SWTOR: Huttball Warzone Video

Darthhater.com has a new trailer out today of a Warzone in Star Wars the Old Republic. The Warzone is called “The Pit” and the pvp game is called “Huttball.” It’s on a neutral planet so it’s not necessary Alliance vs Imperials – teams can be drawn different ways and you may end up playing against your friends (sweet!!).

The warzone itself is riddle with spikes, flames, acid and other goodies… erm I mean obstacles. The object of the warzone is for one team to pick up the ball in the middle and run it into the opposing side’s endzone. They can be stopped with whatever force necessary (and is encouraged in fact) and it appears that passing the ball to another teammate is also allowed.

Check the video out and see for yourself!


WoW Transmogrification & Void Storage

Two days ago Blizzard introduced something called “Transmogrification” to it’s users as a preview of the 4.3 patch.

Basically you’ll be able to change the appearance of your gear/weapons without changing the stats on the item. If you love the look of your old Warlock Felheart gear but the level 60 stats don’t come close to what your new level 85 items give you, you can now just “Transmogrify” the new gear to look like the old gear for a bit of coin. You get to revel in nostalgia without being a hindrance to your raid or getting pwned on the battlefield.

What does Blizzard say about it exactly? What are it’s limitations? You have to be able to equip both items you’re trying to transmogrify. You can’t be a mage and make your new gear look like Paladin gear. Sneaky death knights can’t make that breastplate look like a cloth robe, and you can’t make a one-handed axe look like a two-handed axe, or transform a sword’s appearance into that of a mace.

Hunters will rejoice however, as you dwarves can now use a gun and benefit from the racial trait but have it appear like and sound like (yes, the loud obnoxious gun noise goes away with it) a majestic bow.

As you experiment with the service, placing items into the Transmogrify interface, the cost with the process will increase, but you are able to reverse the process by clicking the undo icon on each item until you are finally happy with the outcome.

Now that once useless items have purpose, Blizzard anticipates players will want more storage space to hold items with purely sentimental or aesthetic value. To balance this they will also be introducing the Void Storage service in the next patch as well.

Void Storage
“For quite some time now, players have been asking for a location in which to store important keepsakes including treasured armor sets, unique quest rewards, and gifts from friends, as well as other valuable items they’ve collected on their journeys throughout Azeroth. This is a feature we’ve wanted to add to the game for a while, so we’re excited to announce that, thanks to the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Ethereals, a new long-term storage option will soon be available to completionists and collectors alike.”

In patch 4.3, characters of all levels will be able to take advantage of a new technology known as “Void Storage,” which will open up 80 slots of long-term storage space. Void Storage vaults will be available in both Stormwind and Orgrimmar and can be accessed simply by speaking with your local Vaultkeeper.

Update: Heirlooms will be eligible for transmogrification.

“I’d like to provide an update on this statement I made. It turns out that Heirlooms will be eligible targets for Transmogrification. Also (and this applies to all Transmogrified items), trading, mailing, auctioning or depositing an item in a guild bank will remove the Transmogrified art, returning the item in question to its original artwork.”


Source: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3309048#blog

For discussion on the topic, check this thread out in our forums or head over to the official thread on the WoW forums. Thanks to Altimax for throwing this up on our forums and bringing it to our attention!


Modern Warfare 3 Dedicated Servers

The Call of Duty series has struggled with the PC audience in the last few years. Modern Warfare 2 had no support for dedicated servers at all, making it tricky for PC gamers to build their own communities. Black Ops supported dedicated servers, but you had to rent them from a single source. It was impossible to set up your own server without paying a third party – ala Bad Company 2.

In a move that will be sure to make PC gamers happy, Modern Warfare 3 is bringing free dedicated servers. I really wish EA/Dice would take a play out of this playbook and offer the same thing for Battlefield 3. The servers are expensive and while it’s not a very large chance that I will be offering a server for Battlefield 3 myself, I’d be much more inclined to let one sit on my server rig at home if I had the chance.