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Five Days of Subscription Time Added by Way of Apology

The staff at blizzard has posted the following statement regarding the downtime with warlords.

Blizzard Entertainment

I know how much everyone was looking forward to this expansion, and once you were able to get in and start having fun, all the comments I’ve seen indicate that this is one of our best yet. But the quality of the content does not excuse the subpar launch experience we delivered, and I apologize for that.

The first two days of the expansion were not a great experience, with many of you facing high queues or significant gameplay problems. We worked around the clock to tackle the demand issues and technical challenges, and fortunately things started looking better on Saturday. While millions of you were able to get in and play over the weekend, with many already reaching level 100, others still ran into very lengthy queues, particularly on the highest-population realms.

To help address this, we’ve expanded the new instancing tech we used to improve queues on Saturday and we’re continuing the process of applying that to raise the capacity of all realms again. This will result in approximately double the prelaunch capacity on each realm, which should greatly reduce queue times for most realms if not eliminate queues altogether.

In recognition of the difficulties so many of you ran into when trying to play over the first few days, we’re adding five days’ worth of extra time to every subscription in the Americas, Oceania, and Europe that was active as of Friday, November 14. Things are already in a much better place than they were going into the weekend, so I hope you’ll now be able to focus on having a ton of fun with this expansion.

I also hope you’ll accept my apology and keep your faith in us. The support voiced by many of you as we worked through the challenges was immensely appreciated. We’re extremely grateful to be part of such a passionate community. We love World of Warcraft, and we’re very proud of this expansion, so stumbling out of the gates like this was very disappointing for all of us.

On behalf of the World of Warcraft development team, as well as everyone at Blizzard, thank you all again for your patience and understanding.

See you in Draenor

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Shroud of the Avatar has some new screens ready for steam

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Shroud of the Avatar’s weekly update is here, and as always, there’s a good bit of info packed into the lengthy post. There are a few new screenshots featuring scenes from Release 12, though you’ll need to explore the game world to find them since Portalarium is coy about the new locations.

There’s also a blurb about interacting with SotA’s Steam community as well as a helpful how-to list in case you’re unsure how to upload screens. Portalarium reiterates that SotA will become purchasable on Steam in early access form on November 24th.

Source: SotA update

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How toxic is League of Legends community?

Just how toxic is League of Legends’ community? According to Riot Games, it may not be as bad as it once was.

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The team posted a letter praising “positive behavior” in the community, saying that 95% of players have never received punishment. Furthermore, only 1% of the crowd have caused issues that resulted in lengthy bans or chat restrictions. Riot says that it is trying out new ideas to further combat bad behavior: “We’ve recently been focused on addressing extreme cases of verbal toxicity, and will soon be testing additional systems that address gameplay toxicity like leavers, AFKs, and intentional feeders.”

To players who haven’t received any punishments in the 2014 season, Riot will be granting four-win IP boosts next week.

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MU Online : Season 9 Update

Webzen’s fantasy MMO MU Online this week tossed a slew of new changes into the mix, including a Level 4 Seed Sphere, a new map, and numerous game and class setting changes.

Details regarding game and class changes include:

  • PK Changes

  • Elf, Dark Wizard and Summoner tweaks

  • Weapon durability loss decreased

  • Pet System

  • PvP Area – Atlans and Aida

  • Character Renewal

  • Fist Master Skill Tree extended

 

In addition to these, a new map – Urk Mountain – has been added, and new additions have been made to the interface, including a new wide screen mode and a new “cancel item sale” option.
Webzen is celebrating the Season 9 updates with a series of events such as the new challenges Tormented Square and Chaos Castle on the competitive event server Battle Core.  They’re also upgrading the Muun System with a new Mount Type Muun, adding the ability for Muun to use an auto active skill, and for players to equip two Muuns at the same time.
For further details regarding the Season 9 Update, check out the Season 9 page on the official MU Online website.