Apr 16th 2009 10:56AM 4 flipping pulls in a raid schedule of 3 hours. Blizzard did a good job of wasting my time and those of my guildies. Basically after every pull we did in Ulduar the servers would lock up either before or during the fight. Half my guild is stuck in there right now, we all got pissed and called it a night. We started from Tues., late I might add since servers were borked, got down Flame Levi easy 1-shot, worked an hour on Ignis only to find out he's bugged and got about 2 pulls on Razor before our scheduled time was up. Come Wed. it takes a almost an hour before we can even get 25 ppl into the instance since the world server kept crashing and the Loading Screen boss wiped half the group. 6 months of testing on the PTR and this is the crap we get.
Jan 13th 2009 10:05AM GC's activity level is welcome but the problem is that he's a systems designer trying to do a public relations job. This is my problem with him. He should stick to what he does best and Blizzard should hire a mouth to go with his brain. His posts almost always rile some kind of controversy because they are typically unpolished and some have very poor timing to very serious concerns. I work in PR so I know the kind of backlash a poorly constructed public statement can make and GC is living proof of this, which is why he incites so much negativity. He's trained to crunch numbers and logistics, not properly understand the use of language in interpersonal relationships. Anything related to the forums should be done by a totally separate team of skilled communicators who can relay the thought processes of the developers and designers in a way that will decrease the number of online attacks.
Jan 8th 2009 9:10AM I've watched Leo from his time at ZD Net, to The Screensavers and Call For Help on TechTV and more recently The Lab. He's very thorough and uses just about every type of technology on his show. We're used to typical call-in shows but Leo encourages the use of webcams when you call in so it has this telepresence feel to it. In any case we're going to see alot more amateur web productions and we've already been seeing it in it's early stages. Felicia Day's "The Guild" is a highly entertaining web sitcom so to speak, Justin.tv already has shown us that people like to watch other people put on a production and home made videos on YouTube already get thousands of views a day. here's something out there for everyone and being able to use the web and bypass a censorship board or a production corporation will result in infinite viewable online content in the future. I don't doubt in the near future these corporations or some governing body is going to seek to control this content or get some slice of the pie. However, we need to be very careful in not allowing them to encroach upon one of the few remaining media mediums with little to no barriers.
Nov 24th 2008 12:15PM "Seeing every bit of the content you paid for" is a gross generalization that everyone wants to see the landscape or the storylines etc. Not everyone does and I personally hate leveling as I am basically accepting every quest I can and watching my Carbonite to tell me where to go so I can hit 80 and go raid. That's all I do and only read the quests when I'm not sure if I'm supposed to do something in order to trigger an event to complete the quest. Even the famous Wrath Gate quest chain I have no clue what the story is about and I just watched the final FMV cut scene wondering why it's there and why it's cutting into my XP/hour - I have no regrets about it and neither do I think I missed anything spectacular by whizzing through it.. To be honest I'm not sure how anyone likes to level; grinding the same lowbie mobs 500 times to trigger an event named mob only for someone else to come gank it and tag it before you can rendering your hours of effort useless? Having to kill X amount of boars when someone previously killed all of them leaving you to go AFK for half an hour until they respawn again? Not sure I understand the fun in that because that is a large part of the pain of leveling up.