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Watch Dogs is the new IP from Ubisoft Reflections is collaborating with Ubisoft Montreal on the development of this new & exciting game.

The game is an open-world hi-tech thriller that lets players hack into electrical objects within the environment.

 

In addition to San Francisco, the studio has previously developed other games in the Driver series, and collaborated with Ubisoft Paris on Just Dance 3.

Prior to becoming a Ubisoft-owned studio, it also developed PSOne classics Destruction Derby 1 & 2.

Ubisoft regularly enforces development of its titles across multiple studios. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, for example, was developed by six Ubisoft studios.

Watch Dogs was announced during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference on Monday.

 

 

 

 

The game is an open-world hi-tech thriller that lets players hack into electrical objects within the environment.

 


 

 

Personally I can’t stand it when you see a character named something like xXIPAWNUXx. So here is a list of names which you may find useful. Special thanks to Enkeria at http://diabloexpressions.com/


A

Agwe 
Loa of the ocean, of ships and boats, patron of seafarers. Spouse of Maitresse Erzulie in her aquatic aspects. Mainly Rada (but see Ge-Rouge below).

 

 

Ardra 
Locality on the coast of Dahomey, from which Moreau de Saint-Mery refers to the Dahoman people generally as “aradas,” and from which comes the term “Rada” denoting a main group of Voudoun rites.

Asson 
The sacred rattle of Voudoun, its typical components being a calabash and snake vertebrae. To be “given the asson” is to be raised to the priestly authority (see Houngan, Mambo.)

Audowido 
The Deity of the Rainbow among the Nago people in Africa, represented as a serpent surrounded by spectrum colors.

Ayida Wedo 
One of the revered Serpent-Deities of Rada Voudoun, who represent the sky powers; the rainbow is her symbol, and as wife of Damballah she shares his function as cosmic protector and giver of blessing. Her “surname” Wedo may signify her association (along with Damballah) with the Serpent cult of Whydah or it may be simply a part of the name of the Nago Rainbow-Deity, Audowido.

Ayizan 
The primal or archetypal Mambo, sometimes considered to be the wife of Loco, with whom she shares the guardianship of religious traditions, healing powers, and the reverence due to parents and to ancestors. She is patroness of initiation, and the palm-tree is her symbol.

B

Badagris 
Related to Badagri, on the western Nigerian coast; a title and aspect of the Nago Loa Ogu or Ogoun.

Bambara 
A Sudanese people represented in Haiti; their cult animal in Africa was the antelope.

Baron Cimetiere, Baron La Croix, Baron Samedi 
Intensely powerful (and therefore magical) Loa of the Dead; considered to be of the “family” of Ghede, but of New World rather than African conception, Petro rather than Rada

Bassin 
A pool or tank of water sometimes provided at a hounfor. It is of convenient size and may be suitably ornamented for its purpose, that aquatic or serpent Loa when they have taken possession of devotees may enjoy immersion.

Batterie
In some contexts this word signifies simply a set of drums; in ritual (and especially at the point of division between the opening devotions and ceremony proper) it signifies a specific system of sounding the asson, clapping hands, and sounding the drums (if used) in an impressive unison rhythm.

Benin
An historically and culturally important regions, river and city which forms part of southern Nigeria. The craftsmanship of the Beni (or Bini) people in brass, bronze and ivory is renowned.

Bokor
A bokor or boko is a sorcerer who performs Spiritual Work for clients in return for gifts or money. What separates them from other practitioners is that, in general, they “work with both hands.” In other words, they will perform many rituals involving black magick & will-control that most other initiated Vodou practitioners will not.

Brigitte, Mademoiselle Brigitte, Madame Brigitte, Grande Brigitte 
A loa whose French-Celtic name evokes European associations of folklore and myth, “Grande” in Creole signifying “Grandmother.” Maman Brigitte, as she is often called, is the female Guardian of Graves, a powerful magical Loa of cemeteries, and is said by some to be the wife of one of the Barons. Her sacred trees are the elm and the weeping willow.

C

Cheval 
See Horse

Cimetiere
See Baron Cimetiere

Collier
A necklace. Specifically, in Voudoun, a ritual necklace given to a person in token of initiation.

