Oct 5th 2010 5:13AM don't you sigh at me, young man ;)
I imagine quite a few here have been wondering what would appear there on the 4th.
But honestly, from my limited understanding of the law, blizzard would have no reason to complain over the use of the word 'wow' so long as it was not used in bad faith to cash-in on their branding... i.e., once wow insider appeared under the domain, they might have had reason to question things. Whether someone inside AOL realised this and decided they should play safe, or whether blizzard did prompt something, or whether someone thought "I know, let's take this domain that gets lots of hits and launch a shiny new brand" I don't know, nor really care, beyond idle wondering ;)
Oct 4th 2010 3:40PM I'm guessing it went something like...
Blizzard: we could sue you for that domain name, you know
AOL: What? noo it's like, not even anything to do with you
Blizzard: er, yes it is, look, it's all about WoW
AOL: Nooo that's just erm, a placeholder thingy... it's really all about shopping, see?
Sep 26th 2010 4:43AM On the other hand, EU blizzard is based in France, which has public holidays on 1st Nov (All Saints Day) and 11 Nov (Remembrance Day); the french really like their holidays, so I'd be inclined to rule out the 2nd, just based on that ;)
Sep 25th 2010 6:31AM Are you sitting comfortably?
A few of years ago, I met a couple of players, who'd been friends from childhood, etc etc. Both played wow and worked together, one in a more senior position. They were nice guys.
The 'senior' guy stopped playing, due to work commitments.
The 'junior' guy kept playing. He was one of those really *nice* players. Always polite and always willing to help out.
Time passed, and things seemed to start going really badly for this guy. 'In confidence', he told me and another friend that he had lung cancer and months to live; that his girl friend had drug problems and was in jail, and a whole load of other stuff - including that his friend at work had turned traitor and was trying to force him out of his job even though he knew he was dying.
It all seemed pretty awful to me, particularly since my dad had just been diagnosed with cancer (now all clear, thankfully).
Anyway... a few months passed. Then, one morning, his colleague/friend, logged into the game, and whispered me.
I asked how he was, and commented how sad I was for our mutal-friend. The colleague was... surprised... Turned out, our dying friend was not dying and his girlfriend was not in jail. She had left him, because he was a drunk. He drank at work, he drank playing wow, he drank until he could not move for days ("had to go to hospital for cancer treatment").
I was so furious, I didn't really know how to handle it, so I basically quit a while before I said something I couldn't take back, and started playing on another server.
I returned a year or so later, the 'cancer guy' is still playing, now in one of the top guilds in the server. I'd like to say I had my revenge somehow, but unfortunately I'd sort of lost my anger by that point - I just hope he hasn't spun too many lies for others he plays with.
Thing is, seems you can now be a top level raider while drinking enough to pass out? Maybe the game *has* got easier...
Aug 23rd 2010 7:16AM " It's not the fault of Blizzard that there seems to be less interaction between players; it's the fault of a minority of the playerbase"
Apart from, it _is_ the fault of Blizzard, now that you:
1. Can't LFG for group quests. 'Group' quests are now : 'find an 80 to help ' quests. 80's that are hardly likely to 'friend' you to quest with later.
2. Have no reason to say anything other than 'Hi', 'mana' and 'NINJA!' in x-realm PuGs.
3. Can buy any gear you want for gold (aka mum's credit card), thanks to the 2hr trade window.
4. Have no reason to join a raiding guild, due to 3.
5. Have no reason to level crafting professions, now you might as well just farm mats for gold, to help with 3.
6. Have no reason to do any raids apart from the highest ones, since you can get better gear by doing random 5-mans for emblems.
Basically I'm hoping Cataclysm will change a lot. Until then, my account remains closed.
May 9th 2010 11:53AM I used to be a GL, and the RL Boss set me free,
So it seems the guild disbanded, but I'm happy can't you see.
No more reading up on tactics for each class that can be played
No more calming down the members screaming "So and so just said -!"
No more explaining the loot rules, No more grinding others' mats
No more giving up my raid spot so that Bob can go instead.
I'm a pugger and I'm happy and, yes, you to be as well,
Go on, give in to temptation, cuz the RL Boss is swell!
Sorry guys, got to go, boss calling. Yep.
May 2nd 2010 4:13AM I hope the forsaken models don't get updated ;) I'm living in fear that cataclysm will be unplayable on my laptop - I love the high graphics version to look at, but not to play in :(
Mar 10th 2010 5:03AM Some players... While on my tree yesterday, I had a tank swear at me for getting overwhelming aggro from adds during a boss fight: "ffs it's not my job to keep you alive all day!!!"
Feb 25th 2010 9:21AM Unfortunately, I suspect most of the comments will just be the oh-so-helpful phrase "noob". On the rare occasions I've seen a 'rational' player initiate a kick, they've already made suggestions in party chat like "please don't pull when the healer and tank are corpse running"...
Feb 22nd 2010 12:25PM Well, I played the EU version for a few days.
The game itself is ok; slow to play but nice to look at. Lag and overcrowding were I guess predictable. The cash shop and FoD worried me, but initially I assumed that they'd adjust them both during the beta until they were more reasonable...
I changed my mind this weekend. The EU server was down for about 12 hours on Saturday night, and there wasn't a single gm acknowledgement on the forums, either during or after the event. OK, so it was the weekend and apparently the 12 billion budget (or whatever it was) doesn't extend to an extra wage for a single gm to be available during the first weekend of launch.
Come Monday, the bulk of messages on the forums, with people trying to find out what was going on, were simply deleted without acknowledgement.
Yes, there was some nerd rage on those forums, but there was also a bunch of people simply looking for help on how to play a game they were enjoying.
I don't think they are at all interested in 'customer care', and frankly that killed my support.
I renewed my wow sub.