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Elizabeth Harper

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Writer, gamer, herder of puppies.

Breakfast Topic: Is this really the end of button bloat?

We already knew that Warlords of Draenor would be revamping the game in a big way, but the first look at the 6.0 patch notes gives us a real sense of the scale of the changes that will be hitting us when the patch -- and the expansion -- goes live. It's no surprise that in 15,000 words of patch notes that there's a lot changes in the works. But even knowing that changes were coming, it was still a shock -- especially the skills removed.

But while there are skills I'll miss, what I won't miss is having bars packed with buttons. My screen is full of them, bars upon bars of skills, macros, and consumables I might need at any given time -- not to mention raid bars and other addons that take up screen space. So I'm all for any pruning that lets me stare at buttons less and focus on the game more. The real question is whether this pruning will really be the end of button bloat or if by the end of Warlords -- or the next expansion -- we'll be back to the same button problems we have today.

So, readers, what do you think? Are you for the removal of button bloat -- and do you think this will really fix it?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The joke is on women in Blizzard's April Fool's gag

Though Blizzard doesn't always treat female characters with as much respect as I'd like, where big game companies are concerned they usually do okay -- heck, the fact that you can play a female character at all puts them ahead of a lot of the gaming industry. But Blizzard doesn't have a particularly spotless record, with sexist NPCs, more sexist NPCs, sexual dimorphism, the lack of women in game lore, and the fact that Aggra won't be heading to Draenor in Warlords -- not to mention the fact that Chris Metzen described the journey as "more of a boy's trip" at BlizzCon. The fact that Blizzard does all of this and I still think of them as doing okay speaks to the exceedingly low standards women have where it comes to inclusion in video games.

And in today's April Fool's gag, the joke's on us with the new female draenei models. Today's draenei are the most sexually dimorphic of the lot, with male models that are extremely muscled and female models that are slender -- but still heavy on the cleavage (seriously, they must have so many back problems). Releasing this so-called ugly draenei model as a joke -- though it might have been intended to poke fun at the gamers who insist on sexualized game characters -- just says outright that any women who aren't the height of perfect beauty are a joke.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

This Warcraft-themed wedding will warm even the most undead heart

If there were in-game weddings in World of Warcraft, we bet they'd look a lot like Jen & Nick's wedding -- with everyone dressed up in their best finery, but not leaving their weaponry at home. For this real life wedding, the weapons were hand-made by the happy couple based on their favorite in-game weaponry, all of which were used to great effect in their wedding photos (like the one above).

Of course this gamer wedding had plenty of other geeky touches, like table decorations themed after WoW raid bosses, horde and alliance seating (instead of bride and groom seating), and a dance to Do You Wanna Date My Avatar. After all, you're (probably) only getting married once, so why not make it memorable?

Filed under: News items

Breakfast Topic: The many mysteries of loot drops

Looting monsters in World of Warcraft can be an experience filled with mystery. Surely you've had the quest where you're sent off to collect bear paws or the like where you only get one paw per bear -- or even less? Where do all of those paws go? Or perhaps you've killed a bat who dropped a lockbox, leaving you to wonder what was he keeping in it and how he even got into it. What about the creatures of Azeroth who carry around spare pairs of pants or plate armor? If you're a leatherworker, you've probably occasionally picked up some intestines along with the leather you skinned -- and find gold inside. Yuck. And let's not even get started on the raid bosses of Azeroth who apparently lug around whole chests of loot. (And where was Garrosh hiding all of those heirlooms?)

The game is full of loot conundrums, so today why not tell us yours? What's the most oddball loot you've acquired -- or haven't acquired -- in the game?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Stats 201: Getting your secondary stats just right

Though we did an article covering the game's basic stats that will guide you through leveling any character, once you hit level 90 you need to start considering your secondary stats. These stats, like hit and expertise, become more important when you stop leveling through content and gear to stop at top-tier content. Unfortunately, figuring out what these stats are, what they do, and what you need isn't exactly self-explanatory -- sometimes even requiring you to consult an addon or website to figure out whether a new piece of gear is really an upgrade.

Fortunately, Blizzard is working on simplifying the system with Warlords of Draenor, removing a some secondary stats and the ability to reforge gear -- which will make it a lot easier to tell what gear is an upgrade and start using it immediately. Unfortunately, if you're a new 90 or you've just boosted a new character to 90, you still have to deal with the current system, so we'll lay out just what the secondary stats on your gear mean -- and how to tweak them to your liking with reforging so you're ready to hop into LFR or whatever else you want to do.

