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Breakfast Topic: Is Blizzard doing faction change the right way? {WoW}

Jul 2nd 2009 9:52AM See, one thing I've always respected about blizz is their appropriate use of Lore. Lore is the ties that bind everything together. That gives us our story and goals, our zones and all the big things in the game. Now, short of a couple minor retcons that were inevitable being that Warcraft was never made with an MMO in mind, but instead as a random RTS where humans beat the crap out of orcs-Blizz has done a smashing job. While I see many people confusing new lore with ruining all lore, something which I disagree with personally, I think they have done a great job. But the best thing they've done? They don't ruin the game for lore. Or what "makes sense." It makes sense that a mage should be able to put a portal under your feet, pop you 12 stories in the air and then let you fall to your doom. According to warcraft 3 mages should have been able to pop all around the world by nothing more than willpower. My freaking dragon should not be afraid to come out of its spectral pocket because there is a level 2 kobold running behind me screaming "You no take candle" and for that matter there should be no way in the 9 hells that I can carry a tenth of what I do.

This is another thing that could be fought with to create some thin illusion of lore over something that has nothing to do with lore at all, but thank god blizzard won't spend that many man hours playing pretend.

I also note I am a RP'er and play on an RP realm. I just know that you shouldn't kill the game so that the story is awfully pretty.

Win a year of Curse's premium service {WoW}

May 12th 2009 9:15AM Curse mah!

Varian Wrynn is Right, Part III {WoW}

Apr 26th 2009 10:25PM By this logic though the alliance is responsible for the actions of the defias brotherhood, cult of the damned AND of course the scourge as well as Arthas. Meaning they should be totally annihilated for their sins against, well, themselves.

I still don't understand how Varian believes that Thrall was responsible for the destruction of his troops, I can see him blaming him for not "keeping a tighter hold of Sylvanas" as if that was even possible, being that Thrall (while the figurehead of the horde) isn't actually in charge of Sylvanas. Its the equivalent of Thrall blaming Varian for the Dark Iron Clan. The simple fact is that it doesn't make any sense for him to, as a leader, think Thrall almost single handedly destroyed the Kor'Kron Vanguard (the elite of the Horde) and his most promising general, likely the up and coming leader of the military of the Orcs, just to take out an equal number of Alliance, and only one of their generals who, while good, isn't the best.

Varian Wrynn is Right, Part III {WoW}

Apr 26th 2009 6:05PM Would somebody actually mind explaining one thing to me here? Varian believes that the Wrathgate event was not a rebellious faction of deadies attacking but instead was under Thrall's orders. Or at least considers Thrall to be at fault. How does he explain Thrall ordering the murder of his own most promising general? I mean, I completely understand if there had been fewer losses for the horde at Wrathgate, but it doesn't make sense. Even to the anger-addled mind of Varian, the idea of an entire legion of Orcs charging down, just in time to die horribly, along with their most promising general, doesn't seem like a very good deal.

Learning to dance with WoW {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2009 12:37PM 'er, or don't. Its really up to you guys. But for what little its worth, I like it.

Learning to dance with WoW {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2009 12:35PM You guys are aware this is a blog right? Its not fox news >.>

I really do find it amusing how people react to some of these blog posts. Complaints about inadequate content, complaints about too much humor, complaints about not enough humor. All seems derived from the idea that the poster is obligated to do, well, anything at all with their blog posts. Its just a blog. Not high quality news reporting brought to you by CNN-Warcraft Edition.

All the same, these types of posts make me giggle. Keep up the good work here.

Glider down for the count {WoW}

Mar 13th 2009 9:18PM /facepalm

One day they will learn. Every time you put down the face of a common "illegal" industry, be it botting, gold farming, warez or p2p/torrent abuse, it creates a vacuum. Whoopty doo, glider is down. Until they create a new version that is technically not covered by the ruling. But by that point, there will be an extra 3 or 4 juggernauts on the scene. Ones who saw glider bite the dust and took the opportunity to clean their code, make things slicker and better, and advertise a wee bit. And these ones will gain a following.

Remember? Same thing happened with Napster. They got shut down. And suddenly you have Kazaa and Morpheus and Grokster who were all big. It didn't hurt the industry, but suddenly every 12 year old who wanted a track by the newest rapper knew where to go, because mom and dad watched the news.

The fact is, as long as users create the internet, you can't completely shut down everything you don't like. Not quite. You can punch the face of the industry, the big name, and even drop 'em. But there is always more.

Guardian talks to Chinese goldsellers and UK buyers {WoW}

Mar 5th 2009 2:20PM /sigh
Its kinda annoying how much of a buzz this gets. Wherever there is a service that people are willing to pay for, there are people who are willing to do it. Some people hate farming. They just want to log onto their character, spend half an hour preping for the raid, screw around with their friends and have fun. Even if it costs an extra 50 bucks a month to do it.

So there are those who are willing to do the grinding and provide the gold in exchange for said money. Yes, its unfortunate that people's accounts are being hacked, whatever. I'm one of those who has lost an account to a keylogger. It was my mistake and I learned from it.

But the fact is this: most gold farmers just grind it. They research, work hard, and find out how to farm the gold in the most effective way. And not only do they suck up what is likely hours on end, likely as much as a full time job, to get paid but on top of that they have to worry about having all their work shut down and having to start from square 1. And that's their choice, and their risk for doing what they do. These people aren't raping you family and taking your daughter hostage, their spending hours don't a boring monotonous job in order to pay the bills. And yes, the rest of us have to deal with the ones who do it the wrong way. Just like how we have to deal with corrupt politicians, lawyers who overcharge, and news reporters who prey on people in hideous stress and pain for good coverage. Welcome to economics.

Breakfast Topic: Pick a title, any title {WoW}

Mar 5th 2009 11:37AM Far Seer.

Nuff said.

Breakfast Topic: The noob old days {WoW}

Mar 1st 2009 1:49PM My noob days ended pretty fast. Or at least as far as getting specific theory down. I first played on a friends computer who would tease me for all my noobishness. But still had a lot of noobishness for a long time.

I do still remember when I first got my copy of WoW. I read the entire players manual and wanted to play a dwarf mage. Then I read every class and race description and went with a night elf hunter. It was so awesome, watching that cut scene and it zoomed in on my character. I just started questing and I'm not sure I would have ever gotten very far in anything if I knew how much there was to do. But yeah, everything was fresh and new and waiting to be explored. Honestly, thats why I try new MMOs every once in a while. Nothing blizzard can do will restore the feeling of my first toon because so much has already been explored. But the new MMOs? Well I get to be a bit of an overexcited noobie on those.