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On Thursday, January 8th Nethaera sent out a memo to all the fan sites asking them to announce it, and Eyonix posted on the forums for all the rest of us. Latency and connectivity issues will be fixed in patch 3.0.8. The crowds cheered, babies cried in joy, and dog and cats started to live together....

January 23rd 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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(Or 20:30 GMT, or whatever time it is then where you are. We live in a global society people, it's not that hard!) Yes, our world famous podcast returns to the airwaves tomorrow, as Turpster, BRK and I will be on the Ustream channel (we've also embedded right on this post, so you can just come righ...

January 23rd 2009 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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This is quite possibly the most game altering change Blizzard has implemented in WoW thus far: Building a Basic Campfire no longer needs Simple Wood, only Flint and Tinder or a Gnomish Army Knife. This is right up there with stackable clams! Personally, my mind is blown.Okay, let's be serious, this...

January 23rd 2009 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Along with the many bugs of Patch 3.0.8 was the undocumented new Arena matching and rating system which, similar to the Wintergrasp brouhaha, created disastrous results. Many teams skyrocketed to 2200 ratings, with wins garnering up to 30 points and losses resulting in... nothing. As you can imagine...

January 23rd 2009 at 2:40am 0 Comments
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Change is here! Yes, it's not only Inauguration Day, but it's patch day, as World of Warcraft gets its first patch since the expansion released a few months ago. And as usual, WoW Insider is your main source for news on the patch and the game. From in-depth strategy, news and views on what the b...

January 23rd 2009 at 12:28am 0 Comments
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Patch 3.0.8 brought in quite a number of changes to the game, many of which affect PvP directly. I wrote about most of the changes in the other day's column, but as you can imagine, trying to cover all the bases with all the classes can get quite hefty. So before I reach Blizzard levels of 'soon',...

January 22nd 2009 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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Okay, first off: I haven't been able to play my shaman much at all since patch 3.0.8 dropped. It's not that I haven't tried to. No, no, I've tried and tried and tried. I had an elemental spec all picked out and everything. Unfortunately, whenever I log on to my shaman I immediately disconnect. It's...

January 22nd 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Yesterday, when we wrote about Blizzard's mistakes in patch 3.0.8, I made very sure to stay away from any mention of Activision. Call me naive, but I still don't think the Activision-Blizzard relationship has yet affected how Blizzard conducts business -- Blizzard's mistake of releasing the patch b...

January 22nd 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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I don't really need to tell you that WoW has been a little rocky since patch 3.0.8 launched. The forums are filled with players who are angry and threatening to cancel their accounts. There are some that think we need to give a Blizz a break.Snagger of Quel'dorei pointed out that there are risks inv...

January 22nd 2009 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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If you're looking for your arenas in World of Warcraft, you won't be finding them. As our sister site WoW Insider has found, Blizzard has temporarily shut down the arena servers.The problem seems to stem from the ratings calculation system, which seems to be generating inconsistent results. Until t...

January 21st 2009 at 6:15pm 0 Comments
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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/pc_games/Is_Patch_3_0_8_the_biggest_disaster_to_hit_WoW_since_launch'; Bugs plague any developer of computer software -- even when you think your code is perfect and it's been seen as such by everyone in the company, you'll still have your users find bugs faster an...

January 21st 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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There's a new matchmaking system out in 3.0.8 for arenas, and the change (surprise surprise) did not make it into the patch notes.Update: Please see this post for further information.The system is thus:There is a rating, one that you cannot see, which will match you "against others of equal skill."...

January 21st 2009 at 4:40pm 0 Comments