Nov 23rd 2010 6:18PM I think the thing that's being missed by everyone is who is arguing with ENOUGH is that this happens with almost literally every major patch. The downtime will be extended and even when things come up they will most likely still be glitchy for the next couple of days. So.....
Did anyone really believe that servers would be back up at the announced time? I knew they wouldn't, Adam Holisky here apparently knew that they wouldn't, and I'd bet you did too. The point isn't whether it takes 5 hours, 12 hours, 48 hours or a week. If it took a week then so be it, but to miss deadlines with regularity is just plain amateurish. Yes the systems are complex but so should the testing, configuration management plans, deployment scripts and on hand resources.
Bottom line I've also been in the IT industry for 20 years maintaining large complex systems. No, probably not as large and complex as this. Few systems are. However, with proper scaling, planning and staffing anything is maintainable when handled professionally.
Sep 14th 2009 12:30PM You may have a perspective that I don't. I haven't seen anything about these achievements conferring any substantial advantage that would limit people without the achievements from being able to raid. I've seen things along the lines of reduced repair bills, mass rez after a wipe, etc. Things that eliminate/reduce some minor inconveniences that occur during raiding, but certainly nothing that would be "OMG we can't raid tier 27 content yet because we don't have achievement x...."
Sep 14th 2009 11:44AM Doesn't this really only apply if the achievements matter to you? Yes, it seems like people may have a choice to make. Join a bigger guild serious about earning the higher end achievement or stay with your family/friends and enjoy whatever aspects of the game you are doing. I've got to imagine that Blizzard will do this in a similar vein as individual achievements, there will be a little bit of something for everyone.
And yes, I have to imagine that some of the achievements will not be achievable by all. Quite frankly achievements that are achievable by everyone really aren't achievements at all. This is not coming from the "I'm l33t and everyone else is the sux0r" crowd. I have very few achievements. My gear, raiding and other in game accomplishments are marginal. I'm nothing special and I don't expect to get achievements for my mediocrity. I would expect the same to apply to my guild.
Feb 24th 2009 8:46AM Unfortunately, I don't really see it as optional. There are plenty of people out there that are able to raid effectively without spending 20 hours a day on this game. Despite the stereotype that all raiders are full time games, or close to it, that simply isn't true. I raid 3 nights a week, and the other nights manage to eek out just enough gold to pay for my consumables, repairs, etc. I know plenty of others that are the same way. Affording this on both of my toons would be a struggle.
I'm a player not a gold farmer. I have a job to take care of keeping me busy with all the work I want to do. When I login I want to relax and play not work. Personally I think that Blizzard is making a big mistake continuing to make this GAME feel like a JOB.
Bottom line: People who don't have this will lose raid spots to people who do. Sure, it's optional if all you want to do is quest and farm. It's nowhere near optional if you interested in being an effective contributor to your guild/raid.
Dec 3rd 2008 9:05AM "High repair bills for tanks.
Tanking is quite reactive and requires you to be quick and paying attention, while DPS is rather simple.
Tanks are often in charge of the group, and when PuGs fail miserably, they're often blamed."
My paladin main has never been anything but prot for any extended period of time. I've been the main tank of my guild for quite some time. However, I can't stand to pug because of the idiots you tend to get and the blame that gets put on the tank.
Seriously, got pugged into a group early on in the expansion for Nexxus. Resto druid healer had 600 spellpower at 72 and the DPS were running between 500-750 each. Yet, when the group wiped twice on the second boss they started yelling about how they needed a new tank because I died. Now, I'm not the most geared tank in the world, but come on guys.
Nov 13th 2008 4:02PM entered