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Shifting Perspectives: Gearing up your Resto Druid for Kara Part 1 {WoW}

Jun 17th 2008 11:28AM "And too many crits is bad for you even then, as you have no aggro drop."

Shift to Kitty and Cower. Yeah it's not what you want to be doing with your mana and it might work one time in ten, but resto Druids *do* technically have an aggro drop.

New report: Gamers are not lonely losers {WoW}

Jun 15th 2008 2:22PM It's really pretty simple. The mainstream media doesn't get jack shit when people plug their televisions into a console and boot up their favorite game- instead of tuning in to watch the inane drivel they pump out over the airwaves. So it's completely logical that they use their infotainment outlets (Fox News, CNN, nightly news programs, etc) to stir up public sentiment against video games. It's a competing distraction, and every minute you're busy playing WoW or Halo 3 you're not watching any commercials.

It's not just that video games are a competitive activity that's caused such a media backlash- there are a million things you can do with your time that don't involve watching TV. But the big difference between reading books, camping, crocheting, etc. and video games is that video games are competing for money with the media right on it's home turf- your television screen. That's right, you turn on your TV, tune the signal to a local source, and then toil away in front of it for hours- and the media doesn't make a damn cent. That's why there's been such a huge backlash against video games in the mainstream media- they're trying to keep their market cornered.

Oh, of course they'll happily take any video game publisher's money when those companies want to put ad spots on the airwaves. But still they'll unleash fiery waves on invective, call in "experts" to bash gaming ad nauseum, and villefy game producers as irresponsible every time some unsettled person who happens to play video games does something illegal or outrageous. Note that as the study says, video gaming has become commonplace in our society, so it's pretty likely that just about everybody getting into trouble these days has played a video game at some point in the last year. NEWSFLASH- THOUSANDS of CRIMINALS go to CHURCH every year! Obviously churches must be gathering places from which criminal conspirators plot their capers...

Look what happened in the aftermath of Columbine. Where were the "experts" blaming the parents for letting their kids build bombs and procure firearms without their interference? Apparently the "experts" were all to busy blaming video games and music- Doom 2, Marilyn Manson, and KMFDM. Doom 2, is a game that doesn't even require a television to play, and both of the artists cited as influencing those kids were signed to independent labels (nothing records and Wax Trax!, respectively) whose record sales didn't inflate the media conglomerates pockets. Oh, they listened to edgy, independently produced and distributed! If only they'd listened to Britney Spears and watched Everybody Loves Raymond religiously, those boys would never have gone wrong!

And so the vilification of video games continues, but all the evidence suggests that video games are only going to get more commonplace, and the more people are exposed to and enjoy them the less relevant and effective the media's anti-video game marketing campaign people will become.

Shifting Perspectives: Yummy treats for bears to eat {WoW}

May 14th 2008 3:11PM Great article, very useful.

For reference, you can make your "oh shit" button use a combination of health restoratives and it won't keep you out of form any longer than using one (as far as I could ever tell). Macro would be:

/use Super Healing Potion
/use Master Healthstone
/use Charged Crystal Focus
/cast Dire Bear Form

The nice thing here is that the macro doesn't cause problems if you don't have one of these items- it just ignores them. So if you hit it, but you only have a Super Healing Potion and a Master Healthstone, it's not going to get tripped up and leave you out of form- it'll just use the 2 restoratives and put you back in Dire Bear.

I found this macro extremely useful tanking Halazzi in ZA, as he can drop a good portion of your 20k health pretty fast.

Just make sure before you pull the boss that you have the right kind of potion referenced by the macro- it sucks to have to type /m and change your macro to refer to the Volatile Healing Potion you have in your bags because you forgot to change it over from the Super Healing Potions you drank a stack of last night, especially because you're probably going to notice the macro is wrong when you actually need it =D

Breakfast Topic: Do you give to beggars? {WoW}

Apr 26th 2008 10:51AM A good reason not to give to people begging around in major cities: frequently they are gold farmers who have just enough grasp of English to ask for gold to train or get a mount, meaning the gold you give them with the best of intentions is actually just going to get sold for cash.

If somebody asks me for gold in a major city, I usually reply that if they can type a complete sentence in English, I'll give them 20G. I've never actually paid this out, but the resulting responses are usually hilarious.

Blizzard loses a round in the fight against botting {WoW}

Mar 20th 2008 1:56PM Jon H- That's completely absurd. What you're saying is that bank robbers should be able to get away with committing a crime because the bank wasn't secured properly. If the bank couldn't secure their property, why should taxpayers have to pay for police to catch them, courts to give them a fair trial, and jails to incarcerate them?

The family that games together stays together {WoW}

Mar 14th 2008 11:57AM Our MT and MH are husband and wife, and their son runs with us sometimes. He's busy with high school but subs in when we're short a spot. Sometimes I imagine what it's like when they ask him to log on for the raid...

"Son, we need your leet DPS, log on and get to Kara."
"But dad, I have homework to do..."
"Don't talk back to me young man, if you don't log on RIGHT NOW and get your little behind to Kara you're going to be GROUNDED FOR A MONTH!"

Just kidding, they're really chill. Kind of a funny reversal to think about though.

In a guild I used to be in, we had a father-and-son team who played together a lot- the father was stationed in Eastern Europe by the US Army, and his family lived in DC. It was a great way for them to stay in touch and spend time together, which I thought was incredibly cool.

The obvious report: Wrath will not require Vista {WoW}

Mar 12th 2008 4:42PM Of course they won't. If they required Vista for Wrath, they'd generate a lot more account cancellations than Vista upgrades.

BigRedKitty: Patch 2.4 AddOns {WoW}

Feb 25th 2008 1:53PM Wow, a BRK article that isn't about how great he is at PvP? You guys must be paying him pretty damn well.

Breakfast topic: Clicking vs hotkeys {WoW}

Feb 13th 2008 10:56AM The Belkin n52 is the greatest thing for a serious WoW player, if you don't have one look into it or a similar speed pad, it will improve your game play significantly.

Guildwatch: Incriminating evidence {WoW}

Feb 13th 2008 10:45AM Juggernauts (Kael'Thas-A) is recruiting for our 25-man roster! All classes/specs will be considered, please apply at