Commandant-general de la Place
See La Place.

Congo 
An important region of equatorial Africa. To Haitian Voudoun it has given – along with many people – distinctive ritual, drums, dances. The Congo Loa have been influenced by Petro.

Couleuvre
See Kulev.

Creole 
Pertaining to the people, language and customs of Haiti; also used with reference to other cultures both West Indian and Latin American. This word comes through the French from a Spanish word meaning “born outside the homeland.

D

Dahomey 
A region of West Africa, lying west of Nigeria and north of the Gulf of Guinea. It contains Ardra and Whydah, which were taken over by the Dahomans early in the eighteenth century. The Dahomey rite is distinguished by the mildness of its Loa.

Damballah 
The principal Sky-Serpent Loa of Voudoun, an archetypally wise, loving but somewhat withdrawn father to his people. His characteristics are his lack of articulate human speech, his affinity with water, and his preference for white or colorless fod and drink. By nature a well as historically, he belongs chiefly to the Dahomey rite (Rada), but it also found in the Ibo and even (as Damballah-Ge_rouge and as Damballah-La-Flambeau) in Petro. His name is directly derived from “Danh-Gbwe.”

Danh-Gbwe 
The Great Serpent, so called in the language of the people of Ardra, Whydah and Dahomey. This name was given to the species of yellow and brown mottled python there venerated as an intermediary or focus of divine power (see Voodoo, Voudoun).

Danh-hwe 
Literally, a “serpent house;” understood as a shelter for the sacred pythons and a center for their cult in Dahomey.

Don Pedro 
The traditional founder of Petro Voudoun; his name is given as Jean-Philippe Pedro, a Negro of Spanish (that is, Santo Domingo) origin. The rite at first became known as “a dance, the Don Pedro.” He and/or a physical or spiritual son have become Loa under the names of Jean-Philippe Petro, Ti Jean Petro.

E

En Guinee 
See Guinee

Erzulie, Erzulie Freda, Erzulie Freda Dahomin 
The name Erzulie is sometimes spelled Ezili and with other variations; generally this Loa is mentioned with the title “Maitresse.” Her name appears to relate to the Serpent-Goddess Ezi-Aku, mentioned early in the present century as worshipped in northern Nigeria. Maitresse Erzulie, however, has become an ideal figure of delicate and alluring womanhood. She has an aquatic form, La Sirene, which may be related to her earlier serpent manifestations. Apart from this, she has two different traditions: that of La Grande Erzulie, which shows her as elderly and grief-stricken, and that of “the Erzulies” who traditionally fought in astral manifestation alongside the liberators of Haiti – a tradition less astonishingly related to the Loa of Love and Beauty when the historical fact is recalled of the “amazon regiments” in the royal army of Dahomey.

F

Fer
A title of Ogoun (Ogu).

Flags
See Ritual Flags.

Flambeau 
See La Flambeau.

Fon 
A people and a language of the Dahomey and Yoruba regions.

G

Ge-Rouge
Literally “Red Eye.” Title indicating a horrific aspect, added to the names of certain Rada Loa when a particular Petro cult invokes a violent form of their power. Thus are produced Agwe-Ge-Rouge, Damballah Ge-Rouge, Erzulie Ge-Rouge, Ogoun Ge-Rouge

Ghede 
The most benevolent of the Loa of the Dead, powerful in healing and as protector of children as well as being a great jester. Two of his best-known titles are Brav’ Ghede and Ghede Nimbo. The title Nimbo relates him to the Ndemba Society, an African cult whose mysteries are concerned with death and resurrection. The origin of the name Ghede is considered uncertain. There are a considerable number of Ghedes, and their position is generally held to be between Rada and Petro.

Guinee 
The French form of “Guinea,” but understood in Voudoun as denoting Africa generally, or rather, the astral counterpart of Africa as the homeland. Thus a person’s conscious mind, on being displaced by a Loa in the process of possession, is said to be “en Guinee” – in Africa.

H

Horse
A Loa, possessing a person, is said sometimes to “dance in the head” of that person, but the more traditional expression is that the Loa “rides” the person’s head. The person is thus regarded as the “horse” (in French, “cheval” of the Loa.)

