Feb 16th 2011 1:42PM Overall, the idea is good. Although the chorus "So out of place, the new Alliance race" sounds like all of the forum-dwellers that complained about "lollore" and just comes off irritating. I could forgive that, but...
Dear lord this is his worst delivery ever. I know he normally raps, but that's what this song IS. He swings wildly back and forth across the beat without ever actually hitting it. This is probably my least favorite of his videos.
Feb 11th 2011 12:30PM Pretty much that. The thing I loved the most was the big fat "facts" that he put before that list. What you've actually got there is opinions and wild guesses.
Feb 11th 2011 12:27PM @Ilmyrn:
My point in referring to the GC Blog Post, if you read...which it doesn't seem like you actually did...was not whether or not he was right. The point was, the backlash from the community was pretty severe. And yes, he's not a PR guy. Thing is they -have- PR people, they're called CMs, and it's their job to deliver news in a way that is most likely to be accepted by the community with as little fuss as possible. (Note: This doesn't mean zero fuss. That's impossible. It means far less than what we saw.) If I were a Blizzard CM I would -cringe- anytime I heard a developer was going to make a public blog post and link it to the Launcher of all things. He's usurping their jobs, and making them become apologists for his words.
As for real ID and the forums...that's been covered to death. It wouldn't have done a blessed thing about trolls. Best case scenario was that the forums wouldn't have had trolls posting because NOONE would post due to the real name requirement. In the end, the arguable benefits were not worth the massive cost in privacy. Even their own MvP's...remember, these were people blizzard had said were benefits to the forum community...said they would stop posting if RealID was forced onto the forums. If you are in a situation where that massive privacy breach wouldn't harm you, good for you. But failing to understand that there is a significant portion of the population that would have seen a choice of "don't use the forums or have damage done to your professional/private life" if this had gone forward.
The larger point there, though, with the rest of it, is that Blizzard seemed blindsided that this became the single largest PR disaster in the history of WoW. I could have predicted that a mile off. The point in the end isn't whether or not you like those decisions, but whether or not those decisions display an understanding of a very large portion of their community. And judging by how often they've been blindsided by the storm of community backlash over the decisions of the past year or two, I'd say they do not.
Feb 11th 2011 10:18AM Yes, clearly all of the things I listed were met with praise and applause from the community. Clearly they made WoW a better place to play.
Still, your appeal to supposed authority is amusing. :)
Just because Blizz is the 800lb juggernaut/gorilla hybrid of the MMO world doesn't mean every decision they make is a good one. It also doesn't mean that they understand their community, which was the point of the post. If you have anything to say in rebuttal that actually illustrates their understanding of their community, please, by all means, do.
Otherwise, I see u trollin'.
Feb 11th 2011 8:33AM "Blizzard is chock-full of smart individuals who understand community"
*RealID features being all tied to revealing your real world name.
*The attempt to force RealID onto the forums, backpedaled after one of and possibly -the- worst consumer backlashes in WoW's history coupled with unfortunate consequences for certain members of the CM team.
*Tol Barad honor change hotfix rolled out and then rolled back. "We didn't know this would lead to win trading."
*Arguably, letting people like GC make large public diatribes linked to the front page of the WoW website, and the launcher, rather than allowing the people that they pay to know how to deliver communication in a positive way (The CM team) draft the article instead. Whether you agree or disagree with the message GC delivered, the community backlash against the way in which he delivered it was extremely evident. (Although not equivocal.)
Blizzard doesn't understand a blessed thing about their community anymore. They're too fixated on what they would like it to be, rather than what it is.
Jan 22nd 2011 7:24AM I played an enhance shaman for 3 years. Finally, I became fed up with the broken/fixed rollercoaster (no, I don't mean UP/OP, I mean broken as in when Naxxramas was new content I was pulling aggro after 10 second leads) and the progressing dilution of Shaman's buffs while they remained the weakest versions of themselves in the game due to their stationary position and dependancy on killable totems, and around late Ulduar I switched to Rogue and haven't looked back.
Then they announced giving BL/Hero to BM Hunters and all Mages. I felt like I'd gotten off of a sinking ship right before it -exploded-.
Jan 17th 2011 2:55AM Mary Sue is a term with have to approach with care when it relates to Role-Play. The classical, strict term is a character that is an insert of the author's self into the story, but...well, in Role-Play obviously ALL characters are this by definition to a certain degree. So where does this term even make sense in roleplay?
I think some of the other posters hit it on the head when they brought up the concepts of "flawless" and "breaks the rules of the setting". In roleplay, though, more classically we call this "God-Moding".
So what separates a Mary Sue character from a good old God-Moder? Are the terms redundant of each other, or are there defining characteristics that distinguish the two?
Jan 8th 2011 3:13PM I gave up on immersion in WoW quite some time ago. I'm a roleplayer OUTSIDE WoW going way back to tabletop pen and paper shenanigans, but WoW, while fun, has never scratched that itch for me. Although my characters often have backgrounds that exist only in my head for no other purpose than my own amusement, I would have needed a block and tackle to suspend my disbelief after my goblin was forced to be straight by her unskippable in-game origin story.
I still play my goblin and enjoy the character, but that sort of killed any sense of "this character has story that's mine to tell spoken or unspoken". Really this would have been solvable by making the goblin intro skippable, or a simple "choice" quest early in the goblin experience to give you options instead of shoehorning your character's psyche into one little mold.
Jan 6th 2011 2:52AM All supporting races (Read: Non-playable) only contain male models.
It's honestly annoying and feels both lopsided in the way it fails to present a living breathing world, and incredibly lazy on the part of the Blizzard art team.
"Well, there's the males done...screw it, I'm going for raviolis and a nap."
Dec 31st 2010 10:12AM Well, here we go. *crosses fingers*