Feb 2nd 2012 12:59PM @MightyMuffin: Actions speak louder than words. The director claims in this article not to blame World of Warcraft for his problems. The documentary however explicitly associates World of Warcraft with issues across all aspects of his social life.
In the documentary and in this article the only information we are given as to how he comes to terms with these issues in his social life is to leave World of Warcraft, upon completion of which all things become better.
From that all we can conclude is that WITH World of Warcraft he was an unhappy, overweight and socially-absent individual. WITHOUT World of Warcraft he is a happy, health-weight social butterfly.
So I ask you this; do you choose to believe the Director's statement, or the director's video? Because they say different things.
Feb 2nd 2012 11:35AM @Johnny
We'll have to agree to disagree. The point you're making is the same point the director is making which I clearly disagree with. To me WoW is not the issue nor is it the instigator of the problem. WoW was the escape he used to avoid his issues and later became the scapegoat so he could continue avoiding his issues and instead blame something else.
Feb 2nd 2012 10:37AM @Demeternoth
You misunderstand. I am not saying he did not HAVE an issue. I am saying that World of Warcraft WAS NOT IT. It was his escape or if you prefer a medical comparison a symptom rather than a true diagnosis. It's great that he's at a place in life now where he's able to enjoy a social life. That doesn't mean World of Warcraft was the root of the issue, that World of Warcraft was the cause of his weight gain, or why he didn't have a love life, or anything else.
His documentary comes off as blaming a symptom; and that is where my issue with it is. As I said before; it's akin to a parent blaming McDonald's for her child's obesity. It's always easier to throw the blame on someone or something than realize the problem is internal.
Feb 2nd 2012 9:18AM Gotta say... not a fan. The director comes off more as just socially-avoidant in general than "OMG I'm addicted to WARCRAFT!!!" It's great that in the end he became more of a social butterfly but it seems he's blaming a video game rather than recognizing his own issues.
There is also this implication that he was overweight because of World of Warcraft, couldn't attend University properly because of World of Warcraft, and was single because of World of Warcraft.
I've left and returned to WoW twice in the course of the game (and am currently playing). I regularly attend guild raids and to a degree help manage my guild. I am also in a committed relationship (for 6 years now), own a home, have a job, etc. It's called time-management. It's an aspect of growing up.
To me "WoW Addiction" is no more valid an excuse than those that claim it was McDonald's that made you fat. It wasn't; it was your choice to eat McDonald's every day.
Oct 31st 2011 12:04PM Because responding to violence with violence has never resulted in anything other than complete and utter success right? Wait... you mean... it doesn't always lead to sunshine and rainbows?
Wait... you mean to tell me there are repercussions to our actions? Why am I only learning this NOW!?
Oct 31st 2011 10:39AM I'm sorry but I wouldn't do anything but recommend she take her issues to the authorities and ceases discussing the matter within the guild. The reasoning is simple; you don't know the whole of it, or if any of it is even true.
That's the crux of being online. She's distributing information that is entirely one-sided without the factor of having to look someone else in the eyes. She could be telling a horrible truth, or she could be making an attention-seeking lie. No one in this guild has any way of knowing.
Encourage her to open up to close friends she is in physical contact with. Those are the people who are in the best position to help her if any of her claims are true.
Sep 2nd 2011 1:44PM This would have been an interesting article to read if it wasn't for that terribly thought-out 'gosspy blonde' joke. Yes, as a healer I do tend to pay attention to a myriad of different aspects of the fight and yes I may point out issues when they arise.
But I am not a gossipy blond just WAITING to be asked so I can dish out all the little problems I noticed, nor do I as a healer or reader appreciate the insinuation that this is what healers (or any class role for that matter) do.
Jun 30th 2011 4:31PM I've been thinking about buying it but hey if I can get it free...
Jan 11th 2011 9:02AM As a healer my favorite post is about the lack of wand options in Cataclysm. I'm doing Heroics out the ears in an effort to get my stats up to par with healing raids, and the fact that this Wand of Untainted Power is the best I have available to me thus far is infuriating.
I do wish Enchanters continued to gain Wand patterns. They are sorely missed; as are weapon oils.