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15 Minutes of Fame: Lean and mean with WoW {WoW}

Sep 17th 2008 10:21AM Hmm, a doctoral student studying games in a guild called Terror Nova...might this be the online stomping grounds of Terra Nova regulars? There's a shaman in there named Pleimunni, and Julian Dibbell wrote a book called Play Money a few years ago...

Interest group speaks up against Blizzard on Glider case {WoW}

May 8th 2008 4:37PM Dave,

That's wrong. Reproduction and distribution are separate rights, both listed under 17 USC 106. It is a violation of copyright law to make a copy without authorization unless that copy falls under the fair use exception outlined in section 107.

A section of a paper I just wrote for a copyright class covered this case (yes, IAAL, or will be soon). Here's a brief summary:

Glider is accused of secondary infringement, that is, inducing others to infringe Blizzard's copyrights. No one's really disputing that using Glider is a violation of the TOS; the question is whether breaking the TOS/EULA is copyright infringement. If the users aren't infringing, Glider can't be inducing them to infringe.

Running WoW makes a copy of the program in your RAM. The TOS gives you a license to make this copy. The TOS requires that you not use a third party program to start WoW. Blizzard says that using Glider is outside the scope of the license granted, and thus is copyright infringement.

Glider, and apparently Public Knowledge, say that copyright law doesn't allow limitations on licenses in this way--a license to copy is a license to copy. Any restrictions you put on *how* you copy it or how you use it are just contract terms, because there's no violation of an exclusive right under 106.

This a Big Difference in law. If you break a contract, for the most part the other party can only sue you to comply with the contract or compensate them for their loss (and only for their loss--they're not supposed to get richer than they otherwise would have if you had complied with the contract). This is also the case in copyright law for the most part, but as a preventive measure 17 USC 504 provides for statutory damages, instead of "actual" damages, of $750-$30,000 for *each* work infringed (and this is why people who have thousands of songs on their computer settle with the RIAA).

So what we're talking about here, and the reason everyone is up in arms, is that if Blizz wins this argument, they will have the right to sue me for at least $750 if I let my wife log in on my account to check my auctions. They probably won't, but that's a big bargaining chip to hold in disputes with users.

If both parties pursue this, my guess is it will go to the Supreme Court. There is a Ninth Circuit case involving Ticketmaster and a Federal Circuit case with a long and boring name that conflict on this point, so the Supreme Court would likely take it up to resolve the difference.

Ninja inviting is a no-no {WoW}

Sep 6th 2007 6:09PM I tend to be one of those people who puts together pugs through lfg. I always whisper first, but I don't really wait for a response anymore before sending an invite. I just do it to make clear that I'm not a spammer.

/t x SV?
/invite x

So far no one's complained, and most people accept if they're still lfg.

Sit! Attack! Read! Good doggy {WoW}

Sep 4th 2007 1:42PM Good to have the summary of each boss for future fights, but not terribly insightful. A better guide might include the universal steady shot macro, and explain how to tie in kill command and, for those with windserpents, lightning breath.

I'd also add in a mention of the fact that you stay in combat when you feign death if your pet keeps attacking, so you can't switch trinkets or (and I don't recommend this anymore) drink. Worth macroing petpassive/FD/change trinket if that's your thing.

WoW completely ruins another life {WoW}

Jul 25th 2007 6:13PM We will never stop hearing these stories. Put yourself in this guy's position: you've lost friends, family, health, and income because you chose to play a game way too much.

You can either choose to think a) I've made huge mistakes and brought disaster on myself, and now I must fundamentally change my behavior to fix it; or b) I let an evil thing into my life by accident, and everything will be better once I get the evil thing out.

People will always choose to shift the blame, because you can't cut the evil thing out of your life if it's you.

Don't hate the game, hate the player.

Hunters in the Arena {WoW}

Jul 20th 2007 4:06PM "Hunters are fine. Just becasue there aren't alot in the top 20 teams doesn't mean they're broken."

Sure it does. What other measure could we possibly use?

Hunters are the most popular class, yet the least successful in arenas. Blizzard is too smart to just reason that it's because less talented gamers choose the class (which I think is true to some degree; hunters are the easiest class to play, so when someone is bad at the game, they'll stick around to play a hunter when they would have quit trying to play, say, a mage).

The thing is, serious PVPers don't just stick with their first character; they play the class they think gives them the best chance to win. So think of that stat on hunters as a poll of all the best PVPers in the world: "What class gives you the best chance to win in arenas?"

2% of respondents said hunters. 6-8 times as many said warriors, warlocks, paladins, and priests.

Breakfast Topic: Karma comes around {WoW}

Jul 20th 2007 3:27PM On my pally alt I was lfg for zf in Gadgetzan when a 70 hunter offers to run me through for enchanting mats. I'm suspicious because he couldn't even look to see my name in lfg, since he was too high for the instance, but I take the group invite. We ride just out of town to the north, and he says he has to afk for a min to feed his dog. Then he says I should dismount so he can buff me.

I look over at the horde flightmaster, and I look at the 70 hunter, and I think about MY 70 hunter, and I put together what's coming next. So I dismount.

He casts misdirection on me.

He charges up an aimed shot.

I click off the misdirection buff.

He shoots.

The flightmaster and her pretty little pets eat his face off.

It was beautful.

BigRedKitty: Just Say No to Serpent Sting {WoW}

Jul 11th 2007 4:13PM 6 is right. Say a tank has 490 defense, dodge + parry = 40%, and 25% block. If he's using imp. shield block every time (possible on slow-hitting mobs like Gruul), he's taking regular hits, minus a little block, on 60/100 swings, because his stats guarantee no crits and no crushing blows. You drop chance to hit by 5%, and he's only taking damage on 55/100 swings. 55/60 = 91.7% of normal damage, for an 8.3% reduction in overall damage. The better your tank's gear, the higher the effective damage reduction.

7--Misdirection is *best* for pulling. If you're not 70, the best way to pull is to do as much damage as possible and have the tank taunt the target off you, because that will give him all the hate you generated, making it less likely anyone else will pull aggro. If your tank doesn't want to spend a taunt early, use rank 1 arcane shot (to save mana) or scorpid sting. I think scorpid only generates as much aggro as body-pulling, so even a demo shout will get the mob off you. On a long distance pull, serpent sting will do enough damage to make it harder for your tank unless he taunts.

Religion in Azeroth: Why God is Alliance {WoW}

Jun 27th 2007 11:07AM Hmm, the linked psalm mentions consecration, a blessing of sacrifice and a judgment of righteousness. I'm no Bible expert, but it sounds to me like God is a pally.

Which explains why so many people want Him to be their co-pilot. Crusader aura ftw.

Lighten up, fussballs. There's nothing more hypocritical than an evangelical athiest. You make the rest of us look bad.

Phat Loot Phriday: Gnomish Mind Control Cap {WoW}

Jun 8th 2007 6:06PM Much funnier looking imo is the Electromagnetic Gigaflux Reactivator. Come on, it's got a radar dish on it, is this even a contest?