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The Queue: CSI Theramore {WoW}

Jan 7th 2011 3:55PM Replying to "Murdertime":

When I saw that patch notes, I was a little miffed about my kitty dps playstyle getting changed (after I had adapted to a more bleed centric one) especially given the massive changes to healing I've struggled through already. However, as was pointed out already, its not really a nerf in damage so we shall see how this all plays out.

But, Murdertime, that response was EFFING AWESOME!!! I wish i could up-vote you more than once....

Patch 4.0.3a, The Shattering: Patch notes {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2010 2:51PM First,

Given the viewership data for Fringe, I am not sure that the move to Friday will kill the show anymore than competing with CSI, et al on Thursdays currently. After all, Fringe viewership numbers have an abnormally large percentage of DVR recordings.

Second, responding to Grovinofdarkhour, viewers aren't necessarily dumb or uneducated. Think about the change in the governing dynamic of television viewership over the past few years and you will see the ridiculousness in your comment. Drama shows are now facing a double crunch: reality t.v. shows are dirt cheap to produce by comparison so they don't need large viewerships to be profitable and conversely, due to the rise in DVR usage, advertising dollars are beginning to dry up. In other words, like nearly everything else, this is a purely economic decision having nothing to do with stupid viewers or some conspiracy at FOX to destroy "good" shows. Also, remember that a "good" show to a viewer is purely aesthetic whereas a "good" show to a company is a profitable one. Can one show be both? Sure, but don't let your personal aesthetic blind you to reality.

The Queue: Michael Sacco Jr., you owe me {WoW}

Nov 13th 2010 1:45PM You know what I can't stand; this constant grievance mongering going on between Europeans/Canadians and Americans. Get the eff over it already. As soon as someone says something that is hyperbolic or not entirely accurate some person instantly pounces on it as "proof" that ALL Americans can't read, don't own maps, think they are the center of the universe, etc. A weak and tacit excuse to constantly interpose your moral/geographic/whatever "superiority". Why such an inferiority complex. It is like the little brother constantly yelling, "Look at me, Look at me!" When notice is not immediately given, it is "proof" of the stupidity of the older brother.

Get the eff over it for God's sake.

Breakfast Topic: The GM's wife {WoW}

Oct 27th 2010 3:08PM I read this article very differently from you; however, my reading was not necessarily an opposing view. Personally, I saw nothing in the article to suggest gender bias or even gender relevance. All I saw was an article suggesting the proposition that when one partner in any type of given relationship (marriage, relative, or otherwise) is really into something, the other partner increases their level of commitment to that shared experience as a result of the relational tie which, in turn, leads to increased levels of performance. An interesting proposition which, if properly verifiable and replicable, could yield significant improvements in overall group performance when task oriented behavior is predicated upon the individual efforts of the group's members. In other words, gender neutral.

However, here's the rub. Your using your own studies, experiences, and premises to cloud the article (or shade the data if you will) such that it fits neatly into the worldview you've already created. You betray such a lack of objectivity with the very language you've chosen to use: "I am attacking the topic...", "[F]odder for my final work." As such, the article, and your concomitant reply, are acting to mirror the researcher instead of the research. If you truly are working on your doctorate thesis, your endeavors will go much more smoothly if you follow the data to a conclusion instead of allowing (as here) your pre-ordained conclusion to bound your sources and cloud your data.

tl/dr: False projection is being falsely projected.

Around Azeroth: I can't remember if we said goodbye {WoW}

Oct 13th 2010 2:01PM Never had a druid myself but my fondest memories of tree-form druids are the dragon boss fights...

Oh look, druid healer got too close to the tail again = tree flying across my screen. In nearly 4 years of seeing that repeatedly, it never failed to make me laugh.

Goodbye, my flying broccoli friends; you will be missed.

Breakfast Topic: What does your class choice say about you? {WoW}

Oct 10th 2010 12:34PM Fire Mage here.

I guess what it says about me is best represented in a quote from Michael Caine: "Some people just want to watch the world burn."

Mike Morhaime: Real names will not be required on official Blizzard forums {WoW}

Jul 10th 2010 2:06AM This comment kind of exemplifies why my account is going to remain canceled "At this time".

