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Ensidia snags world-first Tribute to Immortality {WoW}

Nov 2nd 2009 9:55AM It has actually been out for less than three months, considering that it took a month (or close to that) to unlock the heroic-version.

I guess you should also take into account that time becomes irrelevant to some extend, as you only get 1 shot at this achievement every week (when a player dies, it's over).

Breakfast Topic: Hallow's End ends {WoW}

Nov 1st 2009 9:34AM "As a DPS it was impossible to get a group together for this."

That doesn't make any sense. There's no reason not to take at least 3 DPS for the encounter. In fact, since the fight is such a complete faceroll, it is easily doable with a DPS healing or tanking. In other words: Since group-setup matters so little, it should be easier to find a group for this fight than for a Heroic dungeon.

Kalu'ak Fishing Derby details {WoW}

Oct 26th 2009 5:14PM I hope the time of the tournament will be changed. It's a fact that raiding is the major endgame content and that most people raid at 20.00 or so. I guess you can't place the tournament at any time without having it interfere with some peoples' RL-schedule, but you could at least place it on a time where it doesn't interfere with the majority of most players' in-game-schedule.

Phat Loot Phriday: Blade of Tarasque {WoW}

Oct 24th 2009 10:50PM @Kadamon:

It sounds reasonable, but you should do the mat before mindlessly socketing gems just because the color matches.

Let's assume that the socket-bonus which requires a blue gem gives +5 Spell Power (which most of them does in my experience, at least for Elemental Shaman gear).

A Glowing Dreadstone gives 10 Spell Power. So socketing the gem will give you 15 Spell Power total.
If you had ignored the socket-bonus and socketed a Runed Cardinal Ruby instead, you would have had 23 Spell Power.

Phat Loot Phriday: Blade of Tarasque {WoW}

Oct 23rd 2009 11:19PM This isn't relevant to the item itself, but thought I'd might as well give one comment about gem-sockets:

As a DPS, you should (almost) always only use the amount of blue gems that your meta requires (2 for Chaotic, 1 for Relentless). This is because blue gems only give you one stat that is relevant for DPS. You should probably choose a gem where the non-DPS stat is relevant for PvE (MP5, Stamina or Spirit). If you are melee/hunter, you should probably choose a Nightmare Tear (+10 all stat) (which will by itself provide the requirements for Relentless meta).

Therefore: Put one or two blue gems (depending on meta) in blue sockets that provide the best socket-bonuses, and put yellow/red gems in all other sockets.

(The only situation where I could see a DPS-player wanting to socket additional blue gems was if you for some reason really valued the additional non-DPS relevant stat. For instance, if you had mana problems and really wanted MP5, or if you are a priest/mage/druid/lock who wants Spirit or perhaps even if you wanted that extra Stamina for some crazy-AoE-madness hardmode fight. In general, I'm sure you'll prefer a pure-DPS stat, though.)

15 Minutes of Fame: Lights, camera, Death Grip {WoW}

Oct 6th 2009 5:47PM After looking at the lyrics, I must admit that the WoW references in "Lions!" are a bit random in the way that you would only ever recognize them as WoW-references because she has pointed it out. They're not really direct references to the game, but more subjects (disease, hunter, mark...) that happen to exist in WoW. So while I guess it's cool that she uses WoW as an inspiration, the large majority of people listening to the song will never know (at least not without her telling them).

Oh, and by the way: HAWT GURL!!

WoW Moviewatch: Azeroth Super Villains Episode 7 teaser {WoW}

Sep 5th 2009 9:28AM The previous episodes were awesome, I'm looking forward to the next.

Why Hit is a "sexy stat" {WoW}

Aug 13th 2009 5:42PM I'm not sure I like that hit is a necessary stat, and yet is a stat that - for many classes/spec, but not all - needs to be capped, and yet there's "random" buffs that give. A buff that gives attack power or crit is just a welcome bonus (though they may sometimes still be crucial for raiding), but some classes need to have their hit capped. I usually raid with Shadow Priests/Boomkins (3% spell hit) and I'm a Draenei myself (1% hit), so I usually need the same hit from gear. However, I will occasionally find myself without a Boomkin/SPriest, and then I have to change one gear-slot... I even (and this is surely an issue for others) forget to do this change, and I think it might be a bit silly that my gear and talents aren't enough to make me capped by themself.

Of course, you could also argue that it's nice that players have to actually think about their stats and which gear to wear and which classes they are in raid with.

Chinese WoW partial relaunch pics, comparison shots of censorship {WoW}

Aug 11th 2009 4:50PM In regards to the comments about Chinese culture:

I would agree that you should try to understand that other cultures have different traditions than your own. Believing that your culture is the only perfect one would be foolish. I don't think we should necessarily respect cultures. I think that traditions and culture are generally problems.
Compare yourself to the people around you. You generally eat the same food, enjoy the same entertainment and hold the same politics and religion. You're not an individual, but rather part of a big mass which is doing what is has been indoctrinated to do. So in order to get more individualism, I think we need to "break down" culture. Start asking yourself questions like "Do I have better reasons for being a Christian than the Vietnamese have for being Buddhists?" And I certainly think the world would be a better place if we based actions on rationality and arguments instead of traditions and faith.

Anyway, I think it's pretty undeniable that this censorship is ridiculous (like I think censorship usually is). It's okay if an individual Chinese person chooses not to play a video game with skeletons, but the government shouldn't control things like that, as it doesn't hurt anyone. I would also say that we (the Western world) are "right" when we don't feel any offense towards skeletons, as there are no rational reasons to do so. The Chinese people should understand that skeletons are a natural thing and not something that should be taken very serious.
But remember that Chinese culture may be "right" about other issues, and that it certainly isn't the only messed-up country. America, for example, probably has a tons of censorship of its own (among many other issues). And as Keyra pointed out, if you're wearing a cross around your neck, you're just showing your own cultural indoctrination.

Emergency maintenance for several U.S. realms [Updated] {WoW}

Aug 5th 2009 6:27AM "Included on the list is the realm in which my Tauren druid resides -- so I still have no idea how her new forms look."

You could just look at the pictures posted on this very site? ;)