Paid mobile services go free

The Mobile Armory guild chat and AH features are now free. Holy crap. Awesome!

Why do this? Giving it away free adds another “feature” which other MMOs will be compared with. These options are not something that I’d pay for, but I will certainly use infrequently if they are free to use. It also makes it far easier to update guildies on what is going on.Its based on retaining and increasing the value offering of WoW against other games which will compete with Mists of Panda-randa-mania.

Fantastic news, cute toy, and nice option. Continue reading

Advertisements

Authenticate iPhone or Keyring, not both.

There is much rejoicing about the iPhone based authentication recently released, and why not? Its a free version of the keychain. I said previously:

This little app has the potential to help every one of the millions of Blizzard clients, and if done well will help change our expectation of online services.

But they’ve got it 90% right. I tested the sign-up process and have found two things that I don’t like.

Continue reading

Software authenticator announced

A software based authenticator for mobile devices has been announced. Good god, that is an interesting idea!

software_authI think the employee who thought this up, or even the team who wanted it should be taken out to lunch. Somewhere nice too, with white tablecloth. This little app has the potential to help every one of the millions of Blizzard clients, and if done well will help change our expectation of online services.

  • Can you reverse engineer a iPhone/mobile/whatever app? Probably, but how hard. Does the delivery to so many platforms make it easier to get security flaws, as there are so many difefrent platforms?
  • Connection only needed the first time it runs, to setup the account link. Obvious, but important.
  • I wonder if I can put in the serial of my physical keychain, and then use my iPhone for authentication. This way I have two devices linking to my account. Why? So that if my iPhone crashes, or I drop my keychain into the toilet by accident I can still play wow.
  • It won’t be free (nothing good is) but hopefully its no more expensive that the keychain model.

This is also a great sign of what online games, apps, links, and services all over the place should be doing if the proport to have “high security”. 10/10, but it remians to be seen if its safe. The early adopters will be taking a few risks, so I’ll stay with the keychain till after the first few rounds of release.

ps. I wonder if the Apple App Store will give the Devs grief to get the app approved. Afterall you can talk about rude things while playing the game….

Armory on your iPhone

A dev named SaladFork has created an Armory web page optimised for the iPhone. That right folks – you can now browse toons on the Armory using a custom webpage built for mobile devices. The author has put a good deal of effort into the initial beta version, and my quick testing found it worked a treat. Take a look here i.array0.com, or the home page occ.array0.com

For me this is a great form of convergence: wow + iphone = geek fun anywhere.