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The Queue: Failure {WoW}

Jul 29th 2010 12:21PM One thing I haven't noticed yet: will you be able to reach maximum tradeskill at level 80, or is it something higher?

Rumor: Blizzard employees' real life names will not appear on the Real ID forums [Updated] {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 4:24PM The CM does participate in the forums voluntarily. I'll choose to use the forums if I want the services available there. A CM chooses to participate in the forum in order to have that particular job. Both of us have choices.

Blizzard's responses on the Real ID situation {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 12:25PM It's being done to control image and presentation of Blizzard's product. The new rules will guide people toward creating more favorable content in the forums - or at least have less unfavorable content.

I fully expect that a long-term desire would be to mesh the forums into something different than they are now, much the same way cross-realm communication was recently added. If you SHARE the game with your friends, you are more likely to continue paying for the game. Blizzard cares enough to assure your repeat business - not your happiness. Too many people here are assuming that Blizzard has an interest in you personally, such as providing anonymous access on the forums or free mounts in the game. Blizzard wants you to be satisfied enough to provide them with regular monthly transfers of cash.

Blizzard is a business - not a government agency or charitable group. Expect them to act like a business and you'll have fewer surprises. Also, we need to learn to pressure them much the same way we would pressure any business where we are in an antagonistic position. If you don't like Blizzard's actions, either stop giving them money or find a way to pressure them into changing. Using their own forums, where they control the content is probably not an adequate source of pressre!

Blizzard's responses on the Real ID situation {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 11:06AM First of all, we need to remember the Blizzard Forums generally exist for Blizzard’s benefit – not ours. Some of the errant ideas I’ve seen about RealID seem to be based on the premise that any of us have any rights at all inside the forums. We don’t. If the forum posts are generally negative, Blizzard can react and change the forums through deletions or bans to somewhat change the conversation. Blizzard wants to promote discussion in the forums, but they of course want the discussions to be either favorable or moderate.

The forums have problems because there are customers who are upset with the game, and those customers are sometimes younger and see no need to moderate their anger when typing out messages. Other people posting messages are “trolls” who find entertainment by harassing other customers or just posting generally malicious messages.

Blizzard is using RealID to attempt to control the conduct of those two groups on the forums. The company hopes to control the posts of angry customers through an awareness that the post may come back to “haunt” the customer later. The trolls are people who obviously seek entertainment through malicious communication. These trolls – even without posting a single message to expose their own names – would readily have access to my name, and be able to have a bit of fun at my expense without any risk to themselves.

I have a fairly uncommon name. If TrollBoy wants to mock one of my comments about play style, he just has to type my name into a search engine, and the first page that appears will have my Facebook page (with appropriate security settings of course), and a web page for my workplace which has email addresses and telephone numbers for me as well as my co-workers. I work at a hospital, so that page has numbers for nurses and links to a variety of information from there.

I’ve seen statements here that none of us should worry because we’re really not important enough for someone to mess with. Really? There’s no reason to worry that someone would use our names in a malicious manner or in some angry communication just to amuse themselves? Do you remember Blizzard’s stated reason for implementing this change?

Insider Trader: Selling arrows in singles for the price of a stack scam {WoW}

May 17th 2010 3:10PM So - you want to petition a GM over something you can take care of yourself, by not buying the overpriced items? < No wonder it's been three days without a GM response about the level 70 character using a mining hack in WG.> This practice can't be successful for long because they won't tend to have repeat customers after they rob you of... oh my...a few gold per auction where you didn't pay attention to what you were buying. Pay attention to what you do yourself.

Also, I have to laugh about all the hand-wringing over the fictional AH where these jerks are trying to trick you into overpaying, especially when you can go find them in PvP and take their lives. If you want adminstrative price controls, you should probably look somewhere other than a game where we're allowed to slaughter each other.

Leave a comment, win fabulous prizes! {WoW}

Mar 30th 2010 9:45AM Send me my loot !

Cataclysm Stat & System Changes Revealed {WoW}

Mar 1st 2010 2:34PM What would probably be safer to assume is that Righteous Fury is going to appear fairly high on the Prot talent trees. This seems especially necessary since the amount of stam on retribution gear is going to get closer to the tank's gear (based on one of the other included quotes).

You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry {WoW}

Jan 4th 2010 12:52AM I've been through so many of the random dungeons as a pally tank that I'm forcing myself to take a short break and level a warlock (come to the dark side). I've never had to wait longer than 15 seconds as a tank to get the random groups, and it's all been pretty good. If you've got somebody crude or smart-alec in the group... don't pay any attention to them, and just play your game to have some fun! I've seen the people yelling gogogo, and I ignore it. But I do still try to move along as well as we can move together. You've only got to endure each other for a short time. I'm seeing a lot of tanks with the attitude that everybody better play as told or those tanks will drop. If you're a tank with that attitude - you're part of the problem. If the DPS wants to run ahead and die, just let them run a bit more from the graveyard while you smile. Two DPS can be enough. We're all in Azeroth to have a bit of fun and blow off some steam. Don't have a stroke just because somebody didn't realize they were standing in the fire.
TLDR: relax.

WoW 5th Anniversary Giveaway: Spectral Kitten loot code {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2009 8:53AM It's just like Trade Chat! Gimme-Gimme-Gimme

IgroMir 2009: More Cataclysm guild leveling details {WoW}

Nov 9th 2009 1:49PM Absolutely correct - because what you want to do is punish the characters who aren't at a high performance level yet, so that they can cover the costs of the upper-level characters. If you're using punishment as motivation, I suggest you put your hands palms-up on your own shoulders... yes, that's your ass you feel..