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WoW Patch Plans & Creative Audio Issue

The Unofficial World of Warcraft Forums have word on a couple of bugs that fell through the cracks with the version 2.2 patch that was just released for World of Warcraft, Blizzard's MMORPG (thanks Ant). Just a handful of issues are listed, most of them related to the user interface. On a related note, the Creative Labs Forums have word on an issue with the new WoW patch for owners of Creative's sound cards (thanks World of Warcraft News), which don't offer the same audio experience after the new patch introduced a new software mixer. Creative seems a little ticked at Blizzard, and is hoping their users will be ticked too:

As many Creative soundcard owners are discovering, Blizzard recently made changes to the WoW client that have impacted the audio experience significantly. Our developer relations group were given minimal advance warning that these changes were about to occur, and our subsequent requests to Blizzard for clarification as to why the changes were made have gone unanswered.

The new audio implementation in WoW uses a 3rd party audio middleware system which offers a generic software mixer with some reverb effects. Creative has worked with the middleware company in question and already implemented a hardware audio path that enables 3D audio mixing and DSP based effects processing on Audigy and X-Fi cards. "Bioshock" uses this system to great effect, and it is relatively straight forward for developers to support. We have offered to help Blizzard enable this hardware audio path but they haven't taken us up on it.

Many Creative soundcard owners are pointing out that their audio experience is nowhere near as compelling as it used to be, which is a great shame. We will continue to seek a better resolution to the current situation with Blizzard. In the interim, we would encourage Creative soundcard owners to let Blizzard know that they would very much like to have their audio experience restored to its former glory.

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23. Pfft. Sep 30, 2007, 20:46 Blackhawk
 
Creative, masters of the annual driver update. Lords of dropping support for year-old sound cards as soon as they release a new model. Experts at being completely unreachable for tech support when hundreds of users report identical issues. Geniuses at writing drivers that are 10% driver, 90% bloat. The epitome of the half-arsed driver uninstall.

Blizzard most likely got sick of screwing with Creative and decided to ignore them. Perhaps if more developers would do the same, they'd learn to stop playing sound card monopoly and actually work for their customers.

 
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