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Posted 2007-04-21 by Tony Walsh
Human-Computer Interaction expert Sylvie Noël is considering taking pictures of birds in Azeroth (the "World" of World of Warcraft) as a birdwatching project. Sounds like a great idea to me, it's a pity there aren't more opportunities to do this sort of thing in the game. As Noël writes:
    "Alas the bird population in Azeroth isn’t all that interesting: parrots, chickens, owls, vultures, buzzards and other carrion birds - there’s just not that much variation. And once you’ve seen one owl, you’ve pretty much seen them all. The only difference between the species is in the feather colouration."
Even with limited choices, it's worth considering that birding in Warcraft is actually possible--one of the things I enjoyed most about playing the game is that "playing the game" as it was intended isn't really necessary. For some, it's just as fun to poke fun at design choices, find hidden areas, base-jump, or run gnome foot-races.
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Comment posted by Mikyo
April 21, 2007 @ 4:40 pm
I used to greatly enjoy gnome jumping with my epic mount, even tho it was sometimes difficult to persuade them to stay in line and stand still. :P
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
April 23, 2007 @ 10:29 am
I just read about some dude using the Wiimote to fish in Warcraft. Insane!
Comment posted by Ace Albion
April 25, 2007 @ 6:57 am
If you look really closely at the doors, you can watch the paint dry too.

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