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A couple of quick, Blizzard-y things for you this afternoon.
Firstly, a little thing rumoured to be the final chapter in the Lich King saga has just kicked off, with Patch 3.3 signalling World of Warcraft's Argent Crusade breaking into Frostwing Halls.
Secondly, social networking in Azeroth just met the 21st century, with the launch of the World of Warcraft Armory app for Facebook.
Nobody can deny that Blizzard are in the leadup to the release of their next expansion, Cataclysm, as they neatly tie up various loose ends from The Wrath of the Lich King. Patch 3.3 has opened the way to Frostwing Halls, a rather chilly location which is known to contain the final obstacles between you and the Lich King himself.
From what I hear, you can expect "disturbing and horrific phenomena" being enacted against the Green Dragonflight, plus Sindragosa hanging out in the air above you. If you've already conquered the Crimson Hall and Plagueworks areas of Icecrown Citadel, and you have what it takes to destroy the Lich King's most prized frost wyrm - then it's your turn to follow Tirion Fordring to the fabled Frozen Throne. That's right, the very pedestal from which the Lich King has reigned unchallenged for years. Now, with Patch 3.3, it is time for him to fall.
Wanna know more? Check out the full 3.3.2 patch notes.
You can now easily share all of your proudest in-game moments with all your friends, with just a few clicks. The app, launched this week, lets you create a custom feed of your character's activity, straight from the online Armory, and shares that data with the Facebook community. You can also check out your friends' characters - all without leaving your social networking.
Once you've set it up, your Facebook identity will be linked to up to five characters (you can choose which ones), and the app will generate automatic updates according to your in-game activity. Now you don't have to make a separate post just to gloat about your new level, latest achievement, or impressive boss kill.
This isn't the only way you can access your favourite Blizzard titles while you're messing around online: they're all over Twitter (@warcraft, @starcraft and @diablo) and Facebook (Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo and, of course, Blizzard themselves) - take your pick!
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Jimmy the Geek