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The expansion went live, and in short order became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. We were too busy playing it to write anything, though. Yeah, that's a lie. As an aside, we wanted to thank our readers for hanging with us this past year -- for the comments, the tweets, the emails, and jus...

December 31st 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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The cataclysm went live in the form of patch 4.0.3a. We thought that was pretty cool. Also, Orgrimmar got the equivalent of a raid boss. That was also pretty cool. Oddly, on top of all the news that came rushing in this November, it was another great month for the arts scene. News Ghostcrawler...

December 30th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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BlizzCon, BlizzCon, BlizzCon! October revolved around the events and revelations of the annual Blizzard convention ... not that there were a lot of revelations this year. Oh well, we still had fun. This was another month with a ton of articles devoted to straight news reporting, but patch 4.0.1 and...

December 29th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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While drafting this outing of The Best of WoW Insider 2010, I realized that Chase's The Light and How to Swing it: Why is the mana gone? was accidentally slapped into the May 2010 edition. Whoops. It's really supposed to be here, so I've engaged in a little cut-and-paste. Otherwise, the march of C...

December 28th 2010 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Beta news started to come in at the approximate pace of an avalanche this month, so we devoted a lot of time to straight news reporting that'll probably feel a bit dated now that the expansion's gone live. We've selected the more timely bits. Also, the news of Blizzard having to monitor Goldshire...

December 27th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Two words: Real ID. July was defined by the latest iteration of an old meta-game, Blizzard versus Players. The community had an almost universally hostile reaction to Blizzard's announcement that the use of one's real name would be required for posting on the Battle.net forums, and the controver...

December 26th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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A Merry Christmas to all those of you who celebrate! Today we're going to tackle June 2010, which was a relatively slow month for us. The Cataclysm beta was in full swing at that point, but most of our staffers didn't yet have keys. Raid content on the live servers got a slight boost with the intro...

December 25th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. -- John Gilmore That quote'll come in handy for understanding May. The Cataclysm alpha was released and stayed private for all of about five minutes before appearing online, leading to a flurry of cease-and-desist letters (we assume)...

December 24th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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April was another busy month here. An increasing number of players finished Icecrown Citadel, and Cataclysm news sped from a trickle to ... well, I'm not sure I'd describe it as a gush, but we saw the earliest planned class changes and a series of announcements on altered mechanics. Oh, and we also...

December 23rd 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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With more players reaching the Lich King and "finishing" the expansion (although I wouldn't have suggested saying that to anyone toiling on the Icecrown Citadel drakes), the community turned a little more of its attention to the future. The community's appetite for all things Cataclysm was in no wa...

December 22nd 2010 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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January was a busy month for us, but February was still busier. Players were getting deeper into Icecrown CItadel, the Lich King encounter became available, and controversy swirled over who really got the world first. News Ensidia scores world-first 25-man Lich King kill As expected, Ensidia got...

December 21st 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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As with last year, our editors have asked us to put together a list of what we considered the year's best stories. As of now, there are 12 days until the end of the year, so we thought it'd be fun to do another end-of-year countdown showcasing a different month each day. We hope you'll enjoy a sele...

December 20th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments