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Another Marriage Falls Victim to World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is not known as the most friendly game with the real world. With over 10 million subscribers worldwide, World of Warcraft is the bane of gamers everywhere who want to do something out in the real world. Case in point: a former female Blizzard employee gave her husband a copy of World of Warcraft in Christmas 2004. World of Warcraft basically wrecked the man.
He would get home from work at 6:00, start playing at 6:30, and he'd play until three a.m. Weekends were worse - it was from morning straight through until the middle of the night. It took away all of our time that we spent together. I ceased to exist in his life.
Six years of marriage went down the drain, things like personal hygiene, bills, and even romance took second-stage to his World of Warcraft addiction. The poor woman eventually filed for divorce, citing World of Warcraft as the reason. Since the divorce, the woman cut back on the time she spent playing WoW. The man, however, still plays "religiously".

Blizzard Announces New Global World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Format

Blizzard Entertainment today announced plans to launch a new type of tournament competition using the Arena system in World of Warcraft, its popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The tournaments will take place on special realms that allow competitors to instantly create level-70 characters with epic equipment, placing the focus on tactics and execution rather than normal adventuring.

World of Warcraft Reaches New Milestone: 10 Million Subscribers

World of Warcraft's community continues to grow, recently hitting a new high of 10 million subscribers around the world. Interest in the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) has remained high in all regions, with thousands of new and returning players signing up through the holiday season. World of Warcraft now hosts more than 2 million subscribers in Europe, more than 2.5 million in North America, and approximately 5.5 million in Asia. "It's very gratifying to see gamers around the world continuing to show such enthusiasm and support for World of Warcraft," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're always pleased to welcome new players to the game, and we're looking forward to sharing the next major content update with the entire community in the months ahead." Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 worldwide, and finished behind only World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, the first expansion pack for the game, in 2007. In addition to being the bestselling PC game of 2007 in both North America and Europe, The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of all time, with nearly 2.4 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.

Blizzard Expands on Lich King's PvP Warfare

The upcoming World of Wacraft expansion (Wrath of the Lich King) will feature a large area dedicated to PvP (Player vs. Player) battles, Blizzard has revealed. A "cool part of Northrend is new big PvP zone. It's about the size of Westfall, and will be all-PvP - in no way, shape or form will we support PvE [Player vs Environment] players in it", the developer's Jeff Kaplan has told PC Zone. He continued, "It'll be optional, but it'll be completely non-instanced, have multiple objectives, siege weapons and destructible buildings". In the interview, Kaplan went on to promise that WoW adventurers will be pleasantly surprised when they first enter the new continent of Northrend. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is expected to launch this year, though Blizzard has yet to confirm when.

Dell Unveils World of Warcraft XPS M1730 Laptop

In a quest to nail the greatest gaming experience ever, Dell and Blizzard Entertainment, have joined forces to bring gamers the XPSTM M1730 World of Warcraft Edition notebook PC. The unique gaming notebook is available for purchase today by customers who pre-registered for early access during the "It Begins" quest. It will be available to all U.S. customers on December 11th on Dell Gaming.

World of Warcraft Battle Chest Available for the Holidays

The World of Warcraft Battle Chest, a complete collection of World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade expansion, is now available at retailers throughout North America for $39.99. In addition to the two complete games on DVD, the World of Warcraft Battle Chest also includes two Battle Chest Guides from BradyGames to aid you (or a friend) in the quest to level 70. Get the World of Warcraft Battle Chest at the Blizzard Online Store or a retailer near you.

Blizzard Death Knight Interview

Blizzard has revealed details of the first Hero class in World of Warcraft, the Death Knight. They've emerged in an official chit chat with designers working on WOW's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, which will introduce the new class. The Death Knight is a tank hybrid created to offer an alternative to the Warrior when building a group. Blizzard felt this role was essential in almost every scenario, so an extra class here was needed. Specifically, Death Knights will focus more on attack than defence - but come equipped with taunting abilities so that they can maintain the attention of monsters trying to kill the rest of the group. Death Knights will also rely on a new rune system resource to power their attacks and spells, one separate to the existing mana, energy, and rage bars. But details on how exactly this will work are yet to be announced. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King was announced at the Leipzig Games Convention earlier in the year. It will up the level cap to 80, add a new Northrend continent, introduce the Inscription profession, use siege warfare to tear down buildings, give you more character customisation options, plus oodles of new dungeons, quests and items. Head over to the official World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King site to find out more.

