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Saturday, November 26th, 2011
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This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the AOL guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider’s pages.

A lot of us come from a pen-and-paper background when it comes to roleplaying games. Many of us have even tried our hands at running a game back in the day when gaming meant crowding around a table with books, dice, pencils and paper. We pretended to be someone else from another world, swinging swords and flinging fireballs using the world’s most powerful graphics chip, the imagination.

Not everyone is a great storyteller, and many of us that took up that role may have ended up with less than spectacular results. Then, after having played computer roleplaying games like Final Fantasy, EverQuest, or even World of Warcraft, you may have been introduced to a style of storytelling that may or may not have been completely different from anything you’ve experienced in the past.

After partaking of this new experience, has your own personal storytelling in your pen-and-paper games changed much? Are there game mechanics that you’ve altered in your game because you think it works better the way World of Warcraft does it? What elements from World of Warcraft (or other games) have inspired your creative bug to tell your epic and not-so-epic stories? Do you find yourself more inspired by the storytelling in single-player or massively multiplayer types of roleplaying games?


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Breakfast Topic: Have WoW and your tabletop gaming influenced each other? originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 26 Nov 2011 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, September 16th, 2011
Art by Liz Danforth

From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play WoW? We’re giving each approach its own 15 Minutes of Fame.

You’d think a gaming industry insider like Liz Danforth would be fairly blase about an interview — but her reaction last week after part 1 of our conversation was anything but. “… For some reason, the idea of a post in WoW Insider made me unaccountably nervous and excited at once,” she confessed on her blog. “WoW really has been a huge part of my life for some time, and yet Lisa was equally interested in all the related parts of the gamer me.”

All of it, indeed! This week, we’re back again with Liz to finish our conversation about all those related parts, starting with a new direction in the gaming industry veteran’s life: writing.

15 Minutes of Fame: So Liz, after years of being known primarily for your artwork or as a public libraries advocate for gaming, you’re now diving head first into the writing pool.

Liz Danforth: I always thought I would be an accomplished writer sooner or later. In honor of Speak Out with Your Geek Out this week, I wrote at length about my long, awkward journey working toward that end. Writing has been a roller coaster for me. Suffice to say that by about 1999, I decided I was truly not a writer and never would be. It was an unhappy decision, but I thought I was simply facing the facts. I still tried to do some after that but, really, I gave up.

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15 Minutes of Fame: More from gaming industry veteran Liz Danforth originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Each week, WoW Insider and Mathew McCurley bring you a fresh look at reader-submitted UIs as well as Addon Spotlight, which spotlights the latest user interface addons. Have a screenshot of your own UI that you’d like to submit? Send your screenshots along with info on what mods you’re using to readerui@wowinsider.com, and follow Mathew on Twitter.

Laptops are becoming increasingly more popular for gaming ever since the ascension of the capable laptop video card and the desktop replacement. Coupled with the fact that most developers found the need to make their games laptop-compliant to succeed in the global marketplace, laptops are the big gaming PC for many, many people. World of Warcraft is notorious for being able to run on practically any machine, and I am sure there are some high school kids out there playing during Chemistry right now on their TI-85. That joke hurt because I realized how long it’s been since I had a TI-85.

Qiuxiang’s laptop setup does laptop UIs right — it’s simple, boils the game down to very basic elements, and does not take up the precious screen real estate with too much stuff. Sure, during raiding you get bombarded with notifications and warnings, but everything is manageable with a little bit of legwork. Not everyone raids to the extent many people do, so it’s nice to see a user interface setup that makes just playing the day-to-day game something gorgeous.

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Reader UI of the Week: Simple UIs for laptop gaming originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Sometimes you’d like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It’s not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around — past, present and future.

