Future versions of Windows could update like World of Warcraft

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Future version of Windows could update like MMOs, will Apple follow suit? Photo: Neowin
Future versions of Windows could update like MMOs. Will Apple follow suit? Photo: Neowin

These days, Apple has one of the better cloud infrastructures in the world. Even so, the sheer demand for a new version of iOS or OS X on release day can bring Apple’s network to its knees. Apple’s servers simply can’t keep up with the demand.

But Microsoft might have found a better way. In the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system beta, there’s an option to download app and OS updates from multiple sources: not just Microsoft’s cloud servers, but all local network or PCs on the internet.

In other words? The future of updating operating systems might be a lot like updating World of Warcraft.

Avatar Secrets shows how one woman found wisdom in a video game

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FInding love, life lessons, and community in online games isn't as rare as you'd think. Photo: Ramona Pringle/Avatar Secrets
Finding love, life lessons and community in online games isn't as rare as you'd think. Photo: Ramona Pringle/Avatar Secrets

Can you truly find yourself in a video game? Canadian filmmaker and professor Ramona Pringle thinks so. After her mother got sick and she broke up with her New York boyfriend, she spent a year playing World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

During that time, she found many pearls of wisdom, which she’s condensed into 10 “avatar secrets,” which inform her app-based documentary film of the same name.

Video games are an unlikely place to find wisdom, yet, within them, we can find camaraderie, experience the sting of defeat, and help each other become our best selves. Rather than simple time-wasters, social video games like World of Warcraft and Second Life mirror the human condition.

While Pringle doesn’t log in to WoW much these days, the game had an undeniable impact. “This project very much changed my life, my career and my perspective,” she said during a telephone call with Cult of Mac.

World of Warcraft isn’t the only video game celebrating an anniversary this year

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Everyone’s rightfully celebrating the tenth anniversary of World of Warcraft at the moment, but WoW isn’t the only game blowing out the candles for a significant birthday this year. Turning back the hands of time (or, well, reverse-circling the D-pads of our mind), Cult of Mac pays homage to some of the other classic video games that changed everything.What made the cut? Scroll through our gallery to find out.Photo: Blizzard Entertainment

Everyone’s rightfully celebrating the tenth anniversary of World of Warcraft at the moment, but WoW isn’t the only game blowing out the candles for a significant birthday this year. Turning back the hands of time (or, well, reverse-circling the D-pads of our mind), Cult of Mac pays homage to some of the other classic video games that changed everything.

What made the cut? Scroll through our gallery to find out.

Photo: Blizzard Entertainment


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Ax-grinding Warlords of Draenor trailer will reignite your WoW addiction

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For the horde! This trailer for the upcoming expansion to massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft is utterly fantastic.

Blizzard has a long history of creating amazing cinematic mini-movies for all its games and expansions, and this new one pretty much tops it all.

Even if you don’t know what the heck the orcs in the trailer are talking about, surely you can get behind how gorgeous it looks and how realistic these creatures seem. You’ll root for these monstrous humanoids in their bid for freedom, even if you’re not keen on them conquering the world in the process.

Check out the trailer below to see what we mean.

The Allure Of Simulation Games [Deals]

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Populous. The Sims. Minecraft. There’s something about simulation games that I’ve always enjoyed. There are other ones that I’m too fond of (honestly, I find World of Warcraft almost too time-consuming for it to be enjoyable), and others that I will spend hours playing knowing there is a definite end point. Examples of ones I really enjoy would be the Fable series and Star Wars simulation-style games mainly because depending on the choices I make – being good or evil – can really affect the outcome.

Sim City was another I played for hours growing up, and there were several others which caught my attention from time to time that followed a similar theme. The “Tycoon” series of games were personal favorites, and this Cult of Mac Deals offer features one of those games – Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Platinum – for only $4.99!

Blizzard: We’d Be ‘Foolish’ Not To Bring Warcraft To iPhone, But We Must Get It Right

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WoW will hit the App Store, just as soon as its developer has an epiphany.
WoW will hit the App Store, just as soon as its developer has an epiphany.

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Games: Order & Chaos, Zenonia 3, Gears & More!

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At the top of our list of must-haves this week is Gameloft’s brand new World of Warcraft-like MMORPG called Order & Chaos Online. Set in a vast fantasy world with thousands of other players from around the world, this is the most promising real-time RPG to hit the App Store yet.

Also to feature is the third release of Zenonia – another RPG which promises to provide “greater enjoyment that the previous two Zenonia’s combined.” The Midgard Story has been revamped and upscaled for a truly epic gameplay experience.

Gears is a physics-based 3D ball roller that defines its genre with an immersive adventure across beautifully detailed worlds that feature dozens of unique and challenging levels.

Find out more about the games above and check out the rest of this week’s must-haves – including Unpleasant Horse and Snuggle Truck – after the break!

‘Order & Chaos’ is Gameloft’s WoW-Like MMORPG for iOS – Available Now

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