Aug 28th 2009 3:46AM Heh... Several of my friends have been trying for a while to get me to put down WoW for a bit and play Fallout 3. They all say that it is a great game, very engaging. Good to see a WoW fan agrees with them
Feb 16th 2009 5:36AM Is anyone going to mention the veiled Douglas Addams reference? I mean surely, if it were something from 'Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul' or 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency', I could see people not spotting it, but a parody of an excerpt from The Hitchhiker's Series itself?
Feb 2nd 2009 5:38AM Agh! it's 5:40 am MONDAY! and the archive isn't up yet. I'm going thru painful podcast withdrawl!
Jan 26th 2009 5:54PM I agree that CC should be brought back into the game- what is the point of giving rogues an improved sap if we never have to use it! My friends and I have run a few Northrend instances, and the tank we often run with always uses CC even if the dungeon doesn't really warrant it- I like it, keeps us all in practice for when Blizz comes to their senses
Jan 26th 2009 5:36AM Wow... that is the most constructive comment I've seen here. I hope Blizz does something like that, just to assure us all that they do not intend to compromise the integrity of the game for the sake of a buck.
Jan 25th 2009 5:29AM I would like to mention this here, because it is something that irks me, and Firestar's comments brought it back to mind... I run Firefox as my default browser, with Adblock Plus and No Script, and I noticed just today that the links from the Blizz launcher now automatically load up IE, completely bypassing my default browser setting. Now, I have no problem with ads on the forums, for whatever. I hate gold sites, and I hate seeing ads for them, but I don't have to see them (on the rare occasions I visit the forums). I have taken Bliz's side in this for the whole debate, but my patience is beginning to wear thin. It seems to me that lately all we've seen is shoddy customer service and one gaffe after another from them during the recent weeks. First the problems with servers in the days following the 'Echos of Doom' patch' and following on from there. What I need to know is: How can I be assured that Blizz's launcher is not going to open an unsecured browser window to a site that may attempt to install malware on my computer if, for instance, my 3-year old daughter decides to click on one. Despite all their 'hints and tips to keep your account safe', I have heard precious little about what they are doing to keep my account safe, as well as the other information on my computer, and I am getting more and more frustrated. The fact that Bliz was banning ppl from the forums for posting this info only makes me more angry and suspicious, and you can bet I will be letting Bliz know how I feel- I hope everyone will join me in doing so.
Jan 25th 2009 4:21AM I was wondering if you could cite where you found Electronic Arts' ownership of Massively. As far as I know, it is owned by AOL (http://whois.domaintools.com/massively.com) altho the AOL logo on the comments form is a clue, as is Mike
Schramm's comments on How I WoW, Episode 13 , (http://www.howiwow.org/?p=113) about how he came to be
employed by wowinsider. I did find a record in my search of EAhaving an agreement with AOL for "distribution of online games on AOL's homepage, (http://news.cnet.com/Electronic-Arts-makes-Net-push-with-AOL-deal/2100-1023_3-233363.html) however, I was unable to find any info about EA acquiring or merging with AOL or the Joystiq network at all. I am not trying to refute your claim that wowinsider has a bias against Activision/Blizzard (altho based solely on my opinion in the matter, I wouldn't think so, and, in fact, have seen widespread comments to the contrary, I simply wish to know where this information came from
so i can have all of the facts that you do before I make a final
decision about the supposed "bias" on the part of wowinsider.
Jan 22nd 2009 1:29AM I've always respected Bliz as a great company because they listen to their players and respond accordingly. I have to admit I'm not incredibly happy with the rolling restarts during my prime play time (late nite and early morning) or the lag and bugs that ended up in the patch, but I think that I've seen a trend lately of Bliz actually listening a little too much to the players (at least the more vocal ones) who complain about wanting more content, wanting it now and, btw, can you fix these things that are still buggy from a long time ago.
In my opinion, it's time for Bliz to take a step back from what the podcasters (no offense Mike) and the QQers on the forums are complaining about and get to grips with making a product THEY can be proud of and that THEY think is ready for release. Look at the bugs (like the cower bug) that have been bothering ppl for ages and do some housecleaning. If there is one thing that the Wrath sales, along with the sustained subscriptions during the rise of several new MMO games last year should have told them, it's that the vast majority of fans of WoW and of Bliz will be here regardless of how long the new content takes, and the people who are most vocal, who post on the forums, and blog about WoW are not the majority of players- they represent the minority of 'hardcore' players and Theorycrafters who have become so proficient at the game they've run out of things to do. If they lost all of them (which they never will) they will still be better off than losing the millions of 'casual' players who will get frustrated and leave over buggy gameplay and serious lag.
That's just my opinion tho. I certainly could be wrong.
Jan 18th 2009 2:43AM They do say in the interview that they are based in Chicago. Still think it is a faulty business model at best, and at worst a scam called a Ponzi scheme, in which people invest money expecting a return on the investment, but the the money they make back is coming from new investors putting money into the investment 'robbing peter to pay paul' so to speak. Only in this case, the money is going to be coming from the next month's fees from other account holders. Or, it is simply a bad business model and it will fail once a) the company realizes it will be paying out more than it is making or b) customers realize that they are making a bad investment with the service and realize that if they put $6 in a savings account every month they'd make more. (a good savings account with good interest would pay out less per month, but it would be a guaranteed payout)
Jan 13th 2009 6:12AM I love reading Ghostcrawler's posts and seeing what lies ahead for WoW, but please, WoWInsider, never directly link the WoW forums, I accidentally clicked on it and read 2 posts before I could stop myself. Now I feel dirty.