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WoW Moviewatch: Pandaria Postcard from Olibith {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 3:28AM If you've been keeping up with beta information, you should know that the Pandaria zones aren't open to testers yet. :P

Blood Pact: A tale full of cheering and demonic fury {WoW}

Mar 20th 2012 11:56PM My lock has been my main for about 6 or 7 years now, and though I will jump into the beta and explore the new lock talents and specs thoroughly like anyone with concerns should, I'm starting to feel like this might be the last tier where my lock is my main.

Now, I know that that's really not a big deal to some people, but it's a huge one to me. With close to 13k achievement points, 100+ mounts etc, my lock has been my dedicated raider and achievement hound, and I've loved playing it. But, once again, Pandaria means that I'm going to need to completely relearn my class. Again. I cannot place enough emphasis on that word. The absolute nonsense with demo was almost a deal breaker for me this expac, where I never once felt like I was playing the spec the way Blizzard had intended for it to be played (see 'pet twisting'). Now I'll be required to learn how to use THREE different resources along with learn the three different specs, and... I feel tired just thinking about it.

I can't help but feel like this is one of the many reasons why locks are the least played class. Nobody knows what the hell to do with them anymore, current players included.

Breakfast Topic: Does WoW need more emotes? {WoW}

Mar 6th 2012 10:21AM I've long lamented the lack of a /flail emote. You know, arms above your head, flapping around wildly - it would be perfect for that accidental pull while you're racing back to the tank.

The trials and tribulations of being a raiding roleplayer {WoW}

Mar 3rd 2012 7:04PM Raiders that RP are a rare breed for one core reason.

Raiding requires dedication.
RPers are notoriously fickle/flaky.

I speak solely from my own experience, of course, but I've yet to spend any serious raiding time with an RPer that didn't get distracted as soon as the novelty wore off and continuously failed to keep to any sort of schedule. I have every faith in the world that they do exist, but I've just never had the fortune of meeting one yet. I'd love to!

WoW Moviewatch: Beautiful Stranger {WoW}

Feb 21st 2012 6:39PM Where to begin...

Terrible audio, particularly with the human male and the noticeable mic static every time he spoke. Nothing ruins listening to a character speak than when you're made acutely aware that someone's keying into vent for their lines.

No subtitles - again, this was most bothersome with the human and his accent. It wasn't *impossible* to understand or anything, but he wasn't the only one that was guilty of speaking too quickly and mumbling some lines.

Just a general lack of emotion and believability in the voices all round. Everyone was either trying too hard (the females, mostly) or sounded like they were simply phoning it in. Of course, nobody expects a professional movie's level of quality from a machinima video or anything like that, but it's still noticeable when something's done particularly badly. Compared to other machinima, the overall level of voice acting was poor.

The animation was on par with most machinimas of this type, so no criticisms there.

All that said, I only got about half of the way through before I rolled my eyes and gave up.

Q&A with your roleplaying questions {WoW}

Feb 18th 2012 4:28PM Ah, accents. Personally, I'd never write a character's speech to include it, but I'm not strictly against other people doing so. If they want to write their character that way, well, that's entirely their choice. It's their character.

That said, here are my issues with it.

1) Too many people focus so heavily on the accent that it becomes the defining point of their character. Not their personality, or their actions, or anything of substance - just their near-indecipherable accent. You're playing a troll/dwarf/draenei/race with a notable accent. Other players can tell this simply by looking at your character model. Let them read the accent without *seeing* it. (You know that fairly popular Morgan Freeman meme, with the image of him and how you automatically read the text in his voice just from association? That's what I mean.)

2) Bad accents. As a Scot, nothing makes my skin crawl more than awful attempts at dwarf accents. I know that, strictly speaking, their accent is *Dwarven*, not Scottish... but oh god, it makes me a sad panda when it's done badly. NPCs are equally guilty of this, of course (I'm looking at you, Bran. You suck.) but seeing it with RPers just makes me sigh with frustration. In my own experience, dwarf RPers seem to be the most guilty of this, though that could simply be because I notice the incorrect slang usage more than anything. It's odd to read someone speaking in a Scottish/Dwarven accent, using random English slang (there's a difference!), with a smattering of American slang thrown in for good measure.

I fully believe that accents can be done well. However, I think they're generally so over-used and poorly done that I'd much sooner RP with someone playing one of those races that *doesn't* write with an accent than someone that does. Too much focus on the accent, not enough on the character behind it.

Trade in your real currency for toy currency today! {WoW}

Feb 10th 2012 5:03PM It's disgusting just how bad the price difference is between the US and EU stores. I'm in the UK, and was considering purchasing the Black Knight figure recently, and quickly discovered that (with the price difference between the two stores) I'd be paying more than TWICE as much if I purchased from my own EU store. It's criminal!

The Queue: DMF {WoW}

Jan 28th 2012 12:25PM ' it helps to spellckeck'

The irony, it burns.

Breakfast Topic: What are your WoW pet peeves? {WoW}

Jan 28th 2012 12:12PM Utakata, I've read your reply a few times, and I'm really not sure what you're addressing in my comment.

What assumption am I making? What experience of mine am I calling to attention? O_o

As a general rule, I address the toon by what gender they are (unless I'm told differently), but it doesn't bother me when people make assumptions either way.

Breakfast Topic: What are your WoW pet peeves? {WoW}

Jan 28th 2012 9:19AM Coincidentally, my pet peeve is the opposite. It gets under my skin when people take a mistaken 'him' instead of 'her' as an assumption that girls don't play WoW or... whatever. The majority of players are male. Some people just don't pay attention and generally don't even notice the race/gender of the other toons in the pug.

While they're maybe a little bit ignorant or careless, the generalisation really isn't something to get worked up about. It's not personal, it's certainly not meant to be offensive, and it bothers me on the same level as people who get really uppity about being called their class name rather than their character name.

And for the record, I'm female, have both female and male toons, and I've never felt the need to correct someone for addressing me as a male, even while I'm on my female belf lock. I want to be treated like everybody else, and I do that by not drawing attention to the fact that I'm a special girl gamer snowflake (ugh).