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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch

Today is the launch of the new Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft, Blizzard's all-conquering MMORPG. There were midnight launch events in the wee hours, and if you missed out, you can relive the magic by opening all your windows and watching the video on GameSpot or the video on OC Register. There's a report on the launch in the U.K. on MCV. There are First Impressions on PC Gamer where they also have 15 reasons to play Cataclysm. There's also this trailer (NSFW) with a clever music video about the add-on's cataclysmic events, with apologies to R.E.M. Thanks Ant.

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35. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 9, 2010, 09:00 Ant
 
Eldaron Imotholin wrote on Dec 9, 2010, 08:55:
You're right, Ant. Even coupons aren't an excuse to just buy the game. They don't expire til 2015 and of course a time I could use them for something I surely want. The Witcher 2 for example.

*sigh* I didn't want your logic

I'll try to resist... for now.
Resist the urge. You still have about four years left. Plenty of time to wait to use them wisely. Don't waste them! Or give them to me if I can use it in USA.
 
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34. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 9, 2010, 08:55 Eldaron Imotholin
 
You're right, Ant. Even coupons aren't an excuse to just buy the game. They don't expire til 2015 and of course a time I could use them for something I surely want. The Witcher 2 for example.

*sigh* I didn't want your logic

I'll try to resist... for now.
 
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33. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 9, 2010, 07:07 Ant
 
Eldaron Imotholin wrote on Dec 9, 2010, 05:37:
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 19:52:
This game is still calling my name. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:)


Same here. So annoying. I got two giftcoupons worth 25,- total so maybe I'll just buy it. No idea what else to do with them.

Goblin hunter....
Keep them? Do they expire? I never use them unless I have a good reason or if they expire. Or give them to me if I can use it in USA.
 
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32. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 9, 2010, 05:37 Eldaron Imotholin
 
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 19:52:
This game is still calling my name. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:)


Same here. So annoying. I got two giftcoupons worth 25,- total so maybe I'll just buy it. No idea what else to do with them.

Goblin hunter....
 
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31. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 8, 2010, 19:52 AnointedSword
 
This game is still calling my name. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:)

Thanks for the info guys.

/smacksself

I used my 7day game time a few weeks ago give or take a few days:/
 
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30. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 8, 2010, 11:37 Verno
 
Nope.  
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29. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 8, 2010, 11:26 Ant
 
Verno wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 11:23:
Ant wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 11:15:
Verno wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 10:34:
Ant wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:26:
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:14:
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo
It is calling me, but I refuse to pay.

You have 7 days of free game time to check it out, everyone got them this year. I logged into my battle net account to change my beta settings the other day and saw them there.
Are you saying I can do this again like Burning Crusade (10 days I think?) with my old character/account?

Yes. Everyone who didn't have an active account got 7 days of free game time. That's normal game time, not a trial mode type thing. You will not have access to the new expansion only content(new zones and races) but you can check out what they have done to the old world. Login to your battle.net account to verify it, it should be listed under there as "Claim 7 days free game time" or something.
Cool. Does this offer end? I won't have time for a while.
 
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28. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 8, 2010, 11:23 Verno
 
Ant wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 11:15:
Verno wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 10:34:
Ant wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:26:
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:14:
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo
It is calling me, but I refuse to pay.

You have 7 days of free game time to check it out, everyone got them this year. I logged into my battle net account to change my beta settings the other day and saw them there.
Are you saying I can do this again like Burning Crusade (10 days I think?) with my old character/account?

Yes. Everyone who didn't have an active account got 7 days of free game time. That's normal game time, not a trial mode type thing. You will not have access to the new expansion only content(new zones and races) but you can check out what they have done to the old world. Login to your battle.net account to verify it, it should be listed under there as "Claim 7 days free game time" or something.
 
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27. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 8, 2010, 11:15 Ant
 
Verno wrote on Dec 8, 2010, 10:34:
Ant wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:26:
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:14:
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo
It is calling me, but I refuse to pay.

You have 7 days of free game time to check it out, everyone got them this year. I logged into my battle net account to change my beta settings the other day and saw them there.
Are you saying I can do this again like Burning Crusade (10 days I think?) with my old character/account?
 
