Feb 24th 2011 7:13AM Yes at both, I am sure. The time it takes to balance encounters is next to nothing in comparison to how long it takes to design the instance terrain & the item models. How am I sure its unchanged? just look at DM and SFK, the terrain and item models reused. Blizz says its for nostalgia, all it says to me is they are trying to throw out more content as they know they have been in the past going too long between patches. Can't blame them for that, but it does amuse me that it gets fanboys heckles up when people call a spade a spade.
Feb 24th 2011 6:28AM People can say all they want about new mobs and bosses being thrown into the dungeon, but the lions share of the work is the item models and the instance terrain itself, which is unchanged. TBH it does stink of laziness, no matter what people will try dress it up as, claiming "Blizzard clearly loves us, releasing all that content in one patch" means diddly when 80-90% of it had been in before.
Just saying, don't be hating.
Dec 15th 2009 6:10PM Or we could acknowledge that freedom of speech and all rights are wholely subjective and cannot be universally enforced. Sadly as much as the American regime would love to push its views of the world onto everyone else it cannot do it. Are the people who quote their rights heroes? The drunk driver who protests his rights when he is sent to jail for causing the death of a little girl, is he a 'hero' because he protested his human right to do what he wants? or is he a zero?
There are many people who are heroes for standing up to oppression, but in the US you hardly have the oppression those rights were intended for. Every time someone is pulled up by the police that person claims some sort of police/state brutality or human rights infringement.
You have to realize by Human Rights legislation being a child molestor is a-ok, as it openly states you cannot discriminate against people for their sexual preferences. Then there is the second right that protects the victim of it, so in a case where both the victim and the perp are protected what can you do? How many people would be keen on seeing the paedophiles human rights upheld?
The Human Rights system is great for the most part. Unfortunately like with many things on this planet it has been marred and dragged down by the idiots who hide behind it and twist it into a self serving purpose. The system was put in place to protect people, and to see its name thrown around so liberally by people who do not understand it is shameful. Do you really think that having a human rights argument over a games forum is what the whole system was designed for? Some would say it is a sense of pride in a free nation we could have such an argument, others in developing and oppressed nations would look at it and likely think it was pathetic.
Simply put whilst I can see the importance of Human Rights, I think there comes a point where there continuous use by many people who do not truly understand the power of the declaration they are using so carelessly becomes tiresome. So Human Rights = Great. Careless use of them for trivial rubbish = Not so much.
Dec 15th 2009 11:58AM Hardly appalling. The fact of the matter is most people who claim to know their rights don't infact know them. Another sad fact is most people whilst they go on about their rights are infact oblivious to the fact those same rights apply to other people and go on about their 'right to' this or 'right to' that, and expect it to be the end of the matter. Well, no, simply put.
If you exercise your right to throw insults, don't get upset when people exercise the same right to insult you back. If you exericse your right to defend yourself by pulling a knife, don't be surprised if the other guy exercises his 'right' by pulling a gun. People think pulling the 'I am exercising my right to xyz' card gives them a free reign to act like petulant pugnacious pricks.
So I will stand by what I said about people quoting their Human rights until people actually learn what that right entails and what it doesn't entail by reading up on it thoroughly. Until you can quote the legislation or at least direct to the appropriate part I don't think you truly do know your rights. We have seen in this comments section how many people think 'freedom of speech' means they can say whatever the hell they want, to whoever the hell they want, whenever the hell they want to say it, and we also know that is infact not true.
Dec 15th 2009 3:08AM I hate how people go about quoting their human rights. It is one of the many reasons I could never become a Police officer and have the utmost respect for anyone in that profession. Having people screaming that they know their rights to you after they've driven a car at twice the speed limit, lost control of it and crashed it into a car carrying young children, all the while having a fire arm at your belt...I don't think i'd have the restraint not to use it.
The "I know my rights..." brigade have always annoyed me, and I had friends as part of that group when I was a kid. Anytime we did something wrong they'd say that line, and it irked me. They think they are rerally cool for saying it to, and don't realize everyone isn't laughing with them because theyve stuck it to the man, they are laughing AT them for being utter tools.
Dec 1st 2009 1:37PM Thank you for this post. It has been a pet peeve of mine ever since the feature was introduced. I have been reported countless times for supposedly being AFK in Arathi Basin, yet what I was in fact doing was defending one of the bases whilst all the other morons ran off in one big group.
These are the morons who go off zerging individual bases then run off to the next one whilst someone comes in behind them and defends it. Humourously this is accompanied often in /bg by "FFS!!!2112" or "OMG DEFEND!" Heres an interesting point, have you ever noticed that 9/10 the people yelling at others for not defending are NEVER defending themselves? hell they are often heading up the zerg group.
Then again when anyone who defends is reported AFK it is no wonder that no one actually wants to defend in BGs anymore. WG is on of the worst as whilst it is easiest to get rid of the debuff people take you standing in your teams base as being AFK when on many occasions it is simply you doing hat they are too braindead to do: defend.
