Dec 23rd 2010 12:48AM a fine looking mouse /nod
Nov 11th 2010 3:37PM I haven't really worked out the math, but it seems to me that certain specs can now provide as much or more self-healing than shadow priests. I personally think this is unfortunate and bleeds more of the flavor out of the game.
This is tied to larger issues of game balance, homogeneity, and squashing out everything which doesn't conform neatly to DPS, tank, or healer roles. But whatever--to me it simply means that I won't continue playing my priest. My warlock now offers more and self-heals for at least as much.
Nov 11th 2010 3:10PM "VIP subscription gives you access to all of the actual game content.. the only things left are unnecessary perks, like shared storage (like an account-wide bank), stat tomes, and cosmetic items (mounts, clothing, etc)."
Stat tomes, eh? I haven't played LotRO since the first few months after it came out, so I could be wrong, but don't stat tomes increase the power of your character?
"You can still choose to pay for LotRO just like you pay for WoW and get access to everything."
Except stat tomes.
Though Blizzard comes close, they've yet to cross that line from sparking ponies to stat tomes. When a game allows player A to beat player B simply because player A has more money, I'm out.
Nov 11th 2010 2:52AM Please stop making these subscription vs microtransition commentaries on Massively. Every time you do the quality of comments drops tremendously and turns into petty ad hominem. Besides, you're obviously not convincing anyone, no matter how noble your intentions (or not).
Beau, open a blog and blog about this instead. As you admit, it's a pet peeve of yours and yet you felt it was necessary to go armchair philosophical on us. Don't do that: it diminishes your otherwise enjoyable articles.
Aug 5th 2010 9:25PM What's with the hate? It's embarrassing.
I've tanked through most of BC with DPS-specced DKs, Paladins, and Warriors. I've healed up through early 60s with a SPriest and even Enhancement Shaman (the latter was rough). It can be a challenge, but it can be done... and with good teammates it's not not even particularly difficult.
Of course, this was before dungeon finder spoiled us and we were all of us happy to just get a group going.
Jul 26th 2010 11:52AM Please correct the sensationalist and misleading title of your article.
Jul 10th 2010 9:20PM Some players project their personal feelings into the game... some don't. I consider myself an environmentalist irl but can't wait to trash the place as a goblin :)
Jul 8th 2010 9:44PM If you define exploiters as explorers, then, yes, they're explorers.
I'll stick with exploiters.
Jul 8th 2010 3:14PM Until I see more information, I am not convinced I share the author's or commentator's conviction that this is a huge change at its core. Instead it seems like a huge change with how the core of the game is dressed up.
It's as if the designers looked thoughtfully at all the possible specs and said: "You know, there are only a few good combinations here. How can we make it so that players can ONLY choose the good combinations rather than the numerous subpar ones?"
In other words, if you're a player who spent time researching your talent trees, right now, at max level, the only change you'll experience is that you won't have to spend as much time researching your talent specs. Perhaps I'm reading all this wrong, but that doesn't seem like a huge change to me. A huge change from the perspective of a new player experience, yes, but not for us who already restricted ourselves to specs that "work."
Jul 1st 2010 6:42PM While I'm in principle for SMF, since in principle I applaud giving players more choices, I see a massive headache approaching... fast.
I'm still disappointed with Fury.