World of Warcraft gets new TV commercials, teases Season 12 armor sets

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Mists of Pandaria is exactly two weeks away, and that means it's time for ads with fighting pandas, angry orcs, and malnourished humans to start popping up during prime time TV.

Get a sneak peek at the two new TV shorts inside, cut from the lengthy cinematic we showed you awhile back. And then check out the expansion's hottest gear, just revealed this week, to see what your character could look like if you decide to jump back in.

Saturday Crapshoot: Maniac Mansion (TV)

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Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, it's the TV show even many adventurers thought was only a joke - the Lucasarts classic that went from the smallest screen to... a slightly bigger one.

One of the many puzzles in Day of the Tentacle, the 1993 sequel to the 1987 adventure Maniac Mansion, is fixing a broken down time machine by getting enough money to replace the diamond at its core. The hero, geeky teenager Bernard, blinks at this, asking the mansion's owner, crotchety mad scientist Dr. Fred Edison, why he needs to bother. The guy owns a mansion. Isn't he already rich enough to just order one? Sadly, it turns out not. Not only is Dr. Fred broke, he's never even seen a penny from a big TV show that was made about his family, due to him forgetting to return the contract.

Fixing that problem with time-travel makes for a fun comedy puzzle, but when I first solved it, I figured that was all it was. Like most non-Canadians/Americans, I had no idea that the TV show he was talking about actually existed. But did we miss out, or escape? Let's finally find out...