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Blizzard struggles to hold the MMO throne with Mists of Pandaria beta
By Andrew Groen
"I hold a flame in my hand," says Master Shang Xi, a bipedal, anthropomorphic panda in a blue ceremonial dress and sedge hat, surrounded by dozens of sparring pandas practicing their martial art. "Gather your wits, and when you think you are ready, attempt to snatch the flame." It's a scene that seems ripped straight out of an obscure 1970s Bruce Lee film (minus the pandas) and it typifies the type of Kung Fu melodrama that is rife in World of Warcraft's new land of Pandaria, which I sampled as part of a beta test this weekend.
The subject matter of World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria expansion pack is a departure, to say the least. The adorable yet ferocious Pandaren have a history in the Warcraft universe, but few had expected the race to ever become a major player, mainly ...
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Ghostcrawler talks about Patch 4.2
by Joe Perez on Apr 28th 2011 (3 hours ago)
With patch 4.1 having freshly made it to live servers, discussion has already started about the next content patch. The fun thing here, though, is that the discussion seems to be really led by the developers at Blizzard themselves. We first heard about the Firelands raid at BlizzCon 2010, and we were promised more backstory on Ragnaros and the ability to set foot inside of Sulfuron Keep. It seems as if that that time is now rapidly approaching.
While the story is moving forward with patch 4.1, none other than Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street (lead systems designer) talks about some of the upcoming epic content that will be present in patch 4.2 in an interview with games.on.net.
Be warned that this post will contain lots of spoilers, so if you don't want anything ruined, don't read any further. If you want to know what juicy tidbits are waiting for us in the next major content...
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Reviewing the Razer Naga Epic mouse: 12 buttons you never knew you wanted
by Mathew McCurley on Feb 17th 2011 (4 days ago)
The Razer Naga gaming mouse is one of those designs that, at first glance, you scoff and laugh at -- because frankly, the thing can look a little ridiculous. A second glance, however, becomes one of cold adoration, slowly letting the fact sink in that Razer, a company already known for quality gaming products, put what amounts to a number pad on a mouse. A third glance is silent wonderment. The number of skills you wish you could have bound to your mouse begins to take hold. "What if I put my tanking cooldowns on the second row, and let the top row deal with movement based abilities like Intervene and Heroic Leap?" I'd think. "No, it's too risky. I'd have to learn an entire new system of button presses and get an entirely new feel for a foreign mouse."
But I did. ...
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Cataclysm 101: A guide to PvP changes and challenges
by Zach Yonzon Dec 7th 2010 at 2:00AM
There are quite a few changes to PvP in Cataclysm. Let's have a look at how the changes in the past few patches will affect the other aspect of World of Warcraft gameplay ...
Resilience is different
Resilience no longer reduces critical strike chance but instead only reduces damage across the board. As resilience is the premier PvP stat, this impacts gameplay in a major way. First, critical strikes are back on the table. This means that talents contributing to crit are valuable in PvP again. Burst damage from crits will happen more often, and players can opt to stack crit for PvP without it being devalued ... much.
More health, more fun
On the other hand, stamina comes cheap in Cataclysm, which means everyone will have tons of health. So crit is great, but it won't win you the day. It'll...
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