Aug 27th 2009 9:00AM @Jason
You bring up a really good point. They're putting so much time and effort into all kinds of changes, where's the long overdue chat changes? My idea: Make a global /City channel and make /Trade a channel you have to join *when you want to use it* with an interface I.E. the LFG channel. Open a window with a Trade UI, which I think could cover 2 important things: what you'd like to buy/sell, and links to your professions. That way, you don't have to stand in /Trade all day spamming "LF Enchanter" or something of the like. Just open your new Trade window, and see which enchanters are standing around and LFW. I really think that would improve the /Trade channel.
Aug 27th 2009 8:41AM There's definitely places in the old world I'll miss. My girlfriend just started playing recently, so I'm going to make sure she sees everything the way it is now before it's all changed for good. Hopefully there's enough time between our schedules and Cataclysm's launch to make it through all of old world on both Horde and Alliance toons. I'll probably take a lot of screenshots along the way too. It's going to be interesting to see all the destruction and new life left in the Cataclysm's wake, and while I'll miss parts, I am looking forward to seeing what changes are made.
What I wouldn't be looking forward to, on a side note, is all the ganking that will happen on PvP servers in the beginning weeks of Cataclysm. Everybody will be exploring old world to see all the changes, so every zone will be flooded with lvl 80+'s. Good luck with that if you're a lower level trying to quest.
Aug 26th 2009 10:48AM @impurezero
I believe you misunderstood what I was getting at. My "high and mighty" and "judgement" comments were not directed at the people who judge those that steal the game. They were directed at the idea that $15 is not of value. I've had hard times too, trust me. I've seen times where $15 would have been a small fortune. My job is being taken away in 2 months due to the economy, and with thousands of people in my area looking for work, it's likely I'll see those times happen again.
Saying your last comment didn't make sense and that you were incapable for feeling sorry for anyone was premature. I spoke without reading your post over and I apologize. When you said you refuse to feel sorry for someone who can't afford to play because of war, poverty, etc. I failed at reading comprehension and for some reason had the idea you meant you didn't feel sorry for the people caught up in those situations. My original reply was made as a case for the disadvantaged, and at the time I didn't realize you meant you didn't feel sorry for the thieves themselves. Your statement does in fact make good sense and I agree.
I never advocated stealing the game. I know it's breaking the law and it's wrong. I'm not backpedaling on anything here except my ill words. I didn't mention "feeling sorry" for anyone who couldn't play; nor did I infer that anybody should. It's far from a necessity. All I set out to do was communicate that with everything going on in the world today, stealing the game is hardly the most grievous crime one could commit. I'm angry about it too, don't get me wrong. I pay my monthly sub to play just like you do. But I'm not going to get flaming mad over it like a lot of folks here have because as other posters have mentioned, the version they play and the verson I play are 2 different things. Theirs is buggy, unpopulated and completely inferior in pretty much every way. But if they got for free the exact same product and experience I pay for, I would indeed be steaming mad and want to burn someone at the stake.
In closing, I agree, I am an idiot. But I don't have a problem "manning up" and apologizing when I am wrong.
Aug 25th 2009 7:19PM @impurezero
You can't afford eggs? OH POOR YOU! (See what you sound like? All whiny and snobbish?)
I'm not asking you to feel sorry for anyone, (That's probably beyond your capability anyhow.. ) and I didn't advocate stealing the game. All I did was state that $15 is not "nothing." So before you pop nerdrage, learn to read.
And now that I think of it, "I'm not gonna feel sorry for people who can't afford a video game exactly BECAUSE of all the things you mentioned." makes absolutely no sense. But whatever, you think you're cool. That's all that counts.
Aug 25th 2009 3:32PM /facepalm
How is doing a piece on the subject (wherein they plainly say "We don't condone this") making it legit?
So wait, wait a second.. I heard the news doing a story about some guy who is addicted to crack. Does this mean my local news station is telling me to go buy a rock and light up?
Aug 25th 2009 2:58PM Just because you know something doesn't mean everyone else does. Agree or not, there is information in the article. Do you go into an elementary school and claim that the books kids learn from have no information simply because a sizeable mass of the population is already familiar with the subject?
And your comparison of Journalist vs. Blogger is laughable here. This is an article, posted on a news site. It doesn't contain objective or biased views you'd find on a blog. I don't care if Santa Claus wrote the article, it's still an article. Articles are written by journalists.
And as far as opinions go, I see none in the article, so good job on failing. Again.
Aug 25th 2009 2:45PM In today's world when people around the globe deal regularly with hunger, poverty, war, terrorism and the most corrupt political systems to date, you consider someone playing on a private server to be "scum of the earth?"
Some people really can't afford $15. Don't judge. You're not as high and mighty as you think you are.
Aug 25th 2009 2:09PM I'll admit, I have played on a few different private servers. Shortly after BC came out.
To me, spending a little bit of time on a private server served a purpose. It gave me a glimpse of what being at level cap with a different class could be like. By creating a fresh (then) 70 and tinkering around for a few minutes killing a few mobs and trying out different spells/abilities, I was able to tell if I'd really like the class I chose without having to spend the time levelling.
My first toon was a hunter, and when I logged in for the first time, I was the definition of alone. I didn't have friends who played, nobody told me at level 70 everyone hates "huntards." But it was fun so I pressed on. Then I hit 70, and everything came to a screeching halt. Couldn't get into many raid spots (I think I took him into Kara 1 time..) and I'm not a big PvP fan. So I set out to find a different class. Not my idea of time and money well spent. Fortunately hunters are much better nowadays, and I've started paying him a bit here and there again.. but thanks to spending 20 minutes "trying out" a pally on a private realm, I gladly spent the time levelling my main up and I enjoy the hell out of playing him every time I log in.
Aug 25th 2009 1:44PM @Petal
"set an example and say what a bad, bad idea it is to support such practices"
A journalist isn't meant to be objective; telling us what to do or what not to do in the ream of wrong vs. right should have been taken care of years ago at age 5 by Mommy and Daddy. Journalism exists to provide information meant to shed light on something that people may not know about. It's not wow.com's responsibility to police the actions of its readers.