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Know Your Lore: The curious dissonance of Alliance leveling {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 9:20PM Things are alright for Garrosh-supporting orcs, goblins lost their home island but are otherwise thriving, trolls are content to do their own thing... Being Horde is good, right?

Oh yeah. And then there are tauren.
They lost a leader, they lost Camp T, they lost Stonetalon to the orcs, they lost Desolace to the Cenarion Circle, they lost their level 1-5 area to encroaching bristleboar....

Seriously, tauren have lost more than the Alliance. At least the Alliance races aren't fighting BOTH factions to keep a hold of their land.

Why is Blizzard still OK with gender inequality in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 9:07PM Wait, so females (biologically) have their vital organs in a different place than males?

Well damn! I guess my abdomen IS full of sugar and spice and everything nice, after all!

Make the occasional pair of pants turn into a speedo on a male and you have an argument. There is not armor that accentuates 'private parts' on a male toon but not a female toon. Biological differences have nothing to do with it.

Why is Blizzard still OK with gender inequality in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 8:58PM Slight alteration of this, as well. I know everyone sighs over the design of the goblin starter area, but it seriously ticked me off that they assign you a boy/girlfriend to begin with.

1) I know not everyone is cool with "the gay", but they don't have to force a heterosexual relationship upon a person either. No means NO.

2) There is no wiggle room for an RPer to develop their own character. The game says (to quote the new loot system), "Take this." Look! We gave you a house, a history, a job, needs, wants, desires, a personality, and even provided you with arm candy that you must accept.

Anyway, just thought I'd add that in.

In Soviet Cataclysm, character history writes you!

Breakfast Topic: How would you redesign the old character models? {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 1:27AM How about females being able to -sit-?

Seriously... dwarves, humans, even trolls have two /kneel animations. I want to be able to sit while I'm sitting!

Mists of Pandaria Beta: Where to find wild pets in the Eastern Kingdoms {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 7:19PM "Where to find wild pets in the Eastern Kingdoms"

You walk through tall grass, obviously.

World of Warcraft Monopoly money features heroes on the bills {WoW}

Mar 15th 2012 9:49AM I don't see Horde favoritism... I see how everything began with Ally favoritism.

Jump into an AV and you'll see how the world started. Snowfall Graveyard cannot be taken by Horde first, it's geographically closer to the Ally base. The Horde bunkers can be taken without triggering the guards if you have stealth--not so the Ally design, click on the flag and you get shot full of arrows. The Ally base design is more defensible than the Horde base... that bridge can be brutal.

Heck, even in AB--unless someone forgets to grab it, the stables will always be claimed a fraction of a second before the farm. It's just marginally closer. In Wrath, Stormwind got a huge new harbor... Orgrimmar was going to have a harbor but it was scrapped for a zeppelin tower in the time crunch.

And really... I'm sure you could come up with counters to each of my arguments, proving that the bias is really more in the mind of the player than anything. We're programed to remember every injury clearly and positive experiences fade with time. This is an evolutionary function- It's more important to avoid leopards than to remember how to make a comfy bed... beds can't kill you.

Breakfast Topic: What's your WoW grudge? {WoW}

Mar 15th 2012 9:33AM There isn't an undead equivalent to Hogger NOW, but then Hogger isn't really the problem he was anymore either.

There WAS an undead-specific problem though... or really two of them. The Sons of Arugal were elite worgen mobs that roamed the woods in Silverpine who had huge aggro radii and would sneak up silently to kills you dead. They were terrible. Even sending non-undead to run SFK, you'd occassionally get roflpwned on the road down there.

The second one that killed many a baby undead tended to only happen once and you learned... The Bulwark. Level 53 mobs a short jog from a level 1-10 zone? How sadistic! Those wolves and bears -hurt-.

Blizzard committed to keeping a sense of community {WoW}

Mar 14th 2012 8:48AM "How many people actually maintained long term friendships with random PuG's from trade chat? I'm sure more than a few did, but probably not the majority."

This is how I found new guild members, or new guilds found me. I distinctly remember meeting the guild leader of the best guild I was ever in through a Zul'Farak run where we were both on alts.

"Wow dude, you know how to LoS, that's a skill not many tanks have these days, look me up again, hey?"

Or some of my best friends that I met in TBC while running lower city rep runs. Meeting people in PuGs let you see how they played, chat them up, see how they act when things get rough...

It disturbs me when I zone into instance and no one talks. They don't even say hello anymore, it's just a wall of silence. Gives me the creeps... And it's kind of depressing. I'm one that misses the community.

Breakfast Topic: 'Every female WoW player has healed at least once' {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 9:18AM You're looking at the effect, and not the cause, of the objection here. It's not that healing is a "lesser" task.

The objection is that women are usually linked to healing stereotypically because healing is a "nurturing" role and women are supposed to be the "nurturers" in a family. Saying that all women heal is more along the lines of saying all women take care of the children, clean the house, and have dinner on the table when husband comes home.

Cooking isn't a lesser profession, executive chefs are well respected... but people assume that all women can cook because of the nuclear vision of family, not many people assume all men can cook.

Breakfast Topic: 'Every female WoW player has healed at least once' {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 9:12AM On hybrid classes after buying a dual spec I sometimes pick up healing for faster dungeon queues, but I never keep at it at max level and I MUCH more frequently tank.