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'Millions of people' now own Kindles, says Amazon in its most non-vague sales statement yet {Engadget}

Jan 29th 2010 12:31PM Yes the Kindle is selling like hot cakes. MILLIONS of people own them. That is why, living the in the FOURTH largest city in the United States, I have seen exactly 0 of these things. Ever. Not one. I don't own one. I don't know anyone that owns one. I don't even know anyone that knows anyone that knows OF anyone that owns one!

Those are seriously popular devices right there, let me tell you.

Breakfast Topic: To solo or not to solo? {WoW}

Dec 23rd 2008 8:11AM I have a level 67 warlock and I've solo'ed the entire way. In fact, I've never even been in a guild. I was trying to see if I could make it to level 70 without crossing the Dark Portal (an experiment) but recently decided to cross over to find trainers.

I think that solo-ing is a viable way of playing. While I would like to see higher level instances I just can't imagine having to "clock in" and be on a schedule to live up to the comment I made to a group of players. I have a busy life so I feel it would be unfair to others if I couldn't show up for a raid. But I have been able to go to lower level instances and solo there to be able to see the content.

I might be unusual in the fact that I am a purely solo player. But it is fun for me and I think everyone should play so they enjoy the game.

- Curt -

Death Knights and racial bonuses {WoW}

Jul 14th 2008 9:17AM I must just be stupid (no clapping please) but there is something about Alliance Deathknights that is about as right as bubblegum pink corvettes.

Breakfast Topic: Improving the noobgrind {WoW}

Jul 14th 2008 9:13AM I am actually more in favor of Tobias' suggestion than any that I have heard previously. I have been playing WoW since TBC came out. And as we all know it wasn't until 2.3 that "the grind" was addressed.

Now I listen to lots of podcasts and read forums here and there and I have heard all kind of arguments. Nerf this. Carebear that. Alts for everyone on the house. Blah blah blah. There seem to be as many reasons and opinions on the current level of leveling as there are WoW players.

And along the same lines is the arguments of attunements. Let's get rid of these, but keep those. It's as bad as prepping a garage sale with your grandmother as she takes you into the Memory Alley instance through the gateway of her attic. But I digress.

In the end there is but one simple reason/rationale for this: economics. It is obvious that Blizzard has occupies a space like no other pay to play MMO (I just know someone will prove me wrong b/c there are other big MMO's). And to that end they have landed on a mid ground that is home to both hardcore and casual players. But there seem to be lots more casual (really whatever that is) players than hardcore. So how do you hook more casuals? Lower the level limbo rod. Let people progress farther, faster.

To that end, attunements? Well there is another barrier to entry that can be removed. Quest elites? Nerfing them opens those quests to solos. And the list goes on and on.

All of this serves two purposes, get more people in WoW and keep them there. And that is sound business. Blizzard can not afford to spend the development capital (and it takes cash to pay these guys) to create outstanding instances and end game content for a limited audience. They have be looking at that cost on a per capita basis. And the more players they get into popular content the lower the overall risk there is to invest manhours to create that content.

So, really it is a function of the real world monetarization of Azerothian player dynamics. And I think that is just fine. But come on, call it what it is.

Back to my original comment. I think Tobias hits the nail on the end. If all this massaging was really to give dedicated players the happy ending then these "nerfs", "grind easings" and "keyless instances" would only be applied to accounts that have reached the level cap.

I for one can tell you that once 2.3 hit leveling from 20-60 meant nothing. Not one bit. People would ask me what level my warlock was at and I would reply "Pft, I don't even know" b/c there was no sense of accomplishment there. Now that my warlock is in the 60's and back on the original level curve (as opposed to WoW Lite) I do know. And yes, I am that casual that I haven't hit the cap yet.

Authenticators are going out, via USPS {WoW}

Jul 10th 2008 2:22PM I ordered my doohickey (that is the technical nomenclature) immediately after they were released. And it has just arrived mere moments prior to this posting. I have to say, it is nice to know there is one more layer of security between the gold farmers and my poor defenseless warlock.

The association process was so very simple. I hazard to say that it took longer to load the page to register my authenticator than the actual process to do so.

But on a slightly sillier note: Am the only one that thinks it is ironic that the tool we are using to fight off the "chinese" gold farmers is manufactured in China?

I'm just saying is all.

Authenticators are going out, via USPS {WoW}

Jul 10th 2008 2:21PM I ordered my doohickey (that is the technical nomenclature) immediately after they were released. And it has just arrived mere moments prior to this posting. I have to say, it is nice to know there is one more layer of security between the gold farmers and my poor defenseless warlock.

