Jan 5th 2010 12:00PM Here's Activision Blizzard's Press Release at the end of 08 stating their 11.5 Million Subscribers. http://bit.ly/7rYUzX
Please read and note the "World of Warcraft's Subscriber Definition" part of this release. To Paraphrase they included people who are actively paying for an account, have an active prepaid card, have purchased the game and are under the 30 free days, internet game room players that have accessed the game in the last 30 days. They do NOT include expired subscriptions/prepaid cards, or those under a free promotion.
What I take from this is Blizzard is getting paid for 11.5 million accounts, and frankly if 2.5, 3, or even 6 million of those are farmers or people alt accounts that's still money going to Blizzard. So yeah it's a pretty good way to gauge success.
And since no one, including Blizzard, has said how many unique users WoW has anything anyone says on here about Blizzard user base is just pure speculative drivel.
Jan 5th 2010 5:59AM Yes I myself understand the mechanics of how the drakes work. I was not implying that a persons role has any bearing on how their drake performs. But it makes it much smoother if people are just told what to do. Also, like I said leave the NPC there for those who know what they are doing or want the achievement.
I'm talking about simplicity here, keep it simple stupid (KISS), the less you tell the player what the hell they are suppose to be doing (or show them), the more you rely on each player's individual intelligence to figure out the vehicle mechanic. I'm sure we can agree intelligence is not something you always find in abundance in your average PUG.
Also the things you state all I need to do is the things that seem pretty hard for people to understand. I mark myself, then I tell them to follow me, then I fly 10 feet forward and 10 feet up. I turn around to make sure I'm being followed and find the DPS managed to either go to the bottom of Oc, the top of Oc, or haven't even gotten on their drakes.
I saw someone else post the fact that the only time you have to learn the drakes is while in the dungeon running it. The only other vehicle 5 man, ToC, at least gives players the chance to use the Jousting Mechanic somewhere other then the dungeon to learn them.
Jan 5th 2010 2:41AM I'm a horrible person, I bail on Oculus the second it finishes loading. I, like everyone I'm sure, play this game to have fun. You know what doesn't sound like fun? Trying to teach 2-3 people in the group what drake to get and try to get them to follow you.
And trying to explain to the moron DPS who thinks he should be on the red drake too is like pulling teeth while repeatedly being kicked in the face. I would've ran Occ without this...buff? If Blizzard would just drop the respective reins into the players bags after the boss dies (Red-Tank, Green-Healer, DPS-Bronze). Leave the NPCs so if you want the achievement you can switch them out.
I never understood what was so freaking hard to understand about "Talk to the gnome I'm standing next to and get your Bronze/Amber Reins". I always have DPS that either ignore me completely, or go to the Gnome, stand there, and then go get a Red Drake.
Blizzard can do nothing about people's inability to follow another person on a flying mount, but that is still pretty frustrating. I'm sure I will run Oc now with these incentives, but I won't like it.
Jan 2nd 2010 10:52PM Haven't won anything yet so sure what the hell
Dec 11th 2009 6:37PM Anyone in a 5 man group can mark in an instance, the tank doesn't need lead to do so.
But yeah I thought there was some special thing...
Nov 5th 2009 10:49AM Ah didn't realize the distinction between redeeming the code in game and redeeming the code via Account Management, kia is correct. For confirmation see here http://bit.ly/3494b9
And just FYI I wasn't planning on selling this in game, dailies and a wife who knows how to make the gold are good enough for me.
Nov 5th 2009 1:48AM Curse this comment system...
Nov 5th 2009 1:46AM @Noah Yes it's BoA, but you spend the $10 and you get a code, which you could then sell for in game gold, just like the cards, which blizzard has not made against the rules.
Oct 20th 2009 10:46AM I get asked regularly on my paladin where I got my shoulders and 2hander. I explain they are BoA and then usually have to follow up with what BoA is.
I've also noticed there are still some people (my wife included) who think you have to be next to a Lexicon of Power to change your glyphs.
I have a Mini Diablo that I get asked where it came from all the time.
Oct 14th 2009 7:11PM I wants it, it is precious to me...