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Filed under: WoW Rookie

Breakfast Topic: Your long-term WoW goals

There are plenty of tasks in WoW that are easily achieved in an hour, a day, or a week -- but other goals take time. For example, getting a legendary cloak will probably take you a few months, plenty of high-end crafting is tied to a daily cooldown, and achievements like Loremaster or Insane in the Membrane don't get done overnight. These are more long-term gaming goals that you can't just grind through in a single gaming session (or even two or three), and they're often the sort of thing that you're more likely to find yourself doing when you don't have any more short-term goals at hand.

With end-game content scarce and major game changes unlikely until we're a lot closer to Warlords of Draenor, that means right now is a great time to take a look at your long-term to-do list. This is why I'm finally working on finishing Loremaster, which is something I always meant to do but never made a real effort to get through in the past. Once I manage that, Insane in the Membrane is next. Sure, it requires some dedication (and a certain lack of sanity), but these are things I've always wanted to achieve in-game and simply never made the time to do. So why not start now?

So today's discussion, readers: what gaming projects have you dusted off to work on right now? Do you have any goals you're trying to hit before Warlords?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Who will miss reforging?

Let me start by getting this off my chest: I hate reforging. I hate it with a fiery, burning passion usually reserved for politicians and the sorts of people who think numbers are an acceptable substitute for letters in words -- which is to say a lot. This isn't to say that I don't appreciate the ability to customize my gear, but reforging has turned the ability to customize into a metagaming nightmare.

In order to play my best, when I get a piece of gear -- even if it's a clear upgrade -- before I equip it I need to consult Ask Mr. Robot (or a similar service) and visit a reforger in-game. Then I'll spend a few hundred gold to shuffle the stats on all of my my gear so that the new piece fits without dropping important stats like hit and expertise. Even using an addon to do the hard work of figuring out what to reforge to what, this adds a layer of metagaming between me and my desire to play that I just don't enjoy.

So you can imagine my delight when I found out that reforging was going away. I'm sure I'm not the only one who won't miss reforging -- but I'm equally sure that there are plenty of players out there who don't want to do without this customization option. So today I'm asking you: will you miss reforging? And if so, why?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Which Blizzard games have you been playing?

Lately I've been the odd one out amongst my gaming friends: logging on to WoW to work on alts and professions while others are diving into new content with Diablo 3, Hearthstone, or Heroes of the Storm. It makes playing WoW a bit lonely when you're all on your own, but when shiny new content abounds elsewhere while WoW-players simply have another week of the same raid lockouts, it's hard to blame anyone who's jumped on to the recent Diablo bandwagon.

Though I've been having fun doing new things in the same old game, I don't expect everyone is doing the same -- and sometimes you just need a break from the same old grind. So for today's discussion, tell me gamers: have you been keeping to a regular WoW schedule or have you jumped into other games?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Diablo 3 coming to Xbox One... eventually

Diablo 3's streamlined gameplay makes it a natural fit for consoles -- which would be why you can already pick up the game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, with the last generation of consoles looking a bit dusty, Blizzard has planned an "Ultimate Evil Edition" for PlayStation 4 -- and now we know that it's headed to the Xbox One, as well. The only thing we don't know about this next-gen console version is when, so if you're holding out for some Diablo-style action on your new console, we can't recommend holding your breath.

In the meanwhile, PC gamers can enjoy Diablo 3's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, launching tonight.

Filed under: Diablo 3

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is coming your way today

If you've been waiting on the edge of your seat for Blizzard's release of Diablo 3's Reaper of Souls expansion -- and with content scarce in WoW these days, who isn't? -- your wait is nearly over. However, depending on where you are, your launch time may be a bit different:
  • For Asia, the expansion will be available to play at 11:00 a.m. PDT on March 24.
  • For Europe, the expansion will be available to play at 4:00 p.m. PDT on March 24.
  • For the Americas, the expansion will be available to play at 9:00 p.m. PDT on March 24.
To be ready to play come launch time, make sure your Battle.net client is up to date (launch the client to check for updates or download it if you don't have it), be sure you've downloaded the big 2.01 patch (again, just launch your Battle.net client to check), and be sure you've ordered your copy of Reaper of Souls. Then all you need to do is be logged in come launch time and you'll be ready to jump right into new gameplay. For more tips on surviving launch day, check out Blizzard's launch to-do list.

And, of course, happy demon slaughtering, everyone!

Filed under: Diablo 3

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