Warlords of Draenor Garrisons for the pre-release overachiever

Posted by | November 11, 2014

Just in time to prepare everyone for the November 13 drop of World of Warcraft’s Warlords of Draenor expansion: here’s everything you ever wanted to know via Ask Mr Robot.


Interview with CrayzECook in World of Warcraft, a 7 year veteran of the MMORPG

Posted by | August 15, 2014

The MMORPG World of Warcraft is coming up on its 10th anniversary and there have even been players (still playing) who started right at its onset. This interview, however, is with a player who started slightly more recently–only seven years. That said, seven years playing the same game means a lot of changes have been seen and a certain amount of cultural shift.

World of Warcraft has seen numerous expansions, the addition of races, classes, and even a dramatic change to the very map that the game is played on itself (see: Cataclysm) and even the addition of whole new maps (see: Outlands and Pandaria.)

The MMO Anthropology show has interviewed several players from the game including Nutmeg and Jason about the Time-lost Protodrake, Nutmeg about the cultural affects of issues on

Fireworks Over Booty Bay: the Fourth of July 2014 in World of Warcraft

Posted by | July 25, 2014

World of Warcraft has an end of Summer’s End celebration that lasts 18 hours (total) with fireworks displays occurring over the capital cities in the virtual world, on the hour, every hour. Amerist, Jason, and Nutmeg take a trek through Azeroth (the land of the virtual world of WoW) to watch one of these displays.

via MMO Anthropology on YouTube.

Interview with Bluebear from World of Warcraft

Posted by | December 8, 2013

via MMO Anthropology on YouTube.

Interview: The Fall of Nesingwary, World of Warcraft’s Server Merge Woes

Posted by | December 5, 2013

via MMO Anthropology on YouTube.

Blizzard Hacked: North American Players Change Your Passwords!

Posted by | August 10, 2012

In what seems like an unexpected turn of events, Blizzard had their user database hacked into and some of the confidential user data exfiltrated—although Blizzard is quick to point out that financial information was not touched, so your credit cards are safe. What the hackers did get access to, however, happens to be e-mails, encrypted passwords, and the answers to security questions. As a result, it’s time for you to change your passwords people. Kyt Dotson over at SiliconANGLE has the nitty gritty details on tap.

World of Warcraft Midsummer Fire Festival and Fourth of July After Action Report

Posted by | July 5, 2012

World of Warcraft celebrates the summer equinox with blazing cyan fires, tossing torches, and fireworks! Much like the United States – well, except for the cyan fires and the torch tossing.

“This festival takes akin to a multitude of European-based midsummer festivals that celebrate the summer solstice, or the passing of the sun from its highest point in the sky. In many agrarian cultures, the primary sprouting and and sowing season of spring has ended and now the summer growth is preparing the crops for the next few months and harvest. As a result, a great deal of work has been done and there’s more to come.

“So many of these celebrations involve celebrating the work done for the community and enjoy the warm weather.

“In Warcraft, this holiday reflects this

Patent Trolls Sting World of Warcraft Over Virtual Worlds

Posted by | April 9, 2012

Worlds Inc. has filed suit against Activision-Blizzard over the use of technology that fits with patents the received last decade entitled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space." This is one of six patents the company owns involving the interaction of players in highly immersive 3D spaces.

Worlds Inc. has alleged that multiple titles from the game publisher violates their patents such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty.

"Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry," said Worlds Inc. CEO Thom Kidrin. "While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use."

Worlds Inc. previously sued and NCSoft over their MMO title City

It’s a City of Heroes Christmas and who doesn’t miss the Level Lord

Posted by | January 4, 2012

Back in the early days of MMORPGs—and those days it was 2004—the MMOs started to realize that people wanted more to do than just new content involving episodes and new villains and higher level caps. Instead, MMO companies discovered that people wanted to experience in-game what happened to them outside in the global culture. So City of Heroes added the Winter Event.

With that winter event came some unexpected bugs…currently best described in the most recent MMO Anthropology article,

By far the most amusing phenomena that rose out of the original 2004 Winter Event in City of Heroes happened to be the city-region bosses the Winter Lords. These were gigantic snowmen appearing about ten stories tall, textured as if made entirely out of snow, with icicle noses.

Celebrating Christmas in World of Warcraft With the 2011 Feast of Winter’s Veil

Posted by | December 24, 2011

World of Warcraft has a winter celebration that affects both Alliance and Horde that involves the winter holidays. The Feast of Winter’s Veil involves a great deal of traditions taken from the Western celebration of the winter holidays and that primarily of Christmas. Such icons appear as the Abominable Greench – the Grinch of Dr. Seuss’s work added to the abominable snowman – Metzen the reindeer who is an echo of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – and even Greatfather Winter – an analogue to Santa Claus.

The orcs in Orgirmmar set up a Yule tree covered with decorations, holly and mistletoe are handed out to revelers who then can use that to make their mount into a reindeer. Gimmick gifts abound that allow the production of …

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