Sep 24th 2009 12:11PM Kind of glad I'm not nuts over mounts as that violet monstrosity sure is ugly.
Would have been nice to get a faster mount, but still not enough to make me bother with the boring PvP achievements....thank heavens Brewfest doesn't require them!
Aug 4th 2009 5:43PM It is a really sweet story.
GM responses can sometimes be really nice and sometimes incredibly crap.
A year ago I contacted a GM as our guild master had just died of Lymphoma and for the year prior to his death had been using WoW to enable him to have social contact with friends while his body was too ravaged by all the chemotherapy to be able to leave the house.
I'd explained the situation, and what I actually wanted was details of the best way to contact Blizzard to thank them for enabling him to have some form of life for the year preceding his death.
Suffice it to say that the GM wasn't particularly helpful at all and the response to the email that was sent was a one sentence thanks for your email kind of deal.
You'd think Blizzard would actually like to hear good feedback :(
Jun 14th 2009 11:58AM Essence of competition was available to all players that did battlegrounds in the Olympic season. It isn't a regional pet.
The reason that some of the EU players are getting upset is due to anybody with an account in the relevant region being able to just click a link and get a free pet, whereas the two pets that are being talked about as being EU only pets were both very limited distribution.
One was a competition that only had a small amount of winners and one wasn't a pet you could choose to collect, but given to EU players when Blizzard screwed up their Netherwhelps...much like the free server time awards that are given out when Blizzard shuts your server down for an excessive amount of time. In addition most competitions run by Blizzard or Blizzard fan sites awarding prizes of computers, convention tickets, trading cards etc are restricted to US entrants only, which tends to add to the feeling that the EU get a harsher deal, whilst not seeming that way to those in the US.
The Battlebots are not the first region specific advertising pet. China had promotions from Coke that awarded region specific pets. People could argue that Blizzcon pets are biased towards US residents as it is far easier to attend a convention if you are already in the US.
In truth though, we can do nothing about it. Complaining that we feel it isn't fair makes us look silly and childish. It won't change anything.
I do feel that giving pets/mounts/special items as things to promote other events (Blizzcon, trading cards, advertising etc) isn't a good idea. I believe the idea is supposed to draw more people into the game from elsewhere but in reality it just makes people angry and leads to endless forum complaining and bad feeling. Reward the people that are playing the game if you want to reward someone *shrugs*
Jun 11th 2009 11:49AM Murky was not an EU only pet. It was given out to attendees of Blizzcon in the US.
Jun 11th 2009 4:42AM There are only 3 baby murloc pets including the Blizzcon one.
Murky was the Blizzcon one
Gurky was offered to a few lucky EU players in a competition
Lurky was given to EU players as an apology when they messed up the netherwhelp pets for EU.
Technically the EU has only had one exclusive pet available to win (Gurky) and the distribution was very limited. China has 5 (two pigs, 2 dragons and a poley bear) and Korea also has one.
This is technically the first pet limited to the US only, assuming that you do not take into account how unlikely it is that people outside of the US can actually attend Blizzcon as if they do manage to attend they can still use the codes on other accounts.
Yes, it does suck that nearly all competitions on official sites are limited to the US only, but these competitions are rarely giving away new pets.
In short, it might feel like everything is always biased towards the US in this US created game, but that hasn't been the case for pets. Pets have been biased towards China if anything.
Yes you are disappointed not to be able to get a pet, as am I. That's no reason to keep throwing US hate about. Some of these comments have been bordering on racism, where the competitions are only guilty of exclusion due to advertising laws and availability of products.
(I actually quite liked Mountain Dew mind, I was quite disappointed when they stopped selling it in the UK)
Jun 10th 2009 10:07AM I'll go for the non-existent option of "I've been trying to merge my account for over a week but it gets to the finalisation stage and all attempts to confirm just reload the same page"
May 31st 2009 6:48AM @Co-zur
"I think the WoW.com staff should be ashamed of this article, not only is it obvious that it was written by a poor American, jealous of the welfare and general higher living standards that we have in Europe, it's also not at all objective."
Jennie Lees is a European, not an American. I suspect that you have misunderstood the end of the article that you are laying into. I read no European slight in that article at all (I am a European myself), merely the assumption that being a 'hardcore raider' involves a large amount of time that would not allow you to hold down a job at the same time.
May 19th 2009 9:18AM The majority of the friends and family I keep up with inside WoW were not met through the game. Many were met in other MMORPGs before coming to WoW though which is in my mind the same thing.
I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and can't actually see many people in real life. The strain of travel alone would usually be enough for me to relapse, let alone actually trying to hold a conversation. Being able to talk to my friends and family through something a little more fun than a telephone or email is an important thing to me.
It was also very important to one of my close friends. He died of Lymphoma just over a year ago, but in the preceding months he was able to keep in touch with all of his friends when leaving his home was impossible.
It has only been recently that we have expanded to using voice chat through the game. For the past few years even being able to chat via guild chat was enough to actually be able to have a social life that we were otherwise excluded from.
Apr 29th 2009 4:27AM Thank you for that interview.
As another disabled gamer it is reassuring and strengthening to read interviews with others in the same position.
I suffer from M.E.
It is nowhere near as debilitating as your condition, but I can recognise the limits that the tiredness, lack of concentration and mobility and the like do put on your playtime. My WoW time is the only social contact I have, being unable to get out of the house, and you do become rather attached to the people you play with online.
With that in mind, the hardcover book you are reading, The Temporal Void, has a cameo character in it called 'Chris Turner'. Hamilton named him for a dear friend and ex-guild leader of mine who had been a huge fan of his books and was also struggling to balance game time with illness. Sadly he died of Lymphoma before the book could be released.
Apr 15th 2009 4:10AM I like it when we get to play along too!