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Know Your Lore: The Aqir and their descent, part 1 {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 7:42PM If the silithid are native to Azeroth, why do they depict them occasionally as having burrows that are at the terminal point of a meteor's impact? I could have sworn while leveling that it was suggested (maybe in Ungoro?) that they were alien bugs.

NCsoft responds to Aion's server queues {Massively}

Sep 23rd 2009 3:27PM I don't know if it scales that way in the server architecture. Lag and stress on the server load would still exist with too many people on, even if they were subdivided into more channels. Not having those additional folks on your screen is a factor in your individual performance (and nice to not have to compete with them for resources), but I think they are monitoring the overall performance of the game, which in my experience so far has been stellar.

Shifting Perspectives: Leveling 31-40, part 2 {WoW}

Aug 25th 2009 9:13PM I would even go as far as thinking that EVERY race should have different bear/cat forms; Trolls could have gorillas/spiders or raptors for more of a jungle feel, Tauren could have rhinos/boars as plains dwellers... as far as the worgen, how about wolf and BIG BAD WOLF? :P

Shifting Perspectives: Leveling 31-40, part 2 {WoW}

Aug 25th 2009 9:07PM Ahh, Thanks for the context Allison... I hate people who complain about waiting to fill party roles as hybrids. "Put Up or Shut Up" is my policy as well. I even get irritated when pure dps classes complain about having to wait to fill healing/tanking spots. Really, no one who leaves it up to anyone else to do the searching has any right to complain. You don't need to be a party/raid leader to hit up your friends list and get things moving again.

Shifting Perspectives: Leveling 31-40, part 2 {WoW}

Aug 25th 2009 4:03PM I like everything about your columns Allison...except the DK hate. I know it might be frustrating to have dps specced hybrids more often than not outnumbering the tank specced ones, but you seem to take every opportunity to generalize Death Knights as crappy players who won't carry an alternate set of gear, and can't even stand behind a mob when they ARE dps'ing.

The Death Knight community is split down the middle; facerolling noobs on one end, and spreadsheet-loving min/maxers on the other. I think the folks who are in the middle eventually will gravitate one way out of laziness, or the other out of a sense of duty to their fellow players.

Many who would want to try out tanking are afraid of getting practice, since people will shut them down at the first mistake. Every patch that nerfs DKs down is welcome for me, since it narrows the field to people who actually enjoy the mechanics of the class.

Your observations in that PUG are representative of the current situation, but why reinforce that? Is it out of defensiveness left over from being stigmatized as a Druid tank in BC?

I wonder if people will complain about all of the new Troll and Worgen Druids who choose to spec Balance instead of Resto? Or even the ones who HAVE Feral dps gear, and won't give tanking a shot because they are too cowed...and just take the path of least resistance?

GC seeks feedback on totems, warlock spells {WoW}

Jan 16th 2009 5:56AM As someone who has a 'lock at 80, and enjoys playing many other classes;

1- Warlocks are a pet class, as much as people complain about spell coefficients and such, the real

solution is to buff 'lock pets;

2- If I summon a demon from beyond, it should matter... they should inherit a portion of my stats, and

killing them should be difficult but worthwhile (i.e. locks are kind of gimped without a pet)

If any class can burst down a pet in less than 5 secs, I should be able to AT LEAST lay some DoTs on them

while they do that.

People always talk on and on about dps mechanics, but what defines locks is PETS... not DoTs (plenty of

other classes have those).

Hunters have trouble in Arena too, why not buff Pets survivability and synergy? Surely it can be done

without making BM hunters and Demo locks too nasty?

3- Affliction is a VERY fun spec to play (you need mods, but if they simplified it slightly, like pairings

with glyphs exist now as baseline, it could work). I don't think Afflic needs much to stay good... as long

as DoT critting (i.e. Pandemic) keeps it inline.

4- Demonology would be good fun if keeping "volatile" demons under control yielded equivalent dps. Imagine

if your rotation wasn't about keeping a buff up, and using the right nukes, but about keeping a crazy demon

under control. That would give Demo it's own character. Managing a demon is fun, if we pull a crazy thing

out of the void, it could even turn on us!

