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Gold Capped: Upcoming Volatile Fire shortages {WoW}

Oct 1st 2011 12:02AM Last time I followed gold capped "buy now" advice was for maelstrom crystals. I purchased 100 of them on the advice that the next patch (with new gear) would cause the enchanting market to explode. That never happened and the price of maelstrom crystals dropped in half as more people started to raid new content and disenchant drops -- flooding the market instead.

I eventually gave up on selling any of them, and simply used them in crafting -- at least I was still making gold (although not as much).

Never depend on making gold. It doesn't always work out.

Dev Watercooler: Ghostcrawler on balance in patch 4.3 {WoW}

Sep 28th 2011 11:54AM For heaven's sake, when will Blizzard quit messing with player specs because of PvP? Fix it once an for all by having two different specs -- one for PvP and one for PvE. That way you won't have to nerf the PvE experience just to keep the PvP folks happy.

Nothing against PvP -- I want them to have the best possible experience too, but I'm tired of getting screwed because of issues with the PvPers -- let them have their own personal sand box to play with and stay the ---- out of mine.

"We don't think this nerf will have major PvE ramifications" fills me with confidence (NOT).

Gold Capped: Warcraft needs a new gold sink, and it needs it yesterday {WoW}

Sep 19th 2011 10:15PM Glyphs make a VERY poor example because they are one of the few things used by almost all levels. I personally have found that lower level gear is selling for less now than it ever did. I vendor more and more of it (or DI it). The issue I see has nothing to do with gold and everything to do with fewer lower level characters farming mats and crafting.

BlizzCon 2011 tickets on sale tomorrow {WoW}

May 21st 2011 7:32PM The Rapture DID happen for me at about 1:17 EDT when I successfully purchased 4 tickets to Blizzcon for 2011.

Yeah, baby, I'm in heaven now!!!

Learning your role {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 10:52AM I've yet to have a successful Cata Heroic run, but have run many normal ones with no problem. It seems the bar has been raised so high that the odds are stacked against a random group succeeding. In each case the Tank or Healer has quit.

There is certainly truth to the trial by fire theory -- that nothing beats doing it for real. And I credit Blizzard for trying to hold our hands by having two different levels for similar fights (Normal and Heroic). However, even trying it for real and learning to crowd control and debuf still doesn't make up for someone forgetting to do the right things just once and wiping the entire group. There is simply no margin for error and that makes the learning process almost impossible and very frustrating.

WoLK was a no brainer upgrade. Cata has caused much grief and suffering. I get the feeling that many people will never rise to the level of skill required for Heroics. I just hope I keep learning so that I'm not in that group.

Win an iPad during Blizzard's Core Hound Pup Adoption Campaign {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 10:39AM Blizzard staying classy again!

I've had an authenticator since I started playing WoW 2 years ago. I figured why waste my time to have things stolen. I switched from the physical device to the mobile one on my iPhone and absolutely love it. During those two years I have watched guildie after guildie get their accounts hacked and heard of their suffering to get their accounts reactivated and their stolen mats restored (Blizzard has always bent over backward helping -- but it take many days).

If this contest encourages folks to start using authenticators, then that is a fantastic benefit for everyone.

At the end of the day any company has only so many resources to deploy. I'd rather have Blizzard add new content and fix bugs then have to restore people's hacked accounts. Using authenticators is a benefit to everyone.

iPad 2, iPhone 5 could use NFC for mobile payments {TUAW.com}

Jan 25th 2011 11:30AM Great -- yet another reason why people will be robbed of their iPhone or iPad. Now not only is it a cool device that can be quickly sold on the black market, but it has access to your line of credit.

Maybe they should use the Near Field Communication to allow the thief to steal my car as well -- maybe even open the door to my house.

Insider Trader: The trick to farmable Maelstrom Crystals {WoW}

Jan 18th 2011 5:54PM This sounds like it would be a better fit for a Jewel crafter to fabricate the crystal, perhaps on a 20-hour cool-down. Or as a rare find for Fire Prism.

On Windrunner, the crystals are fairly common and sell for about 1000G on the AH. However, it isn't uncommon to see a high end scroll like Landslide selling for less than the material cost (about 5700G). I can't understand that at all.

Pitty my Shammy who needs two Landslide Enchants for weapons!

WoW Insider's Cataclysm launch giveaway: Steelseries MMO gaming mouse {WoW}

Dec 6th 2010 10:24AM That mouse looks great...

Fingers crossed.

Drama Mamas: When NSFW guild chat aggros a parent {WoW}

Nov 19th 2010 10:49AM Let me begin with some background info. I am a married 52 year old father of two children (12 and 18).

First, I appreciate the comments by the Drama Mamas about this ultimately being a failure of guild leadership. Generally, even a drunken fool will shut up if you simply announce on chat that there are children playing. As a guild officer, I have frequently spoken up on vent or in chat and reminded folks to remain civil. They have never done anything other than comply with my request. That said, if the behavior goes unchecked for long periods of time, it will be harder to control it.

While pointing out the obvious 'bad parenting skills' of the mom might be a knee-jerk response, most folks above the age of 25 recognize that the worst way to attempt to regain calm in an out of control situation is asking the over-the-edge person to calm down. That just enrages them more. In this case, the mother in question was beyond a shadow of a doubt displaying horrible parenting skills and flew into a rage when someone pointed that out. Shame on her for having her child up that late and for over-reacting. She and her child should have logged out of the game many hours before it got out of control.

The root of the problem wasn't the bad behavior on chat, but the expectation that everything will be safe and comfy and warm all the time, like it is some sort of right. Reality is messy and dirty. The important thing is to teach your children to respond correctly in bad situations (like extract themselves from it), not to try and cover the entire planet with a 'mommy shield'. Unfortunately a parent such as the one described is using WoW as a virtual baby sitter rather than doing the tough job of parenting themself.