Oct 10th 2007 6:20AM PS The cost of mounts and other ingame items does not support gold sellers.
Cheats and frauds who buy gold from criminals do.
I'll keep reporting any player who mentions having bought gold to Blizzard.
Oct 10th 2007 6:18AM It's weird how many people will ...
. waste 100g each week in order to respec their main rather than level up a PvP twink;
. be too dumb to figure out how to make money;
. and then whine about Blizz and claim they HAVE to cheat, that is, buy gold from criminals who are ruining the game for everyone.
Seriously, if you can't understand that an EPIC mount HAS to be difficult to get, and if you're not playing well enough or spending enough time in the game to make 5k g, you'll fly slowly. So what? If you don't like it, leave. Just don't help the spamming gold-seller mafia which is systematically ruining the game for the majority of _honest_ players.
Oct 2nd 2007 7:05AM People are _occasionally_ nicer to female characters ... but a lot more frequently, you'll run into blunt harrassment. I've lost count of how many times someone [presumably a hormone-intoxicated adolescent nitwit] tried to chat up my Night Elf Priestess.
Mostly I just /wave back ... but a couple of people were SO rude, obnoxious and annoying about it that I had to /w Sorry mate, in real life I'm male, 45 years old, and I weigh 300 pounds. [Only two out of these are true, but ...]
Sep 26th 2007 8:43AM Hmmm. My first char was a horribly ugly gnome.
After staring at his butt for 30 levels, I started my twink family ... I'm a het male, so of course I prefer to look at a nice female bottom, so obviously I have to play female characters, right?
Sep 26th 2007 4:53AM @Byron 24:
"A working professional with limited playing time paying a monthly subscription to not be unnecessarily stymied by Bliz's ill-considered, clumsy solutions."
If you have that little time, and hate the game so much: DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT.
I'm getting sick and tired of gold-bying, char-buying, incompetent cheaters who - when you inform them that buying game gold from a foreign mafia is not nice, and SHOULD damn well be punished by having the account shut down - will reply by whining about the very game they're spending all their time in.
Sep 26th 2007 4:48AM "When will you learn, Blizzard, that the gold sellers are like the borg? You can stop one of their channels, but they will simply adapt and find another. Resistance is futile."
"When will you learn, Cititens, that Heroin Dealing is like the borg? you can stop one channel but they will adapt. Drug enforcement is useless."
--> Bull's droppings. ANY resistance to the gold-selling mafia is valuable, as it costs the criminals time and resources.
Sep 21st 2007 5:02AM PS Whatever you do: Make sure you rent a room in SOUTH Dublin. North Dublin has most of the area where - I got this story from a taxi driver -
a) Daddy picks up his 11-y-o daughter after school
b) they see some kids crawling under a car
c) Dad says "I wonder what these kids are doing"
d) the 11-year-old says "they're pulling out the fuel hose so they can set the car on fire."
And a joke from the area:
Q: How does a North Dubliner propose to his girlfriend?
A: You're WHAT?
Sep 21st 2007 4:25AM You would HATE working there. Believe me, I've done it, working in games localization QA.
a) Dublin is a tiny city center surrounded by miles and miles of horribly expensive estates. Culture? Getting drunk in city center on the weekend. Anything else to do? Not much.
b) Salaries are below-average, with almost nonexistent social security and pension funds.
c) Dublin is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. One .5 liter can of beer in a supermarket? E 1.29 (USD 1.8). Rent for an 8 foot by 8 foot room in a shared house on the city fringe? 400 Euros monthly (565 USD). Rent for a tiny one-room apartment near city center? 1100 Euro (1550 USD). Dinner at a restaurant? If you can make it before 7:30 pm, make sure to grab the early bird special for only E 30 (USD 42) per person.
I later found a job in Berlin which paid exactly the same: E 100 per working day (of which 16% go into social insurance, and 15% income tax), leaving me about 1400 Euros per month. Prices in Berlin? The beer's 40 cent, 400 Euros rented me a nice 2-room apartment, and restaurant set menus start at 5 euro or 7 USD.
d) Up until the 1960s, Ireland was practically a third-world country with lots of poverty and almost no education. Now, the nicer parts of town are full of Jaguars and Porsches. The poorer areas are slums where kids burn cars for fun, where the police only goes with mesh riot shields across the windshield.
The old poverty is especially noticeable from Ireland's lousy infrastructure:
Public transport is an utter joke (they'll kick you off the bus unless you have exactly the right amount of change - not fun with only one bus every 40 minutes!)
Hospitals are at a 1950s level (I waited for five hours - 10 pm to 3 am - for three stitches on the arm).
The streets are narrow and winding, making the entire city of Dublin a death-trap for cyclists ... and there's three-hour traffic jams every morning and evening.
Believe me, I've been there: Dublin is nice for a week or so, if you're a tourist. After more than a few months, it's unbearable.
Sep 18th 2007 5:27AM Public beta?
This probably means that from now on, they'll start charging money for Auctioneer. Very few players are willing to pay for an addon that crashes its own database every other week anyway ... As a result, only hardcore freaks and the gold-selling mafia will use it, and the developers will go broke.
Goodbye auctioneer, it was good to've known yer.
Sep 14th 2007 8:37AM Started on a PvE server one week after getting a new job ... and suddenly all my workmates were like "Hey, join us, we all play Allies on [PvP Server]..."
So I ditched my PvE Tauren Druid and switched, mainly in order to see PvE content with friends.
By now, I have a new job, few of those friends from back then are still playing ... and I still HATE open-world pvp. How much do I hate it? My WL is revered with the Kharazan faction, has seen a couple of dozen wipes on the first two bosses in SSC ... and has a "lifetime kills" counter of 214. (Which, incidentally, includes kills by people I was grouped with ...)