Nov 14th 2009 7:55AM Well this was obvious to all who were playing back in classic when Arenas were first announced for BC. Blizzard went through Classic trying unsuccessfully to balance PvP around 10v10, 15v15 and 40v40 battlegrounds, then they decide to try and balance PvP instead around 2v2, 3v3 and 5v5...It was appallingly apparent to most unblinded people at the time that it was nigh on impossible, especially if you couldn't balance it around bigger numbers. It was also apparent that some classes such as resto druids and paladins would have a huge advantage in arenas over other classes, and it amazed me that Blizzard didn't see it. The only way to have balanced arenas would have been to completely redesign how each class operates, and that would have affected the PvE players, so they never did.
Sep 9th 2009 5:47AM Arthas will die, that was all but confirmed at Blizzcon. Arthas currently is the Lich King, but before him Ner'zhul was, and Arthas proverbally stabbed Ner'zhul in the back to take the power for himself, if there is one thing that shows Arthas is unredeemable it is that fact. It has the ramification that Arthas had a plan for at least much of TFT, as Ner'zhuls grip weakened he probably regained some of his own will and put the plan itself into motion.
Arthas now is the Lich King, he retains much of Ner'zhuls knowledge, but not the Orcs guile ad cunning. Arthas is too reckless, which when you think about it is probably why the Scourge isn't fairing too well. The Scourge itself as stated by Blizzard was never immensely powerful in of itself, it succeeded mostly due to Ner'zhuls plotting, and even then after the Culling the Scourge in Lordaeron had been all but annihalated with all the plagued grain destroyed (shown as people welcomed Arthas back as a hero, if there were still huge numbers of Scourge about they wouldn't of turned out), but Arthas needed vengeance, went to Northrend and the rest is lore.
It is ironic I think that the same brash recklessness that damned Arthas in the first place is actually contributing to the Scourges defeat. I doubt Ner'zhul would of given the same reprieves Arthas has because of what we did 'amusing' him. Anyway as far as the Scourges future goes, Arthas' death doesn't mark the end for the Lich King necessarily. Ner'zhul was once the Lich King, and now by all intents and purposes he isn't. Metzen and GC also said they had very 'cool' and 'interesting' plans for Frostmourne.
All is supposed to be explained in the cinematic at the end...If I could hypothesize then say the Lich Kings power was transferred to Frostmourne upon Arth'as death. It is likely someone from the Ebon Blade would take Frostmourne and hide it away somewhere as no living person would want to touch the blade (it'd steal their soul). I'd like it if the cinematic showed Darion or someone discarding the blade in a hidden location then leaving...but before the cinematic ends you see a cloaked, unrecognizable figure walk up and grab the blade, a flash of blue engulfs the figure and everything turns to black, apart from 2 flaming blue eyes...
Then you have a new Lich King who we have no idea who it is, and the Horde and Alliance don't either, so by all intents this new Lich King could plot in secrecy...
Aug 10th 2009 7:45PM Makes sense. It makes sense Arthas would load up Icecrown and make it a REAL fortress....mainly because the sheer number of fights he'd throw at us would tire people leaving Arthas with the 'easy' bit of knocking off tired people, not to mention the drop in willpower, and Arthas loves breaking peoples will....
Oh yeah and I imagine there'll be a wait between 3.3 and Cataclysm so the huge amount of bosses (probably released in stages if I know Blizzard) will make up for that...
Jul 28th 2009 6:49AM Exactly.
There ARE people who are addicted to the game and they need help. Maybe it isn't to the degree that the press would have us believe, but then the press are famous for exxagerating things.
I think everyone has met this sort of person, everyone probably has one in their guild. The person who is NEVER it seems, offline. They claim they have a high powered job, friends and family. Yet they are online all day, every day. These peoples reaction when you confront them is "How do oyu know I am on all day unless you are on all day yourself" well easy, its called guildies. Everyone knows the no-lifers in their guild. They make claims such as that they are going to the cinema later with a friend, yet when you log off at whatever hour you log off, they still ain't gone to this cinema meet...
When I was unemployed I played alot inbetween interviews for jobs. I had one in my guild who claimed he was a bank manager. Yet the bank he claimed to work for I know for a fact had blocked WoW ports (I used to work for them, and its the same bank my mother works for, coincidentally also as a department manager). They don't have remote desktop and the internet access they have is heavily restricted even at managerial level. Yet he claimed he could play WoW all day...and had no work to do ( wish he'd tell that to my mother and her colleagues in management, who are working themselves into an early grave).
Thing is, people fake it. They KNOW that they play too much so they create fantasies in real life to try and cover it up. They have it mixed up, WoW is the fantasy world...Those people need help, and we all know someone like that in game, hell I might even be describing some commenters here. I don't think we should criticize others for reaching out to those individuals who truly do need help.