new in Azeroth-- something he doesn't have down pat.

It's true, after you've run UBRS about 50 times or so, you've pretty much got it down to a science. You know what to do with the pulls, you know all the sayings Rend and Nef shout out, you know to tell Awbee to quit his stupid whimpering, and you know that the dragons in Drakk's room can't be slept. It's not that it's not fun-- it is. But like Burke says, it's fun in the rehearsed ballet sense rather than the-- well, the "OMGBBQWTF just happened!!?!!" sense.

So like Burke, I too am hoping Blizzard delivers on the WTF in the expansion. I can't wait to run instances I don't know yet, or figure out how to do pulls I've never done before. I can't wait to see something drop that I've never read enviously about on Thottbot, or find an easter egg that I haven't yet heard about. Burke uses the Son of Arugal as an example of a WTF moment, but I'd say even something like the end of Maraudon, with the beautiful landscape, the epic bosses, and that gnarly Princess-- that's the stuff I can't wait to see when Burning Crusade finally comes around..

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Expansions

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