Halion Video, Blue posts, SSOTD

Ruby Sanctum PTR – Halion Kill Video
EF BIE EI (EU – Dalvengyr) released a video of their kill of Halion on the PTRs. Don't forget that US PTR testing is tonight!

Cataclysm Screenshot of the Day
A new screenshot has been added to the Screenshot of the Day Gallery.

Blue posts

Quote from Blizzard staff
Female Worgen hair styles
They will have hair styles to choose from. The model is still a work in-progress and the pictures provided to our fan sites show her with no hair style. (Source)

Larger health pools / AOE Damage in boss fights
The first part is definitely a goal. The second part has been taken out of context a bit. I was saying that I was sure we would still have *some* fights with raid-wide AoE damage because that mechanic is one way to make healing feel different from encounter to encounter. But it is not a design to have persistent damage auras as part of every encounter. It's also not a design goal to have crowd control part of every encounter, but overall we expect you'll be doing more CC (and therefore less group tanking) than in Wrath. (Source)

Is Remote AH an ingame advantage?
First off, no correlation can be made here between the idea of releasing a Remote Auction House feature and that of releasing epic equipment for sale. The ground is still quite firm on that slope.

Second, a player who has more time in a week to play the game than you has an advantage over you by this same standard. Someone that has an hour or more a day to use the Auction House than you do has an advantage, and they're not even charged extra for it. The Remote Auction House provides no in-game functionality that isn't already available to every single player as often as they can or want to use it. The only difference now is that, for an additional monthly fee, players can use the Auction House in a remote fashion without having to log into the game client.

I'm not sure how many time Blizzard has to say they won't sell gear before people will believe them.
It's a legitimate concern. I'd share it if I weren't confident about our commitment to our players and our ultimate goal of creating epic games with incredible support and bonus features. Some players fear this happening so much though, that they almost wait for it to happen. With nearly any announcement we make about additional features or flavor items which have a cost associated, this is then seen as a sign of the slippery slope, no matter how large the leap to an adequate assertion may be.

Our core philosophy has not changed and we feel we're being very reasonable about the products and premium services we're offering. They allow us to maintain a strong company, afford and maintain state-of-the-art tools and hardware, keep some of the most talented staff in the gaming industry around, and continue making great games. Smiley (Source)

Открыт официальный форум WoW-журнала


«Бумажный» журнал MMORPG World Of Warcraft открыл свои официальные форумы на wowhead.com – именно здесь отныне нужно задавать вопросы по поводу дат выхода, подписке, рекламе и др. Один из редакторов журнала – Энди Сэлисбари (Andy Salisbury) – в своем вступительном сообщении разъяснил, что редакция не является сотрудниками Blizzard, а также то, что они не будут печать ничего, что находится под NDA.

«Мы очень рады появлению наших новых форумов! – сообщил Энди. – Они дадут нам отличную возможность открытой коммуникации с сообществом World of Warcraft, которое выскажет свое мнение о нашем журнале. Кроме этого, именно здесь мы будем искать авторов для наших следующих статей (для серии «Back to Basics», посвященной полям боев, например), которые впоследствии появятся в журнале. Если у вас есть какие-либо вопросы – пожалуйста, задавайте!»

Редакторы активно отвечают на поступающие от пользователей вопросы. Так, было сообщено о том, что выпуск цифровой версии журнала в данный момент не планируется; журнал высылается в любое место земного шара на четырех европейских языках; в будущем редакция будет также продавать предыдущие архивные номера. Более подробную информацию о журнале можно найти на официальном сайте worldofwarcraftthemagazine.com.