• First thoughts on Wrath of the Lich King: Death Knights are fun

    Blizzard released Wrath of the Lich King last night at midnight, and while I didn’t do a live stream of the installation—chill out, WoW Insider—I’m now prepared to give y’all a quick “here’s what’s up” of sorts. Thankfully, the game ships on a DVD. No more “please insert disc 87” nonsense when installing. So… Read More

  • That crazy SteelSeries World of Warcraft keyboard comes out tomorrow

    Heads up, World of Warcraft players. There’s a few of you out there. Not only does the game come out at midnight tomorrow—I’ll probably pick it up over the weekend—but that crazy SteelSeries keyboard comes out tomorrow, too. (The SteelSeries mouse doesn’t come out till the end of the year.) The keyboard, which has several game-specific keys, costs $70. Read More

  • Help me, Wolf Blitzer, you're our only hope

    CNN is cool. In addition to the huge touchscreen “Magic Wall” (which was originally military technology), CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gets to play with Holograms today during their coverage of the presidential elections. CNN’s Jessica Yellin is the guinea pig, appearing virtually with Blitzer. Read more… Read More

  • Gradius in LittleBigPlanet: Is this PS3's breakout game?

    After months of watching from the sidelines, Sony seems to have come out with a winner in the console wars with this LittleBigPlanet. Aside from amazingly detailed gameplay, you can program your own minigames into the game like this odd mechano-Gradius that looks like a puppet show. Read More

  • Midnight launch events planned for Wrath of the Lich King

    Flickr’d I know at least some of you are looking forward to the release of Wrath of the Lich King in just a few weeks. Please be advised that Blizzard is holding some sort of launch extravaganza at four locations in the U.S.: the Best Buy at 529 5th Ave. in New York; the Fry’s at 3370 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim; the GameStop at 151 Powell St. in San Francisco; and the GameStop… Read More

  • Video: Election divides Azeroth along faction lines

    Pay close attention to this video, citizens of Azeroth! It shows just how divisive this presidential campaign has been: Human against Dwarf, Tauren against Orc. It’s madness. And this, in a time when all of us should be focused on eliminating the Scourge. But seriously, folks, it’s a fun video that will definitely be appreciated by World of Warcraft fans. That McCain has a stamina… Read More

  • Some people took the Zombie Infestation in World of Warcraft a little too seriously

    There’s nothing wrong with playing World of Warcraft occasionally. It’s when you start to picture yourself—not your character, but you yourself—as The Defender of Azeroth or some nonsense that we have a problem. Take the recent Zombie Infestation. In order to goad players into hating the Lich King (he’s the main antagonist in Wrath of the Lich King) and wanting… Read More

  • Robot planter walks around to stay in the light

    I have no words. This is the greatest thing I have ever seen. I get pretty diffuse light in my apartment, so this wouldn’t really be necessary — plus, my place is the size of a postage stamp and this thing would probably trip me up or crawl in bed with me at night. I guess that wouldn’t be so bad. I love everything about this little robot. Oh my god, how can you not?
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  • Facebook hits 10,000,000,000 photos, good LORD

    Doug Beaver over at a Facebook Engineering blog casually mentions that they have just had their ten billionth photo uploaded. Not only that, but since they keep 4 copies of each in different sizes, that’s 40 billion files just for the photos. Then he drops these little nuggets: 2-3 Terabytes of photos are being uploaded to the site every day They have just over one petabyte of… Read More

  • It really was “Echoes of Doom” in World of Warcraft yesterday

    Blizzard named yesterday’s gigantic World of Warcraft patch “Echoes of Doom.” How prescient. Right, so Blizzard “dropped” patch 3.0.2 yesterday. Servers were done for a good 24 hours while the company’s elves did their magic. The full patch notes, as always, are available online. Among other things, Stormwind now has a harbor and my Hunter, Fredfresno, has a… Read More

  • A reason to live: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King out on November 13

    World of Warcraft players, prepare to take November 13 off from work or school, for that’s the day that Wrath of the Lich King goes on sale. The $40 price tag is about what I expected. We’ve covered the game here and there, mainly some of the bigger features (because we all know the level of minutia we could get into when talking WoW), but this is it. And if the game itself… Read More

  • World of Warcraft: You can now transfer from PVE to PVP servers

    Just a quick note to you World of Warcraft players. Blizzard will now let you transfer your PVE character to a PVP realm. Keep in mind that you still have to pay $25 per transfer. Now, how wise it is to transfer from PVE to PVP, I don’t know, especially if you plan on engaging in any serious PVP combat. Odds are you’ll have to re-spec, find new gear, etc. just to be competent… Read More

  • Four years on, World of Warcraft continues to see growth

    Despite being some four years old, the userbase of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft continues to grow, if only at a so-so rate. One of the game’s lead designers said as much at the Games Convention, allaying fears (well, message board banter) that maybe, just maybe, interest in the game had peaked. The game had some 10 million subscribers as of last January. Now, that may not be… Read More

  • Commodore jumps into the tiny laptop melee – hell yes

    It seems that tucked away in the folds of IFA, there is a tiny laptop taking the ancient Commodore family name. Some enterprising Norwegians wrote it up, and included in the post what appears to be the hottest girl I have ever seen. I don’t know if you can tell (I’m really good at photoshopping) but she’s not actually holding the Commodore — I just craftily made it… Read More

  • Running through WoW on treadmills

      Why, oh why, did these lady deprived dudes, not only create the system to physically run in World of Warcraft, but then film themselves for all of us to make fun of them. Why?  via Gizmodo Read More

  • Video: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King opening cinematic revealed This is the opening cinematic to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the upcoming expansion pack that will ruin countless lives. (I’d say it would ruin mine, but you can’t ruin *nothing*… Read More

  • Got a couple million to spare? Buy a 64-terabyte solid state drive setup

    Remember the RAM-SAN 500, that flash RAID array that basically is the fastest thing on the earth right now? Well, if you’re a special effects artist or run a huge, high speed media database or something, you might need a little more space than they have available. So what do you do? You stack eight of them on top of one another and you run that thing as one hell of a high-speed… Read More

  • Really damn cool: Photosynth team demos new version of compositing app

    Wow, this is really, really goddamn cool. I love how the “skeleton” created by all the photographs is visible, a ghostly meta-world based entirely on aggregate data and an insane amount of processing power. You can switch between day and night, rotate smoothly, zoom, it’s color-corrected, it looks fantastic. I’ll let the guys in the video explain just what is going on… Read More

  • WoW causes more woe for Glider bot-maker MDY

    Last month, Blizzard, the makers of World of Warcraft, won their case over MDY and Michael Donnelly, creator of grindbot software Glider. Now, Blizzard wants to make sure the code never sees the light of day. Blizzard won the case by arguing that since Glider was loaded into RAM, it could be considered a copyright violation. Blizzard also won in its summary judgment motion on grounds that… Read More

  • Want to see a clear pic of a Death Knight?

    This is what the Death Knight looks like in World of Warcraft, as seen from the game’s choose your toon screen. Read More