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Crowd Control to return in future instances {WoW}

Jan 26th 2009 5:10PM Unless they want to start peppering instance pulls with half-and-half demons, humanoids, undead, and who knows what else, it really seems like a silly move.

Of course, if we got some class specific encounter such as the Warlock and Pally Epic mount quests or the Druid Epic Flight Form, that would be a good place to see those sorts of mechanics

Blizzard puts advertising on the WoW front page {WoW}

Jan 23rd 2009 1:12PM Some corporate suit decided to monetize their X million hits on their website. Doesn't affect the integrity of the game, and brings in cash, so it doesn't move contrary to the ideal of money not influencing design.

Of course, this is some pretty hefty damage to the company image, and its just a matter of time until someone gets some malicious code in one of the ads.

Is Bobby Kotick bad for Blizzard? {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2009 3:18PM Dude's a total slimeball, but his job is to make money, not put out good games. I see nothing of merit to link this guy's money lust to a crummy patch. Bad patches happen. Suck it up for a week til things get weeded out. Heck, if the dude can get Blizz to start releasing stuff outside WoW expansions more often than once a decade, more power to him.

Breakfast topic: Of Newbies and n00bs {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2009 8:24AM Considering no two areas of content are alike, I expect to see newbies everywhere from 1 to 80, and even in raid instances. Its not like most of this stuff is intuitive in the first place, nor does solo content prepare you for group interaction.

The disaster of patch 3.0.8 {WoW}

Jan 21st 2009 5:14PM The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

YouPlayorWePay claims to offer downtime insurance {WoW}

Jan 14th 2009 3:11PM This is almsot assuredly a scam. A scam called insurance. Gauranteed. It won't work based on one simple fact: insurance is a program meant to smooth costs. Only a small percentage of drivers will get in an accident every year, but we all pay insurance because the private cost of an auto accident far outstrips our ability to instantly pay it out of pocket. It works because everyone pitches in and only a few actually get pay outs.

This is going to flop because if the server is down for one person, its going to be down for everyone. The only way they will turn a profit is to charge more in premiums than they will pay out for server outages, and as soon as that one big server outage pops up and the company has to pay out more than they took in, they declare bankruptcy and run off with your money.

Developer resolution for 2009: Beat Warcraft {WoW}

Jan 6th 2009 4:34PM You can't really BEAT WoW. Not in under a year. Aside from a lack of a clear cut victory condition, there's nothing that is building up anticipation to the point of even holding a candle to Warcraft.

Now, if we're talking initial sales, or subscription growth rates, something MIGHT have a chance, but no one is going to surpass 11.5 million subscriptions in the space of 12 months, and honestly, I don't expect it to happen until Diablo 3 or Starcraft 2 come out.

Loot Council splits your loot up for you {WoW}

Dec 31st 2008 3:26PM Wow, that's cool.

Account security mythbusting {WoW}

Dec 31st 2008 1:37PM The reason someone who had access to both a WoW account and the corresponding CC information would strip the WoW account and not the credit card is fairly simple: You get arrested and tossed in to prison for Credit Card fraud, while the police will laugh at anyone if they file a report on their compromised WoW account. You think if people are stupid enough to get key loggers that get their WoW passwords, but for some inexplicable reason we don't see more instances of Credit Card fraud from those who have been compromised.?

Consider also that no one needs to HACK in to Blizzard to get account info. They have plenty of staff who have access to that information and the opportunity to mentally jot down account "joebobjim" with password "notapassword". Does Blizzard monitor internet access and bank account information of all their employees even when they are at home/at an internet cafe/the public library/etc?

This isn't a mythbusting, its drivel without any testing. It relies solely on the author's perspective as to what THEY think is possible.