Apr 2nd 2012 2:08PM A big red flag for me is the fact that she says she works full time and takes care of the family, while her husband plays WoW all day. Maybe I'm reading that wrong or maybe it's not the whole story, but I've always felt the best way to maintain balance in a relationship is to make sure both parties are contributing.
If her husband can't work, or they've decided he will stay home while she works by choice, there are still ways he can help out that can provide her with more free time. If he's not already doing so, he should be the one handling matters around the home while she works. Ex. doing the laundry/dishes, cleaning, taking care of the kids that are still living at home, cooking dinner if he can, etc.
And I agree with the above advice that setting time aside together is imperative. My fiance works long hours but we have a scheduled "date night" every week where we go out to dinner and spend time together with no distractions. We also try to make a little time at the end of every day to talk at the very least.
Mar 22nd 2012 2:30PM Agreed! This is the most casual-friendly expansion yet and I'm surprised the article didn't even cover most of what will be available.
In addition to the above there will be: farming, new craftables (that hopefully won't require raid mats?), scenarios, and various factions to gain rep with that give fun rewards like a dragon mount.
As a casual player/full time worker with little time to raid and lots of interest in things like pets and professions, I'm pretty excited for MoP.
Mar 22nd 2012 1:17PM My assumption (and hope) would be yes. There are only two customization fields available at the moment (face markings and fur color) and I can't imagine they're not going to add more before release. Hopefully different facial features will be one of them!
Mar 20th 2012 10:54PM I saw an article briefly mentioning scribes could craft wands and staves (it was the Night in Pandaria article) but this contradicts earlier information released saying Enchanters were going to be able to craft epic wands (not to mention the fact that enchanters already craft wands). So I am confused.
Mar 20th 2012 9:11PM Who is getting the wand and staff recipes? Enchanters or Scribes? There seems to be conflicting information out there.
Jan 16th 2012 2:47PM Having leveled every profession at some point or another, some of them are really just fine as-is while others do seem to be outleveled pretty easily. I had problems with tailoring, enchanting, blacksmithing, and leatherworking, but not with any other professions (and gathering professions like mining and herbalism tend to out-level my own level more than anything else).
So maybe a better solution would just be to address why those specific professions lag behind and adjust what it takes to level them or availability of the mats required.
Jan 10th 2012 3:06PM I actually think Rift looks awful. It's a perfect example of how more polygons/an attempt at photorealistic style isn't all that makes graphics good. Their lighting is really uncomfortable to look at. I don't know if this was just the starting zone and other areas are different, but I couldn't get past the starting zone because it was such an eyesore for me. The whole zone is very evenly lit in a very unnatural way, where there are these bright beams of light on every single object in the game in an otherwise very dark zone. It's like contrast overload and it does not look good.
They could stand to learn a thing or two from Blizzard about atmosphere.
But ultimately yes, I do agree, while graphics are super important to me, good graphics alone can't save bad gameplay.
Jan 10th 2012 3:03PM I have an obvious bias on this topic because I work as an artist (for games, in fact) so for me, graphics are just as important as gameplay. An otherwise great game would completely turn me away if the graphics were unappealing. They don't have to be photoreal, or the latest cutting-edge 3D technology, they just have to look good. WoW does a great job of presenting a nice style that isn't photoreal but is aesthetically appealing and I actually personally prefer it to some photoreal games that are serious over-textured to the point where they become a boring eyesore. Granted the older models are desperately in need of an update, but the goblin models prove just how well that style (with more polygons) still works!
I do think an appreciation for good graphics is something more unique to console and PC gamers, unfortunately. The field I've been working in for the past few years (social games) is evidence that not everyone cares, and it's depressing to see how popular some social games became with utterly atrocious graphics.
So I really appreciate those of you who do appreciate good graphics, as far too often they're considered of lower importance in this industry.
Dec 31st 2011 3:02PM If I could only win one giveaway ever I'd want it to be this one!
Dec 30th 2011 4:31PM yes!