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25-man gear should not be better than 10-man gear {WoW}

Mar 31st 2009 10:52PM I would definitely still do both; twice the change to get loot every week!!

WoW Moviewatch: REVENGE {WoW}

Jan 21st 2009 12:33PM Uh... I'm not sure about you, but the movies I watch generally have a story to them, Senor Pez.

Happy Loot-idays from WoW Insider: Day one {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2008 10:17PM Merry Christmas!

Murloc bento box looks strangely tasty {WoW}

Dec 21st 2008 10:35PM Firstly, you *can* use an American credit card to pay from Japan, but you have to contact both your credit card company (in most cases) to let them know you're residing in Japan, as well as contacting Blizzard with the same story. They are blocked to prevent what would most likely be fraud, considering how few people are living abroad and playing WoW in Japan since it isn't even released here.

I often wondered why it wasn't released in Japan either, but my guess is that since Japan shows no huge following of Blizzard's games and their gamer base is mostly devoted to Final Fantasy 11 (the FF MMORPG), that they figured that it wasn't cost effective to break into a market that's unfamiliar with their name while ALSO having to face heavy opposition from an entrenched franchise.

That said, there is a small group of Japanese gamers who play WoW in spite of having only mediocre English skills. They mostly play on a single server, though a few of them are spread out onto other servers as well, for various reasons. And you can pay with a Japanese credit card for an American version of WoW, no problem. (Odd, eh?)

Anyways, it is really interesting to someone who enjoys learning about cultures, to see the extent that some sub-cultures (sub-sub-cultures?) will go to in order to enjoy a pass-time. There are countless websites set up devoted to strategies, quest explanations, etc, all translated into Japanese, for a very small minority of gamers who prefer WoW in spite of its lack of Japanese language support. Very cool.

Murloc bento box looks strangely tasty {WoW}

Dec 21st 2008 10:29PM Haha I was gonna say the same thing; "what hut? That's a tree!".

I wonder if it was intended to be a hut at all, because I don't see it as anywhere near a hut; it is clearly a tree imo.

Forum post of the day: No really, you are not prepared {WoW}

Dec 14th 2008 3:07PM uhhh.. you don't need to have a key anymore, heroics are available as soon as you're 80.

The Queue: Shields, forums, and more on raid difficulty {WoW}

Dec 4th 2008 2:21PM Because of the system WoW uses for the creation of items.

Items get a level assigned to them. That level has associated amounts of armor and for shields, block value. Items also have a certain number of points to work with for stats and bonuses. An epic has more points for added stats than a rare one, etc.

So the addition of the block value stat as an effect on equip means that some of the "budget" for this item was spent specifically on upping it beyond a typical item of the same "item level" should have.

Does that help clear things up?

Bat boy steals Wrath {WoW}

Nov 15th 2008 10:42PM I'm from West Virginia :)

I've never seen Bat Boy :(

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Weapons between 70 and 80 {WoW}

Nov 14th 2008 1:28PM Question - How does prot compared with DPS specs for leveling? And what type of gear do you focus on, two sets or just wear your tank stuff while soloing?