Oct 22nd 2011 7:52PM marblex...
Welcome to Wow Insider... where you will be downvoted for voicing a perfectly valid opinion by the moronic masses of fanboys who will not hear a single iota of criticism against Blizzard or it's frankly pathetic attempts to design a whole expansion around an April Fool's joke.
Feb 2nd 2011 10:44AM Very nice, some interesting ideas and some inspirational move sets.
Personally, the characters I'd like to see (aside from the obvious ones like faction leaders etc) would be...
Alexandros Mograine (Ashbringer Vs. Arthas, anyone?)
Uther The Lightbringer
Grom Hellscream (not Garrosh)
With hidden character(s) The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain
Jan 30th 2011 9:39AM And I think it's cute to see ignorant fools such as yourself attempting to justify your misguided opinions by pointlessly dismissing facts without any evidence or references to the contrary other than "Blizzard told me so". *gnihihi*
Jan 29th 2011 8:03AM I think you vastly underestimate not only how many botters are actually out there, but also how much gold can be made through botting.
This is what ACTUALLY happens.
Botters set up accounts. See the S. Multiple accounts. Like, loads of them.
Botters bot there way to 85.
Botters farm mats and vendor them (quicker and safer than AHing them)
Botters sell their excess gold (keeping enough for their main accounts) to gold sellers for peanuts (it's a little bit on the side, after all. As long as it covers the cost of the account over time, it's profit for nothing.)
Gold sellers sell you gold for dirt cheap because... they bought it for practically nothing.
Repeat for every account simultaneously.
1000g is nothing in today's economy... that's why you find trade spammers advertising so cheap. Gold is plentiful, so it's value depreciates. Not to mention that Blizzard cannot... or will not... ban these accounts straight away because of a "lack of evidence" or whatever. And even when they are banned, a lot of them are reopened within a few days anyway upon appeal (something Blizzard DON'T tell you when they publish their banwave numbers)
I'm not saying that there aren't script-kiddies out there robbing people of their precious golds, but with the authenticator that method has been made much more difficult and, as such, not economically viable for gold sellers.
Believe what you will, but as I said when you look into the subject beyond what Blizzard tells you (and without jumping to baseless conclusions) you'll find that actually most of the gold that is sold to the idiots who buy it comes from botters who simply farm the mats and sell them on.
Jan 28th 2011 11:14PM Perhaps if you didn't click on dodgy gold selling ads you wouldn't be bombarded with the spam.
I have had, in the last four years, three dodgy E-Mails. Just three. Quite how anyone can have over 500 scam attempts a week is beyond me... unless of course they keep clicking things they shouldn't. Or, heaven forbid, are gold buyers themselves, and the real source of the problem.
I would suggest instead of changing your associated E-Mail account, that you should stop buying gold from strange sites. Also, buy an authenticator. It'll be good for your health.
Jan 28th 2011 11:08PM Yes, it is good that Blizzard is taking a stand against gold selling. However, I find it incredibly naive of commenters on here who honestly believe that most gold sellers make their gold through hacked accounts.
Instead of jumping on the Blizz fanboy bandwagon who'll blindly believe any old crap that they tell you, a little bit of common sense and actual research suggests that, actually, most of the gold that is sold is farmed by botters as a side-project, and then sold to the gold selling companies. They then add a markup and sell to the idiots who think it's smart to buy gold.
Hacking accounts to run a gold selling service wouldn't be profitable due to the hit and miss nature of the hacked accounts (do they actually have an amount of gold worth stealing?) and the increased account security due to the authenticator.
People who bot have nothing to lose. They farm the gold as quickly as they can, and by the time Blizzard get around to banning the account the farmed gold has already been sold more than covering the cost of the account, with which they will simply buy another one and making a tidy profit.
So, basically, the only people who actually believe hackers are the main source of sold gold are either ignorant or moronic. And those without an authenticator are both.
Dec 25th 2010 10:12PM Ignorance at it's finest, folks.
It must be nice being so blinkered by the mighty corporation not to see just how important this case is for the industry as a whole, and how in actual fact Blizzard are lobbying to crush your rights as a consumer rather than "protect uz from teh nastee botterers."
If anything Blizzard have made botting worse. Instead of one bot holding a monopoly, there are now hundreds all competing for a market share, allusing different methods to circumvent Warden, and a lot of them based in different countries where the laws are different. By taking Glider down they have effectively ensured that there will be no more banwaves against these other bots, and the threat of legal action doesn't apply to those based elsewhere in the world as Blizzard would have to go through this whole legal proceeding again for each individual country.
So, basically, grats Blizzard. You shot yourselves in the foot and tried to spin it to all the fanboys that you were "fighting the good fight" when actually all you wanted was more control and the ability to prosecute anyone who didn't blow their noses after sneezing during a heroic run.
And yes, tin foil hat and all that, but actually look into it. If you manage to actually comprehend it you might be in for a surprise.
Dec 25th 2010 10:04PM But, hang on, wasn't the whole ruling about how breaching the EULA is NOT an illegal activity? Blizzard can police their own property however they want, but just by breaching an EULA it isn't a legal problem.
And this is a good thing. As was asked by a member of the Ninth Circuit, to Blizzard, "If you put in the EULA that all WoW players must clean their teeth before playing, and someone didn't clean their teeth, are they breaching copyright law?"
Making the EULA punishable through the law is a ridiculous, extremely dangerous way of allowing big money-hungry corporations (Activiosn, Microsoft etc.) to in essence write up their own laws and stick them in the EULA.
Oct 10th 2010 11:18AM Indeed... by pointing out that someone is being ignorant and foolish, I am a jerk.
I can remember now why I stopped posting here... people get offended far too easily.
Person A: "Ignorant and possibly offensive comment in a vain attempt at being humerous."
Person B: "Stop being ignorant, you fool!"
Person C: "Stop being a jerk to person A."
Kinda reminds me of the WoW forums...
Oct 10th 2010 9:30AM Yet more ignorant fools who think that schizophrenia is "multiple personality disorder."
How about you find out what schizophrenia actually is before applying it (incorrectly) to your WoW playing habits?