Hounfor 
Strictly, the inner sanctuary or altar-room of a site where the religion of Voudoun is practiced. In a general sense, it is understood to mean the whole site: the inner sanctuary, the peristyle, the dwelling of the houngan and probably some sacred trees, cairns or other landmarks. One must judge by the context.

Houngan 
A fully initiated priest of Voudoun, one who has “received the asson.” The basis of this title is the African “Nganga,” a chief priest; it is prefixed with the Fon word “Houn,” meaning spirit.

Houngenikon 
A ritual assistant to the Houngan or Mambo. A houngenikon is normally a “hounsi canzo”; that is, a woman chosen from among those whose initiatory status is just below that of the Houngan or Mambo. In a complex ceremony, more than one houngenikon may be responsible for its smooth running.

Hounsi 
An accepted devotee at a hounfor. Those not fully trained, and thus charged with the more mundane duties, are termed “hounsis bossale” (bossale = “wild,” uncultivated). The fully trained endergo the severe “canzo” initiation, and thus become “hounsis canzo.” The training involves every aspect of the service of the Loa.

I

Ibo 
A people from the Yoruba region, who have retained in Haitian Voudoun their own rite, drum-beat, songs and Loa.

Ife 
An historic city of Nigeria: the spiritual destination to which the Voudoun drums are consigned for the renewal of their energies.

J

K

Kalfu 
A Petro Loa of the “crossroads,” the Gate between the Worlds. This name is a corruption of Carrefout.

Kulev 
A serpent. Some writers restore this Creole word to the French “couleuvre” from which it is derived; but the French word means “an adder,” a poisonous snake, whereas “kulev” in its Voudoun context signifies the harmless Haitian serpent which represents Damballah and Ayida Wedo.

L

La Croix 
See Baron La Croix.

La Flambeau 
Literally “The Torch.” This title is added to the names of certain Rada Loa when a Petro cult invokes an especially fiery form of their power. So we have Damballah-La-Flambeau, Ogoun-La_Flambeau, and the Dahoman Loa Amine-Gatigal becomes Amine-Gatigal-La-Flambeau.

Lambi 
A conch-shell. Used as a musical horn, a large conch-shell gives a distinctive sound in ceremonies dedicated to Agwe.

Langage 
The strange words in which the Loa are sometimes addressed, and which traditionally have been used also in oracular utterances from divine sources. Some meanings appear to have been handed down as priestly knowledge, but some appear to have been lost. A part of the vocabulary may be made up of lost or garbled African words, part from other sources; but both African and Amerindian traditions exist of a secret oracular speech, different from that of the people.

La Place 
In full, “Commandant-general de la Place.”This title of the Master of Ceremonies who is also the sabre-bearer in Voudoun ceremonies.

La Sirene
See Erzulie.

Legba 
Derived from a great solar and phallic deity (Legba or Alegba) of Dahomey, the Loa Legba is one of the principal and most revered in Haitian Voudoun. Although now transformed to the aspect of an old man, he is still the powerful Guardian of the Centerpost, and the “Opener of the Gates” to whom first salutation is due in any ceremony of communication with the Loa. The main gateway to a hounfor is frequently denoted by two trees sacred to Legba.

Loa 
A Voudoun diety: that is, the power of a divine archetype working through a congenial personality built up for it by human worship and invocation in Voudoun. The most frequent means of manifestation of the Loa is by temporary possession of a devotee. (The word “Loa” has but one form for singular and plural.)

M

Mahu 
See Supreme Being.

Mambo
A Voudoun priestess who has received the same training as a Houngan, and likewise has “received the asson.”

Mange Loa 
“A feeding of the Loa.” Strictly, every Voudoun ceremony at which offerings are made – birds, a goat and chickens, even a bull, and always accompanying offerings such as drinks, syrups, cakes – is a feeding of the Loa, an augmentation of their powers at earth level. The term “mange Loa,” however, is most notably applied to a great annual or biennial feasting of all the Loa, which may well take a week to complete and which involves numerous offerings and services. If this feasting is held at the harvest time, it will be inaugurated with the “ceremonie-yam.”

