A Luminous Halo

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Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Burning Crusade

At midnight tonight, Burning Crusade for World of Warcraft was released. We were late getting our copy; most dedicated gamers had already bought one and installed it before the opening date. Although it wouldn't go live until midnight, they'd be ready.

Our household has one of the more than 8 million paid subscriptions to WoW, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and the top computer game in the world. The virtual world of WoW is immense. Players assume the role of a character, beginning at Level I and accumulating power and skill with money, items, and experience. The virtual world continues to expand and change even while a player is absent from the game.

Burning Crusade is the first retail expansion set released for WoW. To the original two continents, the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, a third, called Outland, has been added. In the expansion set, players cross the Dark Portal to battle the demons of the Burning Legion in Outland.

At 9:45 a.m. we called the nearest store which might carry it, Game Stop on Riverdale Road in West Springfield. They had one copy for sale, and they were opening in fifteen minutes. Ali was at work; Amir and I hopped in the car and sped over to Game Stop. It was 10:10 when we arrived.

I waited in the car, and a minute later Amir came out grinning, carrying a small bag. "I bet they've got a dozen of them," he said, "and every time someone calls up they say, we've only got one left. So that makes the person want to rush over and buy it. I almost want to call them up when I get home and ask them if they've got any left and see what they say."

He didn't, though. When he got home, he had other games to play.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey blog readers, here’s an article I wrote on WOW, mainly on the Burning Crusade – hope you’ll find it interesting:

Almost 8 million World of Warcraft players around the world have been waiting for the release of the extension pack named The Burning Crusade. The WOW community was very excited to enter the new territories imagined and created for them by the ingenious Blizzard team. This extension brought to light two new races with new starting areas and quests, new dungeons, jewel crafting: the newest trade profession, PVP arenas and new battlegrounds. The big majority of WOW fans were very impressed of Blizzard's work.

The newest two races mentioned above are the "draenei" and the "blood elves" and they are great to start playing with all over again and no doubt new players will find the way up to level 70 very exciting.

The new territories look fantastic and the quests you have to pass in order to level up are very interesting. Many players' reviews agree that blood elves are more popular than the draenei and this fact can be easily explained. The Horde was never given the chance to play a good looking character until now while most Alliance characters are looking good and are physically attractive. Horde's characters are all looking funny; after all they don't have anything human in their look, but they have great jokes and it is a real pleasure to play as a troll, undead, orc or tauren.

Another important aspect to mention is that Horde was finally given the chance to play as paladin with blood elves. Blizzard balanced the two new classes by allowing draenei to play as shamans. However chances for the two new classes to interact with their neighbors are low while they are leveling up. The new classes will probably experience trouble in finding trainers and even some quest givers. The new profession, jewel crafting can be really profitable, especially when combined with mining.

The flying mount was something new for WOW players, but many reviewers agreed that flying mounts are cheap indeed but very slow, even slower than a non epic mount. The epic flying mount is fast and crucial for some quests and territories but it's a bit expensive to some players. However, camping in the new territories can be a real pleasure because the player is now able to raise more gold in a shorter time span than before and also has great chances to loot precious items they needs or they can sell in auction houses.

Patches are regularly released in order to improve the balance and the quality of the game. In addition Blizzard performs weekly server maintenance so they can prevent game bugs, account break in or other problems related to the technical support of the game engine. Game masters are always online and they solve players' problems very fast and in a professional manner. The Burning Crusade can be considered a great new real-time game and also the valuable proof that WOW was and still is an unique PC game that fascinated millions of people around the globe.

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