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WoW Moviewatch: Machinima with a conscience {WoW}

Mar 10th 2007 9:54PM This might have been more effective if the troll's runecloth didn't sell at the buyout price. For a commodity item, the buyout price is essentially the maximum. I wouldn't call it exploitation if the supplier deliberately sets their asking price too low.

WoW on South Park...what did you think? {WoW}

Oct 5th 2006 11:48AM Now it all makes sense.

Rufus Cubed, the studio behind Return and (the hopefully completed at some point) Return 2, have a note on on their site saying "Thanks to everyone at South Park and Blizzard for making this possible."

Top 25 WoW-Playing Schools {WoW}

May 30th 2006 3:19PM Keep in mind that these are statistics for accesses to MapWoW, and not the game itself, and they don't state how they determine which hits belong to which people. Also, anything like this is going to be biased toward schools that have a higher number of students living on-campus (off-campus internet connections won't show up as coming from the school, usually).

Still, interesting info.

Bored of the Loading Screen Tips? {WoW}

Apr 14th 2006 2:44PM And of course what I suggested is in the first post in the thread you link. That'll teach me to RTFA. Whoops.

Bored of the Loading Screen Tips? {WoW}

Apr 14th 2006 2:42PM I pretty much ignore those tips now, too. If they don't already have it, they need a tip explaining that you can learn First Aid, Cooking, and Fishing in addition to your two primary professions. A friend had to explain this to me, and I've met plenty of people who weren't aware that they could have more than two professions of any kind.

Also, thank you for crediting that beautiful piece of artwork.

More on the Unauthorized WoW Guide Case {WoW}

Apr 5th 2006 11:49PM So Kovah, by "common decency", are you arguing that whether or not selling the guide is legal, you think the guy is being a jerk by going against Blizzard's wishes? I'm not sure most of the posters before your clarifiction understood your position to be that.

I'd be curious if they contacted him directly and asked him nicely to stop publishing the guide before telling eBay to take it down. (And no, I don't count legal nastygrams, meaning threats of what they would do if he didn't stop, to be asking nicely.) If they didn't have the common curtesy to do that and just shut down his sales by going over his head, I don't see why he owes them any particular curtesy.

And Mike, Copyright allows review, analysis, discussion, and commentary about somebody else's work. That's the difference between a review of "Star Wars" and a story set in its universe. Likewise with this, he is not using their copyright, he is publishing a work *about* their copyrighted work, which is perfectly legal.

Server Downtime Thursday {WoW}

Apr 4th 2006 8:46PM I'm really sorry to grammar troll in response to an informative post, but you mean "affected realms" (see the usage note here:

So (in an attempt to stay on topic) uh, how 'bout those additional server downtimes? Pretty bad, right? Right?

Breakfast Topic: A whole new (international) world {WoW}

Apr 4th 2006 2:35PM My server definitely has certain periods when the childish, annoying people are on, and certain other periods where the more pleasant to converse with people are on. (And my server is almost empty at 5AM server time).

What I've noticed is that General often improves in non-newbie, well-populated zones. Stranglethorn Vale General has been host to some of the most entertaining conversations I've ever seen in WoW.

If you're aching for interaction, try to find a guild with mature people who like to converse. Your guild chat channel will at least be interesting, then.

By the way, your remark about being "used to seeing all sorts of European languages flashing past in General" reminds me- be careful using any language other than English on a US server. On my server, at least, people take offense, usually way more offense than is warranted, at anything that isn't in a tounge they can understand (for some reason they don't usually have as much problem with seeing messages in an in-game language (like Dwarven) they don't understand). The only explanation I can think of for this is that they somehow equate anyone who doesn't speak English with being a goldfarmer. (Also, don't make assumptions about USians based on that behavior, I've never met anybody IRL in the US who is insulted by somebody speaking some other tounge.)

Please consider doing a followup post on why you're playing on two different accounts, and whether you find the cost of doing so worth it.

Remember the Pandaren? {WoW}

Apr 4th 2006 2:18PM I'm not convinced. I keep rechecking Mac Hall to see if Ian posts that his April Fools joke was actually claiming credit for that Pandaren image when in fact he didn't create it. While he's an excellent artist in both 2D and 3D, the character sheet he provided just doesn't convince me.

Also, is a more permanent link to the news post we're discussing, the "Read" link provided above will be invalid as soon as Machall has a new news post.

Power Leveling Professions {WoW}

Feb 28th 2006 7:05AM Your link for "darkSicarius' 300 ENGINEERING for cheap" doesn't seem to work. Did you perhaps intend it to go to