Mange sec 
“A dry feeding.” An offering of various foods without animal sacrifice to the Loa, on a minor ceremonial occasion such as the inaugural baptism of certain pieces of equipment.

Marinette 
The principal female Loa of the Petro rite, sometimes said to be the wife of Ti-Jean Petro. Powerful and violent, she seems to have taken over the character of some of the Mexican Goddesses. Two of her variant forms, Marinette Bras-Cheche, Marinette Pied_Cheche, (Dry-Arm, Dry-Foot) suggest skeletal manifestations. There is also a Marinette Congo.

Mau, Mawu 
See Supreme Being.

Monter la Tete 
“To mount the head.” A usual expression in Voudoun for the act of possession by a Loa. See Horse.

Mystere 
1. A Loa, not a spirit of the dead. 2. As in other religions: a religious ceremony, the celebration of a deity.

N

Nago 
A people of the Yoruba region: in Voudoun, the major Loa Ogoun or Ogu ande his subsidiary form Saint Jacques are theirs also other Loa special to the Nago rites and a proud, high-stepping dance.

Nanchou 
This name is a corruption of Saint Jacques, which name in turn has been appropriated to the Loa Ogoun.

Ndemba
An African cult society of the Congo. See Ghede.

Nganga 
African word signifying a priest, religious leader. In Africa, this word is applicable to either man or woman. Another form is “Ngangan.” See the equivalent Voudoun terms, Houngan, Mambo.

Nimbo 
A surname of Ghede. See Ghede, also Ndemba.

O

Ogan
An important musical instrument of Voudoun, related to the flattened bells found in Africa.

Ogan-Sig-Wedo 
The Loa of the ogan.

Ogoun, Ogu 
One of the great Loa of Rada Voudoun. Primarily a warrior-Loa, he carries all the “Mars” associations of the male sex, the color red, blood, fire, lightening, the sword, the metal worker, and thus also the magical connotations associated in many cultures with the smith. As Ogoun Badagris he is a phallic and magical Loa associated with a particular coastal region of Nigeria; as Ogu Fer he is associated with iron, metals, and the sword; this last association brings in also his identification with Saint Jacques because ecclesiastical pictures represent this saint as carrying the sword of his martyrdom; stability, order, authority are characteristic of him, although minor derivatives of the Saint Jacques figure (for example, Nanchou) while retaining the energy of Ogu, have not his dignity. As Ogoun Shango, again, Ogu is identified with Shango the Lightening-God of the Egba people of Dahomey.

Olorun 
See Supreme Being.

Onyama 
See Supreme Being.

Orientation
One of the typical procedures during a ceremony, to prepare an article for ritual use, or a victim for sacrifice. The article, whatever it may be, or the bird or animal, is lifted and swung to each of the cardinal points in turn, the manner of so doing depending upon its size. (Needless to say, a bull is not orientated.)

P

Pere savane, pretre savane 
When any portion of Catholic liturgy is required in the course of a Voudoun ceremony – for instance, a healing, or the marriage of a Loa with a human – this is read or recited by a man who has acquired a special knowledge of it without becoming an ordained priest. The adjective “savane” means “rural” or “of the open country” (compare “savannah”).

Peristyle
A large “porch” or more or less open-sided building adjacent to the altar-chamber of a hounfor. It is here that most of the public ceremonies of Voudoun are held, around the poteau-Legba or pteau-mitan. The peristyle will have at least one, maybe two or three, entrances from the exterior, besides the doorway to the altar-chamber.

Petro 
An important New World development in Voudoun, a group of rites distinguished by the violent energy and earth-level practicality of their Loa, their purposes, and their ceremonies. It is stated definitely to have been founded in the year 1768 by one “Don Pedro” and its development undoubtedly contributed to the subsequent liberation of Haiti from the French.

Petro, Jean-Philippe, Ti-Jean
See Don Pedro.

Possession 
The characteristic form of manifestation of the Loa in Voudoun. It corresponds to a particularly deep and complete form of what in Spiritualism is called “mediumship;” it does not involve interference with the autonomic nervous systems of the possessed, or otherwise adverse results of what is known as “demonic possession.” Psychologists who reject the reality of possession by a spiritual entity have not yet come up with an adequate alternative interpretation of the symptoms.

