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Call for Submissions: The recipe for eye candy


This week's guest post assignment is inspired by an email from reader Dawnseven:

I've really been enjoying Derek's articles on choosing a video card and what to consider when building a new system. They prompted me to take a good, hard look at my system, and I discovered that my video card was capable of much more than I thought. Consequently, I purchased a new 24" high-def monitor and now I understand the meaning of the term "eye candy." I had no idea my older monitor was so dim and dingy.

Consequently, this caused me to actually look at the video settings for the game which I honestly probably haven't looked at since Wrath came out. With my new monitor, I thought I could "tweak" a few things; however, to my horror, I discovered that I don't even know what more than half of the video settings mean. Multisampling? Wassat? Specular lighting? Is that good? Vertical synch and ground clutter density? Do I need those?

Obviously, people have different computers with difference components and different monitors, and there is no right answer for what your video settings could or should be set at ... but perhaps someone can explain what the video settings mean? (And I don't mean the cryptic little explanation Blizz gives, but what they mean to tech ignorant players.) Also, is there some kind of prioritizing? Which video settings are important to the eye candy factor, and which can be safely scaled back if the hit to the frame rate is too high?

When I fire up Cata on release day, I want to be mesmerized and see all of Deathwing's handiwork in its full glory!

Details on this article assignment, after the cut.

Your article should run between 750 and 1,000 words. We will not accept proposals submitted under player names or pen names; please use your full, real name and email. Please include your email address again at the bottom of your synopsis in the body of your submission. Links should be included as full URLs in the body of the copy; no active links, please.

Artwork is not mandatory, but any you choose to include must be your own work or from Creative Commons. Images should be exactly 580 pixels wide and no more than 350 pixels tall. Please include a description of the content and attribution details at the bottom of your article (along with your email address). If you would like to include multiple images with this post, please include a list of images you would include at the bottom of the body of your submission.

The Seed program currently only accommodates submissions from individuals living in the United States. As much as we love sharing our readers' voices on a broader scale via guest posts, submissions outside of the context of Seed are simply not a viable option for us at this time. We appreciate your enthusiasm, but sorry, no exceptions. If you live outside of the United States and would like to comment on Seed's availability or keep tabs on the status of international submissions, please visit

To submit an article, read up about our guest post program, then sign up for Seed. WoW Insider articles are not listed among Seed's publicly listed assignments; click here to view this assignment and submit your article. (You won't be able to see it unless you have a Seed account.) We'll accept submissions for this assignment until 12:00 midnight EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 22. If you have further questions about this assignment, drop us a line at Good luck and good writing!

Have you ever wanted to write for WoW Insider? Your chance may be right around the corner. Watch for our next call for submissions, and be sure to sign up for Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider. The next byline you see here may be yours!

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