Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky, senior editor at WoW Insider and webmaster of a new quick and dirty MMO news site, will be your host today.
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Ever since the most recent patch, my wife and I both get booted back to the login screen after about 60 seconds alt-tabbed out of WoW. Do you know if this is an intended change or a bug, or is this just an issue on our end?
It's a known issue, and the only solution I've found is to not alt-tab out. I've got a bunch of computers nearby, though, so it's not a problem for me. But if you don't have a spare laptop or something ... cross your all available limbs for a fix.
Two years till new updated models? I really hope you're wrong, but if you're right, those better be some good models.
I hope I am, too, but think about changing just one model. Maybe decreasing the size of troll feet, which are a little large. That one change, while easy to do in any model rendering program/language, would necessitate changing hundreds of shoe textures, potential collision issues, and thousands of hours of QA testing. Now multiply that for every body part across every race. You have a couple of years' worth of work for the modeling and art team.
Now, if it's just something as simple as changing the way human females' lips look -- that's markedly simpler. But if they just release such a simple change, millions of people will whine endlessly for more. That's a production decision from very high up. (I'm just using this as a likely example; I have no inside info here.)
The Other Tim asked:
I just started using Google reader to keep up with all the hot scoops across the parts of the internet that I care about. Does WoW Insider get "credit" as if I visited your site? I know you all gotta get them clicks.
I honestly don't know for sure, but we're not concerned about it. People think we're out to get clicks and all that jazz, but really we're just here to create an online daily WoW magazine of news, information and analysis. We figure as long as you're interested in getting part of your WoW fix from us, we're doing something right, and however you go about it makes us happy. Warm, fuzzy happy, too, because it's cold outside.
Is patch 4.0.3 going to go to the PTR, or is the beta pretty much where all the testing on that patch will be done?
Updated answer! Yup, we're going to see a patch 4.0.3 PTR soon.
Oh, I see what [REDACTED] did there!
You don't know the half of it.
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