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26. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 8, 2010, 10:34 Verno
 
Ant wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:26:
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:14:
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo
It is calling me, but I refuse to pay.

You have 7 days of free game time to check it out, everyone got them this year. I logged into my battle net account to change my beta settings the other day and saw them there.
 
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25. Re: In other related news... Dec 7, 2010, 23:43 LittleMe
 
Blue wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 14:53:
There's already a business that follows this model. It's called the military. ;)

So true..

 
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24. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 7, 2010, 23:41 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Ant wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 23:23:
Too bad there's no way to check out the old world. I wonder if Blizzard will change the world in another five years.
There's 2 "new" world zones that haven't been touched yet. Outland, and Northrend. But Outland has 3-5 portals, and there's at least 2-3 more expansions planned. So they'll probably change one of the other zones.
 
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23. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 7, 2010, 23:23 Ant
 
Frijoles wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 22:53:
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:14:
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo

I only played the Worgen and Goblin start areas in beta. They were really fun, especially goblins. I don't think I've laughed so much at a game. A friend of mine redid all the 1-60 content last week. He said it flows better, it's easier to get around (there's like triple the flight paths), and the quests are much much better. Plus it's all phased. I'm actually looking forward to leveling up at least one or two more characters so I can see the changes.

Some of the more notable (alliance perspective):
Lights Hope Chapel has a huge wall around it now.
Similar in Westfall.
Stormwind is awesome looking.
There's actual flood damage in Westfall from the dam being destroyed.
EPL has green plants! WPL too.

I've been doing archaeology all day and so I've seen a lot of the eastern kingdom changes and it's just amazing how much they've done.

Too bad there's no way to check out the old world. I wonder if Blizzard will change the world in another five years.
 
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22. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 7, 2010, 22:53 Frijoles
 
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:14:
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo

I only played the Worgen and Goblin start areas in beta. They were really fun, especially goblins. I don't think I've laughed so much at a game. A friend of mine redid all the 1-60 content last week. He said it flows better, it's easier to get around (there's like triple the flight paths), and the quests are much much better. Plus it's all phased. I'm actually looking forward to leveling up at least one or two more characters so I can see the changes.

Some of the more notable (alliance perspective):
Lights Hope Chapel has a huge wall around it now.
Similar in Westfall.
Stormwind is awesome looking.
There's actual flood damage in Westfall from the dam being destroyed.
EPL has green plants! WPL too.

I've been doing archaeology all day and so I've seen a lot of the eastern kingdom changes and it's just amazing how much they've done.

 
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21. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 7, 2010, 19:43 rist3903
 
I am a recovering wow player as well. Occasionally I feel the pull, but then I just have to remember all the things I did not like about it and am happy to never experience again.

Works like a charm.
 
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20. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 7, 2010, 19:26 Ant
 
AnointedSword wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 19:14:
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo
It is calling me, but I refuse to pay.
 
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19. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch Dec 7, 2010, 19:14 AnointedSword
 
This game is calling my name, should I answer!? Oo  
If you were right, I would be agreeing with you.
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18. Re: Blizzard's Fountain Valley Fry's store pick... Dec 7, 2010, 17:34 kibbled
 
I live in the same town as Blizzard and the two closest Fry's are Fountain Valley and Anaheim Hills and they are both equidistant from the Blizzard HQ.

Your friend may be right about the medieval theme but why wouldn't they switch to the Anaheim Hills store for Starcraft since that store is space themed?

I think it is because they have an easier time handling the crowds and getting permits at the FV store.


 
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17. Re: In other related news... Dec 7, 2010, 16:43 JoeNapalm
 
Blue wrote on Dec 7, 2010, 14:53:

There's already a business that follows this model. It's called the military.



Man! They beat me to it.

Again!

(Well played, Blue...well played...*Grin*)



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16. Blizzard's Fountain Valley Fry's store pick... Dec 7, 2010, 16:07 Ant
 
I was chatting with this former female WoW co-worker/player. She thinks Blizzard picked Fountain Valley Fry's Electronics store because of the medival theme and not the location (e.g., why not pick City of Industry?). I said it is because of the closest location to Blizzard's Irvine HQ campus to save money and time. What do you guys think?  
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