What Blizzard retracted was the use of your real name to post on the forums. This was NOT, nor could it ever be, the biggest mistake in gaming history. Such a change has noting to do with "gaming".

What IS the biggest mistake in gaming history is still being committed by Blizzard: transforming their perception of their own customers from a gaming community to a gaming commodity. RealID still exists in game, with all its security flaws, unchanged as of this moment. While I have to admit that there are some possibilities to RealID that I find intriguing and potentially beneficial, I cannot abide its current incarnation...its much too large a risk to MY personal information.

Besides providing Blizzard a mechanism by which to charge me for the game (the product I chose to buy) why is there any such need for them to utilize my personal information beyond that scope? If they were merely selling games to a gaming customer there would be no such further need. However, that is not what is being sold anymore. The game is now merely a mechanism by which they convince me to pay them for the "honor" of commoditizing my personal information such that the same can be sold to highest advertising bidder. Thus, the advertisers are Blizzard's customers now--you, the gamer, are merely the grist for the mill.

Mike Morhaime: Real names will not be required on official Blizzard forums {WoW}

Jul 10th 2010 1:37AM Next time, before you comment on something from such an ignorant starting point--think!!!

Think about how the forums operate.

Think about what percentage of the 11-12 million subscribers ever use the forums.

Think about what percentage of the 11-12 million subscribers even knew about this change.

Think about whether or not there is a way to determine the amount of people who looked at the forum thread relevant to this change. (hint...there is).

Finally, think about something called "cluster sampling" and extrapolation.

Only once you've thought about these variables will you be able to determine if it was a "vocal minority".

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 3:39PM So here is my question:

What is going to happen to Bliizzard customer service (especially tech support) when this change goes live?

As it stands right now, there are probably a HUUUGE amount of people that avoid calling blizzard support when there is a login, load, etc. problem with the game by accessing the information provided by the forums--mostly by non-staff posters. My guess is that most, if not all, of these persons whom post regarding work-arounds to these issues are very likely the same persons whom understand the inherent risk with providing your contact information to the world...especially for no tangible benefit. As such, these helpful posters are likely to disappear which, in turn, will force tens of thousands more people to call blizzard tech support when the information is no longer being provided on-line.

I have one final point: the main predicate of useful speech is that such can be provided without consequence. Surely, lack of consequences born of anonymity likewise increases the amount of useless speech as well; however, this is a small-ish price to pay (i.e. ignore the trolls) compared to the "fix" they are implementing which will carry with it actual, honest to goodness, real world consequences for the poster. Here, and in most of Blizzard's market those consequences relate to employment opportunities lost, identity theft, stalking. However, the consequences in a market such as China are MUCH more significant. Now, Blizzard will be actively supporting the Chinese government's suppression of its citizens ability to speak out freely by providing the government the very mechanism by which to identify such "agitators" and deal with them accordingly. All this to make a billion dollar company a few more billion dollars.

I have long stood by this game, which I immensely enjoy, despite certain decisions that have been made with which I did not fully support. However, this company is currently heading in a direction that I can no longer in good conscience follow. If this change is implemented, I will be forced to cancel my subscription as I cannot abide a company that would so thoughtlessly and needlessly dispense with the well-being of their customer base, a base which has already made them fabulously wealthy, in the pursuit of a few dollars more. We all have our own moral limits and I guess this is mine.

Cataclysm beta testing: Choosing to opt out {WoW}

May 23rd 2010 7:19PM My WoW account has been active since about 6 months before BC and I have yet to participate in a Beta or PTR for one simple reason: the game is truly more fun as a noob. I remember how grand and epic the game felt on my first character: exploring new lands with mobs with skulls instead of level designations, a swift death around every corner, desperately trying to find the next town so I can buy then next level of vendor armor (yeah, yeah, I know), not knowing how aggro worked and dying gloriously on nearly every multi-mob pull because of an itchy blizzard finger. I look back on that first character and 2 thoughts occur to me. First, a sincere need to apologize to everyone whom ever grouped with me because i was sooooooo fail at the time. Second, and more importantly, although I have had fun with this game since then, I never had as much fun as I did when I was such a total noob.

Because of the above, you can count me out of the cataclysm beta.