Remote Guild Chat Preview
Blizzard posted a small preview of the remote guild chat on the World of Warcraft Remote Services page.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Real time guild chat on your phone. Keep in touch with your guildmates and always be in on your guild's discussions with the new mobile Guild Chat feature. With a subscription to World of Warcraft Remote, you can view and participate in your guild's chat in real time, engage in one-on-one conversations with other guild members, and more!

Subscription Features

  • Stay in touch with your entire guild wherever you are
  • See which guildmates are online
  • Initiate one-on-one conversations with guild members
  • Keep the guild up-to-date with your Arena team and Rated Battlegrounds plans
  • Filter by guild chat, officer chat, and whispers

Savage Defense and Blood Shield "Issues"
Originally Posted by Daxxarri (Blue Tracker)
There are two issues here.

One is that the combat log is saying “refresh” in a confusing way when it’s really just applying damage to the shield (i.e. a new shield has not been created). We’re looking at some ways that might be fixed.

The second issue has to do with our combat log (or third party logs) apparently disagreeing about what happened. Remember, our combat calculations are done on the realm side and then reported to the client, but the client only gets those reports periodically. The message has to travel a potentially long distance between your client and our realms. It’s important that the calculations are done realm-side though, to maintain gameplay integrity.

Because of the latency inherent in client – realm communication, it can appear that a hit lands before the shield procs, yet still applies to the shield, leading to the mistaken impression that the proc isn’t occurring properly. In reality, the server is (probably) performing the steps correctly, but the client sometimes lags behind. For example, there's a case where what actually happened is this sequence: 1) shield proc, 2) hit, 3) absorb, but the client is slightly behind and instead (incorrectly) shows 1) hit, 2) shield proc, 3) absorb in the combat log. Or it could appear that you lost shield points without actually taking less damage, when in reality either the shield or your health pool weren’t affected. Or it could appear that if you take multiple hits nearly simultaneously that the shield did nothing to the later hits, but in reality the shield was gone on the first hit and your client just hasn’t been notified of that fact yet. We will investigate this issue just to make sure, but we’re pretty confident that Savage Defense and Blood Shield are working correctly and are just sometimes getting misreported. With Savage Defense lasting longer in 4.1, you may see this kind of thing more often.

The takeaway is that latency can in some cases cause combat log display issues like the one we’re seeing here. We understand that a lot of you use the combat log as a reporting tool to analyze a fight after the fight has concluded. The combat log as currently implemented is supposed to give you a data feed in real time. We’d like to redesign the combat log to fill that post-combat analysis role better (as Ghostcrawler alluded to in a recent Q&A) but that is a Very Big Task. Just delaying the current combat log so that it was in 100% parity with the server could cause serious issues with third party mods among other things, so we have to be careful not to turn a single screw and end up dismantling the whole machine, so to speak. Despite its limitations, it remains an accurate and useful tool in the vast majority of circumstances.

Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Art gallery has been updated with six pieces representing the Warcraft universe.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Remote Guild Chat Preview, Savage Defense and Blood Shield "Issues", Art Gallery started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Stretch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Skryn View Post

    No one is forcing you to subscribe to these optional services. So, please, remind me, why are you complaining again?
    I don't understand how people can QQ about this, if you don't like it don't pay for it..
  1. Icenine's Avatar
    Oh no! $3/month. Now I'll have to decide between buying half of a drive through dinner coming home for work or buying this completely optional, time killing feature.

    Oh wait. I have a job that pays more than minimum wage. $3 is not going to kill me, nor will it kill you. If you want this app, buy it and enjoy it. If you don't want it, shut the hell up. If you want it and can't afford it, you have bigger problems than what can be addressed here.
  1. Xayla's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bahska View Post
    You obviously don't know how a business with shareholders are run. Despite the fact that you may think Blizzard makes a boat load of money they probably don't, Think of all the servers, Bandwidth, devs, marketing people, maintenance etc etc. they have to pay its probably a small % overall.
    Look at the rest of the gaming industry for example, a company makes a game it may cost them 5 million to make, it sells 1 million copys the store, advertiser and devs/bosses take 50 of that (this actually happens, maybe not exact numbers but close to it) they end up profiting 5 million of the otherwise 60 million dollars .
    In other words Blizzard doesn't keep everything they make from subs, these services or Xpacs. They have bills to pay like the rest of us.
    An there a company of course they want to profit as much as possible , that's how company's work. No money, no Blizzard.

    People look at Money numbers and automatically think company's just have a big money pit in there building they swim in, hate to tell you but that only happens cartoons not the real world. Sorry if i destroyed your dreams.

    Side note: TotalBiscuit is a shock jock even he said things he says on his show should be taken with a grain of salt

    ---------- Post added 2011-04-07 at 01:33 AM ----------

    Do you read the forums? People have been asking for this for years.

    The game has gotten bigger since they first released it in 2004 things also cost more money now. (Did you know the US is just now recovering from the biggest recession ever?) This is there way of making up costs while not increasing your monthly charge, you don't like you don't buy.
    But they have a right to make money to pay there bills and maybe profit a little just like any other company.
    They could have just increased your sub by 3 dollars, would you rather have that?

    They paid Mr. Michael Morhaime , Chief Exec. Officer of Blizzard Entertainment and Pres Blizzard Entertainment 3.62M Last year. I think they are doing ok on Cash.
  1. Andonur's Avatar
    I miss Wotlk/Northrend so bad.., One of the main reasons I stopped playing...,
  1. woxingma's Avatar
    I can tell that app is fake. No guild goes that long without any sexual innuendo!!!!!
  1. FattyXP's Avatar
    So... designing new dungeons is "expensive" in terms of time... but your graphic artists had the time to make detailed drawings of old content thats long past?.....
  1. Xelu's Avatar
    No love for symbian users again... got used to it...
  1. Rezman's Avatar
    If they would update the iPhone app to also have iPad's larger display support... One app can have both built into it...
  1. ShimmerSwirl's Avatar
    I swear half of these comments are from Blizzard plants trying to create a buzz.

    Blizz is just trying to suck a bit more money out of this dying giant before its gone.

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