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by Published on 2011-10-21 05:40 PM

WoW 5.0 to be discussed at Blizzcon
This picture just appeared on the stream, WoW 5.0 is clearly mentioned. New expansion incoming.

by Published on 2011-10-21 04:58 PM

Blizzcon Opening Ceremony in 1 hour
The Blizzcon Opening Ceremony is now 1 hour away, we will finally know if "Mists of Pandaria" is a new WoW expansion or just a very clever name for a Blizzard themed deodorant.

by Published on 2011-10-21 05:51 AM

Blizzcon Day 1 Schedule

Note: all times are converted to the timezone your computer is currently in.

Thanks to Thoorium, Dinnerbone and Marlamin for putting these together!

Curse Party at Blizzcon 2011! Friday, October 21st from 8 PM to 2 AM - 2nd floor of the Hilton hotel
On Friday, October 21st from 8 PM to 2 AM on the 2nd floor of the Hilton hotel next to the Anaheim Convention Center, Curse will be celebrating BlizzCon with fellow gamers and VIPs. If you're attending Blizzcon make sure you drop by!

  • You have to be at least 21 year old to attend.
  • The party is on the 2nd floor of the Hilton hotel and will start at 8PM and finish at 2AM.
  • We will have an open bar, swag, a live DJ, giveaways, etc!
  • There will be several VIP’s in attendance including Felicia Day and several members from the cast of The Guild, several of your favorite WoW community members, bloggers, and more!

Blizzcon Day-0 - Pictures!
Blizzcon hasn't started yet but we have tons of people there getting ready for the big day. Our team got a couple of pictures of the convention center and a small preview of what you will be able to buy if you're actually there!

Blizzcon Day-0 - Goodies Bag!
I already posted a preview of the Goodies bag yesterday but for some reason it was missing the Thrall Figurine. It's also a nice occasion to introduce our video team with a mini video preview of the goodies bag!

20% Discount on MMO-Champion J!NX T-Shirts during Blizzcon!
During the entire Blizzcon weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) JINX is running a 20% BlizzCon weekend sale on our shirts! If you didn't grab one a few days ago, now might be the time!

  • Timeframe: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of BlizzCon.
  • Discount: 20% off
  • Discount Code: CursePromo

by Published on 2011-10-20 09:58 PM

Gold Selling Stance and Thoughts on the Guardian Cub
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’d like to thank everyone who’s provided feedback or questions on the Guardian Cub announcement and how allowing it to be traded relates to our stance against gold selling. Our hope today is to discuss our desire for a more secure and enjoyable game environment, and provide some clarity on how the Guardian Cub fits into that goal in its own small way.

To begin with, we need to reiterate what we know are the facts of third-party gold sales, and how they impact World of Warcraft players. We've been hard at work for years now thwarting gold farming tactics, and we know that only a very small percentage of gold is actually "farmed" these days. The vast majority of gold that third parties sell to players is obtained through account compromises. Your friend, guild mate, or family member who had their account hacked was specifically targeted for their gold so that it could be turned around and sold to another player looking to buy some.Having your account compromised is one of the most negative experiences a player can have, and dealing with hacked accounts makes up a significant portion of customer-support time on a day-to-day basis. These issues have serious and far-reaching consequences on our ability to continue delivering epic game experiences and high-quality support for our players.

We’ve gone to great lengths to educate, inform, and provide increased account security for players through devices like the mobile and physical Authenticator. We provide fun incentives for people to use those devices, and we continue to increase our efforts to educate players, block countless phishing and scamming attempts, improve our detection methods to stop account compromises before they begin, and take a harsher stance on third-party gold buying itself.

With all that in mind, we come to the new tradable Guardian Cub pet. By letting players trade this pet, we’re giving those who want to participate in the Pet Store without spending real money a way to buy the pet with gold instead. This also means that players can buy one for the purpose of trying to sell it in-game, creating the potential for players to exchange real money for gold in a way that does not lead to account compromises. Of course, all that comes with the pretty important caveat that demand for the pet will be finite, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find a buyer.

While this one little pet can never come close to “solving” the above issues with third-party gold selling and account compromises, it may help us determine whether we’re able address these ongoing problems in a safe, creative way that ultimately has a positive impact on the game experience overall. Our hope is that through all of our increased efforts we can make World of Warcraft a safer, more secure, and more enjoyable game for all of our players.

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