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4-29-2008 @ 11:33AM
Amanda don't let them be to rough on you. You reported what would be cool information if in fact it were true. You should not have to go and confirm something you read clearly from Blizzards data-base that is created form in-game statistics taken straight from the realm. Now it does a good job of showing how arena is broken and why it is a bad thing. The community will get behind the cause of ending win trading and it will eventually be fixed. Keep up the great work WoW Insider team I need something to while im at work zzzzzzzzzz!
4-29-2008 @ 11:44AM
Of course not! Journalism is dead, long live blogging! You don't have to have any standards, fact-checking, research or anything at all when you're a blogger. You just post crap left and right and watch the ad money flow in! The truth is though, for every serious journalist that attempts to publish their writings on a website as a blog, there are 10 of these blogs where the people writing have never been to a j-school, don't have any standards and it just brings the cause of the real blogger down to a level that most people still think of blogs as a joke rather than a serious platform for self-publication that removes the corporate entity from the editorial platform of journalism. There's a way to provide entertainment while simultaneously not publishing falsehoods and just plain wrong things. Thankfully there are comments that allow people to correct the posters when they do things like this. You don't get that sort of thing in normal journalism so I suppose it balances out in some aspect.
4-29-2008 @ 12:50PM
Thanks... the way I see it, I don't make the news, I just report it. If it is, in fact, win trading (which is likely) at least it's epic win trading. And whether or not it's fair, it's a fact of life. Blizz has made some attempts to combat cheating in the arena, but people will always find a way to manipulate mechanics. If Blizz is doing nothing about it, then we have to assume it's working as intended, thus it truly is an accomplishment.Similar to Athene, you can love him, or you can hate him, but for what he does he's the best at it. In this case I'm willing to report what is... and that is a 3,000 rating, which to my knowledge has never been done before. I love the arena, but would never participate in win trading. I do it for fun and camaraderie. I've found that we come to the game for many reasons and we have many different goals. It seems we always look down at folks who have different goals than us. For example I can't fathom how anyone actually enjoys raiding, my experience with raids have largely been negative(Not the mechanics themselves, mostly the horrible things that come over Ventrilo). But if raiding is your game, play it! If doing whatever it takes to top the arena charts is your thing, go for it.I never let the haters get to me. Everyone is free to express their opinions. I love that the comments always expand upon the posts, and it's a great opportunity to learn new facts and strategies. I'm happy to get folks talking about just about anything. Maybe there's something about graduate school that makes you humble in the face of criticism. At any rate thank you all for your comments!
5-02-2008 @ 7:19PM
Fact Checking. I know in here at NW, if you fail to fact check and get something wrong, it doesn't matter how good your article is, you are given a F, period.
4-29-2008 @ 2:40PM
Stop congratulating yourself for being a bad journalist. Apparently all that criticism you took in grad school didn't teach you any skepticism. A 30 second search showed that these poorly geared players are over 350 points higher than any other team in their battlegroup.http://armory.wow-europe.com/arena-ladder.xml?b=Bloodlust&ts=2&p=1&sf=rank&sd=aYou don't achieve that kind of spread in ANY competitive activity without cheating.
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