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The Queue: Panda wasteland {WoW}

Mar 16th 2012 12:29PM Prediction: You'll hear about this next week.

The Queue: Panda wasteland {WoW}

Mar 16th 2012 12:29PM It certainly is ripe for spooky stuff being added to it during Hallow's End or something. It's definitely a wasted opportunity of a zone.

And, honestly, who wouldn't want a reason to go back into Karazhan, in a post-TBC storyline?

The Queue: Panda wasteland {WoW}

Mar 16th 2012 12:27PM "Frankly, I don't think the decision was a bad one from a time management perspective. Would you rather Blizzard spend time redeveloping a zone that was already redeveloped or work on someplace that really, really needed that revamp because it hadn't been touched in seven years?"

I love the long-needed revamp that Arathi Highlands ... oh, wait. :(

The Queue: Never say no to panda {WoW}

Mar 15th 2012 12:36PM "... what exactly would you do with the bird skin once you had it? I can't imagine it'd make anything remotely useful. I mean, around here we don't even eat the skin when we have birdies for dinner. I don't think there really is such a thing as bird leather. I'm pretty sure trying to cure it would just disintegrate it, you know?"

There's various sorts of bird leather, most famously (in America) ostrich leather.

And if you're not eating bird skin, you're missing out on one of the tastiest portions. Dontcha watch Travel Channel?

The Queue: Everything is better with a ukulele {WoW}

Mar 6th 2012 2:02PM Enough about these also-ran races: What's a distinctly dwarvish set of gear for my tankadin? He's still running around in his horrible ICC dress, which makes me sad. (Well, other than the shoulders. Those are awesome.)

5 not-so-simple ways Blizzard can fix the World of Warcraft Auction House {WoW}

Feb 21st 2012 5:07PM "It should be legal because people do it illegally anyway" is a pretty weak argument, since it basically is an argument in favor of having no laws at all.

Blizzard has already create a mechanism for turning real world money into gold, and vice-versa, via the pet store. They don't need to go further down this path.

Officers' Quarters: Should Blizzard hold a guild summit? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2012 8:09PM It's not 2004 any more. What WoW launched with isn't what other games get to launch with -- MMOs with far worse designers and certainly far fewer resources launched with a much more robust guild system than SWTOR did. The guild system is simply something that the developers didn't think was that important to worry about until the game already launched.

And it's not like Bioware isn't aware of what WoW has to offer. If anything, they're a little TOO aware of it.

Officers' Quarters: Should Blizzard hold a guild summit? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2012 12:56PM "I'm not an Old Republic player, but one thing I appreciate about the game is BioWare's active approach to supporting guilds."

Other than, you know, any actual in-game support.

SWTOR has a guild interface far below the quality of WoW's original guild interface.

It has no banks or guild perks. It doesn't even have a basic provision for something like guilds leveling. And before someone says it's a new game -- the game launched with Legacy XP, that tracks XP for a yet-to-be-implemented system that levels all the characters on a given account on a given server, providing, theoretically "family tree" benefits to all characters. Bioware, which has shamelessly aped as much as they can about WotLK-era WoW as possible, didn't implement anything at all for guilds other than a chat channel and a crappy guild interface (which is nothing new -- their auction house interface barely works at all).

It's another example of how SWTOR is a great "RPG" attached to a mediocre "MMO."

Officers' Quarters: Should Blizzard hold a guild summit? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2012 12:42PM "I'm not an Old Republic player, but one thing I appreciate about the game is BioWare's active approach to supporting guilds."

Other than, you know, any real in-game guild utilities. SWTOR has a guild interface that makes any of the official WoW ones seem amazing by comparison. And forget about anything like guild banks, ranks (before you yell that the game is new, there are "legacy levels" for all of the characters on a single account -- the rewards aren't implemented yet, but Bioware already showed a commitment to having it be part of the game by having XP accrue to legacy levels when the game launched), or perks.

Guilds are yet another place where SWTOR is a mediocre "MMO" attached to a superlative "RPG."

The Queue: I've gone viral {WoW}

Feb 13th 2012 1:36PM Ironforge's two bars desperately need to be brought up to expansion quality. If any bars deserve improvement, it's them.