Oct 21st 2011 4:00PM I'm in the jumped the panda camp.
Oh, they'll do well with this expansion overall, in raw numbers, but to quote Ross Perot, "There will be a giant sucking sound" as old timers (both in age like myself and long time subscribers) leave for more interesting MMO pastures, ones that don't feature trope-filled stereotypical kung-fu pandas. I know, haters going to hate...
Oct 21st 2011 3:49PM I just put in my cancellation. Yeah I know it's nitpicking to call rice-paddy hat wearing kung-fu pandas 'too silly' when we already have space goats, goblins, walking cows, and balloons for pets, but for me it was the cumulative effect of 'all that silly' which already exists - and then adding stereotypical kung-fu pandas into that stew - that pushed it over the line for me.
Oct 14th 2010 3:14PM Perhaps the parent post was a jest, but I can relate to the statement. My wife really did leave me, but for other reasons with WoW being just one of the factors. Maybe had I walked away from the game sooner, she would not have left; I'll never know.
And before I write a country song, I'll cut to the chase... Yes, most people CAN play wow comfortably and maintain a Real Life... but others, like me, have addictive natures and need to know when to walk away, or get help, before it is too late. Had I been the sort to experiment with alcohol or drugs, I probably would have got hooked to those. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I chose WoW and for me, it became exactly like a drug.
And now to answer the topic - I quit cold turkey a couple months ago and realized that I had nothing to show for the last three years of wow and progression raiding except a marriage that almost failed (she did come back...) 10 extra pounds, and an overwhelming sense that I lost a chunk of my life that I'll never get back.
I still 'like' wow and I still keep up with my guild through our website, but for me it's best viewed from a distance.
Jun 3rd 2009 8:02AM Rexxar is where I call home as well! yes, Rexxar takes the brunt of any maintenance cycle and is infamous for 'world server down' messages, but I haven't had any significant issue with lag. I find the medium population size and generally good companionship to worth the occasional server hiccup.
Apr 14th 2009 2:01PM Bittorrent is all well and good, if you have the ability to properly throttle the upstream traffic. Unfortunately, the Bliz client does not and so when I'm downloading a patch on my (relatively) paltry 1.5 DSL, I just end up choking my internet bandwidth and having a patch take half again as long to download as it should. To solve this, I went into the options on the downloader and disabled peer-to-peer. Now, patches download quick plus I'm able to actually use my internet connection while updating WoW. I recommend anyone else having difficulty downloading or getting 'stuck' at a certain percentage toggle that setting (don't worry you won't have to re-download the parts you already have.)
Apr 9th 2009 4:29PM In general, I do not bubble the tank (regardless of class) at the start of the pull, if for no other reason than I don't want to hear qq from them about whatever real/imaginary/5 patches ago issue they used to have with being bubbled while building threat. During boss fights, (and especially with Mr Patchwork) I'll sprinkle bubbles on the tank only if things look like they taking a bigger beating than I can keep up with, or if I know some heinous damage is incoming.
Apr 8th 2009 4:55PM As a healer, I have found pugging 25 man Naxx to be overall a pleasant experience. Due to the healer shortage, I more or less have my pick of the LFG; I look up the raid members in wow-heroes and ask a few basic questions, ie., is this a mostly-guild run, or complete pug? etc. then decide to go with or not. As for why pug when I could go with guild, well, as a causal player I never know when for sure I can get time to raid; I'm fortunate to find one night a week to toss a couple hours at a raid.