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The Queue: Season 1, Episode 14


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

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Matt asked:

are PvP pet battles restricted by continent? If I queue for a battle in outland, will I only get matched w/ others in outland?

No, they're restricted based on a level range of your pets and your opponent's pets. Just that, pretty simple. No restrictions based on your location.

Herb asked:

why hasn't Blizzard integrated the forums with the mobile app yet?

I wrote out a long answer to this question by using the words "cesspool," "mental asylum," and "David Carradine," and then I thought better of myself. So I'll just say that the forums are not the face that Blizzard wants to present when possible, and that there really isn't much benefit to be derived from a mobile app, especially when the Twitter WoW community is so active (and everything you need can be obtained by Twitter alone).

Jim asked:

what are the chances of jenia proudmore being affected by the sha? She seems more violent than she was, and her grief would make her ripe for the taking.

I really doubt that she's going to be sha-ified or have the sha exert any substantial influence over her. I can imagine something along the lines of "oh my god, look at how bad we're behaving, so let's all stop and have some pie." But no, doubt she's affected in any substantial way.

Mystical asked:

web browsers built into wow. cool? or security/stability concern?

I think having an in-game browser would be very cool -- EQII and EVE Online do it, but they're severely limited in some terms. Creating a self-contained environment where the browser has no possibility of affecting the game client can be very challenging. Yes, you can isolate it in memory and fork a secure and stable branch of Chrome, but there's a great possibility of something going wrong; especially when you give unrestricted access to the internet and its functions therein. Keep in mind that developing a browser for EVE (which doesn't have the addon architecture and server interfaces that WoW has), and for EQII (which is, well, Sony) is entirely different than developing something for 10M people.

That said, I think it's entirely possible for Blizzard to put resources into this and make it work. I'd love to see it. Personally though, I'd like to see a Twitter interface built into WoW. It'd encourage interaction from in-game quite a bit, and the data that can come across Twitter is much more limited and self contained, thus eliminating security concerns. There are some strings in the new patch to suggest that Blizzard is moving towards a browser, but they are datamined and nothing is definitive.

If I can get a little more nerdy for a minute, The Internet has an unrestricted set of language that must be processed by an automata that is in some way attached to the game client, thus it is naturally less secure than Twitter, which is a highly restricted subset of The Internet's total language set, thereby making it theoretically easier to secure.

And I thought two years of logic and math was worthless. Haha student loans! The jokes on you!


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