Poteau-Legba, Poteau-mitan 
The center-post of the peristyle, the point about which most public ceremonies of Voudoun revolve. In being sacred to Legba, the post has an older tradition than the peristyle itself: it corresponds to the post or mound traditionally set up outside houses in Dahomey as a sacred symbol of Legba. The center-post of the peristyle is customarily painted with bright colors, and is surrounded by a step which can serve as an altar.

Q

R

Rites of Voudoun
See Congo, Dahomey, Ibo, Nago, Ge-Rouge, La Flambeau, Zandor. A complete account would contain a number of others.

Ritual Flags 
The banners, often beautifully embroidered and adorned with sequins, showing designs representing the various Voudoun “societes.” Usually a societe has two such flags, which are carried in the ceremonies by specially designated hounsis. When not in use, the ritual flags are kept in the altar chamber, resting against the altar.

S

Saint Jacques 
An alternative name and form by which the Loa Ogoun can be identified. See Ogoun.

Samedi 
See Baron Samedi.

Savane 
See Pere savane.

Seh 
See Supreme Being.

Servir a deux mains
“To serve with both hands;” said of a Houngan or a Mambo, or a hounfor, who (or which) serves both Rada and Petro Loa. It can be gathered that this was at one time more unusual than at present.

Simbi 
The magical and powerful Water-Snake Loa, who is served with both Rada and Petro rites.

Societe 
The association of devotees who support a hounfor. It is a membership in such a Societe which makes a person a recognized follower of Voudon and servitor of the Loa; therefore this membership is a first necessary step towards initiation. On the other hand, many members of a Societe will be content simply to give their presence at ceremonies, their devotion, and their monetary contributions when called upon, as in all religious associations.

Supreme Being
Despite the emphasis on the intermediate Beings, not only in Voudoun, but in religious systems which have contributed to it, there has always been a recognition of the existence of a Supreme Being. The purpose of the intermediates is seen to be a tempering of high spiritual power to human needs, and its channeling down into vehicles of human making, for effective and controlled action at or near earth level. In Dahoman religion, the traditional names of the Supreme Being are Seh, and Mahou or Mau; in Yoruba tradition, Olorun and Onyama

T

Ti-Jean (Petit Jean) 
See Don Pedro.

V

Vever
A symbolic design, formed on the ground (in the peristyle) by sprinkling wheatmeal, cornmeal, or some other appropriate powder from the hand, at or before the beginning of a ceremony. Such a design represents a Loa to be invoked, and serves both as a focal point for invocation and a kind of altar for offerings. Several vevers of different Loa may be drawn for one ceremony. The designs incorporate well-recognized traditional elements, but reflect also the individual intentions and creative skill of the Houngan or Mambo.

Voodoo, Voudoun 
A religious system based mainly on beliefs and practices brought from Africa into the Western world, although now incorporating other components and having further developed through time and circumstance. The name “Voodoo” comes from the Fon word for the system, practiced in Dahomey for example, of worshipping, and seeking assistance and oracles from divine power, as this was channeled through the visible presence of a specific kind of living creature. The astral presence of the Loa, and their manifestation through possessed devotees, however, now apparently suffices.

W

Wedo 
A surname signifying “of Whyday” and so added in one or two cases to the names of Dahomey Loa; see Ayida Wedo, Damballah, Ogan-Sih-Wedo.

Whyday 
Before 1727 an independent kingdom; after that date a province of the Kingdom of Dahomey. In both conditions it was a great center of the serpent cult; and, being situated on the coast, became (like Badagry) a considerable center also for the European export of slaves to the New World. These facts have undoubtedly given Whydah a great importance in the development of Haitian Voudoun.

Y

Yam
See Ceremonie-Yam.

Yanvalou
A favorite Voudoun dance; the name means “supplication.” The dance is characterized by the hands being placed on knees or thighs, and has several main variations: Yanvalou debut (upright), Yanvalou dos bas (crouching), Yanvalou z’epaules (a “shoulder dance”), etc.

