Monthly Archives: May 2013

No appointment May 29 rush to purchase limited edition World of WarCraft Mahjong Set

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Mahjong is one of China’s oldest tabletop games around. The emergence of the current form of Chinese mahjong dates back to XIX century. Chinese Mahjong remains today a popular game in China and other countries.

So you really wanted a limited edition WoW?  Don’t worry welfare is coming .NetEase, World of WarCraft’s China operator has just started pre-order sale. NetEase Blizzard around the mall will be at 19:00 and 21:00 on May 29 two open time .Limited Quantities Available.

According to NetEase’s homepage, there will only be 1000 of these special Mahjong sets available world-wide. No clue what that means for western players, but so far, the set’s only appeared to be for China. Each set will cost 1288 RMB, or about $209.

The set is a fully playable Mahjong set, tiles, table mats, dividers, chips and all. Everything is decorated with WoW-esque decals, and a table mat that features in game maps. The whole set comes in a nifty wooden case.

So far, many online commenters have questioned the pricing of the set, saying it’s too expensive. Other comments were more about its availability; they were concerned that if the set was truly a limited edition for the whole world, there would be too few to go around. One Chinese gamer asked if “foreigners play mahjong at all.”

The game can be played either for sport or for money. Despite the ban on gambling in China, Mahjong is still played for money in various locations across the country. It’d be interesting to see if anyone actually uses the WoW set to play Mahjong.If you are looking for a full guide on all professions and a complete leveling guide for WOW then check out

Top 10 best Movies of All Time suitable for MMO fans

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Every year thousands of new movies are released, old favourites are replayed, obscure indies capture our hearts, movies that we once knew are updated until they’re unrecognisable. We’re fickle but we believe Classics never go out of style. MMOs haven’t quite gotten popular enough to spawn their own sub-genre of films, apart from the odd fan project or the long-rumored World of Warcraft flick. That doesn’t mean that we’re lacking good movie role models for our hobby, however. I think that there are plenty of films that are perfectly suited for the MMO fan, even if they’ve never been thought of as such.

So here are 10 films that speak to us as gamers. To make things interesting, I excluded any movie that shares the same IP as an MMO. Read this list and let me know what you would pick!

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1. Tron Legacy

Tron Legacy and its forefather Tron are good-looking if somewhat below-average films that explore a secret world that lives inside computers. Hey, this started back in 1982 when computers were barely understood by the public, so for all anyone knew, little people could have actually formed a society inside the gigantic metal boxes that perched on our desks.

2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

You might be thinking that I picked this film because of how prevalent Asian MMOs are in the genre. And sure, you’d have a point, but I like to think of this as a multi-layered selection. CTHD shows off the fluid beauty of physics-defying movement and fighting, both of which are staples of MMOs.

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3. Weird Science

At first glance, John Hughes’ wacky sci-fi/teen comedy Weird Science may not seem appropriate for this list, but it’s the character of Lisa I think merits inclusion. The creation of a virtual persona — our character, our toon, or our avatar — reflects our personal wants, desires, and fantasies.

4. In the Mouth of Madness

MMOs have an interesting relationship with horror that I’d like to explore more in depth at a later juncture. Suffice it to say, I’m including this particular Lovecraft-esque flick because it does the same thing that scary games attempt to do: draw us in, blur the lines of reality, and then mess with our heads.

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5. Battle Royale

Battle Royale takes a class full of teens, puts them on an island, and makes them fight to the death.

6. The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride nominally a fantasy, and not only does it poke great fun at romantic tropes ,but it also injects a lot of humor into its setting.

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7. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World represents a complete blurring of games with reality.

8. Cube

This might be the least-known film on this list, but it’s definitely worth your time. Cube is an interesting sci-fi/thriller in which strangers wake up in a prison made of interlocking cubes. Some of the cubes contain deadly traps, and there’s an urgency to find the exit before one starves or dies of thirst.

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9. The Wizard of Oz

If I had to point to a movie to be a complete representation of all that is MMOs, it would have to be the Wizard of Oz.

10. The Care Bears Movie

You know, the term “care bear” gets thrown around as if it’s a pejorative in MMOs, but have you watched this movie? They’re hardcore, yo. They will care you to death if you don’t watch out, and their stares are the stuff of legends.Click read more for all the game details!

Top five most desolate and remote places in WoW

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Thanks to modern technology, the world is forever becoming a smaller place. This situation is similar to the wow , there are still some places off the map—or just barely on it—that remain shrouded in mystery simply by virtue of being really difficult to reach. But we always believe that the beautiful places are always in the most desolate and remote locations, Check out our list, the following are the top five most desolate and remote spots in WoW

1. Blasted Lands – Red Reaches

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There are several “red deserts” in WoW – the other candidates for this spot were the Badlands and HellfirePeninsula. The Red Reaches are at the very southern end of the Blasted Lands, which earned their name because after the Dark Portal was opened, the taint from HellfirePeninsula seeped through and eventually blasted all life from the area around it. This whole area actually used to be a part of the Swamp of Sorrows – a zone that is undeniably lush despite its unfortunate name. Within the Blasted Lands the Red Reaches are especially depressing both for their remoteness, the hostile naga colony, and the agonizingly huge fossil archaeology site that spawns there.