The association process was so very simple. I hazard to say that it took longer to load the page to register my authenticator than the actual process to do so.

But on a slightly sillier note: Am the only one that thinks it is ironic that the tool we are using to fight off the "chinese" gold farmers is manufactured in China?

I'm just saying is all.

Authenticators are going out, via USPS {WoW}

Jul 10th 2008 2:20PM I ordered my doohickey (that is the technical nomenclature) immediately after they were released. And it has just arrived mere moments prior to this posting. I have to say, it is nice to know there is one more layer of security between the gold farmers and my poor defenseless warlock.

The association process was so very simple. I hazard to say that it took longer to load the page to register my authenticator than the actual process to do so.

But on a slightly sillier note: Am the only one that thinks it is ironic that the tool we are using to fight off the "chinese" gold farmers is manufactured in China?

I'm just saying is all.

The Guild DVD is available for pre-order {WoW}

Jul 10th 2008 2:16PM So utterly embarrassed. ::blush::

The Guild DVD is available for pre-order {WoW}

Jul 10th 2008 7:50AM Milktub I think that you and I are fossils of an age long since past. An age where the box was as much a treat as the contents. An age where packaging was a marketing supercombo move that transferred our hard earned dollars into cash registers and store shelved goodies into logo'ed bags that we carried home. An age where getting stuff meant that there were plastic wrappers to dispose of.

Ah, to long for the days where men where men and stuff wasn't just bits.

But on a more serious note: I salute all those that purchase this DVD. And it's not just b/c I think Ms. Day is so adorable. Like hot adorable. Like hot hot. Ok, she's cute. But other than that I think that the creators and cast of the show deserve to be rewarded.

These shows are, or at least originally (I don't know the current situation), produced independently. They foot the bill to create something that so many people enjoyed and want more of. So why shouldn't a fan give something back?

Is it so wrong to say that Ms. Day and her crew deserve some cake for all the work they have done? Shouldn't they be encouraged to produce more of this type of content? I mean you can't pay the bills with YouTube downloads. Any enterprising venture deserves to be compensated. And these people certainly deserve to reap the rewards of all their hard work.

So yes Milktub, I will buy it. And I will (hopefully) have plastic wrapping to toss out and something nifty to put on my shelf. Because in the end I am still in an age where men are men and stuff is stuff.

Did I mention that Ms. Day was cute?

He Said/She Said: It's a man's WoW {WoW}

Jul 8th 2008 1:34PM I find this entire article both redundant and moderately insulting. First of all one would have to accept the female population as a lower standing minority. I think that most people would assume that the vast majority of players in WoW are male. Personally I assume that all the players are male until proven otherwise. But population status is not the type of "minority" I am referring to.

To accept Ms. Dean's argument you would have to assume that all men view women as a lower class. A subset of the overall population that is somehow incapable of achieving goals on their own. I take affront to this. Why would a real life woman assume that a real life male is going to her special treatment simply b/c her toon is a girl? Do you really feel that men are that simple minded?

The redundant facet of the conversation is that this argument is simply a Chinese take out conversation. Ms. Dean pulls two complaints from Column A and Mr. Bowers chooses two counterstatements from Column B. Then they both get eggrolls and fried rice. How many times must we hear how one group feels they are slighted? How many times will the group who supposed oppressed, repressed or otherwise left the first group unimpressed apologize and scramble for evidence of civility?

Ms. Dean writes: "It's like being guilty of being a twit until proven otherwise." No it is more a case of being able to point blame at a group who you expect to overcompensate with apologetic antics until you are satisfied. It is beyond doubt that no woman should be "guilty of being a twit" without merit. But it is equally unfair to saddle the male gender with implications of male pigged-ness.

WoW is a social game reflecting the aims and attitudes of society in a microcosm. Of course there are male pigs who treat "women" (virtual and not) as silly little, feeble girls. Just as there are women who have an agenda of exploiting the natural sexual dynamic present in our culture.

But really Ms. Dean ask yourself this last question before assuming the worst of all owners and operators of male genitals: Would a man who treats women the way you claim your gender has been treated even read this article? And if that answer is anything short of "I absolutely believe so" then maybe you should think before you write and try not to seem so overtly hostile.

As a parting thought, did anyone reading this ever wonder why you never read articles written by someone who felt they got everything easily and without effort based on their social position? It seems to me that EVERYONE feels they have to work harder and longer to achieve the same things as those they compare themselves to.