Jun 3rd 2010 4:51PM MrJS: Congratulations on owning the sole criteria for the PROPER way to play the game. That's quite an achievement. It must feel really good to be so sure of yourself and to know exactly what the de facto right and wrong way to do things is. keep up the good work and good luck dealing with the real world where things are not so black and white.
Jun 3rd 2010 4:46PM Mike... it does not sound fair, but not for the reasons you think. This sounds like a problem with the person who judging the raid as "good" or "bad" using crappy criteria for making his judgment. Were I leading a raiding team, certain tools would be strongly encouraged, DBM among them, as I have little patience for people who refuse to use such tools.
In my experience, there are always a few who can't use these tools or refuse to, and it's easy enough to get around this by requiring the use of Ventrilo and engaging in quality controlled communication.
Let's take your scenario above... is the raid that wipes 4 times before defeating a boss without using voice chat a poor raid when compared to the one that one-shots it because they can communicate via voice instead of in-game chat?
My answer is: no... they aren't "poor" per se... they just aren't choosing to use available tools to make things easier. I might *choose* to not participate in such a raid, but that doesn't make the raid or the raiders bad or poor.
Jun 3rd 2010 3:15PM Using a tool that provides information available in the game through API's or scripting functions allowed by Blizzard, allowing you to make in-game decisions, is not cheating.
Just because one person places value in using the stock UI and learning things through extensive trial and error, does not mean that the value I place in using tools that take advantage of scripting functions made available by the game designers is poorly placed. These addons are tools. Use them if you want to.
You can make furniture without power tools. You can make the same furniture with power tools. They are both fine approaches, but inherently different styles. Saying that the table made smooth with a power sander is any less of a table than the one sanded by hand is simply a value judgment.
The furniture metaphor aside, I can tell by trial and error what 12 yards looks like in the game, in much the same way that I can make that determination in real life. One is not born knowing what 12 yards looks like. One either uses tools, or does it more organically. Using a yard stick in real life would not be cheating, and I don't think that placing visual overlay markers on your screen is either.
In my view, a raid alert informing you that Debuff X has been cast and that spreading out is a darned good idea is good information. One that shows you that you are indeed now at a safe range gives even better information. It does not move for you... it does not teleport you instantly to a new location. You choose to register the information and act, or not. Therefore, in my value system, it is not cheating.
Going further... Ultimately, I feel that if the game mechanics allow it, it is not cheating. If Blizzard does not like the way people use the game mechanics, API's, functions, etc, they should make changes to disallow the behavior. If it is allowed, it is permissible. People should choose their style of play and use the available tools if they want to, and don't if they wish not to. It's a matter of personal preference and values.
May 10th 2010 6:53PM I can't believe they nerfed my class again! Of course nothing in the patch notes indicates any class changes, but I'm outraged... IN ADVANCE.
Apr 7th 2010 1:53PM little warlock dudes...
don't be afraid to life tap. seriously. for healers, these old world dungeons are pretty easy. Too often i see the wee warlocks running around with half-full mana bars. it makes me cry. just life tap. i'll top you off. it'll give me something to do.
Dec 8th 2009 2:23PM except faction grinds, leveling, attunement, etc etc etc etc etc
Dec 8th 2009 2:22PM Who says it's going "longer than it has to"? If the realms are still down, it is taking as long as it "has to." I seriously doubt Blizzard makes anything take "longer than it has to."