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The morals of the WoW Annual Pass story {WoW}

Nov 30th 2011 1:24PM Except that it is nothing like that. Those people shelled out a bunch of money to play the game forever, at launch. Currently signing up for the annual pass IN NO WAY CHANGES the subscription plan (and, btw, the REAL contract) that you have already set up. It is not a binding contract. See above.

The morals of the WoW Annual Pass story {WoW}

Nov 30th 2011 1:21PM Are you serious? Try actually checking your facts before speaking. There have been, literally, hundreds of VERY high profile court cases contesting cell phone "adhesion" contracts. You know what many of those courts say? The way Cell Phone companies conduct business, particularly with respect to their contracts, is unfair. A lot of the contracts have been invalidated, and a lot of the terms like binding arbitration for dispute resolution (i.e., you can't go to court, you have to go to an arbitrator that has a vested interest in ruling in favor of verizon or whoever) have been individually voided. Further, in contracts between two entities where both are NOT merchants, non-dickered terms...(i.e. the crap on the little scrollable dialogue box) do not actually apply to the non-merchant. (i.e. me). This was to combat sleezy cell phone contracts with ridiculous terms on the back, but applies here. Further, the basic definition of a contract precludes this agreement as being a contract. What is blizzard giving me extra? Over and above my subscription? In order for a contract to be made, both parties have to be bound. In what way are they bound? Stating "If you do this, I will give you X or do Y" is a unilateral contract which does not become binding on either party until the completion of the "if" statement. Bah! Everyone go study contract law. It is NOT a binding contractual agreement. Period.

SOE games down until Friday at the earliest, class action suit launched, Anonymous denies involvement [Updated] {Massively}

May 8th 2011 1:13PM @Agozyen Actually, a) since he isn't claiming it's his it wouldn't be a violation, b) since he isn't making any money off of it, even if it WERE a violation, the damages would be nil, and, for the coup de grace c) since it's federal law there's absolutely no way the website has a copyright on it, and in fact every citizen has a right to know it, love it, post it, talk about it, etc.

But I take your point that the guy doesn't know what he's talking about and simply copy and pasted after reading three lines :)

Blizzard strikes gold sellers with Paypal notices {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 3:59PM Hey man no worries. It looks good now. I've been there with the late night legal analysis. Usually to my horror when I re-read the brief the next morning.

Blizzard strikes gold sellers with Paypal notices {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 3:22PM "What's very interesting is that Blizzard is claiming intellectual property violations, even though the most recent decision in the Glider case made this defense in court a little shaky."

No. That case made IP claims shaky as against third party programs that simply subvert the terms of use and spirit of the game and are not a money making enterprise. Gold sellers are ENTIRELY different. They ARE making money by selling a thing (gold in WoW) which is part of the IP of World of Warcraft. This is almost the very definition of an infringement on an IP right.

Sometimes I really raise an eyebrow at the legal analysis here at WoW Insider. It's especially concerning when one considers that most of the people reading that analysis don't know any better and so take it as fact. I hate it when people are wrong on the internet. (That was a joke...http://xkcd.com/386/)

The Queue: Huzzah! {WoW}

Jan 28th 2011 12:36PM @Scooter

Actually the word "Twink" comes from Everquest and other early MMOs where there were few level requirements on gear. This good mid-high level gear often had nice effects on it that made it "twinkle" in some way. So when you put this high level gear on your low-level alt, you stood out because of this twinkle, or other little effect, and were thus a "Twink." As far as I know it has nothing at all to do with the origin discussed above.

Breakfast Topic: What do other players do that really annoys you? {WoW}

Jan 25th 2011 10:28AM @Ben Faction pride? Whatever, I see no reason for pride in something that you largely have no control over in terms of direction or, really, anything. Go play EVE Online and then talk to me about being 'hardcore' with ur 'pvps,' and 'faction pride.' To be quite honest, WoW PvP only really matters in a highly structured, 'minigame' like environment like the BGs. World PvP is completely meaningless, even at equal levels.
/beginrant
I personally believe that ALL WoW PvP is meaningless, and that if i wanted twitch PvP I would go play TF2, and if I wanted strategic PvP I would go play SC2, and if I wanted faction pride and PvP with actual consequences, i would go play EVE Online. All WoW PvP does is ruin WoW PvE.
/endrant
But that's just my opinion.

Know Your Lore: Uldaman, Ulduar, and Uldum, strongholds of the Titans {WoW}

Jan 24th 2011 12:33PM This explanation is great. I too have been pondering lately if the clash between the Old Gods and the Titans on Azeroth might just be one front on a larger warmap. I even like the idea that Sargeras' corruption was brought about partially at least by the whispers of the Old Gods. I am also very intrigued by the place the naaru have in all this. Because you are right, while the Titans are the creators, and very powerful, they don't serve as the source of uncorruptible pureness that we might expect in our creators. They are more like the greek pantheon, but with a scientific method/bureaucratic twist. The Naaru are much more the absolute pure and incorruptible beings of incomprehensible motives than the Titans. So I'm not sure how I feel about the Naaru being a creating of the Titans. I think in the end, you are right about the denizens of Azeroth being stuck in the middle of chaos vs. order, being on neither side. I have a feeling that the Naaru might be the only super powerful beings on the side of Azeroth for its own sake, and not for order/chaos. (btw this reminds me a bit of shadows vs. vorlons from B5. and of course of protoss/xel'naga/zerg from starcraft).

Raid Rx: 7 pet peeves of healers {WoW}

Jan 21st 2011 1:45PM Well, you wouldn't get much done without them, so, I'd get over it! :D. There is however precedence for DPSers getting things done without healers or tanks. Remember 5xDK runs of early TBC dungeons? So fun.