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Factual errors abound in ExtremeTech commentary

Several of you have passed word to us concerning an opinion article by Jim Lynch, a "journalist and community manager" from ExtremeTech. He recently wrote a piece concerning the "Ten Reasons World of Warcraft Sucks". If you would like to laugh a bit, I'd go over and check it out.

I don't want to rip into him for his opinions. He's entitled to them. Opinions are things like "they need new battleground maps," or "Paladins are not good tanks." While we might vehemently disagree with them, they are opinions nonetheless, and they are not facts. Facts are things like "Blizzard can put in new battleground maps," or "Paladins can tank."

What I can do is correct some of his facts. First, he says that a player must spend 5000g to get a flying mount. It only costs 1000g. He suggests a price of 1200g as an appropriate amount to charge for a flying mount, looks like he's 200g too high.

He claims there is no gear for Mookins. While I agree Moonkin gear is few and far between before the tier 6 content, after you set foot into Mount Hyjal and Black Temple, gear and different itemization become available (I'll leave it up to you all to decide if it's good enough or not.)

He claims Blizzard should "get off [their] lazy butts and patch Azeroth so that your subscribers can fly there." Blizzard has came out numerous times and said they'd rather focus on developing new content instead of doing major revamping of old content. So in fact, they are developing a lot – and thus are not lazy.

He states "With the release of the Burning Crusade and the raising of the level cap from 70 to 80..." That's incorrect, the level cap was raised from 60 to 70. Wrath of the Lich King will raise the level cap to 80.

The above are just the pure factual errors. The rest of the article is ridden with opinions that make me want to write a five page diatribe. However I really don't feel there is a need to tell this guy what I think of his opinions.

If you've read it, what do you think of his piece?

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