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Why you don't have freedom of speech in WoW {WoW}

Dec 15th 2009 11:03AM This is one of the better ways to describe this.

As a former customer service drone, we were repeatedly told by our managment that the customer had -no- right to verbally abuse us, and should we feel threatened or such abused, we were perfectly within our rights as an employee of the company to call the manager to have the person in question removed.

I had a woman who I was attempting to help, who constantly went on about how terrible the store was, how awful everything about it was, and finally when I couldn't find what she wanted, said she was going to go to a competitor because they had competent employees and the item in question. I calmly placed down the item I had suggested as a replacement, turned around, and walked away. She went to the manager. He escorted her from the store, came and found me, and apologize for her behavior.

You are invited by a company to come into their store and purchase their product, on the condition that you respect their property and employees. You're invited by Blizzard to talk to them about their product, but you aren't allowed to threaten, abuse, or be a jerk to their employees.

I don't lament the loss of 'free speech', I lament the loss of simple common decency. There are so many psychologists who are fascinated and attempt to study the phenomena of 'internet anonymity' and how it turns an otherwise polite, normal functioning person into a raging troll simply because of the 'safety' of no one knowing who you really are, online. Or at least the illusion that no one knows.

15 Minutes of Fame: Amazon grace, how sweet these guilds {WoW}

Dec 2nd 2009 1:26PM I can appreciate the comments from those who feel this is just another form of sexism. I understand that. But I can accept this guild as women who'd honestly prefer to just be with each other, I'm not so sure that the bit about 'we're hiding from the teenage males' need be the reason for the guild forming, why can't it simply be 'we're women who'd like to play together'?

It's like any professional group specifically aimed to one group or the other...when's the last time you saw a female shriner or mason? Any profession will have an all women group, a group of female lawyers who gather together, or a group of female doctors who meet on a regular basis, and those typically 'all male' clubs like the Shriners or what have you also have their 'all female' counterparts. It would likely be better for the group to simply be 'female gamers who like to hang out together' rather than 'female gamers who are hiding from the evils of mixed guilds and blame the drama in those guilds on men'.

I do have to feel though, that the men who are complaining about the women having an exclusive club house are a little like those who sued because Hooters wasn't hiring men as waiters or that the Rockettes are all women. 'Gimmick' groups have their place, too.

WoW 5th Anniversary Giveaway: Spectral Kitten loot code {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2009 5:42PM *Crossing fingers!*

Cataclysm starting zone lore and other new details revealed {WoW}

Sep 28th 2009 2:25AM To 'Yayforwow' : By 'kicking them out of Org' it doesnt really mean 'kicked from the horde', I believe it means you're only going to see Tauren and Orc vendors/guards/npc's. No more Valley of Spirits with the Troll outpost, mainly.

BlizzCon 2009 Insider Trader: Cataclysmic professions, part 3 {WoW}

Aug 29th 2009 4:06PM The thought of changing fishing to work like Animal Crossing bothers me, a lot. With how fish move, this means that fishing is going to be constantly putting you into further contact with mobs in the area, slowing down your fishing as you have to kill something -else- that aggros on you rather than just the ones around a node. You also have to 'sneak' up on the fish in Animal Crossing...if you run up to the waters edge, the fish are scared off. While I dont think Blizzard would do something like this, the thought that they -might- brings up all sorts of griefing possibles.

The way that Id like to see would be something like how Final Fantasy XI dealt with it...once you had a fish on the line, you had to 'work' it in, if you played with a controller that meant adjusting the direction you leaned while the fish tried to go the other way, basically playing the line to bring it in. This makes it a little more interactive, while getting rid of bots (which was an issue in that game, not so much in WoW) and making it, in my opinion, a lot of fun and actually -felt- like fishing. (It was the only thing I liked about FFXI) You could argue that this would make it take more time, and with how they've sped up farming nodes, this might not be ideal, but fishing/cooking has always been something a little slower paced as an 'optional' profession. Something like this could give a new dimension to the bonuses that you get on poles and gear, they could decrease the time you need to get a fish in, or increase your chance of getting a larger fish.

I kind of liked how Animal Crossing fishing worked, but it worked -for that game-, I dont think it's something that can really be brought into this one.

Zarhym drops hints about Onyxia encounter, mount drop rate {WoW}

Aug 13th 2009 9:47PM @Gessilea

Yeah, a blue did confirm it was going, but there hasn't been answers regarding the other things. I suppose I think in part that it's a little silly to remove something from the game that was such a huge part of the leveling experience once upon a time, especially when they've implimented the new 'pay gold to not get experience' deal so that you can stop at 60 or whatnot. There are a few guilds dedicated to this idea, who would have two old raids removed should this happen. I dont really see why they cant have both? But Im not a game programmer, so.

Im sad about it, aye, and glad Ive done what I want to do with the old raid, but cant help but feel there might be some big mistakes in removing the lvl 60 version that they could possibly avoid.

Zarhym drops hints about Onyxia encounter, mount drop rate {WoW}

Aug 13th 2009 9:15PM While I appreciate his humor, I'm still worried about the legit questions regarding on if the old lvl 60 raid will still be left in, what it means for quests tied to it, and if this removes t2 from the game.

As excited as I am for the new raid, I worry about the removal of all of the other things...