Ezra and his Flame-Throwing Crossbow

Touching story in The Orange County Register (please don’t call it The OC) yesterday, Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality, about 10 year-old Ezra Chatterton, aka Ephoenix level 70 tauren hunter. Ezra has a cancerous brain tumor, and with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he spent an entire day at Blizzard Entertainment headquarters designing a quest, NPCs and a crossbow to his liking and specifications.

WoW players should keep an eye out for Chatterton’s creations: the rare, flame-shooting crossbow, a quest from a graying Tauren named Ahab Wheathoof and his frenzied dog, Kyle. Blizzard will add Ezra’s changes to the game in the next four weeks.

Best wish ever.

Patch 2.1.0

World of Warcraft’s Patch 2.1 was pushed to the live servers today, and since I already beat that dead horse, I’ll direct you to the players’ analyses on the forums: 2.1 Winners and losers — predictably uninformative AND entertaining, all at once.

And speaking of entertaining, I enjoyed the worldofwarcraft.com’s home page redirect for the StarCraft 2 announcement …

Blizzard Entertainment

… because I got to thinking, that could be a whole new branding for Blizzard. I don’t mind that Blizzard takes such tiny steps all the time in fixing shit (balancing, adjusting, polishing, whathaveyou), it’s that they’re so damn slow about it.

Anyways, the full patch notes from the actual Patch 2.1 would choke a horse, so I’ll let WoWWiki do all the work.