Dec 16th 2011 11:59AM Great place to sit while I sip my beer!
Nov 14th 2011 11:01AM Exactly the reason I don't run dungeons anymore... I loved Wrath, and would run all the Heroics including the dreaded Oculus. I never managed to finish the Heroic HoR due to the fact that that's when folks started to get into the "speed" runs, and my old hands just couldn't keep up. I would like to see dungeons of Wrath size, and while I don't mind difficult mechanics... having to dodge 3 or 4 of them @ the same time as in the Cata versions... here's hoping MoP introduces a "friendlier" dungeon enviroment!
Aug 29th 2011 11:14AM Sadly even small guilds have this problem. I WAS the GM of a small guild that I thought I was promoting good social skills as my wife & I would constantly greet, and congratulate players as they logged on, and reached achievements. We would do this (the gratz that is) on a case by case situation as not to annoy anyone, but sadly it came down to we were the only ones or others would do this only when we were on. My wife tested this theory when she logged into an Alt that no one was familiar with and was greeted with silence and indifference. As she would level... no comment.... when she would try to chime in on a conversation in guild chat... no response, or a terse remark that was akin to "How dare you comment... Noob!" The sad part about this whole thing was that these were a group of real life friends... folks who I had known for years, and to think that they were treating any new members as such really bothered me. I attempted to "fix" the problem by becoming a lot more vocal about the issues, but it seemed to fall mostly on deaf ears. This group had gotten so accustomed to the way things went down on random Heroic runs that they did when I wasn't on... they all started to act the same way. I decided at that point to turn my guild over to one of my better friends who was still active, and bowed out of the whole WoW scene... lock, stock, and barrel. My 'toons now reside in a private guild that I had on the side, and probably will remain alone till Blizzard does something that promotes a kinder gentler climate that is so sorely needed in a game of it's type & size. Right now everyone is so focused on the level 85 gear grind that they most often forget about all of the time they spent getting there, and the folks that they ran who actually helped get them there.
Aug 12th 2011 10:25AM For reasons that the Mother expressed are exactly the reasons I've all but turned off my account with Blizzard... foul condescending disparaging demeaning, and just downright distasteful language towards those some folks don't consider "leet" enough. I don't have children, and am approaching 50 in years on this old rock we live on... you'd think I'd have a thicker skin, but frankly in my older years I've decided that I don't have to take that crap from some punk with an attitude! I'm now playing World of Tanks for my PvP enjoyment, and while there is still some language present... it's not near as much as I would have expected considering the nature of the game... Blast the other team into next year while stealing their flag! I don't know what it is about WoW that drives what start out to be some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet on the Internet to be mean nasty resentful & cruel when things don't go their way in an instance! Go figure!
Aug 8th 2011 10:28AM I second the portable forge & anvil... thought about this a few months ago as something an Engineer could produce!
Aug 8th 2011 8:40AM Scalable Dungeons... done with the LFG rat-race.
Apr 7th 2011 11:02AM Blizz doesn't get it... you don't need to bribe people to use the LFG tool... just give folks the ability to choose their group type, Elite Speed Run, Skilled but not Leet, and Old & Busted (my category). I realize this will further split the LFG system, but I think it might spur more use which in turn would make up for the category grouping. You can't fix the people using the tool inappropriately, and bribing them just might make it worse... they can however help people whose play styles are a better match with one another find some peace, and possible success. I for one would rather run with an average geared person who plays as I do (for fun with no expectations, or hard feelings) that we may or may not be able to complete an instance due to whatever than some full epic geared raider who is bored and just running instances to pass the time before his raid starts who tosses insults at everyone, and is constantly voting to kick various group members because they "don't measure up" to "Their" standards. Sorry for the runon sentence, but the latter part sure sounded like fun... right? NOT!
Mar 4th 2011 9:23AM I do have to laugh at the various posts that have been down voted because they are saying what people don't want to see... Cata is just too hard for the majority of the subscribers! I'm sure this post will turn black as night, but it will just serve to show "out of sight, out of mind"! Now before I get flamed 6 ways from Sunday I'll explain that I'm a late 40's something male who has to work with computers and their associated problems all day long so my statements will be based on the fact that "I" play MMO games to have fun, relax, and unwind from the day of doing my job. What I don't want to do when "I" play a game is fight an encounter over, and over, and over because I stepped a millimeter too far left, too far right, or that my dps took 2 seconds too long to kill a particular boss never knowing what "exactly" we did wrong. While I don't raid due to time constraints in my real life, yes I actually have one, I did actively run the Heroics in Wrath with a group of adults who play just like I do... none of us can muster the time/schedule to do so. That said... I have barely set foot into the current Heroics due to the quirky mechanics that are so unforgiving to the "non-professional" WoW player. Before you say "Use crowd control... you Noob" I will say that we have always used it (crowd control) even during Wrath heroics which is why "we" took longer than most PuG groups that were bulldozing them in 15min. For my group it was a kind of "poker" night for computer nerds complete with pizza, beer, and spirited chat on Vent. Now I suspect that a lot more people like "us" play WoW than Blizzard would like to believe... and that not all of us are as skilled as they would like us to be... hence the double back on patch 4.1. Now I don't believe the game should be "nerfed" per say, but it should be more forgiving in certain instances... come on my tank stands @ approx. 175k health buffed, and the first boss attack blows through 160k of it... theres something wrong.
I'll end this by saying there are a lot of other MMOs out there right now, and more coming that are not only currently draining Blizzards life blood... a drip here, and a drip there which becomes hemorrhagic with time. If they want to stop this bleeding then they need to take a serious look @ who their subscribers "really" are... there are a lot of different play styles of people these days, and to focus solely on one will prove to be a death sentence. Remember the days of being king of the hill can become quite painful with age, and some young upstart is going to push that old fart right off that hill to claim it. Might not have happened yet, but it will unless that old dog learns some new tricks real fast!
Ok I've said my peace... bring on the flames, and blacken my post.
Feb 8th 2011 8:49AM Since I'm an IT person by day... it only seemed sensible when it was released. I've had 3 guild members hacked all of which Blizzard thankfully restored, but it was a nail biter since all three were officers.
Feb 4th 2011 9:23AM I guess being from the older crowd... I can see both sides of this argument, and agree the a communication breakdown occurred. Each side thought the other side was happy with the situation, and rather than speak with one another before things got out of hand... each respective party reacted & created fallout. Communication is key... it solves many problems before they happen.