May 5th 2009 4:33PM A bank making an error by sending too much money to an account is like Blizzard accidentally sending the Martin Fury to the player. That the player then used said item is like someone spending said money from the bank account. In real life the person would be prosecuted for not reporting the error and instead used the money for whatever they wished, especially if it amounted to a great deal of money. In the case of the Martin Fury they used it the item to to get whatever they wanted from the game.
In this situation I'm not sure a perma-ban is really required, but I'd say major strikes on the accounts would be warrented and a roll back of everything they'd done since they first used the GM item.
May 1st 2009 3:03PM All of the other events had race/class requirements acheivements similar to this. It would have been an easy thing to do the same. The other achievements also didn't have level restrictions, so that excuse for the level 18 requirement doesn't really fly.
Being a female gamer and the mother of a young daughter, my reaction was this: I got the reference of the achievement, I laughed, I did the achievement, I read an article or two about how some found it a blip on their "objectification of women" radar and then I went and leveled my hunter. It's all in fun to me.
Now some of the comments here are pretty distasteful, but only because they're insulting other people for having an opinion that isn't their own. Each to their own. I found it surprising that someone decided they wouldn't read this site anymore because of this article. Does someone else's opinion really offend you that much? She was pretty tame with her article too, unlike the site she linked.
Apr 27th 2009 3:40PM This one is a tough call because it's hard to judge how someone like the failing player will react. If she's a drama queen and has lots of friends and if her husband just turns a blind eye to her it's very likely no matter what you do she will react badly.
If it were me (and I were actually married), I'd be upset if someone went to my husband when I was the one they had the problem with. My significant others are not my keepers. If you have a problem, come to me and I'll deal with it. But that's just me, not all women are like that. Or they are only when it suits them.
Honesty and politeness are the best options. The person who mentioned having the player do a recount on a target dummy has the right idea if you ask me. Make the raids have requirements for DPS, healing, etc. Of course being a casual-raid environment you probably can't do that. Perhaps set up a separate raid for those who want to do more than just be casual.
Regardless, she needs to know she's holding the raid back. It's not fun to learn things like that, but if you're nice, polite and have the numbers to back it up, she may just be willing to fix what's wrong. (Though there may be some down-time for a drama fit before that happens.)
Apr 14th 2009 8:22AM A WoW novel that's not full of silliness? Yes please.
They need to do more novels on the Warcraft history. There are so many holes that I'd love to see filled. Such as the Gnomes and Dwarves. Or the Titans. Or even more focus on races that aren't PCs. Like where the heck Goblins came from.
Mar 11th 2009 8:11AM I have to say that Shark Bait is my favorite gray item from Outland.
Jan 20th 2009 2:40PM I'm glad to see there are new realms opening up. I'm not so glad to see that people can't seem to act mature when it comes to making comments on the internet. RPers have just as much right to do what they enjoy. I've rarely encountered RPers going to PvP or PvE realms and griefing those players for doing what they enjoy. It's a sad day when the majority finds pleasure and amusement in upsetting others. RP griefers remind me of the ten year old boys that race past my door every day after school and bang on my window. I'm waiting for the day my window breaks and their parents try to sue me for it.
Jan 15th 2009 12:50PM I can see your point of view, but have you even tried the class? People complaining about something rarely bother to know the whole story first. Roll a DK first, level them through their Instanced starter area and then decide if they're really that terrible.
I'm sure it's frustrating trying to level with DKs all around doing things with such ease, but you have to remember that most of those players have already done the grind once, so it's likely easier for them anyway than it is for you as a first timer.
Jan 15th 2009 12:45PM Level 66 Female Night Elf DK, Frost spec, on Thorium Brotherhood(US). This character is an alt and like all my other alts I only play her when I feel like it. However, I love playing a Death Knight and if I weren't burnt out from leveling six other 70s, I'd likely have gotten her past 70 by now.
The statistic for Night Elf DKs surprised me, because on my server I'd say human and night elf DKs are at a tie, followed closely by draenei DKs. Of course that's just my server.
Jan 13th 2009 11:31AM As a member of one of the middle aged RP servers (Thorium Brotherhood) and a reader of wowgossip's LJ, I must say I'm glad to see RP is getting some attention.
Wowgossip hasn't don't a Thorium Brotherhood tour that I'm aware of, but she'll likely find Alliance side struggling and depending on the night, Horde side is pretty barren in SMC and Brill as well.
Thorium Brotherhood tends to have specific places and times where people will attend RP Taverns or gatherings more than a lot of random RP. Horde side has more RP in general, but as a lot of that has now moved to Dalaran, it's difficult to find it in the low levels very often.
Tho Bro suffered from a mass Alliance side RPer exodus about eight months ago where everyone just sort of gave up and transferred elsewhere. It's sad really, but as I enjoy the few people that are left, I just can't bring myself to leave.