Jul 22nd 2009 6:11PM Does it amuse you that Blizzard thinks they know more about process scheduling, and thus force their application to run on the two cores, too? Because that's just as ignorant. I am not sure why they didn't allow the OS to schedule the process and its threads as it would.
Of course, there's lots I'm not sure about in this game -- why all of the shadow and projected texture rendering math is done on the main processor instead of on the graphics card using DX9 or DX10 shaders is at the top of that list.
Not that I don't love it. I just wish it wouldn't sacrifice so much potential for the sake of remaining compatible with the people still running it on Pentium 4s with Voodoo3s. Transform and Lighting, anyone?
But I guess the $$$ of the subscriber running the ancient machine wins out over reasonable software development each and every time -- at least that's the rationale at my company. Blizzard, I'm sure, is laughing their way to the bank.
Jun 20th 2009 12:47AM This was a very well-written and thoughtful article. Well done. Thank you very much!
Jun 19th 2009 4:05PM Don't you only have to be revered to get the mysterious egg? At least that's what I am, and I did.
Hopefully it can still hatch into the drake... here's hoping :P
Jun 19th 2009 3:11PM How is the twink destroyed? I thought this gives them exactly what they (claimed to) want: An ability to play with other twinks and to get gear in instances etc. without levelling.
I do not twink, and I think it's fantastic that people with XP off (most likely twinks) will queue up in BGs with others with XP off, and people with XP on will only queue with people with XP on. That change, along with the change where you now gain XP in battlegrounds, will effectively make twinks BG with other twinks, and non-twinks with other non-twinks. Which is fantastic, IMO -- I could never win an AV or WG until after lvl 60 because of all the damn twinks running around.
Anyway -- let me know, I don't really understand how the twink is "destroyed."
Jun 15th 2009 6:31PM Nowhere in my original comment did I imply that "everyone who isn't a furry is Christian." However, it's been my experience that the vast majority of intolerant or otherwise closed-minded people are members of one or another organized religion, many of which indicate that to judge other people is sinful or otherwise prohibited.
I guess it just makes me happy that, as people are expressing their intolerance towards something that hurts nobody and has no effect on them directly, they are, by their very own moral code, damning themselves. I find it strangely appropriate. Enjoyable.
And certainly, everybody may mock whomever they please. They are as free to do so as furries are to dress up in costumes and roleplay, or form spiritual beliefs around whatever they please. While I am not a part of that particular community, I am part of the GLBT community, and I have been similarly condemned for pursuing a wholesome, monogamous relationship behind closed doors, hurting nobody. The point is that the condemners are expressing the very same freedoms, by condemning, that the condemn-ees are enjoying by pursuing whatever it is that intolerant folks find so offensive.
I don't know. I'm not trying to "troll" or get into any sort of emo drama here -- I honestly just find it hilarious that people who can spend time preaching about loving thy neighbor and judging not lest ye be judged can turn around and throw the first stone, as it were. Their special blend of ignorance and hypocrisy brightens my day -- some aspects of human nature really are tremendously funny.
Jun 15th 2009 5:38PM I find it insanely humorous that people criticize the person described in this article for having "humorous beliefs," and then turn around and go to a church where:
- They believe that an all-powerful super-deity is watching over every little insignificant thing you do;
- They believe that he magically impregnated a woman with his "son" (as though such an incredibly powerful creature would possibly have a use for biologically reproduction)
- ... whom he planned to KILL OFF to make us feel more guilty when we're naughty
- They believe that this guy inherited some of pop's magic and could turn:
- Bread into fish
- Water into wine
- Corpses into living people
- Blind guys into guys who could see
- They believe that this guy inherited further skills and could walk on water
- They believe that when they die, all of their consciousness and experience will wing its way into a cloudy cliche of heaven, where it will string upon harps and blow trumpets for all eternity
- They believe that people who do things that are arbitrarily seen as "bad" (according to a book, written by power-hungry humans, and further translated umpteen times since the "original" [if there ever was one]) will similarly detach from their mortal remains upon death and sink inexorably into a lake of seething fire
- I could go on, but my point is made
I mean... seriously? Do people honestly believe that something becomes more credible the more people believe it? I don't understand how the followers of *ANY* mystical religion, no matter how organized it is and no matter how many people claim to be part of it, could possibly ever criticize ANY OTHER form of mystical spirituality on the basis that it is "humorous." ALL mystical spiritualities are "humorous" (actually freakin' hilarious) from that standpoint.
