Apr 3rd 2012 6:55PM Ugh, I'm rereading it and I'm already seeing parts that people are going to jump on for falling into the "telling people the discrimination isn't as bad as they think it is" trap. You have to walk on eggshells for this sort of thing. Eh. I'll deal with it if it comes up.
Apr 3rd 2012 6:50PM There's just one thing I want to point out in this discussion, because for the most part people are in the right and it's just this one oversight that I've yet to see anyone point out. A lot of these posts are talking like bikini armour is the norm, beyond the transmog context.
Guys. There hasn't been a new bikini/bra set, of any kind, since Burning Crusade. Five years ago. Blizzard stopped making them for Wrath. They will likely never make any new ones. Have you not noticed that the people in Black Mageweave or Bloodscale or the dozen or so others are clearly seven-year-old textures compared to the stuff we're getting now? Blizzard doesn't make them anymore. They're an artifact of legacy and Burning Crusade.
Now yes, they still have sexual dimorphism (proooobably not the correct term for this situation, but I'm gonna wing it) with cleavage and midriffs, and I'm not going to fall into the trap of arguing that the extent of the difference matters, because you're right, it doesn't matter. And yes, there are still NPC characters to this day who get designed to look skimpy, either by reusing those five-to-seven year old textures or getting unique models. You can complain about those all you want! You're right about them, frankly.
As someone who can draw enjoyment from these sorts of visuals (think of me what you will for that), I'm not so foolish to ignore that this is not the sort of thing a broad-aiming property should be using. Keep fighting the good fight there. All I'm saying is, we can give Blizzard even just a little credit as far as player gear goes, compared to where we were when the game started; personally, I think we're already halfway there for gear equality. Player characters will never get new bikini armour textures. They're done. They have been for five years.
Dec 16th 2008 12:07AM That questline was hideously frustrating and annoying to do, especially in a partying group like I did. For the blasted abomination quest alone, the guy's inevitable fate was more than he deserved (though quite awesome all the same, not to spoil anything).
Nov 10th 2008 5:58PM I really shouldn't be on a PvP server. Aside from the fact that I utterly hate the idea of other people effectively controlling whether I can play or not (as kenney put it perfectly), there's also the fact that I completely and totally *suck* at it, regardless of character or spec. I have two characters of note, a 70 warrior and a 50 warlock (both Allies), and both of them are essentially walking bullseyes as far as Horde on this server are concerned. No matter *where* I go on my warrior, the legions of T6/S3 Horde (and seemingly *everyone on this damn server* except my friends and I are wearing exactly that) see my pitiful S0 rep gear (or my ramshackled heroic tanking gear since I can kill things *better* in that as opposed to my quote unquote "DPS/PvP" gear) and immediately translate it as "free honor, whoop whoop". The fact that I can do nothing but Devastate and Shockwave at them is probably what invites them to keep doing it over and over. IQD is pretty much impossible to do aside from the bombing run, especially nowadays. I've wanted to respec Arms for ages now in spite of the requests of my friends to stay Prot for what little scraps we can pull together from Heroics before Wrath, but I know that without the gear to back it up a Mortal Strike wouldn't work any better.
It's even worse on my warlock. Since the achievements and statistics have gone up, I have died twenty times: only *three* of those deaths were caused by anything other than PvP. These are *all* world deaths, I have never set foot into a battleground with either character (though I briefly tried Arena on my warrior for a single day. Not fun, especially as my friends again refused to let me respec Arms). It's even more frustrating on my warlock since every death means a wasted soul shard having to resummon my pet, and I don't like spending those things if I don't have to.
On top of it all there's just the sheer, sheer fact that I completely suck at fighting other people, and I always have. Just recently I was in Blasted Lands on my warlock doing those hideously long buff quests for the two blood elves, when I was jumped by a moonkin one level below me (I was 49 at the time, he was 48). I had seen him before, from a distance, but I figured he'd leave me alone, plus there was a legion of Ally 70s farming the undead circles behind me. Despite popping everything I had - Death Coil, Siphon Life, Fearing constantly, Drain Life, draining his mana, popping out of his roots with Every Man for Himself, my Voidwalker chasing him the whole time - he simply healed through it all and killed me.
