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12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 2: Razer Nostromo gaming keypad {WoW}

Dec 23rd 2010 12:56PM Wow this is a lot of entries.

Officers' Quarters: The great raid-size debate, part 3 {WoW}

Nov 15th 2010 11:36PM I'm still confused why people think that 10-man balancing will leave out the availability of certain buffs.

Currently, every important type of class benefit in the game can be given by at least 2 classes. (In the case of Bloodlust/Heroism, it's 3 classes...don't forget hunters : ).

Will there be 10 man groups that don't have a mage, shaman, or hunter in them? Of course. There will also be 10 man groups comprised entirely of paladins.

Blizzard has said before, and it's easy to understand, that they can't balance for every possible combination.

Up until Cataclysm, it was reasonable to assume that 10-man raids were not balanced around having some buffs. Most truly important buffs were the domain of a single class, and expecting every 10-man raid to have 1 of each class is a little unreasonable.

Now though, with the current homogenization of buffs, it seems unreasonable to assume that 10-man raids would be balanced around anything other than having all of the important raid buffs and abilities.

Need to look back over the list of overlapping abilities, but I'd be surprised if it weren't possible to provide every major buff with only 5 classes present.

BlizzCon 2010: Steelseries shows off Cataclysm MMO mouse, pro gamer products, Page 2 {WoW}

Oct 26th 2010 3:43PM Question for those of you who might know, or might have experience with the same mouse.

I know my taste in mice are different than a lot of people, but what works for me, works for me, and I'm looking for feedback that can relate what I like about my current mouse to other mice that are now available (not try to convince me that more or less buttons or different mouse sizes are better).

Currently I have a first generation Microsoft Sidewinder mouse.

Features I like:
1. The size. For long gaming sessions I enjoy a larger mouse that I can just rest my hand on, not something I have to actively grip to control.

2. Adjustable feet and weight. While you can always get a new mousepad, I liked the ability to adjust the slickness of the mouse right out of the package. The weight felt a little off as well, but since you could adjust that as well, got it to what I liked out of the package as well.

3. Easy to find / press side buttons. It only has two, but from the first time I picked up the mouse it made sense to me. I've never had to remember which button is which or where it is (granted, only having two makes it easier, but they're both clearly defined with a defined, easy press).

4. Easy dpi switch. Not a must have, but I have a large monitor. I enjoy being able to press a center button to navigate the whole screen for crafting or when healing with mouseovers and healbot, then toning it down a bit when I'm ready to dps or tank. Mouse turning is good, but not when you spin 18 times in one flick of the wrist >

Drama Mamas: Transgender bullying {WoW}

Oct 15th 2010 2:59PM There is discrimination from every angle, directed at every angle. I'm not saying that everyone discriminates, just that I don't see one group focusing, fearing, hating on one particular group anymore.

If you are being discriminated against, then that is wrong. That does not mean you are alone, or that you can only turn to other people that have made similar choices to you.

In fact, I believe just being with understanding people in general can be the best course of action. Too often people join together in cliques, staying where they feel safe and harboring resentments against 'those people' who just don't understand. All while another clique is huddled together resenting 'those people' who just don't understand them. A better approach imo is to foster understanding by actually being around people from all different walks of life.

As for the approach I take to discrimination in chat, I've been trying a sort of counter troll approach lately.

A couple weeks ago in trade there was a long competition between a group of trolls describing the worst possible thing they could imagine the other trolls doing with their fathers. Our trolls (like many others I'm sure) are proud of their imaginations and 'abilities', so I made a simple statement. I said that I could say something less offensive, in the same vein as their conversation, that would make more people truly mad at me.

They accepted the challenge, and all I typed was 'Honor your father and mother'.

After I was flamed for a good minute in trade and told to keep that Bible **** out of there, one of the trolls admitted defeat and the conversation stopped.

Granted, that probably wasn't the best approach, but it put an end to a conversation that was bothering me while staying true to my beliefs.

