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Mac drivers to be available for all Razer mice {WoW}

Mar 11th 2010 7:50PM I have a Razer Krait - a pretty simple 3 button mouse - for my Mac. I purchased it under the impression that there was PC/Mac universal drivers for the mouse. There wasn't.

Sure, you can plug it in and use it, but the sensitivity is off the charts and you'll probably struggle to get your cursor over the World of Warcraft icon in your dock just to launch the program!

I downloaded and eventually bought a Mac application to handle all mouse devices - and I've now got a little sliding scale that lets me adjust down the sensitivity somewhat. I've adapted and overall I'm pretty damn happy.

Then my sister (a PC user) bought the same mouse and I saw how much she was able to adjust the sensitivity and tracking of the mouse to suit her and I was pretty jealous: this is what I was missing out on!

My mouse is still a bit twitchy, so I'm looking forward to getting my hands on your Mac software. Thank you Razer!

ps. Razor mice are absolutely beautiful and well worth the expense, even if you don't want a fancy multiple button one.

Breakfast Topic: Fun with jerks {WoW}

Jan 30th 2010 8:21AM I like that you made your point while not getting into name calling or a pointless argument in Party Chat.

Spiritual Guidance: Paying the hybrid tax {WoW}

Jan 28th 2010 4:35AM Great post, Fox!

I know that a lot of people that I've come across are slightly miffed that Shadow Priests have been buffed so much - but I do believe that comes from 6+ months of getting used to us sitting at the bottom of the meters.

From my personal experience I can really compete against the pure DPS on some fights - the Battleship and Professor Putricide are pretty much the only ones that I drag out the meter and oooh and ahh over what I've achieved. But sitting about 6% behind the Rogues, Mages and Hunters and such sounds about right overall from my personal experience.

Breakfast Topic: What class mechanics have you had to learn to deal with? {WoW}

Dec 24th 2009 10:49AM In regards to conflicting (well, overwriting buffs) smart players usually instinctively follow a priority system kinda.

Paladins buff before Death Knights (10 minutes vs 3 minutes)
Warriors and Shamans buff when they enter combat (shouts and totems)

So I guess what I'm saying is that a smart Shaman (which I try to be) looks to see if the Paladin has buffed Wisdom when they set up their totems. It's the Paladin's call so to speak.

Breakfast Topic: What class mechanics have you had to learn to deal with? {WoW}

Dec 24th 2009 10:27AM Shaman learn the 4 totems as they level. I think the first one (Earth?) is learned around level 15, maybe the second (Fire?) around 20-30, the third (Air?) around 40 and the last totem (Water?) at level 60.

The early totems that a Shaman learns are mostly of benefit to themselves when leveling (eg Stoneclaw) and not really a big buff to the party.

So if you're running very low level dungeons like Scarlet Monastery I wouldn't expect 4 totems popped on the pull :)

Breakfast Topic: What class mechanics have you had to learn to deal with? {WoW}

Dec 24th 2009 10:24AM Kings on Priests - Shadow, Holy, Disc all would benefit from extra intellect over mp5.

Occasionally I do request Wisdom when I'm healing but that's mostly because I'm trying to do a zero-water run.

Breakfast Topic: What class mechanics have you had to learn to deal with? {WoW}

Dec 24th 2009 10:01AM Hmmm what a great topic and a great article.

I don't expect Hunters and Rogues to Misdirect or use Tricks of the Trade respectively. I don't expect players to interupt heals (anything with Mending in the cast bar is bad btw). I don't expect players to assist the tank or go for the mobs with mana bars first. I don't expect any buffs cept my own, Paladin buffs included.

I do expect players to either know the boss fight or speak up if they don't. I do expect players to drop threat (if they have that kind of ability) if they get aggro.

I guess the things that amuse and annoy me and make me speak up is when I see a tank face certain mobs towards the group instead of away (I figure that's just lack of knowledge). I speak up if I see players ruining a LoS pull by casting/attacking instead of following the tank. I speak up if someone's pet or ghoul is out of control.

The most common mistake that I spoke is DPS Paladins and Warriors AOEing off the bat for each and every trash pull and pulling threat on at least 1 mob. Taking more damage during a run than your tank during a run is not cool. Wait 3 seconds before you do that and the problem is solved!

Breakfast Topic: Make it all BoA {WoW}

Dec 17th 2009 8:36AM How about being able to purchase BoA Emblems of Whatever at the rate of 2 to 1? So if I end up with 300 Emblems of Triumph on my main that have no use, I can trade them for a BoA version for an alt and receive 150. This still encourages people to play the character they're gearing up, unless the dungeons runs take twice the time (unlikely).

Or, how about making everything except the most current Emblem type BoA? Emblems of Frost would remain character-specific, but you can transfer Emblem of Triumph, Emblem of Conquest, Emblem of Valor and Emblem of Heroism between characters.

Or, if they're worried about a fresh level 80 having 500 Emblems of Triumph when they hit level cap, they could limit it to just the old currencies - Conquest, Valor and Heroism.

Ready Check: Icecrown Citadel introduction quests, pt III {WoW}

Dec 13th 2009 7:04PM Most tanks that I've played with prefer the LoSing method that people are suggesting here. As a healer, having tried several methods on both normal and heroic difficult I find that LoSing is the hardest to heal.

If you have suitable CC or silences in your party, I find that it's best to just CC the casters - Shackle and Hunter traps work very well. Mages and DKs (as the author described) do a good job of pulling unruly casters to the tank.

If you use the LoS method I think it's important to kill the Mage asap (perhaps after the Priest if the healing is a problem). Flame strike on the ground where you'll all grouped up + Frost tomb from the Rifleman freezing your healer can quickly kill your group.

How the WoW community is about to push the self-destruct button {WoW}

Dec 13th 2009 3:31AM First off, I think people forget that by attacking the character of an individual person, they are actually weakening their argument stance.

Argumentum ad hominem literally means "argument directed at the man". If you refuse to accept a statement, and justify your refusal by criticizing the person who made the statement, then you are guilty of abusive argumentum ad hominem.

Unfortunately you see politicians do this all the time in political campaigns too :( It's irrelevant to the topic/argument of course.

Or for a more entertaining look at what does and doesn't make a logical argument you can YouTube Monty Python's Argument Clinic for a laugh.

There's nothing worse than reading a forum post that you happen to agree with, worded in such a way that you *know* it will offend it's intended audience (fellow players and, to a lesser extent, developers). There's no better way to lose support for your stance.