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The Queue: Close the floodgates again, please {WoW}

Mar 25th 2009 12:26PM Actually, I revel in dressing up my characters like streetwalkers. My human priest still has Pants of the Naaru (similar graphic to black mageweave) and Watcher's Tunic, which is very low-cut and backless (both from TBC group quests). Together somehow they create the illusion of a tramp stamp. It cracks me up every time.

Personally, I'm far less irritated by scantily-clad and more irritated by stereotyped airheaded women, a la 'whoops go save the idiot princess.... again.' Warcraft is one of the few RPGs where I enjoy and can even slightly identify with the characterization of females. When they're dumb, they're dumb in a way which is generally easy to understand (ie, Abbendis). The parallelism with the Jaina/Tyrande stories ("You both love me despite only knowing me superficially? And now you're fighting over it (and I don't really like either of you to begin with, in Jaina's case)? Super.") is a theme which struck close to home with me, and pretty much every under-40 female gamer I've spoken with.

TLDR: I'd rather play a naked chick who kicks ass rather than a clothed vapid moron waiting for a plumber to save me.

Breakfast Topic: Pride in your Achievements {WoW}

Feb 26th 2009 10:35AM When you get a server 1st feat of strength achievement, it also spams the entire server (instead of just your party & guild). Neat idea for progression, so you can be staring down a boss and have [Some Other Person] in [Some Other Guild] Killed This Boss First! pop up 25x in your chatbox. It also allows dozens of people to spam you with tells of 'omg you're such a loser' immediately after you hit lvl80.

Breakfast Topic: Pride in your Achievements {WoW}

Feb 26th 2009 10:29AM Justicar.

I earned it a long time ago, but in terms of effort, bragging rights and visibility, it's tops. My server first Dwarf & Hunter achievements are very braggy, but I don't get a shiny 'lookitmeeee' title with them, and it only took me 3 days of RL time to get them as opposed to months (and months, and monnnnnths) with Justicar.

I'm still extremely disappointed though, that I have to re-do all the other pvp stuff. I'm still at 0/100 for WSG wins, heh.

New Ulduar video from Blizzard {WoW}

Feb 25th 2009 3:21PM After watching this, I have a sinking suspicion that The Tram Boss will soon join the ranks of Frogger and The Elevator Boss.

Breakfast Topic: Love is in the Air! {WoW}

Feb 11th 2009 10:51AM During the 1st Valentine holiday, I sent my then-fiance one of those conversation hearts. Since then, he's switched servers, I've been a hardcore raider, we got married, he's switched to horde, I switched to a different horde, we've met back up in an alliance guild... and he still has that stupid conversation heart in his bank from 3 years ago.

This is your brain on PvP {WoW}

Feb 9th 2009 5:21PM I used to pvp a lot. To gauge, I had 25K kills and Justicar. Before TBC. On an alt. Yes, really. I totally wanted those Sentinel Chain Leggings.

At this point, I'm still relatively hardcore into WoW. At least, I think server 2nd to 80 on a pvp server is pretty hardcore (5 hrs sleep, 1st to 80 had her husband play half the time, gag me). Maybe it's because I don't play one of the more desired arena classes, but I just haven't been able to get into pvp too much, though I will say I totally adore wintergrasp.

I burned out on pvp shortly after TBC dropped because it kind of sucks to be stuck at Gold Mine every game. Or be the only one to try & flag carry because your team is hanging out at the rejuv hut farming HKs. Not gonna lie though, I loved kiting lieutenants, lol. I did a long series of cycles where I would be hardcore into pvp for about a month and then be disgusted and not pvp at all for 2 weeks so the highest rank I attained was Knight-Champion. I wonder now if my irritation was due in part to my brain chemistry, which anticipated empathetically that if we leave a flag unguarded the other team will totally come and get it, while the failpugs on my team didn't have the same biological advantage. huh.

Breakfast Topic: Bugging out {WoW}

Feb 9th 2009 10:59AM Way back when, there was a bug with Arcane Missiles where, once you started the cast, you could switch target and the missiles would hit the 2nd target. The thing is, though, there was no range or LOS, so as long as you could target something you could kill it.

You could, say, get a priest to mind vision from Razorgore's room to Chromaggus, and then... good times. It was problematic for pvp though, since you could pretty much just /tar flag carrier and kill them no matter where you or they were.

Designing around latency {WoW}

Feb 2nd 2009 8:58PM Actually, in Naxx40, the strat for Thaddius was somewhat different than I've seen in 25/10 to compensate for the bizarre gremlin-induced lag. Rather than assigning a cardinal direction for each sign for the entire fight, there was a direction assigned to the very first sign (ie, + left, - right), and after the first charge, you would move 90 degrees in one direction if your sign changed and the other if your charge stayed the same (ie, +left, -right then change left, same right). If your latency was really high, that gives you 30 seconds to move, or DC, or whatever.

I wouldn't really recommend anybody adopting this strat at this point because it's super convoluted, but it's a way a strat can be tweaked to compensate for lag, if your raid group needs that help. There are very few fights and mechanics which can't be worked around.

Hi, my name is mandy* {WoW}

Dec 19th 2008 3:21PM When I read the 'lowercase m plz' bit, I cringed. It's nonsense like this which makes it really hard to be taken seriously as a female gamer.

On a related side note, E. E. Cummings preferred the capitalized spelling of his name... it was a gimmick put forth by one of his publishers based on his unique style of poetry which eventually had him known as e. e. cummings. Though yes, you're accurate in that he clearly didn't follow conventional rules in his poetry (The More You Know ****).

BigRedKitty: Proto-Drake fever {WoW}

Dec 7th 2008 3:21PM Actually, they have 6 limbs as well, but their 'arms' are tiny like a t-rex. I always wonder how they can stand up on the ground without faceplanting.