There are few things I find funnier than this special blend of ignorance and hypocrisy. Good show, folks! Very good show!
Jun 12th 2009 12:57PM "WoW is not the proper forum for this type..."
While that may have been true back when an entire MMO might have had 100,000 players in its base, and while the argument *could* be made for it today, it's certainly going away in the future. A virtual community is just that -- a community, made up of real people, with real "baggage." To suggest that a world with plenty of other "real" issues taking place (consider the world economy, guild drama, group/raid mechanics vs. real-world organizational mechanics, etc.) specifically exclude other legitimate aspects of players' lives is, well, about on the level of suggesting that 640k of RAM is "more than enough for anyone's needs." It's certainly true of yesterday, it might even be true today, but in the next 5 years it will be a preposterous argument.
I'm not going to say it's a good thing or a bad thing, but when a community is this large and made up of this kind of diverse player base (with respect to age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc., etc.), it's simply a fact of life that certain "baggage" (your word) will translate into the community from "real life," in one way or another, to the extent that it's possible given the game world.
Just as in the real world, the majority of people are going to prefer that only "positive" (if there is such a thing from a perfectly objective standpoint) behaviors are displayed -- less guild drama, more working together, etc. However, there will always be minorities, and there will always be things happening that some people don't like. Which is why there are petabytes of OTHER Internet out there for those people to browse at those times, other games to play, other places to be, etc.
I personally think it's exciting and tremendously interesting to observe this sort of thing beginning to cross the boundary into virtual communities -- it encourages a great deal of introspection and learning about our species and our social dynamics. Whether it's "appropriate" or not (I really hate that word, but you are entitled to your opinion) doesn't matter at all -- it's going to happen, and it will continue happening more and more as the lines begin to blur between virtual and "real" communities.
I for one am definitely thinking of attending. It sounds like a blast.
Jun 11th 2009 4:02PM Manatank: I disagree 100%. For me it is a waste of time on my power level to 80. Please realize other people play this game. The introduction of this feature does not prevent those who enjoy looking at scenery from doing so, but it does allow those of us who are bored out of mind of the same old zones to skip to the good part (from our perspective). We both win, so please... Those of you whining about this, and talking about how they should prevent it... Play your game the way you want to.
Did you even read the rest of my comment? I understand both sides of the argument, and I most certainly wasn't whining. I know this is about making money, and people in general have alarmingly tiny attention spans, and bored players quit games. I would have made the same decision Blizzard is. It's about the money, and always will be.
Jun 11th 2009 3:51PM Agreed 100%. I feel like players should have to make this journey once per character, at least -- it provides a sense of accomplishment, wonder, awe, whatever you want to call it. It gives the game character.
I sort of get where Blizzard is going -- with the next major expansion and (presumably) level 90, the old world and Outland are going to be pretty equal in terms of people just getting through them to get to the next place. I don't necessarily agree with this order of priorities -- I think the old world still has a lot of potential for future expansions, content, etc., especially with the possibilities phasing brings to the game -- but that's their model, and I get it.
But that next expansion is still more than a year out at least (unless Something Has Changed), and I feel like they're jumping the gun a bit on writing off outland and flying mounts.
Of course, that might just be my jealousy talking, since I literally got my epic flying training and mount in the last few days... But that's my timing for you!
Jun 9th 2009 12:13PM FF6: The best RPG ever made by far.
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Hope it don't rain all day
... And it stoned me to my soul