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The Daily Grind: What MMOs would you like to see on the Mac? {Massively}

Jul 31st 2009 12:06PM LotRO, Darkfall, Aion, SWTOR, FF XIV

I currently play LotRO on my Mac using Bootcamp, but I'd be much more likely to purchase the other games if they ran natively (though I will probably get SWTOR and FF XIV regardless). Sometimes it's just a pain to quit and reboot just to play for an hour or so.

I played Warhammer using BootCamp when it first came out, and this has made me think about going back. But the last time I went back everything seemed pretty empty and scenarios were popping infrequently (my characters are only around Level 20, Wrath of the Lich King having revitalized my interest WoW not long after WAR launched). So unless things have changed Mythic is a bit late on this one for me.

This Wednesday: Galactrix Flocks things up on XBLA {Joystiq}

Apr 6th 2009 8:12PM I've been looking forward to Flock!, but now that I realise there is no online multiplayer, only local, I'm looking forward to it a little bit less.

Why why why does a game that you purchase and download online NOT have online multiplayer? The friends that I play Xbox with live 2-3 hours away and local multiplayer doesn't do me any good at all.

A plea against vehicle combat {WoW}

Feb 17th 2009 11:56PM "Getting into Ulduar will require vehicles so you can break through an iron army, followed by an enormous tank. It's going to be quite epic, but will make up very little of the entirety of the dungeon. The large majority of Ulduar itself will require you to best encounters on foot with your standard spells and abilities. ... Plenty of new ideas are unfolding in Ulduar. Whether or not you like vehicle encounters, I can assure you we're not introducing Ulduar to you with an epic vehicle siege because we couldn't think of anything else to do. ;) " – Zarhym

Zarhym: Artists are "hacking away at" new dances {WoW}

Jan 31st 2009 11:34PM With your hands on your hips...

Ready Check: Guide to Naxxramas (Thaddius) {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2009 9:40PM Priests' Levitate and Mages' Slow Fall let you walk down to Thaddius's platform as opposed to making the jump. With 3.0.8 they can cast it on others in addition to theselves – last night before we started the encounter we asked who wasn't confident in making the jump and made sure to give them levitate/slow fall to help.

Thaddius is on a 6 minute enrage timer and is basically a DPS race – kill him before he goes Berserk and splats the tank. The healing required is minimal – even with 6 healers on 25-man we always have a couple of healers who mostly just dps (go go smite!).

To beat the enrage timer it's important that everyone stays alive. Even a dead healer or two means you'll have fewer people stacked up for the damage buff.

Breakfast Topic: To bug or not to bug {WoW}

Nov 12th 2008 10:42AM We had a lot of discussions in my guild as to whether it was right or wrong to take the items (or if it didn't really make a difference either way).

Thing is, people were reporting this as a bug on the WoW Forums *FOR HOURS* before Blizzard said anything about it. And I didn't see a single blue response even acknowledging it was an issue, let alone saying they would investigate it, until the they posted the status alert message.

I love Warcraft and I love Blzzard in terms of what they have created. But is there really *any* corporate communications person who would advise "Don't say anything at all" when faced with its product falling over in a heap? I think not.

It's 2008 Blizzard. Try being honest and open with your customers in the future. It's not like we can't figure out what's going oin.

Blizzard sends in-game mail explaining today's problems {WoW}

Nov 12th 2008 1:38AM I had a fair bit of mail older than 15 days. I just opened my mailbox and... it's all gone. The mailbox is empty except for the Customer Support message from Blizzard.

/goes in search of bourbon

3 Raid healing Priest specs at a glance {WoW}

Oct 18th 2008 6:31PM If your raid's DPS sucks then yes, it might be worth going picking up IDS in the Discipline build. But after the patch it seems that *everyone's* DPS is absolutely mad and that IDS isn't going to make the difference now that it might have a week or two ago (or might again come Wrath). Both our healing priests are currently CoH and the guildies who grumbled a bit about not having a spirit buff never even thought about it again after we raced through 'Loot Temple' because it was all so insanely easy.

I don't think that leaving out IDS is a sign of the writer's lack of experience – if you'd read his blog or participated in the PlusHeal forum, you'd know that's not the case. Perhaps it's just that his view of the game and what raid specs Priests might want to try out is different than yours.

Not at BlizzCon? Enter to win a Tabard of Flame anyway {WoW}

Oct 10th 2008 7:19AM gimme mah tabard!

Spiritual Guidance: Everything you ever wanted to know about raid healing at level 80 {WoW}

Oct 6th 2008 5:42PM Stopcasting isn't impossible for people in the Oceanic region ... I live in Australia and regularly raid with latency over 300, and I use stopcasting macros whenever I'm tank healing. I healed the Mage tank in Council this week with stopcasting macros and managed just fine, never going below 80% mana. Until the rogue pwned me >