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Breakfast Topic: Your random dungeon experiences {WoW}

Dec 14th 2009 4:01PM I got hit with a LFG finger Occulus run yesterday. Everyone that zoned in started b*tching and moaning about "blizz hates us... why oh why occulus"

While my teammates may have been crybabies, they stuck with it and we ran through there so quickly and smoothly... not a single death... and one-shot everything in there. We didn't even bother to waste time fussing over who does which drake color -- we all just kinda winged it and went with whatever color we had picked up to fly us between the platforms.

At the end of the instance everyone was pleasantly surprised. Don't be afraid to try new things -- that's the idea of a random dungeon pug. If you don't like a truly RANDOM dungeon, you shouldn't be wasting spaces in the queue.

Gender differences in armor {WoW}

Dec 7th 2009 12:49PM I'm no feminist, and while I did find the panty-like "leggings" laughable, my only real beef with armor is that there are literally NO good options for female character shoulders.

If shoulders are the cornerstone pieces of our armor, I'd like them to be actually VISIBLE. Men have these giant beefy shoulderpieces that clearly proclaim which tier armor they've collected, but females are so dinky small that they can barely be seen. When I faction changed my character from alliance to horde, I finally decided just to roll a male character specifically for the shoulder armor. I don't even LIKE playing a male toon.

I don't care if my armor shows off the midriff, upper thigh, or bosom -- just let my gear changes actually be noticable when I get an upgrade -- particularly those shoulders.

Dual specs and loot priority {WoW}

Aug 27th 2009 12:08PM I don't join a group unless I tell the leader what I'm going to be rolling on.

For example:
I have an ulduar-geared druid, but I really need better tanking offspec gear. I join a heroic group, which I totally overgear, but let them know that I will be rolling on tank items. They get a ubergeared healer, I get the tank gear I need to replace my greens.

Another example:
I need better healing items, but I'm tanking a pug Naxx on my pally. I've already notified the group that I will be rolling on healer items. A uber tanking item drops -- I cannot roll "mainspec" since I already told them I'd be rolling on healer gear. So, even though I'm tanking, I can't roll for the item -- but if nobody else needs it I'll roll for offspec.

Whatever spec I'm rolling on, I DO NOT roll on my alternate spec's loot. One spec. ONE.

It is not fair to double-dip to try and get twice as much loot as everyone else. One "mainspec", pick it before you enter the group and make sure everyone knows about it before you start.

It is NOT fair to:
- Roll on both specs as your "main" spec, essentially getting twice the chances on loot
- Announce which spec you're using as your "mainspec" AFTER that shiny item drops. Loot is a gamble, sometimes it drops and sometimes it doesn't. Take your chances like everyone else and pick your spec before you start the run.
- Keep quiet and let people assume which spec is your mainspec. If they see a tree, they'll think you're rolling on healer gear. If you're using your non-active spec as your mainspec, let them know before they get saved to the instance.

Creative to unveil World of Warcraft headset at BlizzCon {WoW}

Aug 18th 2009 7:23PM Let's hope it has better quality than the Steelseries wow-branded hardware. Because I'm seeing a pattern start to emerge...

Step 1: Take a lemon
Step 2: Add GLOWY LED LIGHTS and call it WARCRAFT!!!
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit!

Breakfast Topic: Do you know where your children are? {WoW}

Aug 2nd 2009 3:54PM @Bonc,

Just because the kid is 13 doesn't mean he has the capacity to act in a mature or reasonable manner. WoW is not a right, it's a priveledge -- like any other GAME.

I'm not saying that EVERY 13-year-old requires supervision in a video game, but a parent does have a right to decide if THEIR child requires it because each child, and each child's reaction to various stimuli, is unique.

For example, shy children may need supervision in WoW because they may react fearfully in aggressively-social situations. Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, people are perfectly fine being complete douches to other people where they might show more politeness and restraint in person. I'd expect some level of supervision from a responsible parent for the sake of the child's mental welfare to help them learn to cope with (or avoid, if need be) these sort of situations. If a parent wants to help their child learn how to cope with their fears in a mediated way, that's their business and that might be what's best for their particular kid.

