Aug 4th 2010 8:43AM "Billy, sit down. There's something we need to talk about.
"See, you're getting older, and... well, this is kind of embarrassing... In any case, in no time at all you'll be hitting level 5, and heading on to Goldshire. Wow, I mean... it seems like just an hour ago you were logging in to Pwnhéad the human paladin for the very first time. But you're a big boy now, and there are some things that you should know about the World of Warcraft, and your mother and I would prefer you hear it from us first."
*Dad produces a die-cast figurine of Malfurion Stormrage and a die-cast figurine of Tyrande Whisperwind*
"See, when two very lonely night elves love each other very much, they /lay on the ground next to each other, or sometimes on a bed, or in the basement of the Goldshire inn, or in Varian's throne room, and send each other dirty tells detailing their sexual exploits.
"You know what sex is, right, son?
"Anyway, sometimes these night elves feel the need to broadcast their sexual proclivities across general chat for all to hear. So listen to me closely, because I'm about to teach you a very important lesson."
"Dad, I already know about /leave and /ignore."
"No, son, that's not it at all. The lesson I'm trying to teach you today is: Horde FTW. Frankly, your mother and I are very ashamed of you."
"Come on, dad, I've been to Silvermoon! Those blood elves are up to the same thing!"
"Oh, Billy. Billy, Billy, Billy. Don't you know anything? I said _Horde_ FTW."
Aug 3rd 2010 12:30PM Yeah, I probably could've picked a better analogy. :\
I'm really trying to keep from spending an hour penning 1500-word diatribes on blog comments anymore.
Aug 3rd 2010 12:04PM There is no room at all for people to complain about this.
If you are complaining about this, you fundamentally misunderstood the post.
By way of analogy:
BLIZZARD (PREVIOUSLY): Hey guys, for $14.99/month we'll constantly make you delicious homemade cookies, but occasionally we'll have to clean the oven before we can bake them.
BLIZZARD (NOW): Hey guys, for $14.99/month we'll constantly make you delicious homemade cookies, but occasionally we'll have to clean the oven before we can bake them. However, while we're cleaning the oven we'll let you lick the cookie dough spoon.
Jul 19th 2010 12:48PM Oh man, D&D...
I have known people who spent, on average, at least 40 hours a week playing D&D and other tabletop games for months at a time. I had some pretty impressive binges myself, but it was nothing compared to what these guys would pull. The campus gaming club had a rule that the number of games you could participate in per week could not exceed the number of showers you took; this rule was responsible for at least 90% of the showers taken by some members. *shudder*
I guess the moral of the story is: be glad that smell does not transmit over the Internet.
Jul 14th 2010 9:21PM Wow... this is more than impressive.
I'm with you in wondering where they're getting their raw data. Bots stationed at the auction houses on various servers?
Also, I'd like to see the ability to search across all servers for a particular item, to see if it is listed on any auction house on any faction. I've known hardcore RPers who will gladly eat a realm transfer just to get their hands on a certain item *coughmechbuilder'soverallscough*
Jul 14th 2010 7:33PM I've heard the same thing, but I've never been able to find any official statement of the sort. Theoretically, it should be trivial to prohibit names with any kind of special characters.
That's just in the US, though. Simply banning accents and such wouldn't fly on the EU servers.
Jul 14th 2010 6:35AM Actually: http://db.mmo-champion.com/s/80353/
Jul 14th 2010 4:24AM "Rogue > Combat: A swashbuckler who uses agility and guile to stand toe-to-toe with enemies."
Cue 400,000 new combat-specced rogues rolled by 10-year-olds who just wanted to play pirates.
Jul 14th 2010 2:30AM With each expansion this game changes drastically. If a vanilla WoW player was frozen in cryonic stasis for five years and woke up in time for Cataclysm's launch, they'd have a heart attack trying to comprehend all the changes.
It's all but guaranteed that Blizzard's revamping of talent trees will be full of holes come Cata's release, but people will make do. Things will get better with the first few content patches. When it's time for the next expansion, they'll expand on the foundation they laid here and they might actually have something great.
I understand if it's hard to get over SWG, especially after all the ways that he hurt you. But change is natural, and without drastic changes in the past WoW would not have survived as long as it did. Hopefully the changes the occur now will enable this game to keep trucking for several more expansions.
Jul 13th 2010 10:41PM Also, the list of what each spec receives at level 10 are out.
Felguards at level 10, guys.