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300 Naked Orcs Take On Gamon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2AkvPDBT_E

Poor Gamon. He just can’t catch a break – or he couldn’t, until Cataclysm came out, and he got a pretty hefty buff to the tune of now being an 85 Elite mob waiting quietly in respite for anyone who would dare attack him. And trust me, when you attack him, he brings the pain.

But what’s this? Apparently 300 naked orcs are more than enough to take him on and take him down. Check out the video – which will likely go down in the halls of legend – above. it’s a long, hard pitched battle, but eventually he falls to the massive fury of 600 orcish fists.

Want to see how powerful he is normally? Check out the video below from the venerable Total Biscuit when he decided to try his luck against Gamon back in the beta:

Epic.

Discussion :: To Rush to 85 or Take it Slowly?


(image courtesy of RipTen)

Now that we’ve all had our noses down in Cataclysm for at least a couple of weeks and more and more level 85s are beginning to appear all over the World of Warcraft, I have to ask the question: are you pushing your main to 85 first, or are you spending more time leveling a new race or playing a new race/class combination that you weren’t able to play before?

News has it that the World First Level 85 was earned inside of 6-hours from the game’s official launch, meaning that before most of us even woke up or slogged through the queues to get a chance to play, someone had already hit the level cap again. Granted, Realm First titles varied across servers, but it certainly seems like a number of people are rushing to the finish line so they can get started running dungeons and heroics.

Then again, there are other folks I’ve spoken to who are so busy happily leveling Goblins and Worgen to give a damn about the current state of endgame – claiming there’ll be plenty of time to hit the level cap, and there’s no sense in driving to 85 when the expansion is still brand new.

What do you think? How have you been spending your time in Cataclysm, or how do you intend to spend it when you finally install it? Shout it out in the comments.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Sells 3.3 Million Copies in 24 Hours

Take THAT, Call of Duty: Black Ops. Activision Blizzard is reporting that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm sold over 3.3 million copies in the first 24 hours from release, making it the fastest selling PC game of all time in the United States, and dethroning the previous title-holder, CODBLOPS.

Granted, all of the money is headed to the coffers at Activision, so it’ll be a very happy holiday for everyone involved – it must be nice to have the two most popular and best-selling games of all time in your wheelhouse. Maybe I should have opened with “Take THAT, Electronic Arts.”

Here’s what PC Mag had to say about it in their news story:

Activision Blizzard is having a pretty good year. Weeks after its “Call of Duty: Black Ops” game set a five-day sales record of $650 million, the company announced Monday that “World of Warcraft: Cataclysm” sold more than 3.3 million copies in its first 24 hours, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time.

Those sales numbers surpass Activision’s previous PC sales champ, “World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King,” which sold 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours.

“We had to bring Azeroth to the brink of destruction in ‘Cataclysm’, but the result was our best expansion yet,” Mike Morhaime, chief executive and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, said in a statement. “We want to thank all of our new, existing, and returning players throughout the world for their incredible enthusiasm and support, and we look forward to hearing what they think about all the new content.”

Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, said the ‘Cataclysm’ release was bigger than “StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty,” another monster summer release from Blizzard.

In October, Blizzard Entertainment announced that its World of Warcraft subscriber base had grown to 12 million users, up from 11 million in October 2008.

I’m happy to say one of those sales was mine, and I’ve been loving the game. Then again, I love lots of games. Did you pick up Cataclysm on launch day or did you wait a bit? Let us know if you have it or are planning to find it under the tree this holiday season in the comments!

New Blizzard Gear from ThinkGeek!

The fine folks at ThinkGeek have a wide variety of new Blizzard-related gear, especially a number of World of Warcraft items that are must-haves for people just getting into Cataclysm. For example, the Cataclysm Mugs are brand new, deliciously usable (unlike the other Tankards available elsewhere) and perfect for use at home or when you’re at work and unable to get your WoW fix.

Also in the lineup? Special Horde T-Shirts and Alliance T-Shirts, and a beautiful T-Shirt with Deathwing on the front that’ll make people ask you “what is that angry dragon doing on your chest?

To which the answer is “he’s about to break your world, that’s what he’s doing.”

