I was reading a one of the threads on the official wow forums today (you can see it here) and one of the posters was complaining about how it seems to be expected that people search outside sources for information on a game they are playing because that information isn’t readily available in game.

Responding to that the CM Bashiok agrees that people shouldn’t need to alt tab out for further information but they haven’t found a way of introducing anything into the game yet that will allow them to send out broadcasts and such on information. Such as “Yes, although that Leatherworing pattern says lvl425 it should read 525”, or “yes your archaeology bar is broken and will keep counting fragments till the dogs come home .. when it tells you that you have 44/35 needed just solve the damn thing!”

I thought how could they do this .. I mean if they could translate a lot of what goes on in their blogs, forum posts etc into the game how much better wouldn’t it really be for information dissemination. Then it came to me .. they have message boards, they just need to improve their function!

We have all seen the bulletin boards since Cataclysm started, they are a great way to point you onto where you should be questing next. But what if they were used to post blog style information. You click on the board and you have the “quest” options like normal and underneath is a “Browse other notices” speech bubble like you would see when you want more information from an NPC.

Click on that and it brings up a list of major issues as well as options to look at specific related issues (ie classes, professions & dungeons). It doesn’t have to be overly flash but as long as people can read it that is what matters .  Just imagine .. you open your noticeboard while having the morning Coffee and it reads:

You just click on the topic you want and can read the latest patch notes, forum posts, tweets whatever because it can all be updated live blog style by blizzard. Probably to much to hope for .. but my dreaming aside an ingame blog or newsfeed from Blizzard would be extremely beneficial all round. I think for those that have limited internet access (i.e whose machines can’t handle wow and a blog at the same time, or for teens whos parents don’t like them browsing the internet) then something like this would be a very useful ingame tool.

What about you? Wouldn’t you like to have some of the information in game that you only ever hear about through other sources?