Dec 23rd 2010 1:07PM A recommendation engine to assist in looking for groups and looking for guilds. My preferences for who I want to raid with shouldn't be any harder to determine than what music I want to listen to, what movie I want to watch, or what book I want to read. Since different things are important to different people, a simple collaborative filtering algorithm would really cut down on the "hell is other people" aspect of WoW.
Oct 8th 2009 2:03PM nice site. just looking through it, it seems useful
Oct 2nd 2009 2:12PM "If I go there will be trouble... and if I stay it will be double...."
Dude, that is BASIC math.
Jan 30th 2009 1:45PM It's staggeringly apparent reading this that it's non-obvious to people that Blizzard isn't enforcing their EULA here, they were unable to enforce their EULA, and are now suing as a copyright violation. Wowglider is being punished for copyright infraction on Blizzard, not breaking their EULA.
It's like catching Al Capone on tax evasion, if we had done so by making some strange argument that established all wealthy people as businesses, and applied corporate tax law to him. Al Capone (WOWGlider) would have gone down (yay!), except that the cost of having pursued him in that manner would be that now all rich people would effectively be businesses.
I agree with both sides: Blizzard SHOULD be able to have a EULA that says "you can't use MMOGlider" (they do, in fact), and they SHOULDN'T be able to attack the makers of MMOGlider for violating copyright, because MMOGlider is NOT copying or distributing any Blizzard product. It's a definite flaw in the legal system that Blizzard has no legal avenue to prevent users from running MMOGlider on their servers. Repurposing copyright law is NOT the solution though.
Jan 30th 2009 1:30PM My reaction isn't about the EULA specifically, and again- I'm not saying that this is the end to freedom in the US. I'm saying that this establishes the act of loading a program into RAM (ie, running the program) as an action protected by copyright, which means you no longer have the right of first sale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-sale_doctrine) with regards to software. Running a program is now legally the same thing as making a copy of that software onto another CD-ROM.
The implications of losing such rights are that you no longer own software that you pay for; any software that you pay for is essentially rented. This makes sense for software that is effectively useless without access to additional software (like WoW and the Wow servers) but doesn't make any sense at all with most other software (operating systems, compilers, office apps, photoshop, non-multiplayer games). Under this system, Adobe can tell you what kind of images are ok to make with photoshop, and which aren't. Microsoft can tell you what applications you are allowed to run on your windows operating system, and what kind of programs are to compile with visual studio. All because running the program is now the same thing as copying it.
Jan 29th 2009 8:31PM "One decision by one person does not equal a "slippery slope""
Normally I would agree. When that one person is a judge setting legal precendence, I disagree.
"And that kinda of over-the-top, dooms day like paranoia about liberal actions is distinctly American in itself. (Note, I'm not insulting Americans in general, just a sadly common mindset)"
And this kind of rebuttal which attacks the assumed qualities of the person presenting the argument rather than actually deal with what is being argued is a cheap way to try to refute an argument without saying a thing. It's a cheap rhetorical device.
I can't tell whether you are trying to insult me for being conservative, liberal, or american- but since you aren't actually reacting to anything I said, I guess it doesn't matter
Jan 29th 2009 7:25PM Great news for world of warcraft, horrible news for the american justice system.
I'll be glad to have less gliders around, but the mechanism through which they are being stopped has disturbing implications.
I would personally rather deal with farmers than saddle my children with this legal precedent.
It's a slippery slope when we start approving re-usable legal tools just because we like the first application.
Jan 28th 2009 5:07PM I think GC is setting a new standard for how to interact with an online community.
I'm a little shocked, actually. I've been playing MMOs since ultima online was released (... that makes it 12 years now???), and I think I'd pretty much resigned myself to uncivil discourse, with the communities permanently threatening to quit and the video game companies maintaining that they could do no wrong.
Jan 28th 2009 3:59PM I'm a tank and haven't healed since early tbc (gruul's lair was the last time I raid-tanked, so it must have been at least 2 years ago), so I'll listen to someone with experience. I didn't mean to imply that warlocks SHOULDN'T lifetap in a raid (obviously- the class is built around getting mana back that way)- just WHY healers were sometimes crabby about it. I think your "not below 50% and not during crazy aoe" is probably a better bit of advice.
I'm sorry if I was snappish, I think I need to make sure I have coffee before responding to articles =)
Jan 28th 2009 2:29PM yeah that is why all healers are the same. the job must be very simple and only gear differentiates the healers