Now, I don't like ganking, at all. I refuse to do it to anybody, and my dream is to be able to fight against gank*ers*, a dream that is stymied by the massive PvP gear gap that currently exists (and the whole "stay Prot" thing, I don't live in a goddamn instance people). Despite numerous moments where I have basically broken down on my warrior and declared all Horde KOS, I just can't bring myself to land the first blow on anyone while traveling the world, even though I know the first blow is basically what decides the fight most of the time. This time, though, I just couldn't take it. Losing to someone who was lower level than me, who had therefore shown that he could beat me again and again and again, and thus could keep me from doing my questing and getting done what I wanted to do, made me literally shake in rage. I freaking *flipped.* So, for what I hope is the only time, I hopped on my warrior, beat feat to Nethergarde, and hunted him down. Once, twice, three times I two-shot him. He /boggled at me upon the third death, apparently unaware of the fact that this warrior was in the same guild as the warlock who's day he just ruined. Of course, he then called in a S4 shadow priest to be his bodyguard, so with my pitiful gear I was forced to leave it at three.
The frustrating thing of it all is that anyone who reads it and gives a damn will probably ask me, "Dude, why are you even on a PvP server if you don't like it at all"? And of course, my answer is that I would *love* to pack up and go to a PvE server, which is where I started playing the game. Unfortunately, that means leaving my friends, and playing this game on your own is *incredibly* boring. I play constantly with two people, and both of them swear by PvP servers; not because they like being ganked, but because it's "all they've ever known". There's also the justification of the fact that we've finally found a raiding guild we want to stick with, but that's so few and far between and we can't even get them to help out with heroics as of late. (This is also why they insist I stick to Prot, even though we maybe do one instance a day and I *really* want to just be making money to get my epic mount.) So really, my only option on my warrior is to hope they get the dual spec system out as fast as possible, and hope that I can get into the Arena system fast enough to start getting *some* semblance of gear. I'm not even interested in the gear for PvP sake, only so that I can defend myself out in the world when I'm trying to do something I actually enjoy.
Aug 23rd 2008 2:16PM There is no way that's Arthas. Aside from the fact that they still have Arthas' old voice actor, as late as Blizzcon 2007 in fact, there's the fact (fact fact fact) that the guy in the sound bites refers to the Lich King in the *third person.* C'mon, people, let's have some listening comprehension.
Aug 22nd 2008 10:40PM Perhaps you should look at the links you're using before you actually share them. Specifically the parts that that "model" was a fan creation, and always was.
Jun 1st 2007 7:30AM There is actually one really good reason not to go anywhere near gold farming services and gold farming websites, that actually directly affects the person buying the gold in a negative way: these sorts of sites are, inevitably, absolutely laden with keyloggers and trojans and all sorts of other not-nice bugs designed to get into your computer while you mull over your purchase.
Think about it: why would these companies *want* to give the gold away? That means they have to farm more to replace it, which means they have to pay people (however little) to do that. But if they can just go into your account after you receive the gold, take the money out, vendor off all your stuff and disenchant the rest to get *more* gold then they already did, then that means they have more to offer other people without having to go through the effort of getting it - and they still have your money. So in effect, you are paying someone hundreds of dollars for the privilege of bankrupting your character and setting you back even further than you already were. Congratulations, don't you feel special?
May 30th 2007 6:04PM And to be fair, there is a druid trainer in Silvermoon.
May 29th 2007 9:34AM I'd just like to say that the guy who wrote that "Horde is evil" article is so unbelievably full of it, and as he has so obviously not played any of the Warcraft games outside of WoW, his half-baked opinion on the story really has no bearing on anything. If you can tell me that the Orcs are evil, with them spending their time trying to rebuild their civilization, weeding out the demonic corruption in their ranks (or using it to strike at other pockets of that corruption), all with a leader who *constantly* springs on any opportunity to make peace between the Horde and the Alliance and makes no secret of that desire... well, I'll tell you that you haven't been paying attention.