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Breakfast Topic: What's the best WoW-themed gift you've given or received? {WoW}

Apr 18th 2011 11:24AM A guildy and good friend was returning from Iraq and going to be living in town for 6 months before getting out of the Army. So, instead of letting him live in the barracks or finding a place for such a short time, I rented him my spare room.

As a thank you , when he moved out, he gave my wife and I FigurePrints of our mains. It was an incredible gesture that he totally didn't have to do, but we think they're pretty great!

WoW remote guild chat updated {WoW}

Apr 7th 2011 10:50AM You must follow me on twitter...

Tuesday Morning Post: There's treasure inside {WoW}

Jan 11th 2011 1:06PM Razer's Switchblade, yes please, I'll take two! Come on that thing looks awesome! As long as the hardware can keep up with the software, I'm in. I've been looking for a smaller more portable way of playing WoW on the road for a while, and I've almost pulled the trigger on the M11x a couple of times, but dude! Switchblade!

Breakfast Topic: It's a small, small world {WoW}

Oct 13th 2010 10:33AM I started playing WoW right after release. One of my coworkers had been on Beta and got another coworker hooked, and then about 4 others followed. There were eventually 7 of us (out of about 13 in the department) playing Warcraft. We eventually pulled in some other friends/coworkers from other departments and formed our first guild.

Our bosses called WoW "The Sickness" because we would all come into work bleary eyed and talk mostly about Warcraft when no one else was looking... so we named the guild "The Sickness."

Fast-forward about to almost the third expansion and many of those same people are still playing. I've personally moved to a different guild where I've met lots of new friends many of them in person. In fact, when one of our guild members came back from his tour in Iraq, he rented my spare room for 6 months while he awaited his discharge from the army.

My favorite experience, however, is walking around with my Save the Murloc t-shirt on and seeing how many people know what it is. So far I've found a girl at the pizza place, a girl at the comic shop, two guys at the grocery store, two system admins at the Uni that I work for, an American Airlines pilot, a major league soccer coach, 2 cheerleaders, a stay-at-home mom, and quite a few others who I met at a sci-fi convention and I don't know what they do. But most of these folks (with the exception of the pizza place girl and one of the grocery store employees) were adults, and not all of them were pimply-faced adults... Hell, my wife plays, and my sister-in-law, and the list goes on and on and on...

Breakfast Topic: It's a small, small world {WoW}

Oct 13th 2010 10:16AM @Boz... do you have days off? I mean, I am also a pimply-faced adult, but on weekends I still like to don my "Save the Murlocs" shirt. Or if I'm going out to meet guildies in real life for the first time, its always fun to wear my tabard t-shirt... but more on that when I'm not replying to someone else's post...

The Daily Blues {WoW}

Aug 20th 2010 4:38PM I think the idea that the blues are posting it and no one is listening is really the key isn't it?

When you teach a subject in school, you are teaching to a wide variety of individual pupils. Each of them has a different learning ability, and a different learning style. You have the class clowns and the teachers pets and everyone in between. In the testing environment that Blizzard chooses to use, you get this same array of people.

So, the solution has to be the same as the solution in the classroom. Either you try to help the class clowns grow into more participatory members of the class by asking them specific feedback and getting them more involved in the process, which (hopefully) teaches them how to be better members of the society as a whole. Or you just ignore the "bad seeds" and pay attention to the good kids.

As parents, we sort of hope that the former teacher is present in the classroom. But this isn't a classroom. Blizzard is a business, and that means that the Blues are getting paid to look over at the forums and see if they can get some useful information out of them. So, they have to make a decision based on the value of their time.

What is valuable: Finding good feedback and reporting it.
What is slightly less valuable, but could lead to more value later: Asking for clarification from frustrated players who seem to be (at least a little bit) intelligent.
What is of even less value: complaining to a poster (in a 500 word post) that their post is simply not good enough.
What serves almost no value to Blizzard at all: That same Blue making the same 500 word post multiple times in the same forum to multiple posters...

So, while I agree that there are a lot of posters out there who should really be more constructive about their posts. And I agree that the Blues could get more information if they asked the right questions of the "bad" posters. I completely see how that would probably take a lot more time (=money) to get what amounts to a small amount of feedback.

Ultimately, I guess I agree with the poster that said that "Blizzard sure likes to QQ about our QQ."

Enter to win a Blazing Hippogryph and other loot {WoW}

Jul 29th 2010 4:55PM Another entry, Yay!

Enter to win a Blazing Hippogryph and other loot {WoW}

Jul 28th 2010 4:13PM OMG, I have to enter for today!

Enter to win a Blazing Hippogryph and other loot {WoW}

Jul 27th 2010 2:36PM I like this one...

Cataclysm Beta: Pets' new Move To command {WoW}

Jul 16th 2010 2:02PM One question, though?

What does the hunter want with the dirty, stinkin' cake?