Sep 30th 2011 11:40AM WoW Insider should not be giving coverage to politically oriented guilds, period. The most pressing reason is that it's bad for business. Other than the people who don't want politics in their WoW at all, you have those opposed to the philosophy being covered. Generally not wise to piss off a large chunk of your readership.
What makes this particularly egregious is that rather than describing it as a "left leaning guild," and leaving it at that, the article specifically mentions and links to the Daily Kos, which is one of the most offensive, bigoted sites around. Whether or not WoW Insider meant to endorse that site, it comes off that way when it's given such prominence in the article.
Though tempted, I don't plan to stop reading WoW Insider over this one incident, as the content is by and large well-written and pertinent to the game. If this is repeated, however, it may be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Don't bring Trade Chat to the front pages of WoW Insider, please.
Mar 11th 2011 5:48PM Can someone please explain why a Balance druid would NOT use Hurricane? It's the core druid AoE.
Jan 6th 2011 9:51PM Ugh, a spoiler warning would have been nice. That said, I hope this patch isn't dropping any time soon. I haven't been to Hyjal yet. I would like to be able to quest in the same zone everyone else has, rather than a "healed Hyjal" in which I played no part. Perhaps they will phase it? I hope.
Dec 26th 2010 4:17PM I have to disagree about there always having been a "right" talent point distribution. Perhaps a caveat of "to maximize raid benefit" would be appropriate. For players who don't raid much or at all, hybrid specs could be appealing as they would afford more flexibility for solo or 5-man content, particularly before the debut of dual specialization. Far from handicapping your character, they could let you tackle things you couldn't have in a "pure" spec.
Apr 5th 2010 8:06AM I view them as a form of cheating, which is why I won't install DBM. Now, I know that they're accepted by the community at large and by Blizzard, so I don't begrudge anyone who does use them, but I opt not to. I also don't use healing addons, auctioneer, gatherer, etc. Any addon that makes my job playing my character easier is cheating, since it gives me information and utilities that mod-less players lack. I only use a font-changer, Wowhead Looter, and Recount, none of which actually change playing.
Jul 15th 2009 12:13PM I just saw this article, and I honestly don't have the inclination to read through all 9 pages of comments. I will say this, however - I find it irresponsible to post this story. I'm sure WoW Insider isn't the only place where this is posted, but these stories raise the red flags and lets others who might be plotting in-game know that they're being watched. If this had been kept under wraps, you never know what else might have been discovered when bad guys think they're communicating safely.
Jan 20th 2009 12:43PM I don't see any situation where this could be a problem. If I remember correctly, global cooldown is 1.5 seconds. Where would changing aspects twice in under 1.5 seconds be a necessity?
Jul 8th 2008 8:25AM I very much enjoy leveling as well. I have leveled six characters thus far to 70, with two more in their early 60s and two after that in their low 40s. Leveling never gets old for me, because there's always a new level to get, a new upgrade, new talents, new skills. When you level, you're in a state of constant upgrade, something that becomes much harder to maintain once you hit 70.
I enjoy being 70 as well, but I do not feel that "the game starts at 70" as many do.
Jul 3rd 2008 7:53AM I agree that twinking has destroyed the fun in lower level BGs for anyone who doesn't twink. I used to very much enjoy hitting lower level BGs on my way up, but back then, twinks were much less common. The average player could go into a BG and have a chance to contribute.
Nowadays it's a pure waste of time to go into a 10-19 or 20-29 WSG. With all the twinks, it's like being level 29, but in the 30-39 bracket.
To those who say "it's no different than at 70 with S3 players vs. fresh 70s," yes, it is different. At 70, you're EXPECTED to have high level gear, and, as previously pointed out, the gap between high 60s blues and S3 gear is not so great that three blue-geared players cannot take down a S3-geared player.
In lower level BGs, you're not supposed to be sporting gear ridiculously over your level, stat-wise, hence the balance is annihilated and the regular player sporting greens and maybe a couple of blues, with appropriate-level enchants vs Level 60 enchants, is essentially shut out of the game.
It's unfortunate, in my view. You either have to twink to be able to contribute, or forego that part of the game during your leveling process.
Jun 28th 2008 12:00PM They're homogenizing the classes more and more. At this rate, by the next expansion, mages will tank, warriors will heal, and paladins will be primary DPS.
I like the fact that classes have certain roles now, it requires you to put some thought into your group makeup and strategies. Yes, that will still exist, but to lesser and lesser degrees. Not every class needs to be able to do every type of ability, yet that's what it seems they're moving towards.