So there are both positive and negative reasons for a parent to want to supervise their children, and it IS their responsibility to determine how much and when it is needed. I know parents who use games as learning opportunities, and that's great. I've also known parents to use controlled social situations to manipulate bad behaviors and provide alternative coping methods for their children after these situations arise. I've also known completely responsible and capable children who require no supervision to play dynamic social games.

13 years from birth doesn't mean they have the capacity to function at an average 13-year-old maturity. Granted, it's an average, but let's keep in mind there's a wide spectrum of mental maturity and, being kids, that level is constantly shifting as they learn, grow, experience, and react to experiences. A parent's mediation is necessary and commendable if they feel their child's personal capacity will be damaged or at risk.

Project 62*80: 62 level 80s by Christmas {WoW}

May 20th 2009 9:13AM Well, it's not my article to write -- but I've seen multiboxers start all gung-ho with the last highest number to 'box +1..... and then take months to even get off the ground with the installs, and barely reach the level 30's.

If it were a solo boxer... let's say someone set a record of solo-clearing old world content in x amount of hours. Would you report about the solo player who "is gonna" solo-clear old world content in x - 1 hours?

I'm not saying it's not a feat, or newsworthy -- simply that people who perhaps want attention don't actually have to do anything to get attention. From my perspective, the next Joe schmoe who wants 15 minutes of e-fame for doing nothing can just say:

"I'm 'gonna' box (62*80)+1 characters! Quick, someone submit an article to WoWInsider!"

Now I'm not saying the person in this article is not going to level his 62*80 characters. I'll commend him if he actually does. But, until he does, I don't think it deserves this much attention.

Personal opinion, of course. I don't run WI -- if you want to report on every "gonna do this" boxer with xyz number of characters, be my guest. :) At the very least, reports like these generate alot of negative comments. But hey, it's traffic.

Project 62*80: 62 level 80s by Christmas {WoW}

May 20th 2009 12:38AM Phang,

If you flipped a lightswitch, and three of your hallway lightbulbs turn on... Did you turn on the lights? If not, who did?

If your christmas lights turn on at 5pm whether you're home or not, because it's on a timer, did you turn on the lights? If not, who did?

That's why it's not automation.

Project 62*80: 62 level 80s by Christmas {WoW}

May 20th 2009 12:34AM

Not many people do full hardware (zero software) setups anymore -- particularly because Blizzard has clearly stated that software (with limitations) is acceptable... but I know I dropped $8k between my boyfriends' and my ADDITIONAL hardware (not including the PCs we already had). That's not even touching the account costs.

But, all things considered -- if you're at the income level to afford multiboxing (or simply budget out excesses like morning starbucks) you consider the costs per hour of entertainment quite friendly.

Project 62*80: 62 level 80s by Christmas {WoW}

May 20th 2009 12:30AM There are two comments I have to make on this subject.

First and foremost, it's already been linked (to official blue quotes) Blizzard's stance on multiboxing, and their interpretations of their written rules. Feel free to take a personal opinion and disagree, but in the World (of Warcraft), Blizz is law.

Second, I'm starting to get slightly annoyed (and I'm a multiboxer myself) at the attention given to 'boxers who simply think "bigger/more is better". When a new 100-boxer comes along with +1 more characters to 'box, is that going to end up front page news?

Perhaps if this person did level 62 80's by Christmas, it might be newsworthy, but if I said I was going to solo Naxxramas as a naked holy priest, would you report about it? Sure, I might Solo Naxx as a holy priest within the next decade when I'm level 160, but IMO a story isn't newsworthy until someone actually puts their money where their mouth is.

Not to rain on anyone's parade -- they're welcome to do what they want, how they want it. But it just seems silly to make some pre-emptive applaud before anyone's even DONE anything. More often than not (but not always), the 15 minutes of fame are up before the achievement is even done.

Power Word: Barrier may not be coming {WoW}

Mar 10th 2009 10:50PM Me too, though I had the feeling from the general description that we'd be terrible OP if we got something like that.

I'm happy enough with self-castable Penance, though. But massive aoe bubbles would've been hilariously fun.