May 29th 2010 6:30AM What did we learn? We learned that Blizzard does not approve of anyone playing the game any other way than they envisioned it. Whether or not that vision was a good idea or not, it's the only way you'll be allowed to play.
AVR was actually a very good idea and it's a shame Blizzard felt the need to break it.
If they don't want people using advanced AddOns, why the blazes have an AddOn API to begin with? Cause and effect, Blizzard. Cause and effect.
Glad I decided to quit the game.
Mar 29th 2010 10:12PM I think it's about time we separated PvP and PvE completely from each other. One side (PvP) feels it's being influenced by PvE too much and the other (PvE) feels that the game is balanced around PvP too much.
Specifically, around Arena too much. Part of why I dislike Arena really. In any case, I don't see the problem with having to demonstrate some awareness to your surroundings... in PvP. I mean, during vanilla... the age of actual World PvP (can anyone remember that?) you had to be mindful of your surroundings as well. Random mobs patrolling by and aggroing on you. Or the odd cliff here and there to fall down from. Or some trees or a building to LoS behind.
Situational awareness is, in my opinion, actually a good thing for PvP. I mean, if we take out everything like that from PvP - why not simply go in naked, hand everybody a wooden stick and just stand there hammering each other like mindless drones?
Mar 25th 2010 10:27AM Not once but by now 3 times I have taken an extended leave of absence from WoW. Once during vanilla, once during TBC and once during WOTLK.
Coming back each of those times confirmed several things - WoW really IS a great game... and, it really DOES have issues. Severe issues.
Cataclysm is looking to amend some of those issues... but will probably introduce its own set of new issues. Regardless, I am looking forward to it. Even if it means having to lose Azeroth such as we know it. Still, it will be missed. Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor such as they are... are not long for this world. And I can definitely recommend anyone who doesn't have it yet to get the Loremaster title. I got it on my DK, as one of the first things I did after she dinged 80, a long, long time ago.
And, it was not only a ton of fun to do... but, also very much worthwhile to the Warcraft-lore lover that I am.
Mar 22nd 2010 8:46AM Sindragosa's encounter really has some of the worst voice acting to date indeed. It's just... not fitting. In any way, shape or form does the voice remind of the figure she is.
On favourite quotes though... one beats all others, for me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEel80FvkXg - 1:07
Mar 20th 2010 9:55AM Deathwing is going to be... magnificent indeed. But, realistically, Sargeras is where it's at really. Just think about it... almost everything bad that happened in the Warcraft lore is tied to him in some way or another.
He simply IS the villain of Warcraft. Also, with his true nature in mind, an encounter with him is going to be nothing short of mindboggling really. An actual Titan. Destroyer of Worlds. How could we possibly hope to have any chance of defeating him?
Any defeat he suffers is going to have to be final. Much like Arthas the Lich King's ultimate destiny turned out to be. Now, just HOW are we to absolutely destroy... the Destroyer of Worlds?... ;) I can't wait to find out what Blizzard has in store for us on that one.
Jan 28th 2010 11:05PM Some interesting things by GC. But, nothing really surprising or anything. Glad to see it confirmed once again though, their intention to actually improve on a sometimes clunky game mechanic - the talents.
And, can't wait to fight Ragnaros... again! I did it during vanilla... I'm gonna do it during Cataclysm. Vanilla was merely a setback, Ragnaros... but, this time, chocolate flavor is coming for you! Errrhm...
Jan 16th 2010 10:56AM 1 - Common sense
2 - Hardware firewall
3 - Severely tweaked Win XP. There is not a thing that goes on that I do not have full control over really.
4 - (the pun, you know it was coming)... I AM WAITING! Waiting for Blizzard to finally release the Mobile Authenticator on N96. Bit overdue, to be honest.
Jan 9th 2010 6:03PM 143 days from TBC Alpha to TBC release.
217 days from WOTLK Alpha to WOTLK release.
In both cases, I am going with the closest approximation of Alpha dates I could find. In any case, it's roughly accurate. So, anything beyond August 2010 would be VERY late for Cataclysm. In fact, with the 5 as opposed to 10 levels and no new Talent tier (I read that somewhere) I am expecting it to be a lot sooner than that. Possibly something like June.
Thing is, with just 5 levels and no new Talent tier... they can focus their resources on creating the actual content as opposed having to balance the classes too much. Yes, with the Hunter change, there is some balancing involved... but still, I expect the balancing to take less time this time around.
Anyhow, we'll see what happens... for now, my prediction is June 13th 2010. ;)
Jan 8th 2010 2:23PM Truth of the matter is, they aren't obligated at all to restoring any part of your character if it was victimized by keyloggers/etc. In fact, legally, they are more entitled to sueing you for negligence than they are forced to compensate you for your loss.
Remember - the characters and accounts remain their legal possession.
http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/legal/termsofuse.html - Point 7, most importantly.
However, that being said... I think it's poor customer service to try and offer a carepackage as opposed to offering true compensation. "Oh, sorry I drove over your legs, here, have a cookie. All better now?"
I mean, it's just... really poor customer service. An example of what NOT to do. Sure, people have only themselves to blame if they get keylogged. But still, we are paying THEIR salaries. Not the other way around. We should be able to expect at least some relevant level of customer service. Not some childish carepackage, treating us like we're 5 year olds who just stepped in something and need mommy now.