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The Lawbringer: A good cause {WoW}

May 6th 2011 6:35PM Yup, Durenas is right. Unfortunately you can't claim it as a tax deduction, but they sure will - free publicity, technically courtesy of the taxpayer.

Breakfast Topic: Who'll be in charge in the next regime? {WoW}

Apr 18th 2011 6:25AM Vivimord - you're sick of the evil leader of the playable race of sinister undead because she's evil?

Personally, I love Sylvanas. The more insane she becomes, the more I like her. I don't want her to be redeemed, nor would I like to see her eventually killed off. I think she brings too much to the game that no other major character can. Just hearing her rationalise the use of Val'kyr demonstrates how sinister, ruthless and pragmatic she can be - at the same time casting doubt over how far her loyalty to the Horde truly stretches. Can the orcs really contain her, especially now without Thrall, perhaps the only orc as intelligent as she?

Spiritual Guidance: A bitter priest's guide to Lightwell {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 6:48AM Agreed with albinosaurus-rex. I think LOLwell also does priests a disservice, because personally I'd rather use a different healer who can achieve the same result without my having to do part of their healing for them.

The Queue: Homosexual characters in WoW {WoW}

Mar 11th 2011 1:09PM As a homosexual man who clearly knows more on this subject than most (read: NOT ALL), I'm happy to shed some light on this subject for you all, using reason, logic and verifiable (as in, you can go find it yourself) data.

Now, the contemporary consensus on sexual orientation is that there are three contributing factors to the development of sexual preference; genetics, hormones and environment. The genetic and hormonal factors largely deal with foetal development in-utero, with studies suggesting possible chromosomal links and differences in brain development. The most important thing to recognise here is that we do not have enough information to state either way whether there is a genetic cause for homosexuality. We can safely say that there exists strong evidence that sexual orientation is determined by a genetic predisposition.

The environment aspect of sexuality covers every experience that a person's brain catalogues over their entire life to that point, consciously and subconsciously. This develops their attitudes and behaviours based on what their brain has determined, based on the examples it has been given, by hobbling together a series of similar situations and responses. So, how a person will react upon experiencing a homosexual urge is ruled by their brain's judgment of which course will maximise chances of survival (which can include larger concepts, such as job prospects for the future ability to provide for oneself, or parental attitudes which could leave an individual homeless and destitute) and also of moving beyond this critical juncture in a better position than he or she was in before.

It is therefore easy to understand how attempts to cure homosexuality are superficially successful. The brain is malleable, whereas genetics are set. It is possible to change a person's attitudes, but not possible to alter their genetically-programmed predispositions. The most important point in all of this is that a person chooses to be heterosexual no more than another chooses to be homosexual, the key to both is what genetic predisposition they have and whether the environment in which they are raised will enable them to act upon it and to what degree.

The matter is far too heavily tied up in various areas of science to be simplified as much, but what I've given you is the general gist of what we (all humans) know about sexuality to this day.

GDC 2011: Tom Chilton discusses Cataclysm design, talent and zone revamps {WoW}

Mar 3rd 2011 1:19PM I'm pretty shocked to find out that anybody had problems finding their way through Hyjal. I have some sympathy for those who have a character-based objection to certain quests. I don't play on an RP server (because there are NO oceanic ones) but I do like to think of my characters as having personalities and sometimes do the voices for them, and definitely think that there would be things they would/would not do.

I guess, though, the only person who will know is you. I at some point would like to cobble my various ideas and sketches into yet another WoW comic, and I would definitely throw into flux quests that my characters had done or were yet to do. According to my canon, only my tank went anywhere near Icecrown!

An in-depth look at World of Warcraft action figures series 8 {WoW}

Feb 14th 2011 6:27PM Seriously, Blizzard? A Garrosh figurine?

Give it up. Cataclysm failed to make players like him (although anyone who played through Stonetalon ought to hate him a tiny bit less), he's a terrible, one-dimensional character and we want him to become a raid boss so we can be rid of him.

Saurfang would have been a better choice for warchief. Eitrigg would have been a better choice. Rexxar would have been a better choice. They had a wealth of great orcish characters they could have used, but instead created one with absolutely none of the charisma the others possess.

The Queue: Old Gods? In my dig site? {WoW}

Jan 31st 2011 12:20PM WoW audio-books would be awesome, especially if read by, like, Tyrande or something. I don't think I could listen to "Rhonin-sue" Knaak read himself.

The Queue: Wake up {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2011 4:58AM Queen Azshara and her Highborne were not transformed into Naga by the Old Gods, they were transformed when her attempt to pull Sargeras through the Well of Eternity was foiled by Tyrande, Malfurion, Illidan and co. The failed attempt caused the Well to implode upon itself, radiating energies that transformed the Naga similarly to how intense or prolonged exposure to fel magic created the Fel Elves and Broken Draenei from their respective counterparts.

The Queue: Wake up {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2011 12:53AM That's odd to me, because I wasn't moved by Seto's 'death' at all. Not even a little bit, I was in fact, bored. Red XIII was one of if not the most dispensible characters ever to exist in an RPG, and his personal tangent-storylines proved more of a chore to work through.

All of Cosmo Canyon needs to die violently.

Cataclysm 101: A guide to PvP changes and challenges {WoW}

Dec 7th 2010 6:44AM Typical arena cheerleader Zach Yonzon. If you can manage to read this, with your nose pointed firmly toward the ceiling, arena is far more balanced toward finding the right combination of specs, not out-classing your opponents based on skill.

Victory in battlegrounds can be assured from any point in a battle, provided your team knows the right tactics to apply when the dynamics of the battle shift. Unfortunately, most WoW players probably think "game theory" is the study of video games.