May 20th 2010 12:20PM My take on this article is more frustrating. I've had a solid subscription for over 4 years and even though I want to do ICC, I never have. I try, I get in, and the pug wipes on the trash up to the first boss (even with the most recent buff). There are alot of things like this in my 4 years (skipping Vanilla because I was a slow leveler and hit 60 right before BC launch) but I still have never done an Outlands heroic, SSC, or Hyjal. I've never gotten past Jaraxxus in ToC. This isn't to say it's a flaw in the game or anything, but it does call into focus that you're paying to play a game in which you seem to be unable to achieve the goals you set forth. I've tried different guilds etc. etc., but really it just seems funny that the on again off again people progress further than I ever have. Maybe that's the secret, and maybe paying and playing four years for one game is just too much.
May 13th 2010 3:34PM Sorry to add a few things.
When I said "I can't see that being an awfully large population" re: trawling for females, I meant that the people that would go to lengths to do that represent a very small portion of players, not that females comprise a small portion of players. And I don't mean to diminish their concerns but that the chance of it being an actual issue is likely to be small.
I also think that a key to this system is that they still haven't provided a way to cross-realm chat. That should have come with the dungeon finder and it's a shame they still haven't addressed it. That fact alone is likely to break the Battle.net friends functionality as it gets misused and too much trust given to people who aren't well-known.
May 13th 2010 3:29PM Someone above has confirmed that the e-mail address is only for the initial setup and is not a feature (or even present) in the UI. I don't have SCII and i'm not on PTR, so I can't confirm or deny that. Supposing it is true, though, are the complaints about privacy still important? The underlying idea behind the system is that you do not give your e-mail address to people you do not trust to begin with. The initial exchange should not worry people, as I'm not giving it to anyone but say my friend since high school, or my wife.
The number one concern seems to be "well what if my friend gets hacked" and/or "but the friend-of-a-friend can see my information". If we take the e-mail isn't displayed once it's used as an initial token then there isn't a big issue. Your friend gets hacked, maybe the hacker asks you what your email is because they forgot it. Perhaps you give it, perhaps you don't. I'm not sure this is a valid vector of attack as having your e-mail address is not really the crucial part of the equation. Having your e-mail address is not really the hard part and it doesn't assist them with actually getting the account password. Hackers have enough accounts through trojans that they don't need to sit around brute-forcing accounts given only the e-mail address.
Some people have expressed concern over others being able to access their real name. For most people, I'm not sure why that's a huge concern. Up above there was a female that was concerned about people knowing that fact, perhaps I'm too optimistic or naive about the WoW population but I for one don't care what gender you are. I haven't really met anyone that DID care what gender I am (I play female characters but I am a guy). I find it difficult to accept that someone is going to trawl the friends lists of everyone in WoW just to find a female, and if they did I can't see that being an awfully large population.
Bottom line, I doubt people can long-term see your email address. If they can, then the worst you're likely in for is a lot of annoying e-mail spam (which I'll agree is an awful outcome). The only real security at this point remains an authenticator, and if you're particularly paranoid then use a different password for WoW than for your email service or anywhere else you use that e-mail address. I see how people could be worried about the EULA violation as giving out account information and that is a valid point. Setting up a nickname is not a terrible idea, but that runs the risk of people making the nickname the same name as their Main which is going to flood people with Battle.net friend requests. In the end, if the e-mail address is used only for the initial exchange of the request and then discarded afterwards it really is the best way to provide a handle that is invariant across games. If you are worried about people knowing your real name, then this feature is NOT for you because it definitely is about setting up communication between PLAYERS and not CHARACTERS.
May 5th 2010 5:40PM I'm Ziv Zulander, ZZ for short
You know I fight the corp, I'm the Bots Master
Listen up you all, you're the Boyzz brigade
When it's laser time put on the 3D shades
Laser time Boyzz
Apr 26th 2010 12:29PM People seem to be focused on just the AMOUNT of gear that will be doled out in 25 versus 10. Consider it from a slightly different perspective though. Presumably Blizzard will roll the loot table without replacement, as they currently do. Not only does this mean that more loot in general will drop in 25-mans, but you will see the exceptionally rare and desired drops likely more frequently. We've all had it before, weeks and weeks of that same trash spellpower plate dropping that nobody wants! Now at least if you keep getting that spellpower plate, hopefully some other gems will drop as well. I think those running 25-mans are underestimating the benefit of having more drops in a loot system with an unequal distribution of drop rates.
Mar 30th 2010 9:38PM All things considered about how bad certain aspects of the new Turtles has been, Turtles Forever was not that bad. It was nice to see the mixing of all the different evolutions of the Turtles, and they did preserve the tone well.
Jan 25th 2010 12:15AM Please let me know how I can further help you achieve your goals in the game - I certainly have none of my own.
Jan 22nd 2010 11:50PM When Cataclysm hits, will those poor souls working on the inn in Westfall for the past 5 years have made any progress? How about all those other low peons in the world that toil endlessly to repair/build things that just never seem to finish. I mean I know government work is usually a steady job, but...