Apr 19th 2011 2:03PM I am going to have to hop onto an alt that hasn't completed the zone and have another look around the area because while I recall a lot of fake german accents and Indiana Jones movie jokes, I didn't see anything that would have screamed "Nazi!" at me _except_ for the fact that Indy's enemies in the movies are Nazis - please tell me where the overt Nazi symbolism is in Uldum, other than inside our own heads of course.
Apr 12th 2011 5:35PM It's impossible to police what could be causing poor play, there's no way to tell whether someone is "phoning it in" or just has a really crap connection/high latency for whatever reason. Whether someone is having a bad day or just doesn't know how to play that class. You can't tell and, most importantly, neither can Blizzard. It is not possible to make a legitimate complaint to Blizz about that. If someone is new to a role, is having a problem with a particular mechanic, needs some advice... deal with it. Don't start with a name calling and the abuse then either.
But what _can_ be policed is abusive language (and if both parties are abusing each other and one makes a complaint, both should be slapped for it, IMO). Abuse from any player to any other player shouldn't be tolerated by anyone. As long as nothing changes, there will always be a shortage of people willing to take on the roles that tend to draw the most criticism/blame when something goes wrong.
No matter who is getting the brunt of an attack, it is wrong wrong wrong and does nothing but destroy the MM part of the game for many people.
Apr 12th 2011 9:53AM I heal. But I can't heal stupid and I refuse to take the blame when stupid dies. I'll only run as a healer with guildmates and friends. The tanks and healers that I know that have forsworn using LFD for anything other than a DPS alt, have all done so because they are fed up with the abuse they receive at the hands of, mostly, the DPS. No bribe of the sort that has been proposed is ever going to convince us to start queuing as tank or healer for pugs again.
If Blizz really wants to "fix" the problem of tanks and healers not queuing, they need to address the problem of the abuse. But that would take a lot of GMs actually investigating tickets to see if a complaint is valid and taking appropriate action (perhaps a sliding scale of penalties for type of abuse and a player's history). It would take Blizz employing a lot more GMs _and_ it would take a change away from the ridiculous "we can't tell you what action we have taken *blah*blah*" responses that they send out and to letting the person complaining know whether a) their complaint was found to be valid and b) that the culprit has been penalised in some way.
But it would cost them too much and take too long. As ever with large companies they were trying to find a cheap(er) technical solution to a non-technical problem.
Apr 12th 2011 5:30AM I haven't seen the point of a second tailor since Cata. The only reason I had more than one before was for the cloth specialisations. Since Cata dropped and there's no benefit to be had via the different specialisations, I've re-trained her as a miner instead.
Apr 12th 2011 5:27AM I've always considered that a person's behaviour and actions towards other players in-game are a good indication of a person's character. Ninja-looting, training mobs, abusive language, pulling then dropping, scamming, lying to get what you want - deceitful and selfish behaviour traits tend to be magnified when a person believes that there's no-one around to stop them or disapprove of what they are doing. "There're no rules against it" they cry. There're no rules against lying to everyone you know, all day every day everywhere but, usually, the codes for civilised behaviour that kost of us live by prevent us from doing that. It certainly prevents me from lying to the real person down the other side of their link into Azeroth.
Oh, I should point out that telling the truth and not even bothering with things like price gouging has not prevent me from amassing a small fortune ( well into the six figure range - plus the purchase of pretty much all of the high price vendor & craftable items for all ten alts where they need/want them, including the Vial of the Sands on one so far).
I don't think I'll be reading this column again.
Jan 7th 2011 11:20AM Hot-fixed this week, I think. certainly found it there last night for the first time :)
Dec 17th 2010 9:44AM You've missed the undocumented hotfix to holy paladins. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1532043235?page=4#77
Holy Light no longer works with Tower of Radiance to grant a charge of Holy Power (Divine Light and Flash of Light still work), Care Bear Stare (or Light of Dawn) heals have been reduced (around 1700 per charge instead of 2600) and so has Word of Glory.
As you can imagine, there're a lot of healadins who're pissed off that this was done a) with no warning; and b) hot-fixed in such a way that it happened for some while they were mid-fight (fixed server side, not client and so tooltips still show the pre-fix info).
Dec 1st 2010 5:12AM *shrug* I've not done any dungeons at all on my new levelling alt. None. But I still finished Wetlands with the Hinterlands breadcrumb quest already in my quest log. I went and did Arathi anyway and picked up the WPL breadcrumb only partway into that. I'm fairly sure that the relatively trivial +10%XP from the BoA shoulders is not enough to equal a couple of zones-worth of quests and mob kills for only three or so zones done. What I _am_ more inclined to think is that the additional XP from having two gathering professions may have a lot more to do with it.
Nov 18th 2010 6:42AM The solution to the "no alts" thing is to make sure that the characters that you spend the most time on/level fastest are dual-crafters and the ones that you're slower on are your gatherers - or you play the AH and buy your mats instead of gathering them yourself, of course (Blizzard appear to have very kindly raised the gold-cap just as I reached the old one, saving me time shuffling gold around various alts). I have two or three dedicated gathering alts and the rest all have two crafting professions (sometimes overlapping if I want, for example, all three tailoring cloth specialisations) . Then again, I am an altoholic with a slight touch of OCD (or CDO - alphabetical order and all that) so feel the need to have one of each class _and_ profession, though I _have_ had to split my "one of each race and class" across two servers (alli on one and horde on t'other).
Oct 27th 2010 3:16PM Thank you for saying what I was about to type out. I am a gamer who also happens to be married to a gamer. I'm female, he's male. Neither of us plays any game just because the other does*. It was the last paragraph "[...]Are you a gaming wife, or a GM's wife[...]?" that was the clincher - my automatic response was "I'm neither." followed by by second and third sentences of this comment.
*Technically, it's our son's fault... I told him that I was concerned about buying WoW for him a few years ago because I could see myself playing and getting addicted (son was 13 or 14 at the time, so the account would be mine and he would be playing on it) "Oh, no, you won't. Please, please, please, I'll pay the subs out of my allowance!"... yeah, I got addicted. Husband watched over my shoulder a couple of times, then got a better machine for himself and his own account quite soon after. Son (now 16) has his own account and just built himself a gaming machine. Both of them are in the same raiding guild (because we know a lot of the same people not because the other is) and I am an altoholic with approximately 20 alts, eight level 80s and am in a casual guild that has fun raiding everything from Naxx to ICC whenever we can get enough people together - oh, and I have another casual game-within-the-game of trying to amass as much gold as I can without it being the be-all-and-end-all of the whole thing (as in, I'd have twice as much but I often buy shinies for my various alts *grin*).