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9-21-2010 @ 2:15PM
It will also be interesting to see how they handle availability notifications.The game already does a guild chat notification to everyone when you log on, whether or not you like it. (Always thought this should be optional.) What about here?Let's say you sign up for Remote Auction House with guild chat. The first time you decide to check your auctions really fast on your cell, is something going to pop up in guild chat in-game, telling everyone something like "Grovin has come online" or "Grovin has logged into Remote Auction House"? Are you going to have to say hi and explain you're just checking something at the armory and don't have time to talk?How is this going to work for guild leaders and officers - if there is some type of drama during the day and someone wants to talk to you about it right then, is this just another opportunity we have to end up looking like assholes if we don't drop everything to solve somebody's problem?What about the "last online" thing? If you check the RAH at lunch, does it refresh your "last online" time? If the spouse sees in the guild panel at 5pm that you were last logged in 2 hours ago, are they gonna think you downloaded WoW at work and are jeopardizing your job?Lotta questions are going to need to be answered. Mobile devices are generally used for tasks that take minutes or seconds, not hours. If all guildies online are alerted and might want to talk to you when you don't really have time, some folks will find this a deterrent to adding the service, rather than an enticement to do so.
9-21-2010 @ 2:23PM
Dude, total downer.
9-21-2010 @ 2:27PM
Then those folks may not want the service. Problem solved!Personally i'll use it for the social aspect and not as a leader.
9-21-2010 @ 2:30PM
I'm thinking more along the lines of getting access to /2 ... At least on our server, it would be awesome goodness wrapped in tangy, chewy caramel.
9-21-2010 @ 3:05PM
Pretty sure you can turn off those guild member alert notifications in the options. You can sit here all day thinking up possible worst case scenarios, but it's a waste of energy, frankly. Wait until people begin using the feature and posting about its flaws and benefits--then waste your energy complaining.
9-21-2010 @ 3:45PM
You seriously need a lifestyle change or the stress is going to kill you.I couldn't imagine what life would be if my wife was so concerned about my activites that she'd use my 'last online' as a barometer for my daily comings and goings...Drama's easy enough to deal with, kick those involved and pick up some competent adults. Only children and those who haven't progressed past puberty in terms of emotional maturity create drama.Easy enough answer, even if it doesn't have a custom login stating that you're out and about; "Hai guise! I've got the mobile chat thingy nao, so I may not actually be here when I'm here. Coo'? Coo'."
9-21-2010 @ 4:05PM
Wow, that's a pretty weird take on my statement, Matt.First off, if it was decided that requesting more information so people can make a more informed decision must be characterized as "complaining" from this point forward, I definitely missed THAT memo. I could understand if I was saying "it does this, and it does that, and I don't like it," sure you could call THAT complaining. But when I'm asking "will it do this? will it do that? how is it going to work?" that's called questioning, and only someone with a dubious grasp of the language would consider it complaining.Secondly, "wait until people begin using the feature" is an incredibly stupid response when my entire point is that there's a lot more that people will want to know about how it works BEFORE they subscribe. "Let them all subscribe FIRST, and maybe they'll have buyer's remorse, and maybe not" is just not a very intelligent approach to making any purchase decision.Thirdly, "waste your energy"? Valid discussion of the merits of an available product or service is "wasted energy"? So you'd have us all just shut up and subscribe like good little consumers? I can't tell whether you're an Activision shareholder, or just a guy in a foul mood.
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