Oct 14th 2007 3:29PM The old Casual vs. Hardcore thing is amusing because as you point out, it's almost impossible to split players like that. Is there really any such thing as a "casual" WoW player?
I don't have any level 70s yet, people would consider me casual in the sense that the content I'm doing isn't raiding or arena, but timewise I'm doing 30-40+ hours a week, which people would consider perhaps not hardcore, but definitely not casual.
The amount of time needed to just reach 70, to me, suggests that no-one could realistically be called "casual" how most people seem to describe it. Does "casual" mean you don't "care" as much about doing the more "hardcore" activities when you eventually hit 70? Does "hardcore" mean you are just obsessive about getting loot and participating in raids/arena all the time?
It's an interesting topic, but groups very rarely are THAT easy to split in two. Except perhaps Male and Female...
Oct 14th 2007 3:08PM @7 Yes there is EVERYTHING wrong with private servers, you wanna play on them, that's fine but they are still against the ToS you agree to after every patch. And OF COURSE Blizzard don't want you playing on a private server for free, mostly due to them losing out on your $15 but there is also the aspect that most private servers are buggy, with major features missing and thus give a less than desirable view of the real genuine product.
If you can morally stomach playing on a private server then no, nothing is stopping you (and if you can't afford $15 then you have no choice but to play on one). But that doesn't make it "right". So get off your "I play on an illegal server because I don't wanna have to pay for anything, even if stuff is glitchy" chair and play some more WoW (and not some person's interpretation of WoW).
Is there really so little legitimate WoW news out there with 2.3 on the PTR and the upcoming Hallow's End event (that has new elements) that there is a need to cover private server events? I sincerely hope not.
Besides all that, the event is more like something someone would create in Second Life and I can't imagine you could tie it in with any kind of lore easily. Imagine all the shouts of "lorelol" if Blizzard did something like that.
Dan's other recent post ( http://www.wowinsider.com/2007/10/14/breakfast-topic-should-all-classes-get-to-tank-heal-and-dps/ ) showed a distinct lack of understanding for the very subject he was posting about, this post lacks the same amount of foresight.
He might well be a co-lead but his posts recently have been ill thought-out and imflammatory.
Thank goodness for Matthew Rossi's, Elizabeth's and Mike's generally well written posts.
Jul 24th 2007 7:47AM I'm new to WoW, literally been playing a week (with the trial 10-days prior) and I've already found myself viewing WoW Insider as my source of information rather than the official forums.
Blizzard really need to crack down on them as I'm sure there must be a wealth of info there, there is just a ton of sniping/whining/trolling covering it up.