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PopCap Adds  Bejeweled  To  World Of Warcraft
PopCap Adds Bejeweled To World Of Warcraft
September 22, 2008 | By David Jenkins

September 22, 2008 | By David Jenkins
More: Console/PC

A version of puzzle game favorite Bejeweled will be offered as an add-on for Blizzard’s massively multiplayer game World of WarCraft.

Publisher PopCap Games created the official version after it became aware of the popularity of unofficial clone Besharded being used in the game. According to a report on consumer website Joystiq, PopCap tapped Besharded creator Michael Fromwiller to create an official version of the game.

The application was originally intended to kill time during long raids, farming sessions, flights, and other only semi-interactive activities. The add-on will be offered free of charge, and has apparently been developed after only limited contact between Blizzard and PopCap Games.

The add-on offers classic, timed, and "flight" modes, a customizable user interface, and a persistent high score table. A Bejeweling "tradeskill" also ranks up with player’s achievements.

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Janne Haffer
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I remember the small games you could find and play in your hud in system shock, they were pretty cool. However nobody really played them since the main game had actual fun gameplay in itself...

Scott McCain
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Exactly what Janne said. Maybe the creators of the game should make it a bit more immersive and less of a time sink and the need for sub-games which pass the time will go away. SWG recently introduced a card game, similar to magic and the card game that SOE has in EQII. Maybe we are seeing an overarching theme here MMO devs? Less time sinks, more game play! It's super easy, and intimates to laziness, to make time sink based quests - go kill 100 monsters, come talk to me. What is hard is to create quests which make the player feel involved in the story line rather than just a side-line player gathering junk for an NPC, killing some gawd awful amount of creatures to get one item, or, the worst, a 20 minute cross server trip just to deliver some token to some guy who will send you on more meaningless quests.