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Katy Perry’s Left Shark Dances Into World Of Warcraft

World of Warcraft isn't going to let us forget about Left Shark. It appears that the inferior shark is now a battle pet in the popular MMORPG.

Left Shark became an icon for its antics, er, bad dancing with Katy Perry during this year's Super Bowl half-time show. The poor Left Shark just couldn't keep up with Right Shark, and suddenly it felt like everyone on the internet had a Left Shark meme. 

Blizzard's World of Warcraft PTR for patch 6.2 revealed this addition. PTR stands for public test realm and this is how Blizzard tests out upcoming additions in a live setting. This is when Wowhead discovered that Left Shark is a battle pet. Left Shark has fitting abilities like the rain dance and the dazzling dance. Did you ever expect to see this shark do battle? Me neither, but it's nice to see Blizzard have some fun with players. 

Unfortunately, this patch still isn't officially live, so we won't know if Left Shark actually makes the cut. – The Feed

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Teaser Trailer Paints A Modified Futuristic World

A new teaser trailer promises a full Call of Duty: Black Ops III reveal for April 26, and runs down the history of its future world.

The trailer is, unfortunately, bereft of gameplay, but it sets the stage for the events Black Ops III. It's a world where robotic body modification has extended well beyond the military and into the consumer world, recalling science-fiction stories like Ghost in the Shell, and the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

The teaser also promises a full reveal for the game this Sunday, April 26. For more on the game, head here and here.

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Report: China now leads the world in downloading iOS apps

The latest report from mobile analytics firm App Annie shows China finally surpassing the U.S. in terms of iOS app downloads, though not in revenue. …

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Open World Pirate Game Windward Gets A New Trailer And Release Date

Tasharen Entertainment’s randomly generated, open-world sailing game is making its way out of Early Access on May 12, and there’s a new trailer to go along with the announcement.

If Windward looks familiar, it’s because it shares a lot in common with the Sid Meir’s classic, Pirates. Don’t expect to find a lot of political maneuvering in Windward, though, as it’s focus is on combat in much the same way as Assassin’s Creed IV. Like Black Flag, players take part in fast-paced battles of supremacy, upgrading their ship along the way. Check out the trailer below to see Windward in action:

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Those interested in Windward can check out more information on the game's Steam Early Access page. – The Feed

World Of Warcraft Subscription Tokens Now Live

In March, Blizzard announced a new way for World of Warcraft players to pay their monthly subscription fees. Tokens mirror EVE Online’s PLEX system, allowing players to trade gold at the auction house for trinkets worth one month of game time.

The flip side is that players can purchase the tokens for $ 20 and sell them, essentially providing a safe, gold farmer-free way of purchasing in-game gold with real money. The tokens went live yesterday.

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Blizzard set the opening auction price for them at 30,000 gold, though players report that number has increased. How this impacts the WoW economy long-term is something we’ll need to wait to and see as these become more common.

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Our Take
The Game Informer editors that play WoW tell me that the 30,000 gold is likely going to be attainable for regular players. However, casual fans might have a harder time funding their subscription using only this method. – The Feed

Dragon Age Companion Book The World Of Thedas Volume 2 Coming In April

Dark Horse has announced the release date for its latest Dragon Age companion project. The World of Thedas Volume 2 is coming this month.

The second volume of Dark Horse’s compendia includes information on the heroes, villains, and culture found in BioWare’s titles. The studio crafted new art and shared lore with Dark Horse for inclusion, and the information is current through the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

List price is $ 39.99, but some retailers are already listing it at substantially lower prices. The World of Thedas Volume 2 will be out on April 29. The first volume was released in 2013 and is still available in print as of this publication.

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Check Out This Real-Life Version Of World Of Warcraft’s Gorehowl

Tony Swatton, Hollywood/video game blacksmith whose creations have been seen on the Man at Arms series, creates World of Warcraft's Gorehowl two-handed axe.

The video covers a little bit of the lore, and the sweat and blood that went into the weapon's real-life creation.

You also get to see the axe in action, overpowering some everyday objects.

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One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #4: Who in the world is ‘Richard Lemarchand’?

Relive GDC 2015 through the magic of podcasting! Special guests include IGDA’s Kate Edwards, Harmonix creative director Matt Boch, and an impromptu appearance by a man named Richard Lemarchand. …

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Improbable nets $20M to keep developing virtual world tech

London-based startup Improbable has raised $ 20 million from investment firm Andreesen Horowitz to fund its continuing efforts to develop better technology for creating and operating virtual worlds. …

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Exploring The Deadly World Of Mad Max

If you've played Just Cause 2 from Avalanche Studios, you understand the team's passion for creating gigantic worlds for players to explore. With their new game, Mad Max, players will be set loose in the Wasteland (which kinda sorta isn't Australia) and tasked with finding the resources to create their ideal customizable death car. We spoke with game director Frank Rooke and lead artist Daniel Persson about the process of designing this brutal environment and what you'll encounter in the final game.

Watch the video interview below to learn what features and enemies Mad Max will come across in the Wasteland.

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For more on Mad Max, click on the banner below to enter our hub of exclusive content that will be updated throughout the month. – The Feed