BioWare hopes SWTOR lasts for decades
Those of you worried about The Old Republic‘s longevity (all three of you) can rest easy, according to BioWare. Game director James Ohlen told Comic-Con attendees that the company hopes the game will stand the test of time. “And our goal — this being an online game that we’re hoping is going to last for decades — we’re going to be, obviously, adding more to the galaxy map as the game progresses,” Ohlen said.
Chinese couple sells their kids to pay for online gaming
According to ABC News, a Chinese couple has been apprehended for selling three children to bankroll their online gaming activities. Li Lin and Li Juan sold their baby daughter for approximately $ 500, as well as two sons for $ 4,600 each. The Sanxiang City News reported that the couple were turned over to authorities by Li Lin’s mother. The newspaper also stated that the couple was unaware that they were breaking any laws.
Beta test weekends set for Star Wars: The Old Republic in September
An investor report from Electronic Arts shows that the game will be opening up special beta weekend events for players to get a glimpse of the game starting in September. While the report doesn’t say if these tests will be open or closed, they certainly bring to mind the beta weekends that RIFT popularized, with a limited number of players but a great deal of freedom in access.
Scott Hartsman says gold farming hurts our games more than we know
Trion Worlds General Manager Scott Hartsman shared a glimpse of just how hard gold buying activities hit games and how concerned he and other studio execs are about the proliferation of credit card fraud that results. Your favorite game studio’s paying out fraud fees to MasterCard and Visa has more of an impact than you think.
Massively Speaking Episode 157
Massively Speaking, Massively’s MMO podcast, returns this week with Shawn and four very special guests from the Massively team: Eliot Lefebvre, Brandon Felczer, Larry Everett, and Matt Daniel. Topics include Allods Online’s newest patch, Star Trek Online‘s Season Four launch and the latest Engineering Report, SWTOR‘s collector’s edition contents, and much more!
Massively’s week in review
Don’t let WoW Insider do all of the talking when it comes to Massively’s best content of the week. The Massively staff themselves have picked out what they think is the best content their site has to offer, in their own weekly roundup.

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We’ve teamed up with Pure PC for an incredible holiday giveaway.  This is your chance to experience pure gaming bliss, by entering the Pure PC Pure Bliss giveaway.  From now until January 21, 2011 at 11:59PM PST residents of the 48 continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska and the District of Columbia have a chance to enter to win a Pure Bliss model PC from Pure PC.

Kingston has also gotten involved, beefing up the Pure Bliss beyond its normal specs with two sweet pieces of hardware.  They’re equipping the PC with a 128GB SSDNow V+ solid-state drive and 4GB of HyperX T1 1333MHz system memory.

Entrants who also become a fan of Pure PC on Facebook by clicking the “Like” button on their page will be eligible to win a Logitech 510 keyboard and G700 Mouse if selected as the winner of the Pure PC Pure Bliss giveaway.

System Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 870 2.93Ghz Quad-Core
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz (T1 Series)
    • Four 240 pin DIMM sockets for up to 16GB system memory

  • Storage 1: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 Terabyte 7200RPM
  • Storage 2: Kingston V+ 128GB SSD
    • Support for up to four hard drives

  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460 1GB GDDR5
  • Audio: High-definition audio with 7.1-channel support
    • Headphones, microphone and five audio ports

  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Pure PC Warranty: LIFETIME Tech and Labor Support With A 5 Year Hardware Warranty

Who the heck is Pure PC?

Pure PC is a computer company founded by gamers, with a focus entirely on the gaming sector.  With a motto of “pure passion”, they seek to deliver top-quality hardware to meet your gaming needs, whether you play World of Warcraft casually, or look to frag with the best of ‘em in Call of Duty: Black Ops.  It’s probably best to go straight to the top for a quick rundown on what exactly Pure PC is, and what they’re about.  Here’s a word from the CEO, Sina Azmoudeh.

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Pure PC came to life with one goal in mind. Put the right equipment in the right hands! We do not read financial reports to tell us who our audience is, we ARE our audience. We do not subscribe to market studies to tell us what the trends are, we LIVE it.

Our goal is to put our enthusiasm for gaming and technical knowledge to work for you, the fellow gamer. We are backing our goal by giving you LIFE TIME support! Once you own a Pure PC branded machine, you are one us, a member of our guild, a warrior in our army, and we will NOT leave you behind. We don’t simply assemble PCs, we craft our machines battle ready and seal them with tests that would simply melt the competition.

If you take gaming as seriously as we do and want the best gear around, you are at the right place. Game on!

