Oct 22nd 2010 2:48PM This number doesn't mean anything. The content has been out for over a year and even the worst players have been boosted to it through free tier gear and the 30% damage/healing/etc. buff.
450k is totally believable, especially for content on farm. Each kill had 10 or 25 people participating and many guilds have killed him many times.
I could tell you that hogger has been killed over a million times. That doesn't mean that hogger is good content or that people like killing hogger. It's just that he's easily available to be killed, much as the LK is now.
May 26th 2010 3:14PM No drama; no read.
Feb 21st 2010 5:14PM I think the guy who made that comment had been kicked a couple times for underperformance.
I don't have a problem with people that are undergeared and doing under 4k dps, so long as they are doing at least 1.5k. That was the original requirement for heroics and if you couldn't pull that in January of '09, you got kicked. I don't see why you shouldn't get kicked for it now.
If your gear isn't level 80 regular dungeon blues, and you can't break 1k dps, you need to be kicked. Period. There are regular dungeons and quest rewards that will help you get to the dps mark and skill level you need to be in heroics.
I don't mind if someone is doing around 1500 and is trying their hardest. On the other hand, It's not my job to carry the auto-attack hunter in greens or the guy who's honestly trying his hardest, but can't break 1k. I'm sorry, but that's what level 80 REGULAR dungeons are for. Get the gear you need for heroics, then I'll be happy to run with your undergeared alt so he can get his t9 welfares.
TLDR: 900 dps in heroics wasn't acceptable a year ago when heroics were local-only and it shouldn't be acceptable now.
Feb 5th 2010 6:21AM I like that the new column brings positive aspects, but some of the drama was pretty epic and I really wouldn't mind epic drama still being featured occasionally (minus the gbank ninjas, that's just old).
It really does make the column more interesting. The alternative formula is just as bad.
(bad guild) is recruiting.
(guildranking website) says guilds are doing stuff. Wow!
(screenshot that belongs in around azeroth)
(player) gave out a bunch of items for nothing. How leet!
I think that gets just as stale and disheartening as some of the repetitive drama was. On the other hand, some announcements are interesting, just as some of the hijinks were hilarious. If drama/hijinks were occasionally included just for the reader's fun, I'm sure more people would be interested in coming back to actually read a portion of the column.
I know the drama section took the most work, but that work ethic is also what made the column, as well as the site as a whole, successful. The amount of work that section of the column took made it the hardest to produce, but also made it the site's highest quality product and most interesting read.
Jan 28th 2010 1:23PM Imagine, as a clothy, that blizzard took away your talents that give you bonuses for unwanted spirit on your gear. You would be extremely upset! Suddenly a large portion of the gear that you can roll on would disappear.
That's what many other classes deal with. Many boomkin and ele sham pieces are itemized with unwanted spirit/mp5. To a lesser extent, this also affects holy pallies, and resto shaman. To an extent classes that need regen only need it to a certain point.
As an ele sham, the fact that most mail caster drops (including vendor items) have a large amount of mp5 on them frustrates me considerably. Blizzard's answer to complaints on this has always been "well, you can roll on cloth, can't you?" I understand that you really want those boots/bracers with the crit/haste on them. Unfortunately, if there isn't an equivalent item in the loot pool, they are also designed for non-clothies.
I totally understand why cloth classes get frustrated. They get frustrated when others take their cloth for the EXACT same reasons that others get frustrated when a cloth or leather item drops with the stats that a corresponding leather/mail/plate item should have. Items are poorly itemized for certain class/spec combination and in some cases cloth is the ONLY upgrade path.
Jan 13th 2010 8:15PM Please return the drama section. I read that section every week and skimmed the others. I can understand wanting to keep an upbeat tone, but hearing about the shenanigans that other pulled was always my favorite part of the old column.
Laughter is the best medicine and the drama section always gave me my daily dose. Please bring it back!
Jan 11th 2010 1:20PM Murder and rape? Really? You really want to go there? Yes! There are situations in which victims in those cases are to blame. Not always, but sometimes. If you let a sex offender babysit your child, you have played a part in any crime he or she commits. If you lay down in the middle of the road and someone runs over you in their car, it's certainly YOUR FAULT that you got run over.
I think, to an extent, the Just World Theory doesn't necessarily make something wrong. If you got run over, for example, and I was on the jury for the case against the guy that ran you over, I would want to know if you decided to lie in the road. Placing yourself in the roadway would be a reason for me to vote to acquit the driver. That is clearly YOUR FAULT and YOU ARE the victim. Sorry, it happens sometimes. Just because JWT can be used as a logical fallacy in some cases, doesn't mean the thought process involved is never valid.