Yrouba 
A region of Nigeria having a great cultural history, and comprising a number of peoples who have contributed much to Voudoun: the Bini, Fon, Ibo and Nago people, among others.

Z

Zandor
A Petro rite resulting apparently from a fusion of the Congo rite with the Mexican maize-cult: characterized by the Loa Congo-Zandor. 

 

By the way ever wondered why the Witch Doctor shakes so much? According to Wikapedia he could have Kuru is an incurable degenerative neurological disorder that is a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, caused by a prion found in humans. The term “kuru” derives from the Fore word “kuria/guria” (“to shake”), a reference to the body tremors that are a classic symptom of the disease; it is also known among the Fore as the laughing sickness due to the pathologic bursts of laughter people would display when afflicted with the disease. It is now widely accepted that Kuru was transmitted among members of the Fore Tribe of Papua New Guinea via cannibalism.


Guess they aren’t Vegetarian then :)



Here is a list of known errors and bugs for the Diablo III release version including login issues, and how to fix (bypass) them. Diablo III release Error number: 12, 37, 315300, 3005/3003, 3006, 300008, 3004. Basically for Europe players, change to US region in your battle.net account and u will get this error and maybe with luck you can get into the game. Remember its a stress test, to stress the servers, so there is no guarantee of gameplay.

The Diablo 3 release has begun and we’ve been extremely successful in that we’ve already managed to break a few things. Here is some works around for stability and service issues, and until it’s resolved you will likely see an Error 37 when attempting to log in.

  •  This is an error we’re still investigating, but should only be appearing for Korean accounts which are not able to participate in the release. If you do not have a Korean account, we’re still investigating this issue but suspect it may simply be due to the Battle.net Account services being slammed by the high volume of traffic or a communication issue between the game and account services. (account doesn’t have Diablo III attached to it.)
  • Bashiok: Cool! Error 12 is fixed by changing your password. If you’re seeing Error 37 it just means the servers are full right now. Keep trying! Make sure to choice US region also, and update your battleTag / RealID.
  • Error 31500 – (account name or password incorrect)
  • Error 315300 - Your account name or password are incorrect. Please try again. (ERROR_315300)
  • Possible Fix – changing email and/or password several times on battle.net
    - try to login with totaly wrong email/pw
    - delete the “Battle.net” and/or “Blizzard Entertainment” folder
    - granting full permission for the “Blizzard Enterteinment” folder to my account
  • There is a fix for these errors 3003 & 3005 by changing region to USA.
  • Error 3003 - Click Options, under Account change your region to The Americas. The open beta is only being held on US hardware (Us Servers)
  • Error 3005 - Player has been disconnected (Error 3005) (Europe servers)
  • All these errors are in same family Error 33, 35 & 37 and mainly to server is busy, means the server is full. There is no fix, keep trying to login, is the only fix here.
  • Error 33 – Battle.net maintenance
  • Error 35 – Please try again later. Server busy.
  • Error 37 – The servers are busy right now. Please try again later. (Error 37)
  • Error 75 – When changing to US region in battle.net Try again.
  • Error 307-  The servers are busy at this time, please try again later (error 307)
  • Mostly crash issues, fixes: try to login again.
  • Error 24000 – Character cannot be created. Issues with character creation.
  • Error 82 - The client does not match the account’s native language. Please use the game’s original client. (Error_82)”.Russia Only)
  • Error 316921 – this player does not have valid diablo III profile.
  • ERROR 317002 – Ingame specific error client crash on kill.
  • Error 24100 (The game servers are currently busy. Please try again later) 
  • These errors are in game specific after you logged into battle.net account and server but cannot get into ingame. Keep trying to login is the only fix currently.
  • Error 3006 Connection time out. Game creation Issue. Try again.
  • Error 300008 Connection Timeout while creating a new game. (Cannot Start Game)
  • Error 3004 – Creating a game or join game error 3004. No quest available in level range.
  • Error BLZAPPBTS00002 cannot connect to patching service.
  • Gray login button - You need to use your Battle.net email address as your account name. Your BattleTag is a nickname, not your account name.