Blizzard Shuts Down World of Warcraft Sex Guild

Some people play RPG's like World of Warcraft to escape reality. Some play them for the online community. However, the World of Warcraft ex-guild "Abhorrent Taboo" took the latter reason a little too far. The interests of the group could be summed up in three letters: ERP ('erotic roleplay'). Among other strange pleasures that should not be mentioned for the sake of decency, the guild indulged in what they call "extreme ageplay", which is where members pretend they are ages they are not. Concerned World of Warcraft players decided to take a closer look at the clan, and promptly found a twelve year old girl engaging in "erotic roleplay" with a man much her senior, who did not stop "erotic roleplay" even when she stated her real age. Blizzard took a valiant stand against this, and Abhorrent Taboo is now an ex-guild. However, they have reformed themselves under the name "Vile Anathema". Whether or not they've learned not to have ERP with a 12 year old girl remains to be seen.

World of Warcraft Themed South Park Episode Wins Emmy Award

The infamous South Park episode that satirized the Blizzard game World of Warcraft, titled "Make Love, Not Warcraft", recently won an Emmy at the 59th Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony. Executive Producers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, also writer and director on the episode, were honored, along with producers Frank C. Agnone II, Anne Garefino, and Kyle McCulloch, as well as Eric Stough, director of animation.

At the same ceremony, Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg, and others were honored for their Saturday Night Live skit "D*ck in a box".

Possible World of Warcraft Expansion Unveiled

The wonderful people with a strange abundance of spare time over at 1Up have found a very interesting title in the German game rating system: a request to rate a certain "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (GC-Demo)". The (GC-Demo) part could possibly stand for "Game Convention Demo", which would make perfect sense considering the upcoming Leipzig Games Convention and Blizzcon.

If this is a formal expansion, it will almost surely be announced at Blizzcon this weekend. Wrath of the Lich King is currently rumored to open up the Northrend section of the World of Warcraft, where Arthas and the Lich King were last seen in Warcraft 3.

Second Life and World of Warcraft Infested With Terrorists

MMORPG's have a distinct advantage to them, in the way you can (supposedly) escape reality and live as a completely different creature in a different world. However, this ulterior world attracts more than just people trying to escape life's harsh realities. Games such as Second Life and World of Warcraft have reported several instances of cyber-terrorism. In some instances, Australian police have found evidence that terrorists are using these virtual worlds to recruit terrorists and train them. Experts on the matter say that "terrorists are rehearsing their operations in Second Life because they can't practice in the real world". Experts also notice that terrorists "can gain training in games such as World of Warcraft in a simulated environment, using weapons that are identical to real-world armaments."

World Of Warcraft Reaches New Milestone

Blizzard's award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft (WoW) has reached a new milestone, with a player base now totaling more than 9 million subscribers worldwide. Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. It was the bestselling PC game of 2005 and 2006 and has remained at or near the top of the weekly PC-game sales charts for much of 2007 as well. Blizzard's Burning Crusade expansion released to critical acclaim in several regions earlier this year and shattered PC-game sales records in North America and Europe, with nearly 2.4 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of release and approximately 3.5 million in its first month. World of Warcraft is available in seven different languages and, in addition to North America and Europe, is played in mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

World of Warcraft runs on iPhone

Alan Joyce has managed to run World of Warcraft on his iPhone using Telekinesis - a program which streams video from your computer onto your iPhone. The iPhone isn't doing all the work, however - you can think of it as the iPhone being the screen and controls for World of Warcraft, run from Alan's Mac Book Pro.

See the Youtube video here.

World of Warcraft tale of romance Goes awry when police Arrest 'kidnapper'

Two people fell in love with each other over one of the most addictive MMORPGs ever, World of Warcraft. The couple spent long hours on the phone together, played through countless quests as a couple, and even talked about marriage. There were just two problems with this couple. The groom is 17, and the bride is 31. The two made plans to meet, and the bride flew over from Australia to North Carolina to pick up her dream date on June 12th. Unfortunately for her, anyone under the age of 18 is a minor in the state of North Carolina. After the groom's parents reported him as missing, the police apprehended the couple as they were trying to hitch a ride to Australia on June 26th. The groom is home, almost certainly grounded. However, the bride faired much worse. On July 11th, she goes on trial for the attempted abduction of a minor. If the bride is found guilty, she will get two years behind bars in an American jail. Australian customs is working hard to get the bride set free.

Blizzard Offers 10-day Free Trial of WoW: The Burning Crusade

Blizzard is now offering a 10-day free trial of its Burning Crusade World of Warcraft Expansion. The downloadable trial let players try out new races and all the content in the expansion world, Outland. Players can keep most of the virtual loot after the trial ends. The trial is available through Blizzard's World of Warcraft website and players will need to have the original World of Warcraft game installed. After the free trial, players can continue playing the expansion by buying a retail box or by paying $40 online. More information on the Burning Crusade free trial is available here.

World of Warcraft has over eight million subscribers

Blizzard studios has announced that over eight million people world wide have active World of Warcraft accounts, are in the middle of their trial month, or have accessed World of Warcraft in the past 30 days. This translates to roughly 2 million subscribers in North America, 1.5 million in Europe, and 3.5 million in China. The North American figures show that statistically, 1 in every 167 people owns a World of Warcraft account.
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