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The Daily Blues {WoW}

Sep 14th 2010 10:28AM Really? Why?

Won't retuning AQ20 to be a 10player level 60 raid mean it will only be played by the small handful of people who play in level-locked guilds, and the teeny fraction of people who ignore all the talk of the level cap and associated content, assuming they can find 9 other people with the same approach who form a viable raid. Or by bored 85s trying to solo it.

Retuning AQ20 to be a level 80+ 10 player raid makes it *another* place to go when you're bored with *insert progression content area*, for fun which still has some element of challenge. Huge numbers of people started playing in BC and WotLK, who (if they've seen AQ at all) will probably have flattened it for the achievement/any rare drops with a bunch of 80s i.e. not really experienced it as an actual fight.

For my money, I'd be delighted if *all* of the remaining low-level raids were retuned. They don't necessarily have to drop current loot; just making the fights worth putting a group together for would be a great way for newer players (like me) to experience the older content in a vaguely meaningful way.

WoW Rookie: These darn kids today need to learn ... {WoW}

Sep 9th 2010 12:44PM Gah. How about

That first playing WoW during the Wrath expansion does not automatically make you a drooling idiot incapable of anything other than mashing your face into your input devices

That "you've been playing since beta" does not automatically mean you know everything about everything, ever. That "it's too easy now for the nabs and casuals" is only even slightly reasonable to say if you have a more-or-less full set of heroic mode kills. If you're 8/12 ICC10N then SHUT UP.

That achievements are currently PER CHARACTER. So they're not necessarily the best indicator of skill/experience

That doing stuff *to be nice* is awesome both for the person who receives AND FOR YOU TOO! Try it. You'll like it. And it'll come back to you.

Breakfast Topic: How far did you expect to take WoW? {WoW}

Sep 2nd 2010 9:21AM a reply to Josin:

To be fair, he's pretty explicitly stated here exactly what's fair and how his content can be used. And it would seem Brandon/an editor has since noticed and added an attribution to the image. is a large commercial operation, it's not inappropriate to suggest they give credit, and they clearly don't have a problem with doing so.

15 Minutes of Fame: The Frag Dolls' Valkyrie {WoW}

Feb 19th 2010 7:45AM @Asuul

Sorry to prick your bubble there but is exactly what it says on the tin. There's an interview with Tristan of the Elitist podcast (and NGA member) on the Twisted Nether Blogcast where he talks about it, briefly.

The Lawbringer: Contracts and player bans {WoW}

Feb 16th 2010 7:33AM I think Ensidia missed a trick.

They spotted something a little strange with the 25man version of the instance, but missed what I presume would be an easy solution. A message to the GMs:

"Hey GMs, it's [xxxx] the raid leader of Ensidia's 25man team. We're going for 25man LK and we're not sure if we've spotted a bug, or just a quirk of the 25 man version. What's happening is [description of the saronite bomb issue]. We're going to carry on trying for now -- let us know if it *is* a bug and we'll stop."

I'd have thought that would do. They've reported a *possible* problem, they can carry on and if it is a bug, they've done the right thing. If they'd done that and then completed the raid before the GMs got back to them I can't imagine they would have been banned -- just had the achievements removed. They could have then carried on trying. Or maybe a GM would have come right by to say "hey guys, thanks for pointing it out. It *is* a bug, we'll hotfix. Come back tomorrow."

Scattered Shots: Can Beast Mastery raid? {WoW}

Feb 11th 2010 1:36PM Hmm. Surely that's the point there.

Dual specs exist for a reason, and if you're raiding you can afford 1000g. So pick up dual specs and start building your offset.

If you love BM, play BM. Nothing wrong with that. If your guild is raiding happily with you in your BM spec, great. Carry on. Nothing to see here.

The takeaway for me here is that *if* you're a raiding hunter and *if* your raid leader wants max DPS from you, they might ask you to switch specs. And *if* they need it and *if* you care about that, you'll probably want to switch specs.

It's similar to something that Tamarind talked about on Righteous Orbs not that long ago -- whether you keep a guildie who acts like an idiot in guild chat/on vent because they top the meters, or jettison them because you'd rather not read/listen to their idiocy. It's a choice you/your guild makes. If you're all about the server firsts? Maybe BM's not the best. If you're missing by 2% each time? Maybe BM's not the best. If you're having fun and everyone is happy? BM's just fine.

Breakfast Topic: Caught between a rock {WoW}

Jan 20th 2010 8:13PM *whoooooooooooooooooooosh*

Report: Wii parts production shrinks {Joystiq}

Dec 2nd 2009 11:58AM 5.3 billion is not a 52% drop from 7 billion.

Breakfast Topic: How far would you let WoW microtransactions go? {WoW}

Nov 9th 2009 9:12AM Whatever your opinion, if the other servers looked anything like mine on Saturday, people have already voted with their wallets. I saw plenty of Pandarens out and about.

I'm like many people: I'm perfectly happy for there to be a store selling pets, and regular (i.e. normal and fast) mounts, and maybe even "dressing up" clothes for those who want something other than the tuxedo for their bank alt. It's not something *I'm* going to spend money on, but it does no harm to anyone else. If you have a rare mount as a reward for raids/whatever, it doesn't devalue your achievement.

Items which affect the way the game plays is much more dangerous and should be avoided, unless Blizzard plans to switch WoW to the free-to-play model.

IGN provides BBFC primer for non-Brits {Joystiq}

Jun 28th 2007 8:06AM Just a thought on the "why aren't books rated" idea. It could well be down to the old books-as-art-form versus games-as-toys idea. But I'd give serious consideration to the notion that reading a book requires considerably more input from the reader than watching a film.

Firstly, you need to have a sufficiently broad vocabulary and level of reading comprehension to be able to read the book in the first place. Granted, a lot of the generic big-man-with-bad-attitude type stuff isn't exactly Tolstoy, but still...

Also, as books require you to *imagine*, then an unpleasant event in a book is only as unpleasant as your imagination is capable. Which means that books *can* be considerably more disturbing than film/games, if you have sufficient imagination and reference material. However a disturbing film or game presents you with another person's vision - someone who has done some research.