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CCP brings us the next episode in their saga for EvE Online. Tyrannis expands the universe of EVE Online in ways never before imaginable. Within New Eden, pilots will now be able to descend on planets, construct colonies and harvest their hidden treasures. Beyond New Eden lies EVE Gate, a central portal for the EVE community to interact, organize and communicate even when they are not in game. Tyrannis introduces new platforms and new technology, setting the stage for even bigger things to come.

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Zarhym has recently posted on the Cataclysm forums that a new 5 man dungeon will soon be announced.

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Blizzard has released details of another zone for Cataclysm: Vashj’ir

Once a great Highborne city housing some of the most revered night elves of Kalimdor, Vashj’ir was swallowed by the  Great Sea in the Sundering and thought to be lost forever. Queen Azshara, formerly a beloved leader of the Highborne, escaped death in the depths of the sea when the Well of Eternity imploded. Such salvation came at a
great cost, as the queen and many of her fellow Highborne were forever transformed into the monstrous naga, doomed to wander the seas for thousands of years. Their existence mostly remains a mystery to the peoples of modern  Azeroth, though the Earthen Ring has learned ofAzshara’s naga seizing Vashj’ir for an unknown purpose as the cries of
the elements echo across Azeroth from the Abyss.

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*Breaking News from the BBC website*

Police in South Korea are investigating allegations of match fixing by professional players of sci-fi-themed strategy game StarCraft.

The game, made by World of Warcraft developer Blizzard, is enormously popular in South Korea.

Leagues of professional players compete in televised tournaments and receive coaching and sponsorship.

However, some players and officials are alleged to have accepted bribes from gambling websites to rig the games.

There has been little coverage of the event in the country’s mainstream media but the Korea Times website claims that the Korea e-Sports Association filed charges against individual players and coaches in March 2010.

According to the newspaper StarCraft accounts for 70% of so-called “e-sports” activities in South Korea.

A spokesperson from the Korean Embassy in the UK told the BBC that there had been no official statement from the Ministry of Culture but did confirm that an incident had been reported to the police.

Website Gamepron said the news was being compared with the 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team were found to have deliberately lost games.

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“The Blizzard Pet Store has just been updated with a couple of fun new choices that you can get for your characters. Continuing in the theme of cute, miniaturized bosses, we have Lil’ XT, and the CelestialSteed is the first-ever mount to be available through the service.” It was anounced yesterday. Opinions are now flying all around Azeroth about the Celestial Steeds flying all around Northrend.

Much of the talk in the trade chat around the servers, much of the grumbling I saw on othersites and on Facebook, complained about the commercialization of ingame items. ‘They’re destroying the game for profit,’ or ‘I can’t believe they’re just letting people buy their way through the game,’ others complain. The heated debate has been
raging for hours now, and there’s not hint at it stopping any time soon. Maybe it will peter off when the 50,000 person queues in the Blizzard store lessen.

What do I think about the whole shabang?

The playerbase has been paying for additional content /fluff pretty much since video games began. Remember buying that Special/Collectors Edition with the extra gun/armor/map (whatever) or DLC (Downloadable Content) . Ultimately ‘what can I get for my extra $10?’ is a personal choice.

In today’s society people generally strive to be different, stand out from the crowd an individual. Whether this is driven from a basic psychological need or not is up for guys like Dr. Phil to decide :)

Driven by the need for bragging rights or individuality, this addition revenue stream is nothing new and will always be a part of gaming. How else is Blizzard supposed to compete with the likes of Farmville!

At the end of the day I have to agree with one quote I saw on a blog “It probably doesn’t matter beyond me just saying “Eh, I think it’s too expensive” and then I move on and forget about this tomorrow.”

Personally, I feel sorry for the poor Lil’ XT no-one seems to give a hoot about him. Which ever way you feel about this, one thing is for sure: Blizzard must be laughing all the way to the bank with all this ruckus!

A very clever yet geeky idea for jazzing up your pad. The innovative guys at rationalcraft.com introduce ‘Windscape‘. Real windows are interactive – unlike a painting on the wall.  When you move your head in relation to a window, the view outside shifts up/down/left/right.  If you want to see something in the window’s right periphery, you can move your head left to bring it into view.

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