The fun doesn’t end with Warcraft, either: there’s a ton of great StarCraft themed shirts too, like the old-school Protoss logo below for this awesome-looking Protoss shirt (shown below.) Personally, I’m more of a fan of this Terran Vintage Logo shirt, but there’s more – including a Diablo III shirt.

Head over to ThinkGeek and get shopping – Jinx isn’t the only company with badass Warcraft and Blizzard-related gear!

Oh – don’t forget this beautiful “Hello My Name Is: Leerooooooy Jenkins” shirt too!

Cataclysm: What Should I Do First?

So the Cataclysm is here, and we’re all slowly coming up to speed, dodging queues, and trying to get ourselves logged in and playing so we can enjoy all of the new content. But have you thought about what you’re going to do as soon as you’re logged in and past the queue? Where you’ll go, or what you’ll train up?

Thankfully, the fine folks at WoW Insider have a great guide on some of the first things you’ll probably want to do when you log in to Cataclysm and you’re over that initial “whoa everything’s different” impression you’ll get.

Me? I made sure to train up the new secondary professions, grab Archeology, get my flying license so I could fly around in Old World, and immediately shipped off for the new starting areas! How about you?

Look What Showed Up at The Office?

I’ll be in my bunk.

Today’s the Day!

Throngs of people lined up outside of electronics stores and game retailers, people fidgeting with the digital download to try and make it go faster, people rushing into game to get world firsts – it’s on, folks, Cataclysm is here and officially launched!

Me? I’m still waiting for my copy of the collector’s edition to be delivered before I can crack it open and install it. If you’re curious what’s inside the collector’s edition, you can check out these awesome unboxing photos over at Gearlog that we posted about yesterday. Maybe you’re waiting eagerly for the UPS of FedEx truck to come by your home or business too? Maybe you took a few days off in anticipation of the event: over at the World of Warcraft Livejournal Community there are tons of people who didn’t sleep at all last night and are already in-game and have been since midnight PST last night!

So what will you do first? Head to Hyjal and start kicking butt under the shade of the world tree? Or perhaps you’re off to Vashj’ir to beat up on the Naga? Or better still, maybe you’re starting the game from the beginning with a shiny new Goblin or Worgen? Let us know what you’re up to in the comments!

Cataclysm Collector’s Edition, Unboxed!

Most of us are wringing our hands, waiting patiently for our copies of Cataclysm to be delivered, or for the new servers to go live and for those of us doing the digital upgrade to be able to play and access all of the new content – we still have at least 12 hours to go before the first of us get to play Cataclysm, but the folks over at Gearlog got their hands on a copy of the Cataclysm Collector’s Edition nice and early, and have tons of unboxing photos to share!

If you’re a fan of unboxing porn, and I don’t know who really isn’t, this is an article worth drooling over.

The collector’s edition has all of the goodies we’ve come to expect in a box like this, including the gorgeous stylized box that will fit right in with the collectors editions of the other expansions, a beautiful hardcover artbook, the behind the scenes DVD and the beautiful soundtrack (that we know we’ll love – the music for Cataclysm is already well loved,) guest passes, WoW TCG cards, and more, including the Lil’ Deathwing in-game pet.

Check out all of the photos over at Gearlog!

Signed Cataclysm Poster Up on eBay!

All of the devs hard at work behind Cataclysm got together to sign this one-of-a-kind poster featuring Deathwing prominently in the center and their signatures in silver all around the perimeter of the poster. Why? So they could put it up on eBay, and donate the proceeds from the sale to Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, who take in homeless Retrievers, care for them, and try to find them new homes.

The auction has been up for a little while now but it still has 6 days to go, and the bidding is already up to $500 US with 17 bids on the poster at the time of this writing – it looks like the charity will get a sizable donation, but it’s not too late to toss your hat in the ring. Head over to eBay and bid now, and when you win make sure to get that bad boy framed and hung in a place of pride. Those devs do good work.

Video :: Literal World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Trailer

This is hilarity. It’s a little cheesy, sure, but it’s also fantastic – especially for those of us who have seen the trailer a couple of times. I give you, the LITERAL Cataclysm trailer, complete with subtitles. Enjoy!

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