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More server outages for Whirlwind and Emberstorm [Updated] {WoW}

Nov 25th 2009 10:00AM Oh yes. Because there's 8 different power lines outside my house connected to 8 different power companies all vying for my business. Yeah, power outtage? No problem! I'll just switch to a more reliable power company!

I'm guessing you've never worked in a data center environment. "Reliable power" is one of the key factors in picking a place to set up your server farm. If that means the hosting company needs to have its own generator so your servers keep going if PG&E screws up, then they'd better have that generator, and a big fuel tank, and arrangements to keep more fuel coming in if the outage goes on for longer than their tank size.

That's why it's hard for me to believe this is strictly a power issue. Reliable power is such a basic requirement for a large scale deployment that I have trouble believing Blizzard would neglect it; there's something else going on besides a simple power failure. I don't know (and we probably will never know) whether it's the data center administrators' fault, the system administrators' fault, the software engineers' fault, or an act of God, but I'd be very surprised if it's just that "the power company" stopped sending them electricity.

Breakfast Topic: Hallow's End ends {WoW}

Nov 1st 2009 10:12AM I lucked out -- got the title on my main about three days into the event, and from then on it was nothing but praying for the mount. Dropped twice, won the roll the second time. I didn't put much effort into any of my alts, except for a quixotic attempt at getting the title for my 55 Hunter the past few days (got everything but the helm).

I'm happy with how the event turned out for me ... but I feel bad for the people who got screwed by the RNG. After Midsummer and Brewfest, both of which you could finish pretty handily if you put your mind to it, Hallow's End is kind of a letdown.

Ulduar drakes not being removed (yet) {WoW}

Oct 26th 2009 3:34PM "I see nothing wrong with a reward's specialness depreciating over time. In a game where there's always a new challenge just around the next bend, do you really want to be flying your Ulduar drake around for the next few years just to prove that at one point you accomplished something? You'll just look like that jock who still wears his letter jacket while hanging around the high school."

That seems about right to me. Even if the Naxx drakes were still in the game, hardcore players wouldn't care about getting them; the Ulduar drakes would be the real accomplishments. Nobody cares if you have an Amani War Bear today; it says very little about your level of skill in the context of WotLK. When elite guilds get their Scourge Proto-Drake (or whatever it is) in Icecrown, will any of them be showing off their Rusted or Black drakes? Unlikely.

That's kind of a shame, because the models are really nice. I'd like to think Blizzard could come up with a solution that would satisfy the majority of players.

Spiritual Guidance: Don't be that priest {WoW}

Oct 21st 2009 11:11AM A lot of Holy priests have had repeatedly drilled into their heads that PW:S is FOR DISC ONLY. Often by Disc priests irritated that XT-002 just flattened someone because he already had Weakened Soul from a much weaker shield than they could have offered him.

So there are good and valid reasons to be very conservative with PW:S as Holy (or, worse yet, Shadow). Shielding yourself in 10-mans, shielding yourself and a couple of the Disc priest's least favorite DPS in 25-mans, but be very very careful with picking your targets, and make sure the Disc priest knows what you're doing.

Of course, in a 5 man, forget about it. The only reason you don't have a PW:S is because I hate you and want you to die.

MMO Roundup: Last week on Massively {WoW}

Apr 28th 2009 2:02PM "There are currently 11.5 million paid-up WoW subscribers, which means pretty much every single one of those is online on some sort of regular basis."

My wife is a paid-up WoW subscriber who hasn't logged on in close to three months. I'm sure she's not the only one.

You're not wrong about box sales not corresponding to actual players -- I own a copy of Guild Wars that's been gathering dust since about two months after release -- but let's not pretend that every paid-up WoW subscriber is a real player either, as opposed to someone who just doesn't look that closely at their credit card statements.