Blizzard released the cinematic for World of Warcraft’s next expansion: Warlords of Draenor. They also announced a release date for it – November 13th 2014. Check out the cinematic and get excited – even if you don’t play World of Warcraft, it’s a great piece of animation.
Twitch has been bought by Google – we all knew that and it’s kind of old news. We assumed the worst for Twitch because while Google buying your company typically means you’ve got all kinds of new resources at your disposal – we’ve seen the kind of stuff that has happened with Youtube.
Twitch has announced some changes it’s making for VODs or Videos on Demand. VODs are saved livestream videos that you can go back and watch at a later time. One of the changes is that videos will not be saved forever, but rather only 60 days for premium members and 14 days for regular members. Highlights will be able to be stored indefinitely but they’re limited to 2 hours each. This has been quite the thorn in the side of a few Speedrunners and will end up with people splitting their past broadcasts into multiple highlights so that they’re saved indefinitely or just uploading them to youtube immediately after the stream ends.
Twitch will also be censoring VODs for infringing copyrighted sounds and music. Currently they state they are not scanning live broadcasts and isn’t any automatic takedowns of live content currently in place. We’ve all seen how well the automated copyright bots work on Youtube and it’s no surprise that Twitch is already experiencing false positives left and right. Even Twitch’s own Twitch Weekly broadcasts are being flagged and censored. Even the DOTA 2’s VOD of the international has been censored for having music from DOTA 2 in the video. People are having their VODs muted left and right for having in-game music that is triggering the automatic copyright flag.
Bring some popcorn because this is getting buttery.
Blizzard is preparing to ramp up a few special events and items for World of Warcraft’s 10th anniversary. A decade! It’s scary to think about how long I’ve played this game, but it’s always refreshing to remember the times spent with friends and it’s refreshing to see how Blizzard keeps coming up with ways to keep people coming back and keep the game entertaining.
For their 10th anniversary they’ve got a few things planned. First up it’s the Tarren Mill vs Southshore battleground. It’s a team deathmatch battleground (first of it’s kind in WoW) and is supposedly going to be a 100 vs 100 match. That’s enourmous!!! Check out the battleground map here.
They’re also going to be bringing Molten Core back as a 40-man LFR raid. I imagine that’s going to bring back some old memories… a bunch of noobs running through MC having absolutely no clue what they’re supposed to be doing? Just like the good ole’ days! You’ll grab an achievement once you finish which will also net you a pretty sweet corehound mount.
And to boot – anyone who logs in during the anniversary event will net themselves a cute little molten-corgi pup pet like in the picture above.
Are you still playing? Will you be resubbing for Warlords of Draenor? Will you be resubbing before that just to take part in some of the fun anniversary events?