Jan 26th 2010 6:12AM Lamentably I'm in a similar situation :/
In my guild there's a dozen healers, which I'm one. Out of them, I'm generally one of the best performing; but am also one of the newest. So I get sat out of many fights, so the more senior members can gear up and get badges. Mostly I'm not a first choice unless more senior healers aren't on. I feel like the main reason they let me hang around, is because they know I'm good, and don't want to lose access "just in case". But definitely, I'm not getting that they really have my interests in mind.
While I understand why. They want to be loyal to people who have demonstrated their willingness to stick with the guild. In the end the practice is unfair to new members; and not even based on merit. I've not left because I actually like the membership. But don't think I haven't wondered if I'd be happier somewhere else. The main thing I'd recommend is make sure to PUG 10 man ICC, and VOA when it comes out. Keep your gear current. Maybe don't even show up for raid nights while the "senior" members have their fun. Then in a month or so when everyone gets bored, they'll be begging you to run if you can wait. If you can't, then take your time and look around for a guild that will appreciate your efforts better. It is a game, and if you're not having fun, then what's the point.
Jan 25th 2010 6:07AM Why do we even need to kill the final boss? We all know he's going to die :) So just let us click a button "generate frost emblems" and put it on a 24-hour cooldown :)
Jan 10th 2010 6:30PM To be honest I hate how blizzard balances classes. It will nerf a class for PVP reasons when it's doing fine in PVE. And then to make up for the unintentional PVE nerf, it'll buff something else. Which then makes the class unbalanced in PVP. And forces blizzard to nerf something for PVP purposes.
A nerf makes me less likely to PVP with that class is all. I stopped playing arena altogether, cause I got sick about how class dependent the fights were, and also how gear dependent. Very little of it has to do with skill. Or at least, skill doesn't really matter until you're rated very high in the first place. Because only then do you have the gear to not make that an issue.
Dec 25th 2009 4:31PM I run heroics as a healer, currently equipped to run ICC-25. So for the most part, I don't have gear issues with groups, because I can always keep them up. That said, many of these heroics (in their original difficulty) take between 45 mins - 90 mins to complete. If you're a very advanced player, say used to doing whole raids in that amount of time (TOC, VOA, etc), then it can be very frustrating to go do -one- heroic instead.
In any event, check your group before the run starts. If your tank and healer are not geared enough, or you think your group is undergeared, then just leave the group. It's your responsibility to get the group through if you stay; not be complaining about why you can't. And if you don't get out early enough, then it's just your fault. I know sometimes you'll get into poor groups (that's the flaw of "random"), but just wait out the debuff, no big deal.
As far as general etiquette, please do not sign up for "random" heroics if you are just gearing up. You should be signing up for specific heroics, that have the specific items you need to be a better player. Most of the fresh 80s should be sticking to Utgarde Keep, Nexus, DTK, etc. You should not be running COT, HOS, TOC, etc. And if you do, then IMO, people have a right to yell at you :p Do dungeons which are appropriate to your gear and experience level; don't try to skip those just because you can.
For the experienced players, if someone meets reaonable requirements for the dungeon, you should not be getting upset just because they aren't the best. We all have to gear up sometime. And if you don't want to waste your time, again, just drop the dungeon.
Dec 16th 2009 5:19PM 1) Far as I know, there is only really a gear requirement for TOC and the icecrown dungeons. The reason for this is because these drop higher-level gear (over 200), which in turn, also means these are harder than the wrath-launch heroics. It would be very very bad to put a healer in i-200 gear into something like say, Halls of Reflection. Of course -- because these drop the best gear, everyone wants to queu for them. Thus, you see the need for the gear requirements :)
2) You should be able to run all the pre-TOC heroics as long as you're in blues, because that is all you ever really needed. I wouldn't try to do any heroics in greens though. And to get into TOC, you probably need to be mostly epicced out; with getting into Icecrown requiring you to have at least mostly naxx (i-213 gear). Seems like how it would work logically.
Dec 15th 2009 1:54PM @Violet
See, that's the thing. People CAN say whatever they want :) There are just consequences is all. Maybe they get banned; maybe a columnist scolds them. That still doesn't change people's capacity to express themselves.
And particularly when the posting is anonymous. You might as well assume people have freedom of speech. Because there's nothing you can do to prevent someone from saying what they want. You're just going to end up wasting your time if you even try.
