Jan 14th 2009 12:02PM @Nizari
See, this is exactly what I'm talking about. It sucks for that girl that she was raped, but in making a name referring to rape, it was assuredly not intended as a reference to her past. If something happened to you, does that mean for the rest of your life you have to never see a reference to the existence of action? And that everyone around you in real life and on a video game shouldn't ever refer to that action in case it will bring up bad memories?
Honestly, I would not choose that name for my pet, and if I did I would probably also change like the person in question did. But, my point is that if the name fits Blizzard's policy (which in the case presented I doubt) then the owner of said name shouldn't be forced to change it because someone is sensitive over a particular word or issue. Rape exists and rape jokes do as well. Just because it happened to you (and on a videogame, there is no way of even proving that) does not make others awareness of those things disappear.
So, I say again, stop being such a god damn cry baby. It is a word and if you can't handle a word, then you probably should not know how to read. As children in kindergarten say, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me". If they can understand such a simple concept, why can't adults or even 15 year old girls (as I assume you are)?
Jan 14th 2009 9:23AM I personally think that if a character's name on a video game offends you, then you need to lighten up and stop being such an easily offended cry baby. Seriously, it's up to 12 alphabet characters strung together on your computer screen that you don't even need to see if you don't want. If somehow the naming of such makes you "offended" then you have way more personal problems than the person making that character to begin with.
I am struggling to see how ANY name that could be made could possibly be so offensive that it is even worth the 30 seconds to report it. If you're talking about putting racial slurs into a name or something, then it already is completely against the naming rules set by Blizzard to begin with.
So, in summation, if naming my hunter bank alt Bownerr isn't funny to you (it certainly is to me), then I personally don't give a shit. You need to learn that your sense of humor (or lack thereof) doesn't match everyone's and your sense of moral superiority makes you more of an asshole than I could ever be.
Jan 8th 2009 9:42AM I am very excited about this new column. I only still have to finish Zul'Drak and Storm Peaks, but having a potential article explaining where these quests I might have finish come from will certainly help if I get stuck. Additionally, I look forward to the end section about other achievements in this zone. I'm hoping one will be listed in another zone that I missed so I can satiate my achievement-whore appetite.
Like a poster said above, I hope once Northrend is finished you will write columns on Outland and potentially old world zones too. I'm really trying to get my Seeker title (it's the perfect title for a huge Sword of Truth fan), so being able to go back and get everything would really help!
Dec 22nd 2008 4:22PM Damnit. This is not the comment I clicked reply on. WTB a comment system developed after 1994.
Dec 22nd 2008 4:21PM Take a look at this entry right here. This is what a winning entry looks like. Remember it. Soak it in. Bask in this shit.
Dec 22nd 2008 4:18PM What in the holy hell are you talking about? What cloth wearer gets a special magical armor type? The only item my warlock can equip that leather/mail/plate wearers could likely not use would be his wand. There aren't any special items, outside of the normal weapon specializations, that cloth wearers can wear and others cannot, and therefore, you are an idiot.
If on the other hand, you are referring to some sort of spell, also known as a buff, then you are STILL an idiot for two different reasons. Reason 1: These buffs you mention are equated by other classes' own buffs. Reason 2: People aren't complaining about leather wearers rolling on cloth because of the armor values, they are just talking about pure availability of items.
I am not explaining this because I care about this argument though, I am explaining it because your statement was so full of nonsensical fail, it actually hurt my brain. I personally have never had an issue in my guild of loot drama, especially of this sort. It isn't like you couldn't just run the place again and get the item later anyway ...
Dec 9th 2008 9:00AM @ Clevins
As my father used to say when I was a kid, "how does it feel to want?"
I understand what it is you are looking for, but, unfortunately for you, it isn't in this game now. No matter how badly you want something different and how much you complain about it, you still only have a small set of choices. You can continue to do the same raids over and over again, till boredom melts your brain, you can do something else such as rep or achievements, or you can, GASP, go play another game. Did you know there are other games? And that one can purchase them?
While I may be a bit snarky in my delivery, my point is that the game currently is what it is. If this had been an issue in Beta, then maybe people would have had a shot of getting it changed, but it wasn't an issue, or at least not a major one then. Your complaining isn't going to make Blizzard come in an increase the difficulty of the existing raids, because they ARE difficult for people who didn't waltz into Northrend in T5 or greater. In 6 months time, everyone who goes to Northrend will be rocking entirely quest greens and blues, and they HAD to plan for that. If they designed the encounters to require people to have raided in BT beforehand, then they would have a lot more issues than people like you complaining about how easy they are.
Like the article correctly stated, the issue isn't whether the current raids are too easy; It's that there isn't another one after the existing set that is much harder. Blizzard could have put in an additional raid, but they didn't, so now you and everyone else needs to wait till it's added. What you do in the meantime is up to you, but that's it.
Dec 5th 2008 8:36AM Exactly!
I love reading these "hardcore" player's comments who whine about how easy the game is and how they beat all of Wrath in a couple weeks. They seem to be a small, but significant, percentage of comments here, except that the percentage of WoW players who read WoW Insider at all is small to begin with. Everyone of these players forget that a super majority of players in this game have spouses, families, jobs, friends and other hobbies, and they cannot spend 5+ hours a day, plus 10 hour weekends just to see all of the content that they are paying for. I don't mind working toward something, having to run dungeons and heroics before hitting Naxx, and one shouldn't be able to just go in green gear (which they can't), but I also shouldn't have to spend 100 hours of play time to get down the first boss in the first 10 man raid.
Basically I'm saying, thank you Blizzard for allowing me and my friends to enjoy this game so much and to eventually see a majority of the content without having to give up the remainder of my life to do so. In classic WoW and in BC, I stopped playing for months at a time (two major 8 month breaks) because the grind was too heavy and too long for me to be interested in continuing. I do not see that happening any time soon this time around, because Wrath is 100 times better than WoW was before.
Dec 2nd 2008 11:13AM I did almost the same thing. I completed all of Borean then all of Howling Fjord and then all of Dragonblight. I am currently a little over half done Grizzly Hills and I'm level 78.5. I will likely ding level 80 in the next zone I go to, which will likely be Scholazar.
The only times I leave the zones I am questing in is to do dailies in zones I have already completed, like the Kalu'ak ones, or to do dungeon runs that other people in my guild are doing. That's probably why I'm going to hit 80 before doing half of northrend, but that just means a ton of money and I'll still be enjoying the great questlines long after hitting max level.
Nov 25th 2008 9:34AM This is only because you are an Alliance character, and there may be a major population unbalance on your server . As a horde player on a server with 3 times more Ally players, this generally only happens to me by a Alliance character, and most of the time it's a night elf.
Generally speaking, if someone from your own faction does it to you, you are able to call them out on it and at least participate in giving them a bad reputation. Personally , when a fellow horde player steals a mob / item / node from me, I whisper them and usually am not very nice about it. If they don't give a reasonable explanation for their actions, then I will often put them on my ignore list (with a note why) and possibly tell my fellow guildmates to do the same. I wouldn't agree with a programmatic way of dealing with ninjas, but that doesn't mean you can't treat them like the douchenozzles they are.
Me: /whisper Dude, what the hell? You saw me clearing my way to that guy, so why did you blatantly steal him from me?
Him: Whatever your just 2 slow
Me: No, as it turns out, you're just a dick. Have fun being a dick and dealing with everyone knowing it.
Me: /1 XYZ is a ninja and a dick, do not feel bad stealing nodes, quest items or mobs from him. In fact, it might be a good idea to go out of your way to do it.
Him: What teh hell man? it was just a mob
Me: /ignore XYZ