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Breakfast Topic: Do you save stuff for nostalgic reasons? {WoW}

Feb 5th 2011 11:41AM My priest's dungeon 2, the sweet tea reward from the Battle of Darrowshire chain and Benediction. Those things will be in my bank until either I die, or the game servers shut down.

The tea, well, after such a good chain, with such a bitter sweet ending, the tea just seemed like the most appropriate award ever. Not useful for anything, but a perfect statement to the story of the chain. I just can't ring myself to get rid of it.

The set represents an epic endeavor. I got mine shortly after the chain went live. I made friends on the chain; friends that went with me to udStrat at least 57 times to get my legs off of Baron. People that I still talk to, years after the fact. Calling it epic is a disservice to one of the best things I have ever experienced in the game.

Benediction is a different story. I never was part of a raiding guild, just a small social one, but I was (still am I think) a good healer and made friends in a few raiding guilds so I got to run MC. I never got my eye though, and by the time the guilds had moved onto BWL, I had resigned myself to not getting Benediction.

One Saturday, one of the guilds (The Late Shift, now on Caelestrasz, but back then on Dalaran) I had helped out asked me if I was busy. After a few minutes I was invited to an MC raid, the sole purpose of which was to take me to get my eye so I could get my Benediction. That IS the best thing that ever happened to me in the game. There is no way in hell I could ever get rid of that thing.

Moments like those are why I have a problem with the LFG tool. As amazing as it is, it feels a lot more cheap than the old way of looking for people in chat (/2 forever!). It was painful and frustrating, but you made friends and built relationships, and that made grouping and raiding a much more personal thing.

Nostalgia is great for highlighting the good things and coving up the bad, and I think that is a very good thing.

Breakfast Topic: Which achievement are you most proud of? {WoW}

Jan 24th 2011 8:14AM While not an official achievement, my most proud is my priest's dungeon 2 set. The ridiculous amount of time and gold spent on chasing it back in the vanilla days seems so trivial now, but oh what a journey.

Yeah, definitely my dungeon 2.

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

Jan 11th 2011 12:31PM Archaeology. I'm a lore nerd and anything that allows me to add to the lore is a win. It has such a huge potential that seeing write ups on it make me hopeful Blizzard will exploit it for everything they can.

Making the dungeon finder suck less {WoW}

Jan 5th 2011 2:09PM I think a huge improvement would be a time limit on kicking people that have gone offline, say 5 minutes.

DC happen, and there are few things as annoying as getting disconnected, re-logging, then learning that in the 1-2 minutes you were offline, you were kicked.

My single greatest complaint with the LFG is that it rewards asshattery. If you go into a group, do your job, and stick it out, you only finish an instance. It doesn't put your name in front of other people that will send you an invite if they need your class. It doesn't reward anything aside from the finished instance. If you are an ass, you too can finish an instance. Since you are on a different server, it doesn't matter what you do because in the end, you just re-queue and wait to make some other people's game experience all that much less because you can always get someone else.

When we were limited to grouping with people on the same realm, reputations were as important as someone's skill. If you were a crummy healer that never did your job, people knew it and you didn't get groups. Your options were to either quit the game, learn to play, or re-roll and repeat the cycle. The current LFG has killed off the entire concept of building that reputation, so we are stuck in the eternal anonymous kick nonsense we see today.

I love the concept of the LFG, but it's implementation feels like it was designed for people that only care about their play experience, to hell with everyone else. That really kills off a lot of the fun for me personally, and games are supposed to be fun.

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 12: PNY 128GB SSD harddrive {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2011 11:15AM something i actually need!