In the case of the rape in the Just-World arcticle, I don't think the rapist should have been acquitted. He obviously raped the woman, there was evidence he raped her, and he should be held responsible for that. On the other hand, there were obviously things the woman could have done differently to give herself more protection. She could have gone to the bar with at least one friend. That's not just a woman thing; I'm a male and I go to bars and clubs with friends because there is safety in numbers. You never know what will happen, and it's a bad idea to go out to the sometimes dark parking lots alone late at night. She could have not dressed in the manner she did. Dressing in a manner designed to attract the more base desires of others did just that. She could have carried a device to protect herself like mace or a taser. She could have learned self-defense tactics. She could have had a little less to drink, as alcohol impairs your judgment and situational awareness that could otherwise allow you to avoid parking lot hobos. These factors DO NOT make the rapist innocent, but there are a number of things that the example woman could have done to make herself less vulnerable to the vagrant in the parking lot. It's an atrocious crime, he's definitely guilty and should have been held accountable for his actions, but at the same time she didn't really take actions to protect herself.
If your house gets burgled, the burglar is definitely responsible and should be held accountable for his actions. On the other hand, you could have had an extra lock. You could have had an accurate alarm system. You could have lived in a neighborhood with an active neighborhood watch. You could have closed the blinds in the window to the room with your $10,000 entertainment system and your wife's diamond jewelry displays. All of those things open you up to being a victim. You aren't to blame. The burglars are still guilty of their crimes. BUT you didn't protect yourself to the extent you should.
Now, let's apply this to the hacked accounts. Account thieves are responsible for what they do, it's wrong. Shame on them! This isn't rape, murder, or theft, though, and although it'd be nice to hold them responsible for their actions, they never will be. That sure sucks. They're anonymous and hard to track. In the face of this happening, we have to be alert. We know who is trying to compromise our accounts, now let's avoid it. Let's download a good virus scanner, firewall, and malware scanner. Let's make sure we use a browser that is more difficult to compromise (Firefox or Chrome). Let's get appropriate addons to prevent scripts from running. Oh, and while we're at it, let's get one more layer of security--it's called a Blizzard authenticator. Although that CAN be subverted, it's much less likely than just your account name and password.
Or, we can be a victim and we can analyze what went wrong after the fact. You could have had a better firewall/virus scanner/malware scanner. There are free ones that find keyloggers. You could have not followed those links on the forum. You could have changed your password after logging into your account from your friend's computer. You could have improved the security of your web browser. Oh, yeah, or you could've had that little $6 box called an authenticator. Although someone else is still guilty of messing with your account, there are many things YOU PERSONALLY can do to protect yourself. It may not be your fault, but it's much harder to be sympathetic to you. How can Blizzard/the police/Batman protect you when you can't take basic steps to protect yourself?
Situational awareness beforehand and simple protective measures are always better than crying to blizzard after the fact. Courts can't un-rape, un-murder, or un-burgle you. Blizzard can't completely un-compromise your account, even though they can restore your purple pixels. Many people with compromised accounts are re-compromised in the future unless they take more protective steps.
I think it's wrong to take the responsibility for crimes away from criminals, but it's also wrong not to expect people to have a small amount of personal responsibility for themselves. It's wrong not to expect people to have situational awareness and to take small, reasonable steps to protect themselves.
Jan 8th 2010 12:07PM I think authenticators should be required. In the last month alone, my guild's bank has been hacked somewhere between 5 and 10 times. I've honestly lost track at this point. The GL got hacked, officers have gotten hacked, members have gotten hacked and someone got access to the bank while hacked (or weren't demoted after getting mats from the bank). I can honestly say that if authenticators were required, none of that would have happened.
I have another friend that's been hacked 3 times. He wasn't hacked a single time when he had his authenticator, but it broke and he never called in the warranty. He was hacked a couple weeks ago.
I understand it isn't foolproof, but an extra layer of security makes sense. It's only $6, and if you refuse to buy one or if it's too much work for you to type in 8 digits, then you deserve to be hacked.
On the blaming the victim crap that always surfaces in these convos: you might think you're a victim, but you're not. You're not a victim if you invite the burglar in and blindfold yourself and sit on the couch, then tell him to have fun in your house. Blizzard is the real victim here because players expect Blizzard to compensate them for their ignorance for no additional fees.
Your $15/month would probably barely pay a GM for their work on your escalated ticket. It's a smart business decision to offer a lesser option. Please note that it's only an option. They're still offereing the full restore, but shouldn't.
Wal-mart doesn't replace my TV if I hand it to a burglar, Blizzard shouldn't replace your gear/items/gold/badges if you hand them to an account thief.