some_textIrving, Callifforrniaa – News today that may sadden a few long time players, who for years have been running World of Warcraft on their childhood Light-brite toys. Officials today announcing that due to significant graphical upgrades in the coming expansion, standard Light-brite users may be forced to run the game on normal graphics settings. Players using the newer Light-brite Pros should be able to  continue using the ultra settings.

“We’re very  excited about this new technology,” stated one Tech forum mod  on the official forums today, “we have new water graphics that actually looks sort of like water.” He went on to say, “thats pretty much it though.” One of the primary knocks against the MMO juggernaut has long been the out-dated graphics, which were already behind industry standards when released in 2004 and have since not been significantly upgraded. The lower quality does have some advantages, such as allowing a broader group of players by including those who may not be on the latest computers.

Immediately following the announcement, a thread popped up on the general forums titled “Save Light-brite Ultra settings!” in which the poster argued that even those operating on the original 1967 version of the toy should still be allowed to experience all the game has to offer.

But critics say that proponents need to get out of the 1960’s.  Said one poster, “Its 2010, almost 2011, I think its high time people upgraded to at least an 1980’s version of the toy.” Others argued that people on the 1967 version should be happy with the normal settings which, according to one beta tester, were ‘not that bad.’

Light-brite is a toy introduced by Hasbro in the late 1960s that features a light shining against a black paper, but through translucent colored pegs that have been stuck into the paper. Later versions removed the need for the black paper and those are the ones that will be able to run Cataclym at the highest settings.

Blizzard today also announced plans to discontinue support for those playing over a standard land-line phone, in which a Blizzard employee would play the game for the player, and describe what was happening over the phone.

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