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BlizzCon 2009: Hands-on with Razer's Naga MMO mouse {WoW}

Aug 26th 2009 7:07AM I think this mouse is amazing, and here's why.

For most users, it doesn't have any fewer "regular" buttons. I use an MX Revolution at the moment, and all I have extra is a thumb wheel (3 extra bindings that really *can* be a bit of a liability), a deformed little middle button (actually insanely useful) and an extra bind for each direction you can rock the main wheel (also a bit dangerous). Oh, and possibly the fact you can click the middle wheel. So that's, what, a mere 7 extra buttons, plus modifiers... err, my argument for why the Naga is better isn't going very well.

For most users, they won't actually have to change very much. If they're comfortable with their keyboard bindings, and don't have a fancy mouse that's already configured just the way they like it, your average user is gonna be able to play just like they do now, but able to access at least 12 more abilities that - at the moment - probably aren't used to their maximum potential. Either because they're skills that came late in the levelling and all the favourable keybinds were taken, or because they're so situational that you never made them easy to access. I don't mind admitting that as a Priest, I could have made a lot better use of Levitation... and really, I think all but the most organised of us get a little bit annoyed when we have to hunt and click to rebuff the slack-jawed daffodils who stood in the void zone and were blessed with a combat res. Suddenly, with this mouse, all of these abilities can be at your thumbtip.

This mouse lets most people play as they currently do, and makes available to them whole parts of their class that they might otherwise just not have bothered with, because the benefits are so marginal and the task of finding space for everything so daunting.

Plus, I think I have a peculiar form of OCD, and the idea of being able to access every ability with my thumb is strangely appealing. Much opportunity to organise. It's all just a bit chaotic with the keyboard, if you ask me. I think it's right that there will be a learning curve, but seriously? Once you get it into the habit and you've developed some muscle memory for the positioning, you have 12 extra abilities right next to your thumb!

Oh, and also, having used wireless mice for about 10 years (never been able to let go of the MX range before), I can say that I am extremely excited about getting a proper wired mouse.

BlizzCon 2009 Insider Trader: Cataclysmic professions {WoW}

Aug 23rd 2009 5:31PM You still can just take the stats on the item; you only need to worry about Reforging if you care about getting the absolute maximum out of your gear. If you don't care that much, don't do it and make do with what you're given. If you do care, you should be pleased that you have this new tool to allow you to achieve the maximum.

Even as things stand, you need to put a bit of thought into deciding which gear choices are most optimal for you - nothing will change in this regard, you will just have more flexibility to help you in meeting your gearing goals.

BlizzCon 2009: Rated battlegrounds and the return of PvP titles {WoW}

Aug 23rd 2009 6:23AM I bet that AV won't escape the whirlwind of change set to ravage Azeroth.

Around Azeroth: Hot! Hot! Hot! {WoW}

Aug 18th 2009 2:18PM I think it's probably worth pointing out that all three of those escort quests have been nerfed into the ground. You have to escort the chicken about a third of the way you used to, and you only have to fight one pack of spontaneously spawning mobs. And you get, like, 10K XP for each one you turn in at Booty Bay, plus the bonus for doing all three. Not doing these escort quests is total folly.

The Daily Quest: Could use a bell pepper right now {WoW}

Aug 11th 2009 5:43AM UGH

Get over yourself. People are allowed to enjoy the games in whatever ways they wish, even if *gasp* those ways are not always the same as other people. And if one of those ways lends itself to the standardisation and formalisation that official organisation brings in order to be deemed credible and worthwhile, so what? Are they hurting you?

And just so you know, there's this thing that English does in response to cultural and society changes: it evolves. Sport originally referred to athletic activities involving physical exertion, fair enough, but it also means competition and skill. Esport - you know, the "e" meaning electronic? - is not an unreasonable evolution.

The Colosseum: Dimitrius of Korgath {WoW}

Aug 8th 2009 9:10PM I'm not convinced that the link in the opening paragraph of this article is supposed to link to the profile of the indomitable and inspirational Beffyjunk. Although I can't say he doesn't deserve the publicity!

The Martin Fury scandal: Karatechop reveals all {WoW}

May 1st 2009 6:52AM "I think if this was a real world Blizzards case would not stand up in court."

If this was "real", then all the analogies about guns and money that you found or were handed to you suddenly become relevant. If Blizzard handed someone a gun and that person did something against the law with that gun, then is Blizzard culpable? No. If Blizzard hands someone an item that enables someone to break the ingame "law", then is Blizzard culpable when that person does so? According the an alarming volume of intellectually impoverished polemics here, yes, it does!

One other way to look at this is that it IS real, it did happen, and what would happen in court? Blizzard would win because they own the account and everything in WoW so they can do what they damn well please.

Your post was pointless and made no sense. Same to everyone else who blames Blizzard for the blatantly poor judgement of players. You say it's just a game and actions taken there shouldn't be punished, and yet you're all up in arms about someone getting banned from - get this, you wouldn't believe it - A GAME. Learn to make consistent sense before shouting your mouths off.

The Martin Fury scandal: Karatechop reveals all {WoW}

May 1st 2009 5:45AM "Kakistocracy said...
Karilyn, do you take serious every bit of flavor text in the game?"

I know I'm probably way too late to get this point in, but the "Cheater" comment isn't in the flavour text, which is yellow. It was part of the (green) use effect which, actually, yes, people DO take seriously.

This item has the effect of rendering the user a cheater. That seems pretty clear to me.