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Entanglement is an engaging, HTML5-powered Time-Waster {Download Squad}

Jul 20th 2010 1:23PM Reminds me a bit of the Teglon from Neal Stephensons Anathem... I'll have to give it a try.

Officers' Quarters: Rating Cataclysm's guild perks, part 2 {WoW}

Jul 13th 2010 1:02PM About the possibilities for mayhem:

You mean you *don't* have a warlock parked in cuthroat alley with a bag full of soul shards for just this kind of shenannigans?

Rumor: Blizzard employees' real life names will not appear on the Real ID forums [Updated] {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 2:01PM I almost wish that my WoW account was still active, just so I could go back and delete all of my forum posts. Partly because I'm not sure how far I can trust their "word" that the changes won't be retroactive (I'm fairly confident that to make changes like that would require a lot of effort that Kotick certainly isn't going to pay for...) But mostly to show what the new forums are going to be like once this change goes live, a barren unpopulated wasteland.

Customizing and opting out of Real ID {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 11:24AM yeah, that's what I had to do. I had been playing WoW since the original beta. I had been away for a bit, but was thinking about going back with the new expansion. Not so much with this new development. I had to make due with an email to privacy@blizzard.com, since I can't post on the forums (Incedently, if anyone wants to copy/paste my post above to the epic thread, feel free - I encourage you to)

I got an invite to the SC2 beta about a week before it closed in phase 1, and was looking forward to getting some time in now that phase 2 had started, but I can't bring myself to log in.

Customizing and opting out of Real ID {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 9:58AM Just a quck note to all those players out there that think that this is a bad idea, but who aren't really affected by this because you don't post in the forums much, and can easily cut it out. I've seen a lot of you post in the epic thread that while you're uneasy about this, you'll continue playing as long as this sort of thing is not required in game.

If this is not stopped here and now, then ultimately it will be going in game... Maybe not next patch or the one after, but eventually. They may claim that it will never happen, but how may things have they said that about so far?

Transfering from PVE to PVP? Check. Having characters on both sides of a PVP server? Check. Buying non-cosmetic items with real money? Check.

Just look at the evolution of the Realid system over the last several weeks. At first it's just information to be given out to family and close friends, those that you trust the most. Then it's automatically given out to friends of friends, people who you may not know at all. Now it's manditory for anyone who wants to post on the forums.

If this change goes live it will kill the official forums, and cripple the community that has sprung up around WoW. This may not have an immediate effect on the gameplay, but it will ultimately harm it. It's obvious that this will happen, and yet they're still pushing for it. As they've posted, Blizzard has a long term vision for the future of Real ID, so this is not the end, it's just the beginning.

If we want to stop this, or have any input into it's implementation, we must speak in the only language that they will understand, and that isn't forum posts, it's the bottom line. If you are at all uneasy about these changes, and the future that they represent, then the only thing to do that they might respond to is to cancel your account. Only if they see this significantly affecting their bottom line will they consider modifying their vision for Real ID, so if you're on the fence, it's the _only_ way your voice may be heard.

Blizzard's StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft to implement Facebook integration {Download Squad}

Jul 7th 2010 12:41PM As quoted by a Blizzard CM: "We put a lot of thought into this change and have a long-term vision for the Real ID service"

This is not the end of RealID, it's just the beginning. They claimed at first that it was just supposed to be between real life people that you trusted with your personal information, now this. Where will it end? Will they tie RealID with the Armory info? Who knows?

At least if I decide to get SCII, I'll know better than to sign up with my real name. But do I want to even support a company that is so caviler with my personal information...

Thanks for over a decade of fun Blizzard, but I don't know if I can continue to support you, at least I can look forward to Portal 2, you monster...

Droid experiencing external speaker problems, could be a software issue? {Engadget}

Nov 15th 2009 7:20PM Clearly these droids must have shipped with bad motivators. Just bring yours back to the sandcrawler you purchaced it from, and your local Jawa agent will happily replace it with a new one.

The Pizza Box of the Future Has Arrived {Asylum}

May 2nd 2009 1:02PM In fact it does do something in your case. You wouldn't be using the energy and water that you might have used to wash those plates and that tupperware container.

Regardless of what happens to the box afterwards, this has the potential to save a bit of energy and resources. In general, as mentioned above, you can't recycle food contaminated cardboard. However if you have composting for yard waste avalible, used pizza boxes are usally fine for inclusion in that.

Loot, rationality, and the Sunwell effect {WoW}

Apr 24th 2009 2:22PM I think that there is another way to encourage 25 man raiding without having a difference in the gear levels, have 25 man raids drop proportionally more loot.

All things being equal, 25 mans should drop 2.5 times as much loot as the 10 man version, but as a way to encourage 25 man raids, that ratio could be bumped up to say 4x, that way 25 man raiding gives you the added incentive of gearing up quicker.

That seemed to be the philosophy of the Arena system to start off with, that even if you weren't great, you too could get decent gear, it's just that the people at the top rankings geared up a LOT faster. Now they've switched back to the old school "Hey, you guys who are playing for fun, you see this gear? You're _never_ going to get it..." model. And we can see how well that's working out for them.

I think ultimately it boils down to the fact that when there is no way to advance your character within the playstyle that fits your life, then the game is pointless. And ultimately, having more people playing WOW benefits all players, hardcore and casual alike.

Breakfast Topic: What's the best pun name you've ever seen? {WoW}

Apr 19th 2009 11:36AM I've got a tauren hunter that I had to roll when I thought of the name: Sthompson. It's a great name for a Tauren Hunter because you get 2 puns for the price of 1.