Mar 3rd 2011 10:57PM Ooh, this is going to be fun. Brazilians coming out of the woodwork!
Actually, the Everquest and Counter-Strike bans were handled out by a high-court official. I think it was our equivalent to the attorney general? Maybe a little lower. Consensus amongst us mere mortals was that the guy didn't have a clue of what he was doing, and was only reacting to a crime perpetrated by a mentally unstable man who, it's reported, tried to reenact scenes from Duke Nukem 3D (another banned game) inside a movie theater.
Counter-Strike was the most popular game in the country at the time. It was also the Golden Age of Lan-Houses and Cyber Cafes, and they all had Counter-Strike. It made kids quite a few kids get failing grades at school. So it was a big fat target. EverQuest… was collateral damage. How do we know it? Because every time someone talked about EverQuest, remarks were made that no one played that game in Brazil. The ban on EverQuest was never lifted because it wasn't important.
There's no reason to expect WoW to hit any issues, assuming Blizzard does everything according to how the procedures are laid out. WoW will probably end up getting a 14 or 16 rating, but we are fairly lax when it comes to censorship here. Most of the time the games simply aren't imported, that's our real issue. If a game company wants to bring things over, there really shouldn't be serious implementation or short-term problems. We already have Ragnarök, which is ridiculously more grindy than WoW, and Guild Wars, which has much more realistic graphics.
Anyway, I'm really hoping Blizz will open up free transfers for Brazilians who want to play with other Brazilians. I don't, but I'll enjoy my fellow countrymen having a slightly less negative reputation on the internet. No more "br? br?"! Rejoice! =)
Dec 30th 2010 10:03AM I certainly hope your spec prediction is wrong, Frost. With the Warlocks, Blizzard has shown that they can balance Pure classes so all specs are close together in terms of DPS. Hell, if they can do it with them the DoT-slingers, why wouldn't they be able to balance Hunters so all three specs are close enough together that player skill, fight mechanics and gear matter more than the spec itself (which is simply not happening right now with SV).
Personally, I enjoy playing Marksmanship and; even though I'm probably not going to be doing any raiding, I hope it's competitive through the entirety of Cataclysm. It's just annoying to have one spec people look at and say "go respec, noob".
Dec 19th 2010 7:03PM @Eldoron: not if you race-change the character! And even if you leveled the toon from scratch, there are some acceptable breaks between gameplay and story. For example, a draenei created after the Cataclysm would most likely have -not- done the full set of "Hey, you're alive! Hey, we have Blood Elf spies! Hey, Kael'thas is totally trying to kill us all!". Same thing for a new Worgen who doesn't want to play up the Gilneas stereotype: a Duskwood denizen would be ideal, we all know people over there got Cursed just like they did in Gilneas.
@lilywillylover: indeed, that's why stuff started happening there. Still, at least some of the worgen there are infected and salvageable, as shown by Sven Yorgen, who we knew was a human, got turned into a worgen in Duskwood recently, and got "cured" the same way the worgen in Gilneas did.
Dec 19th 2010 5:12PM Don't forget Duskwood had a serious worgen infestation even before Deathwing decided to fly around shouting "boo!", so that's one good source of non-Gilnean worgen. Even poor Sven Yorgen fell down with a case of the worgens and had to be tracked down, tranquilized, then pumped full of antidote before he became a quest giver again!
That seems like the most likely way a human would catch the Worgen Curse without being in Gilneas at the time. The worgen in Raven Hill even mention how they've been capturing and restoring the sanity of at least some of the feral worgen roaming in the woods. Other denizens of Duskwood or unwary travelers might have the same fate.
Sep 17th 2010 2:28PM (If my comment ends up repeated, WTB a better comment system...)
-Of course- I didn't miss this info. I've been looking forward to it ever since they announced it!
I'm not the one who's going to be QQing. But you can bet there are going to be a lot of DPS out there shouting bloody murder about their AoEs being nerfed, and why they can't just focus-fire the wrong target and still never pull aggro (like they can do today). We'll have to explain that the little Skull on top of the mob the tank is wailing on doesn't mean that mob is poisonous and that they shouldn't get close to it. That's the QQ I was talking about.
Sep 17th 2010 1:21PM As someone who's tanked in the Alpha (nightmare!) and the Beta (slightly better), I'm -not- looking forward to tanking in 4.0.1. Even after the numbers pass, I'm sure our AoE... well, everybody's AoE, is going to be a shadow of its former self. There's going to be so much QQ, it's not even funny.
I'm still going to tank, though. Checking out how the Heroics feel like with a little less AoE and the talent changes is going to be fun.
Sep 16th 2010 1:19PM Here's a question for you guys:
Since Wrath of the Lich King was really big on Blue and Cataclysm is going to be big on Red, are you guys going to switch your background images and layout colors to something a bit more fiery once the expansion drops? Maybe add some cracks to the logo just to keep with the theme?
Apr 5th 2010 10:45PM "Furthermore, by making various warrior shouts (Battle and Commanding, at least) provide rage instead of costing rage (à la death knight ability Horn of Winter), warriors will effectively have more ways to increase rage when it becomes necessary to do so, since this model of rage generation is more vulnerable to bogging down in rage starvation."
Here's the thing: since Blizzard is fostering a less spammy play style for Warriors in Cataclysm, if you do become Rage starved, it means you're either not geared up properly as a DPS (hit rating is going to be huge to keep Rage income steady), or you're using the wrong abilities as a Tank (and possibly as DPS, depending on costs). In this scenario, assuming Blizz does it right (and I think they will, even if fine-tuning is needed), if you run out of Rage it's not because of your Gear, so it's easier to fix it yourself.
Jan 27th 2010 10:18AM Remember that both bosses are supposed to be balanced against each other. Doesn't matter if you needed drakes to kill Eregos or if you could heal through Loken's aura at 100 yards away, they would still deal proportional damage.
As for something a deranged Keeper would do... well, Loken is known for being fiendishly cunning and manipulative. It wouldn't be a huge stretch for him to realize very early on that his best chance of survival would be to stand WAY back and let the Aura do the job, shocking everything that got too close and taking even more distance whenever Eregos decides to phase out.
Dec 2nd 2009 6:43PM Here's a note: you can actually do 90% of your leveling on BGs if you're playing a dedicated healer, only stopping to get the occasional upgrade and to level your Defense up if it lags behind too much. Since there's no hit penalty for healing higher-leveled players, and there isn't too much of a health gap within a 10-level range, your heals will still be effective even if you're level 40 on the 40-49 bracket.
Plus if you do it well you'll significantly improve your teams' chance of victory. There are simply not enough good healers on leveling battlegrounds nowadays, since most people jump in using their DPS spec.