Thursday, January 29, 2009

Stupid Dragon

Ever since patch 3.0, a terribly annoying dragon resides in the World of Warcraft login screen. Every couple of minutes it lets loose an obnoxious roar.

You are sure to always find at least one active thread in the WoW forums focusing on this terrible design flaw. But it astounds me that the replies are mostly to tell the poster to STFU, or suggest half-baked solutions to what is the real problem: a stupid dragon. For those of you that find the 'whiners' more annoying than the dragon, I recommend these macros you can play every time you run across one of those threads:

/script PlaySoundFile("Sound\\Ambience\\GlueScreen\\Wrath_Login_1.wav")
/script PlaySoundFile("Sound\\Ambience\\GlueScreen\\Wrath_Login_2.wav") 
/script PlaySoundFile("Sound\\Ambience\\GlueScreen\\Wrath_Login_3.wav") 
/script PlaySoundFile("Sound\\Ambience\\GlueScreen\\Wrath_Login_4.wav")

For those of you who would rather spend time getting rid of the roar, the fix turns out to be terrifically easy.

Download this file and put it into your World Of Warcraft/Data folder to shut the dragon up.

How this works (I think): When WoW needs a resource (a sound, graphic, etc.) it checks the name indexes found in the various MPQ files. If two MPQ files contain the same named resource, it picks one of them (probably from the last file in alphabetical order). So this MPQ file essentially replaces those 4 sound resources above with empty sounds.

Don't believe me? You can use Ladik's MPQ Editor to take a look at the MPQ file.

I cannot take credit for this hack. Someone in the WoW forums posted this fix in a thread I am now unable to find again.

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