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Breakfast Topic: The GM's wife {WoW}

Oct 27th 2010 9:08AM In my experience as officer in three guilds over five years, couples can be troublesome in guilds if their skill level is radically different. I've also found that gender has nothing to do with that skill level...

I've been in the situation where the husband needed to be the centre of attention AT ALL TIMES and would basically jump in and answer for his wife half the time, and vice versa. I've been in the situation where the wife was the better player so you got stuck with the husband, and vice versa. I've had female main tanks and male lead healers, and vice versa. And frankly, the more I think about my actual experiences with real guilds and real people, the less of a skill disparity or attitude I see between genders.

So, topics like this tend to make me go "hmm, I wonder", just because I'm as saturated by stereotype as the next guy, but thinking of actual real situations they seem a bit pointless. There are pros and cons to not only couples but in real-life friends, relatives and so on, where there's a pressure to reflect well or danger of becoming a burden, which would be a worthwhile topic...

All the World's a Stage: How Blizzard supports roleplay {WoW}

Sep 21st 2010 6:23AM Support means just that. Support. What you're asking for then, is not support. You're asking for Blizzard to enforce a specific type of playing. Not everyone RP's the same way. I like to RP. But I don't like to walk slowly through the forest on my way to Utgarde Keep. I like dungeon hopping with the LFG tool. People who don't can just not use it and travel the old fashioned way.

People enjoy playing in different ways. And you don't have the right to tell people that their idea of RP is Not RP Enough, because you're so much more RP Than Thou... As for naming policies, I have never seen a name that I reported with good cause not get changed. And I've reported quite a few.

All the World's a Stage: How Blizzard supports roleplay {WoW}

Sep 20th 2010 6:37AM "Blizzard doesn't support roleplay."

The people who make this comment generally don't mean that Blizzard doesn't support roleplay. They just feel that Blizzard should make RP the only playstyle available, so that you can't avoid RP. Like Angrycelt above, who comments:
"The dungeon finder tool is a good argument against blizzard's RP support since you never have to even leave a city to level up between random instances and battlegrounds"

The complaint is not that Blizzard doesn't support RP - because they do. The complaint is that you can get away with not RP'ing, if you want to... You don't HAVE to use the dungeon finder tool to level up or teleport to an instance. You CAN travel the old fashioned way. The fact that you can means that Blizzard supports it. You can even rest for a while on the way in an inn with your fellow travelers. You can make a great RP feast just of the journey to get there. Blizzard supports plenty of RP. It just doesn't FORCE you to RP, or RP for you. You have to do the thinky bits yourself.

Spiritual Guidance: Shield spam and Divine Aegis, a theorycrafting story {WoW}

Sep 6th 2010 5:43AM Int is nice, especially at lower gear levels - but it has a "cap" of its own: once you have enough mana to get through the fights you're playing, you are officially "capped". Continuing to stack int after that point is like stacking hit after a cap - it's wasted resources because it won't be used. With shadowfiend, HoH, mana pots and intelligent rapture timing, I've found I am never oom on any heroic mode fight, even though I push out every single global cooldown's worth of shields. And this is without Solace (using glowing twilight scale + hc abacus).

Voice-chat and women who play WoW {WoW}

Oct 28th 2007 11:37AM As a very active female player who has been part of leading a casual raiding guild for the past year, I've had to deal with just about every variation of male attention there is. While the "ZOMG! A GIRL!" response does get a bit tired, I've never had problems with sexual harrassment, only the occasional encounter with "what, shouldn't you be in the kitchen?" kind of people who quickly find themselves on my ignore list, and while plenty of gamers are flirtatious, that's no different from real life and I deal with that the same way. Being a female officer can even help, as guys tend to be less defensive when bad news is brought by a woman (that may well be sexist, but it makes my job easier).

Voice chat makes it harder to "hide" in the neutral presumed-to-be-male zone, but I've never felt like hiding anyway. I can see how some women might feel singled out, but I think most people (women included) simply don't realise how many women are playing - we're everywhere! How could they know if we're all hiding.. And of course there are plenty of jerks out there, but that is what /ignore is for.

I think many male gamers don't give other male gamers enough credit, too; most male players are, in fact, neither jerks nor prejudiced against women players, and even so, I find that those who are get over it very quickly, once they've been crushed beyond any hope of recovery on the dmg meters ^^ When it comes to grouping up, in my experience people tend to appreciate good players, plain and simple, regardless of gender. Voice chat might be awkward at first, but my personal opinion is that it's always better to have a more "real" appreciation of the person behind the toon. It tends to make people most considerate, not less.