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The glyph of the future {WoW}

Mar 2nd 2012 7:43PM As a feral druid mostly confined to forms, I want glyphs that modify appearance, even if it's as simple as "Glyph of Tauren Bear Form", "Glyph of Night Elf Bear Form" etc.

Barring that, open up the other models in the game - there are lots of cats, bears etc, let us use those skins via glyphs.

Breakfast Topic: Is that you? {WoW}

Jan 14th 2012 4:20PM Seems like the bulk of responders are "extensions-of-myself" sorts, which explains the rather vigorous blow-back that occurs around the gender debate periodically. I'm very much a 3rd-person, despite being a non-roleplayer.

For me, it feels like the characters pre-exist in the world of Azeroth; after all, they're fully formed adults when we first see them. I follow their lives and adventures in Azeroth, acting as part observer and part puppet-master. In a sense, it's more like watching a movie, except I have a little more control.

Breakfast Topic: Why do you love your spec? {WoW}

Jan 8th 2012 10:22AM Chiming in with the ferals ... BEARCAT! I love ... LOVE ... queuing as Tank_DPS_Heal, love that I put out as much damage tanking as the DPS, love soaring in the sky, leaping off my mount, plummeting and POOF! into flight form before I become a splat on the ground.

I love that, while tanking, I can shift and resurrect the healer who stood in the fire, saving a wipe. I love that I can make the whole group run faster, that I can heal the group with tranquility while the healer drinks after a large pull, and that I can DPS as a cat without changing spec or gear.


Breakfast Topic: Are you a WoW cross-dresser? {WoW}

Jan 8th 2012 10:10AM Exactly my thoughts. My wife (and I) also plays an equal mix of genders, for the pure reason that it never occurred to her that her toons were also "her".

Breakfast Topic: Are you a WoW cross-dresser? {WoW}

Jan 8th 2012 10:06AM This. People get worked up about this topic - usually those who identify with their toons. Not everyone identifies with their toons. I don't roleplay, but neither do I view any particular toon as a representation of "me". I'm male and have an even mix of males and female toons. My feral druid main is a female troll, my warrior is a male troll. Why either of those toons, or their genders, should somehow represent my personal identity is beyond me. I don't think of myself as a seven foot monster that can shapeshift.

Aesthetic choices can be just that - aesthetic, and have no underlying motives or insight into a person.

Breakfast Topic: Are you a WoW cross-dresser? {WoW}

Jan 8th 2012 10:03AM I've never understood the "pretty face" on the female troll. Trolls aren't supposed to be pretty. They're savage and hideous, half-monster/half-man hybrids. Granted, the "ugly" faces are ugly. Ugly/pretty is not the same as unappealing/appealing. The faces should be designed to reflect the monstrous character in an appealing - not ugly - way. That said, I don't see why players choose "pretty" trolls any more than one would choose to play a "pretty" ogre.

Shifting Perspectives: Soloing as a feral druid, part 1 {WoW}

Sep 12th 2011 4:17PM Strategy might not be so important on Ragnaros. I've got roughly 360 level gear (tank/agility focus), and the other day I did the entire fight *sitting in the lava*, attacking up from inside him. He couldn't knock me back and my health didn't drop below 95%.

Try sitting in the lava sometime in MC (even when not fighting). Base health regen rate was faster than the lava could hurt me.

Maahtu (Nazgrel)

Breakfast Topic: What do you collect in game? {WoW}

Aug 1st 2011 9:34AM Heads. There are hundreds in the game in need of a loving ... home.

Breakfast Topic: Do character naming schemes help you or confuse you? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2011 7:38AM On one server, all my toons are named after intestinal parasites, yielding such goodies as:
- Onchocerca
- Enterobius
- Ancylostoma
- Ascaris
- Hookworm

My wife and I also play a pair named Heparin and Thrombus.

Reader UI of the Week: Maritime's UI {WoW}

Aug 26th 2010 12:40PM Two comments about viewports, one of which has been mentioned, the other not:
1. You don't "lose" part of the view, because the game is rendered in the viewable area to preserve the aspect ratio. "Compressed" isn't the right word, but is closer to the mark. The black area is not sitting "on top" of the view, it is sitting *underneath* it.

2. A major advantage of a viewport, especially for very large monitors with high resolutions, is that it reduces the number of pixels that need to be rendered in the game world - this has the very real, and very significant, effect of speeding up the frame rate by reducing the workload on the graphics card. For those with middle-quality machines, it is a great way to play with the highest graphic settings which they otherwise couldn't do at full resolution.