Apr 3rd 2012 5:36PM ""(My own grandfather has"
- Gramps... As in, last century..." - Jyotai
I may not have been offended by Ji Firepaw's text, but your comment DID offend me. The only way I can seem to interpret your comment is "Since this was said by your grandfather, it must be based on outdated ideas," which to me is worse off than what this article is concerned with as you're automatically dismissing ideas from older generations simply because they ARE an older generation whereas this article is examining interpretations.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:47PM Now, I'm not going to go and say people are wrong for being offended by the dialogue difference, I'm just going to say that I don't really get it. Maybe it's just that I'm viewing the comment more as a compliment coming from a self-confident guy, or even a fatherly/grandfatherly figure. (My own grandfather has complimented me saying I'm beautiful and how I'm probably beating the guys off with a stick, so I'm already predisposed to viewing it as a simple friendly compliment.) I mean, I can see how Ji Firepaw's comment might be construed as creepy, it's just that that interpretation is the last one to come to mind for me...
And as for the whole armor inequality argument, I just shrug my shoulders at that. My toons are normally wearing tabards anyway, so I rarely noticed before, and now with Transmogrification if you don't like the plate bikini look you can change it to whatever you like. The only complaint I would have is that I'd like some more sexy things for my male toons. ;) (I still remember this pair of BoE leather chaps my guild leader gave to me for my rogue when he was in the lvl 50-60 range... Those were HILARIOUS, and I wish I still had them so I could get them again for transmog...)
Apr 3rd 2012 3:52PM Exactly. Every lecture on Game Design I've attended has always emphasized asking the question: "Yes, you can do it, but is it fun?" Video games are a form of entertainment, and therefore their main goal is to be entertaining.
That's not to say that you can't have aspects that, on their own, aren't considered "fun"... Farming materials for raids is one example of a task that isn't generally considered exciting. However, even these things should be geared towards accomplishing a greater goal that is desirable to the player. We farm raid materials so we can do better in raids so we can kill bosses, which is a fun experience. However, when the reward does not match the work that was put into it, that's when things become unacceptable.
The violet protodrake and the fastest flying speed are your rewards for completing all the holiday achievements. Even if you ignore SoHK, it will still take you a year of diligence to complete it. Most of the achievements are easy enough, with some as simple as looting a Noblegarden egg to other harder achievements like trying to find a Troll Rogue or the ever elusive female Dwarf.
SoHK, though, can be obscenely difficult, especially for some classes. The achievement causes counter-productive gameplay by emphasizing certain parts of a BG to the extreme. In Warsong Gulch it's extreme defense as achievement hunters are given NO incentive to even leave their flag room beyond chasing a flag carrier. AB is extreme offense, try and cap a flag, but if you're too slow, abandon it and try and get the next. EotS is extreme offense in only one aspect: flag, flag, flag, flag, flag. (I've even seen people so obssessed with the flag that no one bothered to capture any towers to bring it to...) Etc. This means that not only do you have to deal with angry PvPers on both sides who resent the achievement hunters screwing with their BGs, but you're pitted against other achievement hunters as well. It's the perfect recipe for a miserable experience for all.
That said, I don't think they need to get rid of SoHK. As Alysandir said, if they removed it from the meta, almost no one would ever do it. HOWEVER, I do think the achievement should be CHANGED. Instead of completing specific objectives in each BG with your orphan out, how about "Win each of the following BGs while you have your orphan out." This would encourage players to participate in the BGs as they were meant to be played and would be less disruptive over-all to normal PvPers.
Mar 29th 2012 4:02PM To be more specific:
We will not use melee weapons when fighting. HOWEVER, we will still be able to EQUIP melee weapons for RP and aesthetic purposes around town. Just don't expect your Chimaera shot or Explosive shot to work if you forget to swap back to your ranged weapon. ;)
Mar 29th 2012 1:55PM Yes, this has been an issue for a little while now, and in certain circumstances it can be quite frustrating. More than once I've been a tank waiting for CC to pull, only to realize that the mobs WERE CC'd, it just wasn't showing me the debuffs, or I've CC'd a target that was already Sapped/Repentanced.
Then there's all the times I've gone to apply a debuff and thought I was missing or the button wasn't going off, only to realize that someone ELSE was applying their version of the debuff, which was overriding mine.
Mar 28th 2012 2:24PM I'll try this again...
Any news yet on if they've improved Archaeology farming in Beta so it's less of a soul-destroying chore?
Having fun slogging through all the book recommendations while looking for questions for tomorrow's queue, yet? =P
Mar 27th 2012 8:26PM Darn you, comment system! *shakes fist*
Mar 27th 2012 8:25PM To train them is my cause!
Mar 27th 2012 1:36PM Of course, now that I've already posted a response, I think of a question I had:
So, any signs yet of changes to how Archaeology works yet in the Beta? I remember hearing something about a faction you can interact with in Pandaria, but that didn't sound like it'd make any changes to archaeology itself. (Meaning if you're trying to farm up the mount and pet from the Tol'vir sites, the new faction will have no bearing on how horribly painful that process will be.) What I really want to know is if there have been any improvements to farming Archaeology in general?
Mar 27th 2012 1:30PM The Professor Oak reference would be even more incredible if his grandson was standing next to him, and they would randomly have conversations like:
Prof. Oak: "Be a good lad, Jerkface, and get me my notes, would you?"
Gary Oak: "For the thousandth time, Gramps, my name is GARY! *grumbling* I swear, I'm never letting Ash talk to Gramps again..."