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Bat mounts? Blizzard, please make it so. {WoW}

Feb 10th 2009 9:36AM i'd like more hippogryph colors. personally i'm partial to the brown and white azshara breed of hippogryph.

also my belf would like a dragonhawk but will never have a bajillion mounts, the end. :(

The Queue: I'm not as strong of a mounter as I once was {WoW}

Feb 9th 2009 2:02PM reposting my question again:

"i was wondering if there's been any noise coming out of blizzard regarding fixing wintergrasp. tenacity is simply not doing the job it was supposed to when i'm in a full wintergrasp raid and have 7 times tenacity and still can't get my tank to the outer walls without getting destroyed."


(from http://www.wowinsider.com/2009/02/03/the-queue-soloing-zul-gurub-like-a-q/2#c16893995)

Best. Bug. Ever. {WoW}

Feb 9th 2009 12:10AM bug confirmed to be awesome.

in fact, just to make sure i had to have several of my friends test it as well. they too confirmed that it was awesome.

Stereoscopic screenshots of Azeroth {WoW}

Feb 7th 2009 12:19PM i can't see it :(

btw i saw coraline 3D last night and now i have these 3D glasses. anyone know where i can find more images i can look at with them or maybe someone can make some wow stuff i can look at with the glasses to make wow 3D :D

The Queue: Shoo fly, don't bother me {WoW}

Feb 6th 2009 2:44PM trying again since my question didn't get answered before.

has there been any news about fixing tenacity? it's woefully inadequate when a full raid with tenacity x 6 or 7 is still incapable of winning. i'm just wondering if the wintergrasp numbers imbalance problem is at all on blizzard's radar.

The Queue: Soloing Zul'Gurub like a Q {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2009 7:54PM yea very funny... but somehow the team with a million guys seems to always win. and what does a million health matter when i can't get my tank anywhere near a wall...? my million health isn't going to get that wall down anytime soon. and even when i have tenacity times ten, all it means is that the swarm of guys around me takes ten seconds to kill me instead of two. i wouldn't be complaining if we were winning, believe me :P

The Queue: Soloing Zul'Gurub like a Q {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2009 2:18PM i was wondering if there's been any noise coming out of blizzard regarding fixing wintergrasp. tenacity is simply not doing the job it was supposed to when i'm in a full wintergrasp raid and have 7 times tenacity and still can't get my tank to the outer walls without getting destroyed. (my computer lagging out and dc'ing at the mere sight of a solid wall of allies off in the distance is another issue altogether :P)

Things that don't annoy me {WoW}

Jan 20th 2009 7:51AM i think that anyone who played beta could tell you how fantastic dalaran was.

as it is now, it's like a terrible lag stew for me. i move 3 steps, wait while my computer freezes, wait for everything to reload, move 3 more steps. total nightmare. way worse than shatt.

15 Minutes of Fame: Anthropologist digs into WoW Part 2 {WoW}

Jan 6th 2009 8:03PM thanks for your comment. i agree with you 100%. personally i make a point of making sure that whatever guild i (used to) raid with had a zero tolerance policy toward racism (almost impossible to find a guild that has a zero tolerance policy toward homophobia and sexism...). i was a big enforcer of no-racism policies in the various guilds i've been a member of and once had a public (on the former worldwide lfg channel) fight with a guild whose members were known for their racist attitudes. in this instance in particular someone had apped to the guild and in their app under the section of "why do you want to join our guild" put "because the only loot you give to n*****s is a noose" - and he got into the guild. so i made a bit of an issue out of that on our server.

in another instance a recruit made a racist joke in guild chat and no one responded (either with laughter or with admonishment) so i just whispered him and said "that kind of language is not acceptable in our guild." i think that instead of cussing someone out, calmly letting them know that what they are saying has no place in wow is the way to go.

and while i do agree that wow is overwhelmingly white, i function with the assumption that anyone i encounter could be anything and experience has proven that to be the case. one of my closest wow friends is the mt of his guild and is chinese-canadian. at the same time, one of his good wow friends once said something on vent about all the "f'ing towelheads." let's just say i don't spend time with that dude anymore.

wow is filled with white racists (many of whom are immature folks who are trying to show how macho they are by putting others down while protected with anonymity) and it's the duty of all of us to fight it when we see it. thanks for bringing attention to this issue.

15 Minutes of Fame: Anthropologist digs into WoW Part 2 {WoW}

Jan 6th 2009 7:36PM my sentiments exactly. i was at a conference a couple years ago where a "shining star" grad student gave a talk about how porting in wow creates a fragmented game experience...i was like really? this is all you've got? this is your big superstar insight? just to give another example, another article i read was about how the alliance was supposed to reflect dominant culture and horde was all subaltern. yea that's a brilliant analysis...was it the jamaican accents, native american architecture, or freed slave lore that gave that one away?

most of the academic work on wow is from true olds (at heart - even if they're not really old) who treat wow as a precious oddity. this is the first researcher i've heard of who actually raids and that's f'ing awesome. as a former "hardcore" raider and only woman in my former hardcore raiding guild at that, i was always looking for ways to theorize it but i always felt like anything i came up with wasn't particularly insightful. and tbh, the analysis of vent as a masculine place isn't particularly revolutionary, but i'm sure there will be much more in the book and i look forward to seeing an in-depth discussion of raiding from someone who actually raids. it'll be a welcome change from the orgasm of scholarly output related to that ghetto of mmo's known as second life (full disclosure: i was hired to do critical research on second life a bit ago. i epically failed. sl sucks.)

ps - love the dig at cultural studies/critical theory. up with cul anth!!! down with litcrit!!! ;)

pps - motivations and social needs met from raiding do vary widely among individuals. back when i raided hardcore (former top 50 US), my motivations were a mix of seeing new content, getting phat loots, getting server firsts, having the best shit on the server, inspiring awe among server denizens/being well known as a member of x guild and a quality player, and working together with my guildmates to down tough bosses and get through difficult encounters (i think all raiders know the thrill of finally getting That Boss down). so when blizz waters down the endgame, some of those needs stop getting met. when all the content is accessible, i hate to sound like a prick, but my personal achievements do mean less. when all the content is easy, the thrill of coming together and making something happen with your guildmates is diminished. so some of the recent turns that blizz has taken in their grand theory of how endgame should go means that i'm just not interested in raiding anymore. it's great that more people get to see the content, but i wish they stuck with the "hard on release, then nerfed to oblivion once the top guilds had their way with it" model of endgame content ;) anyway, /jerk and /applaud for your work. i look forward to the book.