Monthly Archives: June 2009

China Bans Virtual Currency Trade

The Chinese government has announced that virtual currency cannot be traded for real money.

The virtual currency, which is converted into real money at a certain exchange rate, will only be allowed to trade in virtual goods and services provided by its issuer, not real goods and services.” it said.

According to media reports, the virtual money trade topped several billion yuan last year after rising around 20 percent annually. One billion yuan is currently equal to about $146 million. The ruling is likely to affect many of the more than 300 million Internet users in China, as well as those in other countries involved in virtual currency trading. More than 80%  of gold farmers are based in China.


The Blizzard Orc Statue

The Blizzard statue of an Orc on a Wolf is now completed. This twelve feet height bronze office decoration is standing outside of their main building in Irvine. Eight different points are written on the Statue’s podium:  Learn and Grow; Gameplay First;  Lead Responsibly;  Play Nice, Play Fair;  Think Globally;  Every Voice Matters;  Commit To Quality;  Embrace Your Inner Geek


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Wizard101 Player vs Player

Today Wizard101 & KingsIsle Entertainment has announced important Note to Player vs Player Community:

With the release of Grizzleheim, Crafting, the Bazaar and updates to our Player vs Player, we will be starting a new Player vs Player Preview Season. This means that all Player vs Player ranks will be reset. Your Arena Tickets will not be affected, nor will any items that you purchased with your Arena Tickets. This only resets your Player vs Player Rank.

At that time, all players will be reset to the default PvP rank of 500.

Sony Ericsson Gaming Phone

A slider phone with GPS and a 5 megapixel camera, the Sony Ericsson Yari is designed to offer multitude of new options to mobile gaming.Games can be not only controlled through the standard buttons, but the accelerometer and camera as well with 2 dedicated gaming buttons. Surprisingly, it may have more in common with the Nintendo Wii than Sony’s own PlayStation.

Gesture gaming technology gives users a unique gaming experience no matter where they are. With a variety of games to choose from, whether you want to keep fit and stay in shape or just want to beat your best score at tennis or boxing, Yari brings you fun wherever you are. Yari introduces a games carousel that allows you to access all your games from your desktop and to browse downloadable content on PlayNow arena.


Summer Festival coming to Middle-Earth

Fishing, dancing and fireworks will all return this year along with two new events!

Festival content has slowly been spreading out across the countryside and simply going to the Party Tree would not ensure that players knew about fishing in Bywater or the new event upon The Hill. To help steer you in the right direction, a formal party invitation will be sent to your mail box. Turning it in grants you a Summer Festival Guide, Inn League Reputation Guide and a Fishing Guide. Just in case you’re not acquainted with the fishing system, or have forgotten. You’ll also receive a complimentary gift for your patronage of the party across Middle-earth! Also new Summer Festival Items are waiting for you.

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