2. Borean Tundra – Bloodspore Plains

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At first glance, this area actually has an eerie sort of beauty – the colorful landscape, the pristine blue sky above. But don’t let looks alone fool you, the Borean Tundra is canonically huge, a sprawling arctic plain inhabited only by shambling undead, vicious monsters, D.E.H.T.A., and those hapless adventurers that dare travel there. Even the stoic taunka were ultimately forced to abandon their homes on the Borean Tundra.

3. Burning Steppes – Ruins of Thaurissan

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Destroyed by Ragnaros when the mad sorcerer Thaurissan accidentally summoned him to the earthly plain, the Burning Steppes were once a rather lovely portion of the RedridgeMountains. Alas, those days are gone. If the charred trees, smoldering ruins, and ashy red sky don’t get to you, that lonely statue in the background will. Erected to commemorate both the death of Anduin Lothar and Alliance victory over the old Horde in the First War, it now stands as a bittersweet reminder of a mightier time. The only creatures that currently make the Burning Steppes their permanent home are ogres, Dark Iron dwarves, Blackrock orcs, nasty imps, sinister black dragons, and a few brave souls from the Alliance and Horde.

4. Deadwind Pass – Deadwind Ravine

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DeadwindPass is an aptly named, spooky, and dangerouspart of Azeroth. Patrolled by vicious carrion birds, marauding ogres, and even some wandering undead, DeadwindPass is home to Medivh’s haunted fortress of Karazhan. It’s also one of the few zones in WoW that lacks a single flight point.

5. Dragonblight – Dragon Wastes

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Western Dragonblight may be home to some stunningly beautiful boreal forests, but eastern Dragonblight is another story entirely. A snowy wasteland whose landscape is broken only by rocky outcroppings and bleached dragon skeletons, this barren zone is home to all manner of nasties including undead, frostwyrms, and magnautar. WyrmrestTemple and the various dragonflights’ personal shrines offer some relief from the monotony of the snow, but not much.If you are looking for a full guide on all professions and a complete leveling guide for WOW then check out

Blizzard claimed that the host version of Diablo 3 will not be fully ported to the PC version

In February2013,the vice president of Blizzard Entertainment Mason announced the Diablo 3 host version,this also means that Blizzard continue for many years the PC route may change,then the host version of the Diablo 3 be any different? Will absorb the PC version of the disadvantages of an improvement? Recently, in an interview, one of the Diablo 3 core designers Matthew Burger expressed: We do not want to see fully ported to the PC host of Diablo 3.

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Explained: PC and host operating habits are very different, you did not shy away from the PC, but the host version you can use the joystick around four directions to avoid this host players an operation action, which also help to solve some of the problems of the host PC transplantation; in PC when Players use the mouse to manipulate their characters, where you click on where he will move to, the version of the operating mode of the host will changed to completely handle user habits; They also do a lot of modifications to BOSS war so that the player of host version be able to enjoy the fun of fighting, rather than discomfort.

Recently, Blizzard host version of Diablo 3 team product director John Hight, game designer Josh Mosqueira experience and advanced system designer Jason Bender for the first time through a video interview brought us the relevant details.Click read more for all the game details!

Guild Wars 2 through share APIs and Price Drops give players hope for the future

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Guild Wars 2 has been given a permanent price drop, NCsoft has announced. The standard edition will now run you £34.99/$49.99 and the deluxe version £49.99/$69.99. The new price point, which is $10 off the launch price, is effective starting today. The new price coincides with the conclusion of the Southsun Cove event next week, called Last Stand at Southsun.  In a follow-up chat about some of the decisions behind that move, Game Director Colin Johanson talked a bit about community support, the game’s regular update cadence, and the company’s hopes for bringing Guild Wars 2 into new markets.

While a $10 price drop is not an extreme move, Johanson is confident that the change will bring Guild Wars 2 to new people. The company seems to be currently focused on building up community support.

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Just yesterday, some APIs were made available to the public for the first time. Cliff Spradlin has posted documentation on the API for those looking to create new tools and/or sites. Currently available are calls to fetch Dynamic Event information, WvW statuses, and item and recipe details. Official expressed this thread documents the currently available APIs for use. These APIs are in beta, so don’t be surprised if the interfaces change, but they will try to warn you if they have to make any breaking changes.

The game appears to be moving towards a twice-monthly update schedule. Johanson said that while ArenaNet has “not ruled out” the idea of future expansions, the company is committed to the idea of the living story. Johanson mentioned that Guild Wars 2 is sitting solidly at “well over 3,000,000 copies sold” without tapping into the Chinese market. He added that the game just had its first closed beta test in China and that the team is optimistic. ArenaNet hopes to make the Chinese version of the game as similar as possible to the existing one.For more information you can visit the official site.

