Jan 16th 2012 2:49PM Oh Ham, you made the foolish mistake of being critical of Blizzard. That simply doesn't fly on this site and it never, ever has. Even the most well reasoned criticism of the great and powerful Blizz will result in a quick rate-down by the sycophants that constitute the readership here.
That being said, I agree with you. Blizzard's approach to changes has been baffling at times as of late. They take mechanics that have often been part of the game since its inception, remove them then replace them with a new mechanic that is often far less logical and intuitive. This is usually done under the pretext that they want to force people out of "cookie cutter" specs and gear. The sad irony is that the game is more simplified and cookie-cutter now than it's ever been.
Before the inevitable mass rate down begins for my post, perhaps one or two of you could actually think about writing a reply with a well reasoned opinion as to why I'm wrong. I very well could be, after all this is just my opinion. But a civil discussion as to why I'm wrong rather than just a mass rate-down for criticizing the infallible Blizzard would be a wonderful surprise.
Jan 20th 2009 11:34PM Rockyracoon, you obviously don't understand how things work on Wowinsider.com. You are never, ever allowed to complain about server stability, bugs, or lag. You'll automatically be rated down by the sycofant lemmings that comprise the majority of the readership here. Not only that, but you'll see posts with the always clever "QQ" embedded in them. The Great Blizzard cannot be criticized for being unable to smoothly patch their product after four years of practice. They also cannot be criticized for rolling a patch out into production with several known bugs.
Oddly enough, complaining endlessly about your own class in the comments section is not only tolerated, it's encouraged.
P.S. I'm a developer for a billion dollar software/security firm. If you think that Blizzard's track record of poor rollouts and stability issues is acceptable in any other part of the software industry, I suggest you get your head checked.
Not that facts or common sense will change any of the lemming's minds.. so I'll just end this with the sincere advice to eat a bag of dicks if you plan on flaming me.
Nov 12th 2008 12:13AM Is it the end of the world? No, of course not. But people definitely have a right to be irritated. Those of you informing everyone that they should "go outside, talk to their wives, play with their kids, etc) from up on top of your high horse (your parent's basements) are missing the point. From a strictly business perspective, the fact that WoW is a game is irrelevant. It's an online service that millions of people are spending money on with the expectation that it will be available when they want it.
I've worked in the web industry for nine years now and the reality is that if one of the sites that we built for one of our Fortune 500 clients was down unexpectedly for this long, there would be hell to pay.
Yes, WoW is an extremely complex and large application. Yes, mistakes happen. But that's why companies (mine included) spend a tremendous amount of money on hardware and personnel for Quality Assurance testing for each production release, both minor and major. Someone dropped the ball badly here at Blizzard. A show stopping error like this should have been caught before this patch went into production. Period. After four years on the market, major problems in their production environment should not be happening and yet since the 3.0 patch, WoW has been more unstable than at any other point this year.
I also seriously question Blizzard's judgment in applying a production patch on a day where a large portion of their American customers have the day off. Any mistakes are magnified in terms of customer bad will.
I've seen things like this happen before with other companies (in far lower profile circumstances) and all indications point to a company that is desperately trying to prep and release an expansion that they're really not ready for. I hope that things go smoothly When WOLK releases but I'm not counting on it.
Mar 7th 2008 10:16AM Maybe someone already posted this so apologies in advance if I'm touching on an old topic.. But I think the tank shortage is at least in part caused by burnout. My main was a prot tank for 2 and a half years and the MT of my guild. We had a core group of 4 other tanks during that time and I'd be hard pressed to count the number of trips we all took through MC, onyxia, bwl, AQ, and now kara, gruul, mag, ssc and MH.
About six months ago our guild disbanded but I still keep in contact with all four of those guys and not a single one of us is playing a prot warrior as our main. We've either switched to a new class for our main or our warrior is spec'd dps. Tanking is an exhausting job to do long term in the game (no QQ's please.. i'm not whining here). In a five man you're the defacto leader of the group and in a raid you're sharing at least as much responsibility as the raid leader. There's no such thing as a relaxing evening for a tank in a heroic or a raid if you want to do a good job.