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Talk Azeroth w/Olivia - Ep 08 - Timeless Isle Kills Dailies, Mists Endgame Madness
This week Olivia wants to hold your hand as she takes you on a journey through the
, running merrily through the new zone, murdering rares, stealing their stuff, and generally making with the stabby.
She then opens the table for discussion of the shifting end-game content styles in Mists. We really have run the gamut in this expansion, from factions and factions of dailies, through weeklies, and now, with patch 5.4, the arrival of the
daily-quest-free timeless isle
And Olivia then rattles through your responses to last week's request for feedback, and is relieved that the majority seemed to agree with her, before answering some viewer questions, and berating herself for doing another too-long show!
25/7/2013 em 10:45
Talk Azeroth with Olivia - Episode 7: Cosmetic Hats and Proving Grounds
This week on Talk Azeroth, it's the
appearance of some new hats
that's caught Olivia's attention! These three new hats are for transmogrification purposes only, and have no stats at all. Olivia shelled out £10 of her hard earned cash to check out various aspects of these hats, and has some pretty strong opinions about the price point that Blizzard has set!
Onto happier news, and Olivia dives into the
, the latest feature to arrive on the Patch 5.4 PTR. These new solo scenarios are designed as training grounds for tanks, healers and DPS, and Olivia
put together a video
summing up the technical side for Wowhead yesterday, so check that out if you're interested. Olivia talks through her experience in proving grounds, and the pros and cons of Blizzard's current implementation.
Last up, it's two viewer questions! If you would like
18/7/2013 em 11:34
Talk Azeroth with Olivia - Episode 6: In-Game Store
This week on Talk Azeroth, Olivia tackles the hottest topic of the moment: in-game microtransactions. But first, she gives the viewer a very short French lesson -- the translation is directly after the intro -- and it's on with the show.
Olivia starts off by looking at the datamined item itself: the
Elixir de Sabedoria Duradouro
. Looking at
Bashiok's forum post
, she wonders whether it's really something that would qualify as pay-to-win, and considers that there are already similar items available within the game. She then takes a look at the mechanical side of an in-game store itself, and points out how it might affect players' immersion and in-game experience, as well as pointing out ways in which it might be made to work.
Then it's on to the meat of the problem: what is suitable for a cash shop and what isn't. Olivia would love your input on just exactly what you think is OK and what's not. She looks briefly at the psychology of it before hypothesizing about just what might come of the store in the future, and how the player base might react.
Last up, it's two viewer questions! If yo
12/7/2013 em 11:09
Talk Azeroth - Episode 5 - Cross-Realm Arena, Recent Hotfixes
We've got another episode of Talk Azeroth with Olivia up, as well as some recent hotfixes for the holiday weekend!
This week on Talk Azeroth Episode Five, Olivia gives everyone a lesson in what she calls the After Eight challenge, before firing up the show. If you think you can do it faster, prove it!
Moving into the show, Olivia starts off by picking up your viewer questions from previous episodes. If you have a viewer question, you can now email them over to Olivia direct on Olivia@zam.com, or tweet her at
. The questions this week touch on Virtual Realms, as well as a couple of thoughts on the Arena Tie-Break System.
This weeks' show deals with some huge PvP news, the introduction of cross-realm arenas and the removal of teams. Olivia explains the existing system, as well as the changes, before thinking through the pros and cons of the new system, including flexibility, rating, rankings, MMR and potential exploits, as well as the camaraderie of teams and whether it's really important.
Click the cut for the recent hotfixes!
05/7/2013 em 13:26
Talk Azeroth - Episode 04 - Arena Tie-Break System
This week Olivia takes a look at the proposed changes to the arena tie-break system. She starts off with a look at where we're at right now, explaining the current system, before running viewers through the new tie-break system, and then dives head-first into the potential issues with the systems old and new, while also examining why Blizzard decided to shift away from the old system in the first place.
The new system, she asserts, provides a fairer look at arena matches, likening them to boxing. The pugilistic metaphor continues as Olivia discusses how the current system is much like demanding a TKO to win any boxing match, while technical victories are completely absent.
However there is a downside, as Olivia explores, with the way the system changes the psychology of the arena, as players might look to play the system rather than play the game.
27/6/2013 em 11:45
Talk Azeroth - Episode 03 - Virtual Realms and Flex Raids
This week's episode of Talk Azeroth with Olivia Grace is now live! She tackles two popular PTR topics--
She starts with a discussion of what we know so far about the new Virtual Realm feature coming in patch 5.4, discussing how it will affect and be affected by CRZ, along with its implications for PvP and PvE realms, smaller and larger realms, and the rest! There will undoubtedly, as she mentions, be an effect on auction houses, and chat channels, but Olivia suspects that it will all turn out rosy in the end.
Moving on to the next item on her agenda, Olivia talks about the recent additions to what we know about Talk Azeroth Episode 2's topic: Flex Raiding. Some Community Manager called Lore or something dropped the new earlier this week that there would be additional rewards available only to those who participated in raiding levels above LFR, and we wonder just exactly what that could be. Last up, it's lockouts. They're a bit crazy for flex raiding, and maybe make the new system a bit less flexible, O
20/6/2013 em 11:10
Introducing Talk Azeroth: A New Show by Olivia Grace
We're proud to announce that Olivia Grace will be joining our
YouTube channel with a new weekly show,
! You may recognize Olivia from her prolific articles on
covering everything from PvP news to breaking news to UI advice. She's also one of the
hosts over at Gamebreaker.tv, which Lore from
hosted before starting his new job at Blizzard!
This week on the very first episode of Talk Azeroth, Olivia Grace waxes lyrical on the departure of her predecessor to the sunny shores of Blizzard Entertainment, and recounts her own tale of her recent visit to Blizzard EU in Paris, where she got to play Hearthstone, as well as grilling Blizzard developers Ben Brode and Eric Dodds on the upcoming CCG.
Moving in to the more Warcraft-focused news, Olivia brings us up to date on the WoW movie, with a short potted history, before wondering whether it will be a success, theorizing what route might work best for Blizzard's box office, and aski
05/6/2013 em 17:06