- Sina Azmoudeh, CEO

World of Raids News

Friday, October 8th, 2010
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That’s right. Whether your forte is video or print, Blizzard is holding two contests for the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. It’s unclear if your entry could actually be used as an advertisement for Cataclysm — they’re probably looking for something more viral than anything — but the fact of the matter is you have a shot at winning some pretty sweet stuff if your entry is chosen. Be sure to check out the Cataclysm YouTube Commercial Contest and Cataclysm Print Ad Contest pages for full details and prizes.

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How the message gets out is entirely up to you. You could do your civic duty and create a public service announcement to warn the populace of the dangerous times ahead. Perhaps you’d rather capitalize on the chaos and create a commercial based on a product or service one might peddle to the desperate citizens seeking comfort or safety in an Azeroth rent asunder by the Cataclysm. Whichever course you choose, all you need to do is create your masterpiece, make your own YouTube channel, and post your video there. Send us the link, and your entry is complete!

The very best video entries will be rewarded for their efforts with awesome prizes. The grand prize package will consist of an Acer Predator AG7750 gaming PC equipped with a GeForce GTX 470 and 3D vision glasses, a Creative Labs Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset, and a Xai laser mouse and Cataclysm-themed mouse pad from SteelSeries. Four runners-up will win the Creative Labs Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset as well as the SteelSeries Xai Gaming mouse and Cataclysm themed mouse pad. If you’ve been craving an upgrade to your gaming rig, you might be interested in checking out a special offer from NVIDIA on 3D Vision products.

The contest begins on October 7, 2010 and ends on November 23, 2010. All entries must be received by the deadline to be eligible to win a prize. Looking for inspiration? Check out what we did with our Valentine’s Day-themed Sockets Are Forever video. Just remember, your masterpiece’s theme must be the coming Cataclysm. Before entering, be sure to read the full contest rules for complete details and eligibility.

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We’re reaching out to the World of Warcraft community’s talented artists and graphic designers to help spread the word by entering our Cataclysm Print Ad Contest. How the message gets out is entirely up to you. You could do the noble thing and create a public service announcement to help keep your fellow adventurers informed and safe. Perhaps you’d prefer to profit on the pandemonium by pitching a product or service one might find in a Cataclysm-ravaged Azeroth. Whichever course you decide to take, this is a great chance to show off your original artwork, and perhaps your sense of humor.

Show us your best work, because our favorite entries will be rewarded for their efforts with awesome prizes. The grand prize package consists of an ASUS G53Jw gaming notebook equipped with a GeForce GTX 460M and 3D vision glasses, a Creative Labs Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset, as well as a Xai Gaming mouse and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm themed mouse pad from SteelSeries. Four runners-up will win the Creative Labs Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset and the Xai Gaming mouse and Cataclysm-themed mouse pad from SteelSeries. If you’ve been craving an upgrade to your gaming rig, you might be interested in checking out a special offer from NVIDIA on 3D Vision products.

The contest begins on October 7, 2010 and ends on November 23, 2010. All entries must be received by the deadline to be eligible to win a prize.

Before entering, be sure to read the full contest rules for details and eligibility.

World of Raids News

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

This article has been brought to you by Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to our pages. Today’s post is the second of a three-part series on preparing your computer for Cataclysm. Last week, we covered upgrading your current system. Today, we’ll look at building a system that will play WoW at max settings without breaking the bank.

I like my cases how I like my women — lightweight and protective. A computer case has three purposes in life: to house all the components, to protect them and to provide good airflow to them. Owning the most epic set of plate mail ever created does you no good if you cannot move or breathe in it. However, running around in your auction house tux is also a bad idea if you’re the main tank. It’s important to find a happy middle ground between the two.

When it comes to computer cases, first, pick out something you like. A case should be an expression of its owner! Pick out a few different cases you like and then narrow down the search by the number of fans the case supports. Modern systems will require at least one 120mm front intake fan and one 120mm rear exhaust fan. A top exhaust fan is a nice bonus, since (as everyone knows) heat rises. You should be able to find a decent enough case for around $ 50 with free shipping.

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