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How far have you progressed in Cataclysm? {WoW}

Feb 25th 2011 8:15PM If you play 3-5 hours most days, you are by no means a casual player. Casual play would be more like playing 3-5 hours per WEEK.

If playing WoW is supposed to be a hobby, then that means it's something you do in your spare time as a leisure activity, and not always in your spare time because other activities should be available for your free time as well. Granted if you're a kid with few responsibilities, then you'll have more spare time. But for most working adults who play this game, spare time is a precious commodity.

Think about using that term "hobby" for a second. How many hours do most people spend on their hobbies, such as stamp collecting, rock climbing, bird watching, model railroading, painting, photography, etc? (Please don't count watching TV as a hobby, for goodness sake!) Normally, people spend just a few hours per week (sometimes per month) on their hobbies, if they have a hobby at all. Now if you're spending a few hours per DAY playing WoW, can you legitmately call that a hobby?

Win a year of Curse's premium service {WoW}

May 12th 2009 1:39PM Very disappointed that WI is officially associating itself with Curse, an organization that's lost my respect because of their stance on WoW Matrix.

I hope I win, so I can throw it in the virtual trash bin.

WoWMatrix responds to Curse and WoW Interface {WoW}

May 6th 2009 7:01PM Go WoW Matrix! They have my support. Curse and WoW Interface have lost my respect.

Throw your own egg hunt with Noblegarden Eggs {WoW}

Apr 27th 2009 7:46AM It's an mmoRPg. Everyone who plays a character in WOW is roleplaying; it's simply a matter of degree.

Blizzard did the wrong thing with Ulduar-10 emblems {WoW}

Apr 11th 2009 3:28PM IT'S NOT ABOUT THE LOOT, PEOPLES!

How many of you who are now in 10-man raiding teams in Wrath got through all the end-game content in TBC? Ten-man raiding progression was introduced so that more players could see the incredible end-game dungeons and bosses. In TBC it was all about getting to and destroying Illidan; the whole expansion was about that, but mainly only hardcore players could even get close.

It's clear that Blizzard wants to cater to the vast majority of its player base: those that play 5-10 hours a week (not per day!), those that don't read WoW news Web sites, blogs or forums, and probably don't even know that WoW podcasts exist. Easier raid content and fewer members required for raid teams ("normal raiding") is part of that effort. It's also clear that they don't want to alienate the minority (hardcore raiders) either, so they keep 25-man "heroic" raiding and add challenging hard mode versions of bosses and tempt us with special achievement challenges.

It's not about the loot. The gear upgrades are just a means to an end for most of us, a means to progress all the way to the ultimate goal: seeing and interacting with all the end-game content and dethroning the Lich King. If you're a passionate, casual WoW player, the 10-man raiding track is a godsend. If you're a hardcore player (and if you're reading this, you probably are), then the heroic raiding track, and all its uber loot, is for you. Seriously, have fun with it! Why are you even running 10-mans?

Most of the player base is just happy they can finally raid seriously. The fact that 10-man raiders get loot almost as good as the hardcore, multiple-hours-a-day, raiders is fantastic.

Interview: Jame of WoW-Pro (part 2) {WoW}

Mar 6th 2009 3:42PM ^What Tate said. Where are your copy editors, for goodness sake?

Dual specs at low levels {WoW}

Feb 17th 2009 6:14AM From a role-playing perspective (no matter what type of realm you're on, this is still an mmoRPg -- I mean, next time you're in game, look around!), dual-specs for a character means it has so much skill and experience that he or she has mastered an unheard of number of special abilities, even beyond all that it takes to learn reaching the pinnacle of experience: level 80.

To be such an elite character to have dual talent specifications should not be easy. It most definitely should require max level, and it should cost a whopping amount of gold.

My Buggy Valentine: Problems with Love is in the Air {WoW}

Feb 16th 2009 6:12AM LOL. I thought this holiday's achievements were perfectly on par for this short event. I liked the way it's complicated and requires a fair bit of luck. I'm a casual player (2-3 hours a day, 4-5 days a week), and I found this holiday's title the easiest to obtain so far.

Granted, I got frustrated a bit, too, but I'm glad many people gave up before earning the title. Afterall, these titles should be rare. If most people had them, it would dilute their "specialness."

Updates to Love is in the Air {WoW}

Feb 13th 2009 11:31PM The Bouquet of RED (not ebon) Roses dropped for me from Prince Keleseth in Utgarde Keep. I've got them equipped now.