Travis Day guaranteed players that the Diablo 4 might be coming soon

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Last week Travis Day spoke on the same live stream that brought us that great Wyatt Cheng interview. The stream is run by ArchonTheWizard, and Travis joined him for nearly two hours of chat. Travis had a *lot* to say, answering dozens of questions, chiefly about the upcoming itemization changes, but also touching on skill issues, class balance, his development time working on World of Warcraft, and much more.  There is a very interesting information mentioned on the ladder mode will once again return to the Diablo games, Travis express it is very possible, and Diablo 4 will meet with players in the soon future!

Ladder seasons some day?

Travis: Everyone keeps asking about this! It’s something we talk about. It’s possible someday. One of the things I want is for Diablo 3 to remain playable for the long term, even after we’re not working on new updates anymore. It’s like D2 where there was hardly anyone working on it long term. Like, 5 years from now we’ll probably not be releasing new content patches for Diablo 3. We’ll have moved on to working on Diablo4 or whatever.

Ladders work very well for that. They keep the game fresh and reset the economy for people who want to opt into it. That’s great, but it does come with some baggage. But we probably want to have that one day, but I don’t know when we’ll do it or how it’ll work.

Oh, I just said Diablo 4. Okay, I’ll break news and you that someday in the future, there will be a Diablo 4. It’ll probably be twenty years from now. *laughing*

The time gap between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 was a little over a decade, but this wasn’t because they were working on Diablo 2 for 10 years, but because they didn’t really start making Diablo 3 until 2003. To make matters worse there were several hurdles that came in the way of Diablo 3 which stalled it for such a substantial amount of time.

When it comes to a Diablo 4, provided Blizzard doesn’t have any more substantial staff changes, or shutdowns, they should finish it in sometime around 3-6 years. While this may not sound like a joyous amount of time to wait, it’s worth it in order to play another game as great as Diablo 3.

If we’re lucky, it might not take that long, as they may have been working on it for a year or two already. With Blizzard it’s difficult to really know when and how they work on games, and for all we know it might be ready to ship in a year or two. Until then we’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold.If you are looking for a full guide on all professions and a complete leveling guide for Diablo 3  then check out

To prepare for the upcoming Patch 5.3 Escalation Storm

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Good news for those that are looking for new content and new opportunities. Blizzard has just announced that Patch 5.3: Escalationwill be released this coming week. Some websites recently interviewed World of Warcraft developers to discuss the new content in the upcoming Patch 5.3: Escalation. That the new patch drop on the day Tuesday, May 21st for Australian and North American realms and Wednesday, May 22nd for European realms.

Between now and then will be a great time to pick up a few items to prepare for the oncoming patch storm. Hold on to some of those currencies you’ve been earning over the course of patch 5.2. The gear-upgrading Void Binders are returning in patch 5.3, but it will be cheaper to upgrade items using Valor and Justice Points. Upgradeable PvP items from Season 12 will be eligible for upgrade once again at their original costs. In addition, Heirloom items will be cheaper to upgrade, whether you’re using Justice Points, Honor Points, or Darkmoon Faire tickets. We’re also speeding up the leveling process from 85 to 90. Here are the details:

The experience required to level from 85 to 90 will be reduced by 33%. Time to dust off those alts!

The Void Binders are coming back!

Items upgraded with Valor will now cost 250 Valor Points to upgrade per 4 Item Levels, for a total of 500 Valor for 8 Item Levels per item. This applies retroactively to all items that can be upgraded using Valor.

Items upgraded with Justice will now cost 750 Justice Points to upgrade for 8 Item Levels. They can only be upgraded once, for a total of 750 Justice and 8 Item Levels per item. This applies retroactively to all items that can be upgraded using Justice.

Malevolent Gladiator’s Conquest (Season 12) items that have upgrades available will still be upgradable at their original Conquest Point costs (750 Conquest Points per 4 Item Levels, with two upgrades possible).

Dreadful Gladiator’s Honor (Season 12) items that have upgrades available will still be upgradable at their original costs (one upgrade at a cost of 750 1500 Honor Points for 8 Item Levels).

No other PvP items will be able to be upgraded.

The amount of Justice, Honor, and Darkmoon Faire tickets needed to upgrade Heirloom items will be reduced by 60%.

Item Level Requirements

Are you ready to face the Raid Finder, Heroic dungeons, and new Heroic Scenarios? Make sure that you’re geared up to dive right in:

Heroic Scenarios require an average Item Level of 480; unlike normal Scenarios, you’ll need a pre-made party to enter.

An average Item Level of 435 is required for Heroic dungeons.

An average Item Level of 460 is required for the Raid Finder version of Mogu’shan Vaults.

An average item level of 470 is required for Raid Finder versions of Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring.

An average Item Level of 480 is required for the Raid Finder version of Throne of Thunder.

Excitement is always in the air with a new patch. And new adventures await for the brave who take the plunge into new markets. Keep your eyes on the prize and see you on the other side. For more information about online games,you can visit the official site.