Unfortunately, stories about children neglected by parents who become obsessed with a video game aren't unheard of, and latest to the list is a married couple from Anaheim, California. The parents, obsessed with playing World of Warcraft, were arrested and later sentenced for failing to feed and care for their children.
It would seem that the term "exports" is going to be continuing to take hold as Blizzard has suggested that they'll be funding "collegiate exports" soon. This "Membership Milestone Program" as Blizzard is calling it, is being created in partnership with the folks at TeSPA (The ESports Association) to create a system that'll be both far-reaching and more well-respected than ever before - aiming it directly at college-aged individuals across the USA.
Though the two are slightly different elements of in-game play, Blizzard has suggested a real-money transaction addition in World of Warcraft despite their less-than-stellar performance with real-money-trading in their other large-scale online game Diablo 3. This new system is said by one single developer on Blizzard's team - alone in a forum, believe or not - to be part of an exploration of possibilities at the moment, and not quite solid as such.
It's no small feat taking on the entire internet when you're making sure the world is safe for children - that's why New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has removed approximately 2,100 registered sex offenders from online gaming communities instead. Targeting groups like Gaia Online, NCSoft, and THQ, Scheiderman has made it clear that if it's possible that a child is playing a video game online, he doesn't want sex offenders anywhere on the digital premises.
If you were in one of several of the largest cities in World of Warcraft's Azeroth this weekend, it's quite likely that you were killed - but no worry, Blizzard has fixed everything up now with a patch. This patch fixes the exploit that caused level 1 characters to be able to stroll on in to a set of major cities and decimate their entire population of both playable and non-playable characters alike. As it was, images of death were majorly visible to the general population over the weekend, this throwing Blizzard into a tizzy.
Every Tuesday is an important day for those involved in World of Warcraft. That is because Tuesdays are known as "patch days". When Tuesday hits players can either expect in-game content to be fixed or added. Well, for us World of Warcraft players, last week's patch was the "big" one. Patch 4.3 named "Hour of Twilight", will be the last one for the latest expansion, Cataclysm.
It's been several years now since Blizzard Entertainment played an April Fool's prank on its World of Warcraft base by saying the fifth race in the game would be panda-humanoid in flavor - today we find that in their newest WoW expansion, it's no joke. There's a whole new expansion for World of Warcraft coming out soon by the name of "Mists of Pandaria." This race of fuzzy lovable killers has since the first "JK" announcement made several appearances in both WoW and StarCraft II, and both story characters and a playable Monk class will be coming with this next expansion pack.
Prison is a very bad place to wind up if you break the law in the US or the UK. Prison is an even worse place to wind up in some countries like China. Prisoners in Chinese labor camps are forced to do all sorts of things like break rocks in coalmines and dig trenches during the day. At night prisoners then spend their time playing World of Warcraft, gold farming for the "prison bosses" to sell for real world money. The revelation comes from a former prison guard named Liu Dali.
So you're on the fence on deciding weather you'd like to upgrade your World of Warcraft to the Cataclysm with the giant dragon and the fire and the crazy wild awesomeness? Perhaps you'd like to give it a whirl for about 10 days while you think about if you'd like to have it forever? Now you can do just that. Today Battle.net and Blizzard give you a completely free 10 day trial period (similar to some other older games they've still got lying around) during which you can play the game in its fullness. After that, probably you'll be so WoWed that you'll need to Cataclysm your WoW to stay WoWed enough to WoW forever.