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Best of 2006 nominations: Server, Class, Guild {WoW}

Dec 13th 2006 9:54PM Hey Ben, thanks for your thoughts on the whole process. You're certainly welcome to abstain your vote. Truthfully, most end of the year lists are pretty silly-- who's to decide what the 50 best albums of the year are, or the ten best movies, when everyone's tastes are so different. What we're really trying to do here is just recognize things in ten categories that stood out this year. You're right in that there's dozens if not hundreds of guilds that could be called the "best," but we're not punishing the ones we don't pick, we're just recognizing the one that we do.

Is it superficial? To a certain extent, although I know that a lot of the people on this site (readers, mostly) know what they're talking about, and so if anyone is going to choose these winners, it's them. But again, it's not the end of the world-- just the end of the year. It's meant to inspire discussion, look back on the year behind us, and, yes, be fun.

Anyway, we've got a lot of good comments on this one already. Look for another nomination thread tomorrow.

A million Zunes {TUAW.com}

Dec 7th 2006 2:11PM I think this post belongs in the much needed "Gloat" category :P

Black hat and White hat SEO (or "Is SEO B.S. or not?") {The Jason Calacanis Weblog}

Dec 6th 2006 3:43PM I agree. "Good SEO" is formatting your site so that Google can read it easily (well formatted metadata, no pure flash content, individual permalinks and pages, just plain valuable content). "Bad SEO" is all that shady stuff shady companies sell under huge contracts (word seeding, linkfarming, blogspamming).

Bad SEO has gotten all the reputation for SEO (because those guys are willing to go to any lengths to sell their own product, just like they are anyone else's), but there's a lot of good, valuable money to be made serving customers with Good SEO.

Deadwood star replaces Vin Diesel in Hitman movie {Joystiq}

Dec 5th 2006 12:45PM Olyphant is freaking awesome, and a terrific actor. He was the best reason to watch Girl Next Door (and that includes the 24 girl as a porn star).

Zune 2.0: How Microsoft could beat the iPod {TUAW.com}

Nov 30th 2006 2:51PM I just kind of assume the whole "points" system (I just started using it on XBLA, didn't know it was on the new music store, too) was to avoid currency exchange rates or something. Either that, or because MS was going to offer lots of opportunities to gain points from ways other than buying them.

But if it's neither of those, why did MS bother adding another level of abstraction? Is there a real reason, or is it just another in a long, looooong line of mistakes?

Breakfast Topic: Favorite and Least Favorite Zone {WoW}

Nov 15th 2006 10:33AM No one has called out my two favorites yet (for Horde, anyway), Hinterlands and Feralas. Both zones are breathtakingly beautiful, and (for Horde), the quests are relatively simple and close together (Alliance Feralas is annoying considering Feathermoon is way off on the island). Love both of those.

As for hate, probably Duskwood. I like the look and feel of it, but I hate having to run to the graveyard, back to the town, back to the graveyard, back to the town, blah blah blah. I know hearthstone helps a little bit if you time it right, but it's still a waste of time.

Also, I tend to usually hit Redridge Mountains a litle earlier than I'm supposed to, so those quests seem particularly annoying.

GuildWatch: To the Victor Go the Spoils {WoW}

Nov 8th 2006 9:29AM Wait, what tier is Ony? Fixed. :P

Nerf FEAR! {WoW}

Nov 7th 2006 11:00AM Warlocks can only fear you if they can see you, muhahaha. Sneak, stun, stab stab stabby, kill (throw a WoTF or trinket in there just in case, and you're having Warlock soup for dinner).

Lots of Arena PVP info from Drysc {WoW}

Nov 7th 2006 10:54AM Yes, Simon, but those aren't the special season rewards, are they? I'd guess we won't see those until the Beta has gone at least three months, if at all before the patch releases. Those are the rewards that everyone can get. I want to see the rewards that only I will get :)