Ultimately, there are two very big flaws with what Mr. Adam is saying. #1 It's just words, man. Relax. I should be able to post ANYTHING at all; and you should be able to brush it off. Secure in the knowledge that a) it's just words b) I don't know you c) I probably was just trolling anyway d) it won't mean anyting by tommorrow e) etc. If you feel absolutely compelled to react dramatically to what people write on the internet; then you should not be reading what's posted on the internet. You are not adjusted enough to be. #2 MOST, the vast majority of the people who misbehave on the internet, are basically little kids. (teenagers, young adults, etc) They are just goofing around. They are not mature enough to understand that even though it is the internet, and it really is mostly meaningless talk, that they should try to behave anyway. But you, as the columnist, or as the would-be-police, you should be mature enough to understand where people are coming from. And not blow up everytime someone does something they just don't know to do better. #3 You attract more flies with honey. I've been on countless forums, where if you are nice, even to the people who aren't so nice; eventually the nice to not-nice ratio is heavily positive. Most of the people who act out, they just want attention. If you ban them or yell at them, you're probably just going to escalate their actions. If you try to be accepting though, eventually they realize they DO have your attention, just under the condition that they behave. And then they do.
I could go on, but I'll save the wall of text mega-crits for Arthas :)
Dec 15th 2009 5:10AM Wow, you are just a ray of sunshine aren't you Adam.
People know what free speech is, you don't have to lecture. But it is kinda dumb. You start a flammy discussion, then you're surprised people get flammy? If you punch people, they are going to punch you back. I don't care if you want to go hide behind your bodyguards of terms of service and whatnot. Or you want to hide behind a smug verneer of psuedo-journalism. Fact is you called out the entire wow community; you're doing it again. Duh, people are going to have some words to say in return. That's karma at work for you.
Now as far as free speech, the thing is not the LAW, per se. It's the IDEAL. In a democracy, we value the right to free and open expression. It is the best way to get at the truth, to have an open discourse, and the best way to resolve disputes. Afterall, wouldn't you rather someone call you stupid, than shoot you, or let's say, not pay to read you anymore? Words can be resolved. It's just words. When you tell people "it's our private site, you have no rights!" You are just telling people you don't really value open expression. Think about that.
And yeah, nobody is asking you to put up with really egregious trolls. But to be honest, this is the internet. It's like going in the sewers and expecting not to find rats. There will be trolls. Deal with it. (ie. ignore them) Don't cry every time you turn the corner and there's a puddle of poo. And if you must, must get rid of people, then do it quietly. Don't make some huge scene like your mama was wronged or something. That's all I have for today :)
Dec 13th 2009 5:09PM Ghostcrawler et al are pretty smart guys. They know that the forums only represent a small fraction of the playerbase, and that particularly the complaints, come from a tiny sliver of that. Nobody needs to be told to ignore anyone :p They know what they're doing.
Second, there's no point policing that mess. It's obvious most people post on the forums for the sake of trolling or whining. If they were really happy, they'd probably be too busy playing to spend hours on the forums. Everyone understands this, including the developers.
The reason the developers post anyway, is because the people on the forums have a different perspective on things. It would be easy for Blizzard just to say: "we're going to do what we want to do, it's our game." And for the most part, that is what they do. But you can't keep an MMO growing if you're not actively looking how to please people you weren't pleasing already. Which is what the developers are doing on the forums; they are looking for areas they may have fallen short, and can improve.
That said, I think you overestimate the influence of the vocal minority. In the end, the developers aren't going to do something because OMG, there's a youtube video with 1000000000000 views telling them to do something. They are going to do it, because they agree with the reasoning why that should be done. I know a few times they've done things that maybe 1 or 2 people brought up; but they thought it was a good idea, so they did it. Other times, tens of thousands have asked for something (like guild housing), and it hasn't happened. Blizzard is a successful, very very successful game company. Believe me, they know what they are doing. No need to worry.
(and btw. WoW will self-destruct one day, simply because NO game can last forever. It's already lasted a lot longer than anyone could have expected, to be honest. it's only a matter of time before people get bored and subscriptions start going down)
Dec 7th 2009 2:29PM That's like asking, "is micheal jordan good for basketball?"
Most people will never benefit (directly or via friend) from a legendary, so on a practical level, it makes little difference if they are in the game. But as a symbol, as an idea, everyone loves being part of something greater than themselves. Legendary items are the kind of thing that stories are told about. The kind of things that make games memorable, worth remembering, worth being a part of. And for that, they are a good thing.
Nov 29th 2009 8:50AM " Dwarves, Orcs, and Tauren are the least likely to be female"
Because they're ugly ;p
"and Draenei, Blood Elves, and Night Elves the most likely (although Draenei are the only race in the game to have a female majority)."
Because they're pretty :)
"The most played combination in the game is the Blood Elf paladin, and the least-played are the Dwarf rogue (I for one am shocked) and the Troll warrior."
Easy. You NEED paladins. Blood elves are the only ones who can play them hordeside.
Rogues... Let's think about it for a moment. As an roleplayer, if you want to play a fat short bousterous fellow, why are you going to make him a sneaky rogue? And from the non-roleplay pov, there are just better looking races and/or better racial abilities.
I play a night elf druid :) Wanted to be a druid, so it comes down to cows or elves. Elves is the clear winner. I'm planning to make a worgen druid too :)