5- Destro should be a BURST tree for warlocks. We are a pure dps class (like mages) so we should be able to

burst like them. If Destro was brought in line with other classes "blow all my cooldowns" mentality we

could be competitive in Arena...especially with fixes to pets. The same way that you can get the right

talents to tank or dps as a Death Knight in a given tree, you should be able to skew towards PvP or PvE

with what talents you choose as a Warlock.

I don't want to play an easy class, I want to do my job and be respected for when I do it well.

TLDR: Pets should matter, Warlocks should be able to burst (with penalties).

15 Minutes of Fame: Tanking with a panic button {WoW}

Nov 25th 2008 5:51PM Hmm...Gee Rosa, My opinion is different than yours, at least what you've portrayed my opinion to be:

1) I am a racist.
2) I think that all people with mental illnesses should be stigmatized, maybe if they're ashamed enough they will get better.
3) I think all unemployed people have lost their jobs through direct fault of their own, and want to sponge off of the government.

Do you really think that the times we live in are more stressful than during the 40s or 60s? Is that why we have a disproportionately larger segment of the population "incapacitated" by anxiety?

Do you think that ANY change in the predominant social opinion is "progress"?

How about this... Let's give all of the jobs vacated by people who "just can't cope" to those hardworking black people on that bus, they can switch seats with them.

Could you accept the possibility that maybe we have the wrong idea here in the States? There are plenty of developed countries with doctors just as experienced as American ones that don't foster a medical establishment that over diagnoses and has a prescription for everything.

I don't deny that there are people with REAL debilitating conditions, I just think that if someone is mentally competent enough to tank and play this game well, then they could do other things from home that would contribute to society and help improve their sense of self worth. Some of these things might actually lead to an income to help support the family that obviously cares enough about them to stick by them in this trying episode of their lives.

There are plenty of online certifications with loose structures and deadlines, this person could be educating AND rehabilitating themselves with some of that 12-14 hours a day. As a former owner of a pen and paper game store, they might have the interest and creativity to write/design their own games.

I am not the right-wing ignorant prick you've painted me out to be, I just think that people (with mental disabilities or not) need to have some kind of vision for their lives. They can't use the excuse "Well I might never get better" as a crutch to not be proactive about their own health.

15 Minutes of Fame: Tanking with a panic button {WoW}

Nov 25th 2008 4:45PM I feel like alot of the responsibility here is with spouses/parents that enable people to act like this.

People are going to hate me for saying this, but I feel like there are lots of people out there who have mild anxiety or depression, who decide that playing up their "illness" to a non-functional level is a great way to;

1) Have diminished responsibility (be lazy), and
2)Garner sympathy/attention from people (and not be questioned as to the validity of said illness)

Now I'm not a medical professional, so I can't question anyone's diagnosis or propose my own... but if I was your doctor and I thought your conditions were not exaggerated, I would hope that your treatment would have some sort of defined milestones. Whether a longer span between attacks, or a return to the workplace eventually, I would hope that you have some sort of goals.

I think in many other countries, or even in the USA 40 years ago, you there would have been higher expectations for you to eventually "get over it", but as long as my tax money is paying for your doctors, why would they ever want you to "get better"?

If your conditions are really as bad as you say, I hope you have the good sense to find a doctor who won't coddle you, and expects you to make real progress. Please do this for your spouse.

If your illness is exaggerated or fake, shame on you...you might think you're getting away with it, but eventually resentment will destroy the bonds you have with family and friends

Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Van Sandt in two new TV commercials {WoW}

Nov 20th 2008 1:39PM Ozzy is more cogent than people give him credit for. I agree, you can see the effects of lifelong drug and alcohol abuse on him, but if you watch early videos of him in Sabbath you can see that alot of his"scattered" quality has always been there.

Young children and the aged can be like this too, they can often surprise you with what they get out of conversation/situation. They seem like they aren't really taking it in, then later give you a frighteningly insightful comment or anecdote.

Design a disease timer for DeathKnight.info {WoW}

Nov 20th 2008 12:58PM The Runehero addon looks WAY better than this. The sword is a mini Frostmourne. I checked out all of these rune-tracking addons and that one was my favorite for design and function. I'm using DoTimer for disease tracking.

As to the UI above; I downloaded the SunnArt addon, but haven't messed with it yet. You just design the graphics and fit your bars/map on top? Can you set up all your UI elements, take a screenshot, and then use that as a reference for positioning?