Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

October 15, 2008

World of Warcraft 3.0.2

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 4:31 pm

Blizzard finally released World of Warcraft patch 3.0.2 also known as “The Echoes of Doom”. The patch is 1.62GB and prepares players for the upcoming expansion “Wrath of the Lich King” which will be released November the 13th.

The update will add new talent points, achievements, inscriptions, hair cuts and many improvements. You can check out WoW Insider’s coverage of WoW 3.0.2.

October 12, 2008

BlizzCon 2008 coverage part 3

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:05 am

Covering the second and last day of BlizzCon 2008. To be honest I was expecting more from Blizzard at this event. At least a major announcement other than a Diablo 3 Class.

Let’s start with Podcasts and other audio recordings:

Ripten have uploaded videos from some of the panels at BlizzCon:

And finally, some more news:

October 11, 2008

BlizzCon 2008 coverage part 2

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 9:30 am

Welcome to the second part of my collection of BlizzCon 2008 news! Let’s start with Podcasts:

Next, news and photos:

And finally, videos:

October 10, 2008

BlizzCon 2008 coverage part 1

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 4:50 pm

As a World of Warcraft player I am looking forward to Blizzard’s BlizzCon 2008. I will link to almost every update I can find online! Hope you enjoy it like I will!

Let’s start with podcasts:

And now, some pre-BlizzCon news:

WoW Radio will also offer free and live streaming of the BlizzCon keynotes. But with our unstable Internet (Thanks STC!!!) listening to a live stream might not be the best choice for most players in Saudi Arabia. Hopefully WoW Radio will offer downloadable content as well. I will post the links as I find them.

September 12, 2008

Blizzard allows PVE to PVP paid realm transfers

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 5:19 pm

Via the Blizzard Forums:

Why are you now allowing character transfers from PvE realms to PvP realms? Because World of Warcraft has matured significantly since the inception of Paid Character Transfers, we don’t feel that PvE-to-PvP transfers will have the negative impact on the game that we initially wanted to avoid when we started the service in 2006. This change will provide more mobility and freedom for players to experience the game with friends or play in the type of environment they’re looking for. So I can transfer any character to any PvP realm of my choosing now? Yes, as long as there are no other existing restrictions that would prevent the transfer from taking place, such as trying to transfer a Horde character to a PvP realm where you already play an Alliance character. Please see the Paid Character Transfer FAQ for more details and restrictions.

It’s about time Blizzard finally removed that restriction, now I can transfer my character off that slow PVE realm.

September 9, 2008

Restricted World of Warcraft services to Saudi Arabia subscribers

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 12:08 am

I have been a World of Warcraft subscriber since 2005, probably one of my favorite games and I switched from Final Fantasy XI Online.

I am not sure of how many players in Saudi Arabia or the Middle East do play it though. But I am aware of a huge player base in Dubai, UAE and, one of the biggest Arabic speaking gaming forums, have an entire forum dedicated to World of Warcraft. People there still openly talk about buying gold and private servers though (which are against the rules of the game).

You can buy the game (and monthly game cards) locally from Jarir bookstore… yeah, not just a bookstore, silly slogan.

My issue with Blizzard is that the extra features available to most subscribers are inaccessible for subscribers in Saudi Arabia. For example, a service for reinventing former world of warcraft subscribers, “Scroll of Resurrection” is inaccessible because of “Your account is not allowed to access to this page because of its country”. Same goes to the Recruit-a-Friend program where you get this error “Not all accounts are eligible to recruit a friend. For a full list of restrictions, please see the FAQ. Contacting Blizzard support is useless since they reply with no information at all, and it sounded like an automated response anyway.

I do not want Blizzard to open local Middle East servers or have an Arabic localized World of Warcraft client, I just want access to those services which are easy to implement.

February 14, 2008

Crippled Xbox360 content, another reason not to buy it

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 5:06 pm

ChrunchGear reporting a replaced Xbox360 doesn’t access owner’s Xbox Live content.

Microsoft sent Kevin a different console. When he tried to access his Xbox Live content on this different Xbox, he found that it didn’t work on profiles that weren’t the purchasing profile. When you buy something on XBL, it can be accessed by every profile on the console and not just the one that did the purchasing. Not so with the new Xbox.

This is bad on so many ways in our market. For starters, Microsoft Saudi Arabia is not handling the Xbox360 distribution here. So no one except the really honest stores will help you with the ring of death, and they are few. So if you buy an Xbox360, you might as well forget about using Xbox live.

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