Another good way to handle hateful trolls is just turn them onto a happy note. Most just want to be heard, and just think shock is the best way to get that. When the comments get really bad I've been able to shift it to 'what's the cutest animal you've seen this week?' and other such topics very easily.

For the record, I am a Christian, and like other people have stated in this thread, I am discriminated against as much in game as anyone else. As far as 'I can hide it' comments, I have to ask, "How?".

Being who I am means 2 things:
That I love God with everything I am and and that I have.
That I love everyone else just as much or more than I want to be loved.

Jesus said that covers every command about how to live our lives, so that's good enough for me : )

Why does that mean I can't hide who I am in game? Well, as was mentioned earlier in comments, spend enough time with people and stuff comes out. If someone bashes Christians for being hateful bigots, how can I not stand up for myself? If a guild member asks why I act like I do towards people, I tell them.

I don't go in to pugs announcing to everyone that I'm a Christian. If they start the topic, I'm more than happy to go there, but I know as far as most people go, they don't care and don't want to hear me talk about it : )

I know this has been long and rambling, and I apologize, but discrimination and closed-mindedness really get me worked up, whether it's directed at me or anyone else. It's part of that loving people thing ; )

Also for the record, I've had friends, guild members, and roommates who have lived all manner of lifestyles. I also have friends and guild members that I have no clue about, and I don't really care. I like them for who they are. I've obviously mentioned that I'm a Christian, but as far as my sexuality, political party, race, or gender, you guys can think what you want : ) I've been hurt too bad by people close to me than to worry about what everyone out there that I don't know thinks.

I honestly hope all of you find both people that accept you, and peace whether people accept you or not.

God bless

Cataclysm: Guild cap revised, now 1,000 members {WoW}

Oct 9th 2010 4:56AM Has anyone else wondered if the 99.9% was just a made up number? I mean, it's a pretty common term denoting "pretty much everyone, with a few exceptions".

Maybe 1/500 guilds are over 1k members, maybe it really is 1/1000, or maybe it's 1/10000.

I'm neutral as far as this change is concerned, I just find it interesting that 99.9% has been quoted so many times as being an absolute fact and number to be considered.

Win sweet prizes from the new, new WoW Insider {WoW}

Sep 14th 2010 11:15AM Woohoo, thanks wow related websites : )

Breakfast Topic: Revenge is oh so sweet {WoW}

Sep 12th 2010 1:03PM It just disrupts what they're trying to spell. Honestly, awesome idea.

Personally, I've been using Baby Spice to change some of the 'letters' in their message. (Also works great for griefers trying to cover event npcs).

Gold Capped: Breaking the glyph wall {WoW}

Aug 20th 2010 3:30PM Demand, of course, is important. The problem I have with your argument though, as far as glyphs are concerned, is you're moving such a large quantity of items that being able to raise the price just 1g each can add up to a lot of gold during the week. So controlling the market doesn't necessarily mean raising the price outside of what people will pay.

Even on a low pop server with some very dedicated competition, I sell a little under 1000 glyphs a week. Every silver I can raise my price equals another 10g a week.

Honestly, if I was the only scribe on my server and controlled the sale of every glyph, I'd be more than happy capping the price at 7-10g a glyph. At the end of a year that'd still be more than enough profit to buy ten characters every mount, vanity item, and training in the game.

Gold Capped: Ask an auctioneer {WoW}

Aug 19th 2010 2:49PM Something to remember about each server is not just the glyph price, but mat price.

Most popular glyphs sell for an average of 10-15g on my server. Before those of you that sell for 4g a glyph get jealous, realize that Northrend herbs are usually 20-35g per stack for me. Still a great profit margin, but higher glyph prices usually seem to come from lower pop servers with less of an herb market.

Enter to win a Blazing Hippogryph and other loot {WoW}

Jul 27th 2010 11:20AM This is me entering the contest.

Thanks and good luck everyone!