MMO ArcheAge is DDoSed before it even launches – ArcheAge news

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Newsbrief: ArcheAge gold , the MMO from Lineage creator Jake Song that has been in development for eight years, is finally getting a Western release tomorrow — but its already being hit with DDoS attacks.
Song founded XL Games back in 2003, and in 2006 started work on ArcheAge, a sandbox-style MMORPG. The game will be released tomorrow in the U.S. and Europe, although its already been available for the past few days to players who paid for the Head Start bundle.

But these head start players have been hit with big problems, and many can only access the game for short periods of time. Now XL Games has stated that this is due to a denial-of-service attack, and the team says it is hard at work to get you back in the game.

DDoS attacks are becoming more and more common in video games. Just recently the PlayStation Network was brought down by such an attack, while earlier this year, Steam, Origin and Battle.net all received attacks on the same night.

New Servers Added: Inoch (NA) and Aier (EU)

Founders, you’ve seen it for yourselves: the population on ArcheAge’s initial Head Start servers has been burgeoning! We’re excited to announce that two new servers are being added during Head Start due to overwhelming demand. Inoch is our new North American server and will be added to the Auction House 1 cluster. Aier is our new European server and will be added to the Auction House 3 cluster.
ArcheAge Gold These new servers will be brought online and available to play today: Monday September 15 at 10:30 AM PDT (GMT-7). See you in ArcheAge, Founders!

Preparing to Launch Warlords of Draenor & Celebrate 10 Years of World of Warcraft

With Warlords of Draenor set to launch on Thursday, November 13, we’ve seen a few questions about how that fits in with our plans for the upcoming 10-year anniversary content. We’re looking forward to celebrating this epic milestone with you, and we want to make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to take part while still being able to fully enjoy what the expansion has to offer.

The 10- year anniversary celebration will begin in-game on Friday, November 21 and will last until Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST. Everyone who logs in during this time period will receive the incredibly cuddly, feisty, and fiery new Molten Corgi to love, pet, and call their own. You’ll also be able to participate in a pair of special events to commemorate the occasion.

On its Twitter account, Sony said late Sunday most of its services were restored.

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Warlords of Draenor adds a world’s worth of exciting new content for World of Warcraft players to discover. As Azeroth’s displaced heroes venture across

Draenor, they’ll build and manage a mighty Garrison, a customizable fortress that grows with them on their journey; delve into otherworldly draenei temples

and clash in the heart of hostile orc clans’ territory; fight the opposing faction for control of Ashran, a huge and dynamic PvP zone featuring a variety of

personal and cooperative objectives; and take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more. No matter what kind of content

you enjoy, your legend is waiting to be forged on Draenor.

Warlords of Draenor is available for pre-purchase now at www.warlords.com. Those who pre-purchase either the digital Standard Edition (SRP: $49.99) or

Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP: $69.99) will be able to immediately? boost one character to level 90, allowing them to experience the latest World of Warcraft

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Warlords of Draenor will also be available in a retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition (SRP: $89.99), which comes equipped with the digital bonus items from

the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and a Warlords of

Draenor mouse pad. Players should check their local retailer for details and availability and be sure to lock in their preorder, as supplies are limited.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available — visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information

and to learn how to apply.

?Players upgrading to Warlords of Draenor from World of Warcraft Starter Edition must wait until trial restrictions are removed before character boost

becomes available (may take up to 72 hours).

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor arrives Nov. 13

World of Warcraft’s fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will launch Nov. 13, Blizzard announced today.

The expansion takes place in a new world called Draenor, better known as the home of the orc and draenei races. The area is split into seven zones and

includes new battlegrounds, bosses, dungeons and raids. The game’s level cap has been raised to 100, and players can boost one character to level 90 to jump

into new content immediately.

Warlords of Draenor will include cosmetic updates to several of the game’s races, including human females and males, orcs and gnomes. Players will also be

able to build garrisons — expandable, customizable strongholds to serve as a base of operations.

Blizzard announced the new expansion at BlizzCon 2013.rch shows that the game world tends to magnify what’s there already.”

$90 WoW: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition Revealed — Here’s What’s Included

Following the announcement of upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor’s release date yesterday, developer Blizzard Entertainment has now revealed a special collector’s edition.

The full contents of the collector’s edition are listed below. Blizzard did not mention a price for the premium bundle, but listings at retailers Amazon and GameStop show it will cost $90. The premium bundle, like the standard and digital deluxe versions, also includes a character boost to level 90.

The Warlords of Draenor collector’s edition, which Blizzard says will be in “limited supply,” includes the following items:

Physical Items:

The expansion — Physical DVD version
Behind-the-scenes DVD and Blu-ray two-disc set — Gives you an inside look at the expansion’s development, including over an hours’ worth of commentary and interviews
Soundtrack — The full orchestral soundtrack on CD
The Art of Warlords of Draenor — A special 160-page artbook with concept art, finished images, and CG images
Blackhand mouse pad — Special edition mouse pad featuring art of the warlord Blackhand

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Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Building a truly digital card game

There are two ways that those skills can come into play, so to speak. On the one hand, succeeding at video games can require some of the same teamwork, real time analytics and composure under pressure that many jobs also require. Reigning supreme in a fantasy sports league requires statistical analysis, trading acumen and focus.

But there’s also the business leisure aspect — sales people who bond with customers over golf or drinks might add some new pursuits. It’s even more likely to become common as a team-building exercise in fields that are closely related to digital play, such as IT or finance.

Both reasons resonate with people who list card games on their profiles. “Poker and Bridge are two card games many people associate with as mathematical, strategic and intelligent,” says Paul Howe, head of quantitative research at Oxbridge Capital who lists both on his LinkedIn profile. “Moreover, I have played poker and bridge for a few years and consider them as a sports, much like my other interests in baseball (and) golf.”

For now, though, most video game players may have to just wait until the millennials start taking control as hiring managers — winning your fantasy football league will be worth that much more.
Blizzard, makers of wildly successful video games World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, shifted speeds earlier this year when it released its own free-to-play digital card game, Hearthstone. Based on the lore of its Warcraft universe, the game is available on Windows, Mac, and iPad.

Last week saw Blizzard wrap up the launch of Curse of Naxxramas, an elaborate solo adventure expansion for Hearthstone giving players a chance to step away from the standard multiplayer focus and into a themed series of battles to test their skills and reward the successful with powerful new cards.

As the launch event drew to a close, CNET had the chance to speak to Hearthstone Senior Game Designer Ben Brode and Lead Artist Ben Thompson, about both the experiences found in the expansion and the wider effort to build a card game that takes full advantage of what you can do when you’ve created a truly digital deck of cards.
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