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Breakfast Topic: Why Blizzard should make authenticators mandatory on Battle.net accounts {WoW}

Sep 12th 2009 3:37PM Sorry, but since when is the Authenticator a 100% guarantee against hacking? It's no more a security precaution that not being a moron when it comes to online security. Change your password often, don't download suspicious material (or material from suspicious websites), don't share your info ... Seems pretty simple to me. I'm great with my online security, but I'm pretty sure I'd lose a little keyfob authenticator within weeks.

The Los Angeles Times visits BlizzCon {WoW}

Sep 11th 2009 1:49AM It's journalism that fits fine into ethnography.

To people who play WoW, it may seem like junk. But then, I look at sports stories and think "man, these people are crazy to invest so much time and energy into a baseball team". Keep in mind that WoW players are still a very small subset of the greater world. Most people couldn't care less about the PVP viability of priests, the set bonuses of tier gear, or the latest round of buffs. And even among gamers, the idea of a constantly recurring "team" around which your game life revolves is a bit strange. Heck, I've played WoW for more than three years, raiding seriously for a year, and still I know the real life name of only one other person in my guild.

Breakfast Topic: Fishing is awesome {WoW}

May 15th 2009 5:25PM Big fan of fishing, even if it is just "click. wait. click."

While everyone else makes their gold by flying around skinning stuff or picking flowers or hacking at nodes, I chill out and cast a line. I don't need to move.

The Queue: Uber Epic DPS {WoW}

May 12th 2009 7:44AM The dps baselines you put in sure make me feel better about my dps offspec. An old guildmate buddy teases me about my dps when I get all excited about breaking 2k on boss fights -- says I'm "Halfway there".

But I really disagree with the "do heroics the moment you ding 80". Sure, maybe if you're running with friends who can compensate, or if you have a set of crafted epics and a guild nice enough to pass you the BoE epics from Naxx and the Emblem bracers. But if your gear is a mix of quest rewards and regular dungeon drops, you're going to be a liability for the group. Not because most of your stats will be low, but because your hit rating will have you missing swings left and right.

Breakfast Topic: A trip down memory lane {WoW}

May 11th 2009 10:54AM Aw, when times were simple ...

Contemporary raiding and real-life obligations {WoW}

May 9th 2009 8:00PM "And we don't necessarily want to lead a group, either."

Just because you start out leading doesn't mean you have any greater responsibilities once the run starts. God knows how many times I've accepted an invite to tank and then been passed lead. Start a group, invite your friend, then fill in the other slots. Then pass lead to the tank.

Contemporary raiding and real-life obligations {WoW}

May 9th 2009 7:57PM This is exactly why all the "Bring back pre-BC servers" suggestions on the official forums crack me up. No one remembers how truly awful it really was.

Breakfast Topic: Are achievements putting too much pressure on players? {WoW}

May 5th 2009 12:35PM I guess I'm pretty laid back when it comes to achievements. If I get an achievement, that's fine. I see a little flash on my screen, maybe get a title out of it or something.

But it hasn't changed the way I play the game. I still don't bother with holidays, and I leveled fishing and cooking so I could supply Fish Feasts on raid nights, not for an achievement.

The Queue: Mutant turtles are greater than boys in spandex {WoW}

May 4th 2009 12:32PM Learning a new role is a weird situation. I was a tank for three years. When dual specs came out, I decided to put the dps plate pieces I'd picked up from heroics and Naxx to use. Made a fury off-spec, picked up the right glyphs, crafted up some epics to fill in where I didn't have drops.

Two weeks in and I'm still figuring it out. Such a different beat than tanking. Haven't gotten the ability priorities quite down. I'll have a good day (pushing mid-4k dps), then struggle to stay above 1k dps.

But I'd definitely recommend Nexus as a good heroic to learn in. Most of the pulls are small, and the "guantlet" type area is slow paced enough, but the element of all the pathing groups gets you ready to react to the unexpected.

The9 prepping WoW-clone World of Fight {WoW}

May 3rd 2009 9:01PM Totally awesome.