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Totem Talk: Shock and Awe {WoW}

Feb 21st 2010 1:36PM I did use S&A for a while, but I ended up uninstalling it for a few reasons:

First, the Priority Frame. Unless you pre-made rotation, it feels like it's purpose is to run you out of mana as fast as possible. Plus it kinda leads you to a "tunnel vision" scenario where you find you're paying more attention to the frame than everything else...like your health or a situation that might need you to swap out of your rotation.

Second, the bars. They'd be more useful if they were labeled somehow; instead, we either get an icon or nothing at all. I had so many timer bars that I had no idea what they represented; would it have killed the designer to just put the word "Stormstrike" on the bar?

While S&A is good for learning a basic rotation, I found that everything it does can be handled better (and more ascetically pleasingly) with a combination of Power Auras and ClassTimers.

Reader UI of the Week: Your Addon/UI Columnist {WoW}

Feb 9th 2010 11:51PM Looks like the UI column is in good hands. ;)

One thing I'd like to see (and I think would make a good article) is advice on how to put together your own interface. Like, how to break down the UI into the different components (chat, unit frames, buttons, etc), how to choose the right addon, and how to place stuff effectively.

How the WoW community is about to push the self-destruct button {WoW}

Dec 13th 2009 12:37PM I think the WoW forums should pick up a practice they have at Something Awful and adopt the "Toxx Clause". Basically, at SA, if you say something like "That's it, I'm never posting here again", the admins delete your account. It saves on a lot of forum drama and keeps people from "leaving" and then stirring up more trouble next week.

If someone posts on the WoW forums that they're quitting, then Bliz should cancel their account. Why shouldn't they? The guy said he's quitting, why would he care if his account got deleted? At the very least, he should get banned from the forums. Again; he's quitting, so he shouldn't get mad, right?

"I'm quiting" is such an unbelievably hollow threat that I can't understand why people make it. What these people always fail to realize is that a) they are a small drop in a very, very large bucket, and b) Bliz really doesn't care because they already have your money.

What Blizzard really needs to do is just nuke the forums and start over with some serious moderation to keep things civil and intelligent. No whining, trolling, baiting, first-posting, lolcat-ing, or you get a time out. Keep it up and you get a ban. Very simple, very easy. Maybe then the forums will become something useful instead of a downward spiral of stupidity.

Dear Blizzard: Am I your police officer? {WoW}

Mar 15th 2008 3:30PM You know, I see all these people saying that if you don't like a name, ignore it, or get over it, and such.

Why is it that "Maybe I shouldn't pick a stupid name that some people might find offensive, or doesn't follow the rules, or just not act like an immature five-year-old" is never an options?

If you pick a name that you know will break the rules, you pretty much lose the right to complain when you get in trouble when you get caught breaking the rules. After all, it's not like you didn't know that going in.

It just bugs me when people act all offended when they get called to task for acting like rude jerks. Again, why is *not* acting like a rude jerk never an option?

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 21st 2007 8:40AM one last time...for the Horde!

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 20th 2007 6:55PM horde plz

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 19th 2007 10:51PM Geez, I don't even want to know what my odds of getting the Horde laptop are now...

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 18th 2007 6:55PM For the horde!

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 17th 2007 12:51PM For the Horde, yadda yadda...

Enter to win a $5k Dell WoW Edition notebook {WoW}

Dec 16th 2007 11:11AM Horde me please.

(I wornder what the odds are going to be once this is done...)