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Blizzard remains optimistic about WoW subscriber numbers {WoW}

Aug 31st 2011 5:18PM WoW gets one more expansion chance from me.

I've been playing since nearly the beginning, and this is the first truly disastrous expansion I've had to deal with. Fine. Ok. It sucks. Mistakes happen. Fix it next time and give us a great expansion to follow this one to show us that you understand you screwed up.

For all of us who don't like Cata but didn't cancel, there's a cost to us as players too. From the cost of buying the box, to every month that I pay for content I don't enjoy, to an enjoyment cost of not having the same level of play that I had before... there's a cost that adds up and everyone sees it different.

Keeping a subscription and paying through one disaster... can be done, twice... well I'm already pre-ordered on SWToR just in case Blizz doesn't take the loss of players seriously enough to give us a great followup expansion.

The Queue: There is a ret column coming, I promise {WoW}

Aug 31st 2011 5:01PM Ya'll are off your rockers. I'm a bi woman and I've never ever thought some of these people are gay. Koltira and Thassarian??? Pfft. You're crazy :P Not that I'd mind if there were overtly gay people in game, just saying that I think you are all reading waaayyy to much into things. Jewelry quest -- huh, done that a ton of times and never read anything sexual into it. Start on that path and every little innocent comment goes into someones mind, gets warped, and comes out twisted around entirely into something else.

If you're missing your sexualized character fix, visit Goldshire instead.

Is it time to kill tanking? {WoW}

Aug 26th 2011 12:06AM I agree with the people saying it's about the pressure, not the ability to roll that class.

It takes a lot of extra work and research and planning to be able to tank to the level that you don't have nearly as much stress because you're just so good at it no one but the most seriously grumblers ever complains -- but that takes more time and more effort than most casuals will ever want to commit to, and casuals are the overwhelming majority of WoW players. The only solution to increasing tanks, due to this, is to make the dungeons significantly less difficult again. I'm sure after the Cata disaster Blizz will do some reverting to a Wrath model of dungeons, so perhaps this problem already has a potential fix. It will, at least, reduce SOME of the tanking stress, leaving only putting up with idiots as the thing to deal with.

Despite how unlikely I feel it is to ever happen, I LOVE the idea of a 4 spec for all classes with a way to tank decently. I thought the DK 'all specs can tank' thing was awesome! And then they went and ruined it. I really think it was a step in the right direction to stop thinking in terms of 'only the special few can tank' to really pushing the envelope and thinking of how different classes could tank (won't bother giving examples since the comments here are littered with excellent ones).

Blizzard looking for "meaningful difference" in expansion releases {WoW}

Aug 23rd 2011 3:34PM Yeah unless they decide to do another story in their phone-it-in style. Like do what they did in Cataclysm and have everyone 'wake up' many years later with basically a quick summary of everything that supposedly happened. Characters that were kids were suddenly older, not only has Deathwing struck but cities have already been rebuilt, etc.. and their response? Oh, go read the book if you want details on what happened. They put phasing all over the world, but decided not to put in a 'watch the world break and get repaired' element. Just ridiculous. Story is really great, unless you decide to skip having to actually tell it.

If the mess of Cataclysm (just ask nearly 1 million less subscribers in 6 months) was their preview of how well they plan to make their 'meaningful' smaller faster expansions, it's the beginning of the end.

Blizzard drops "Glimpses" screenshot with 3 unknown NPCs -- possible patch or expansion hint? {WoW}

Aug 11th 2011 4:52PM I think transmogrification will be the ability to change your face, skin color, piercings, and the like. The things you can't change at the barber.

Officers' Quarters: Secret farmers of the Firelands {WoW}

Aug 9th 2011 12:13AM LOL, maybe it was 'secret' because it's such a non-issue they didn't even think to mention it and had no clue the GM was going to even think twice about it?

I've been a guild leader for the same guild since BC and the only reaction I had was being impressed by the people going farming during the week. I mean really, how many sacrifices do they have to make for their guild exactly?

The whole 'oh the guild helped them unlock that trash' is just crap. Everyone gets help from somewhere and something or someone in this game. I think someone is just annoyed that they didn't think to go farm for high ticket items.

The Daily Quest: Panda-monium {WoW}

Aug 8th 2011 11:38PM I'm not a fan of the Panda idea. Mostly because I think Blizzard really has a hard time putting out races that look good -consistently-. Recently worgens were a huge letdown while goblins looked good, but in BC everyone complained about the disaster that was the male draenei (yanno, tall rotund man wearing high heels and fairly flamboyant gestures, you get the drift). Yeah, that was the same conversation back then. Blizzard choked on the model. I don't trust them to make Panda's that don't look like they belong in a little kids version of wow or something worse. I don't know what could be worse, but I'm sure something could be, Blizz is just too hit-and-miss.

Instead, and if they MUST arrive into the game at all, the Pandarans as a new faction could teach.. oh.. I don't know... MONK SKILLS for a new class? The expansions tend to alternate between new race and new class... and well, the last one we got new races soo....

For all those old D&D'rs out there who got a totally awesome mental image of your character doing unarmed or fist weapon fighting and rocking Ki attacks and stunning punches.. ahhh.... must resist... do not... get ... out ... the ... manuals... >

WoW Rookie: A raid rookie's lexicon of raiding language {WoW}

Jun 17th 2011 11:10AM I'm a guild leader, I understand the concept of needing friends to pull off large-scale endeavors. However....

I'm also very anti-social by nature, and literally get exhausted having to be sociable for long periods of time. I can do it, but it's something I have to force myself to do.

I would highly prefer it if I had the option to scale down a dungeon/raid all the way to soloable version (with lower rewards of course) in order to SEE THE CONTENT. Either that or make a 'practice version' where you select your role and then there are computer generated npc's to fill the other roles (again, not for the same reward as a raid of real players, just for quest level reward, but an opportunity to practice and see content).

Sometimes I just want to see what they've done with a new raid or area. DDO does something like this, and I'd like to see some version of this for people who like to experience the lore and don't want the reliance on a ton of people to see the story. Obviously there would be no expectation of gear all that much higher than blues from a finale quest, but it would be useful.

For those of us who like lore, we can get right in there and see some story.
For those who don't want to work in raids, there's definitely an appeal also in not having to put up with a ton of scheduling, gearing, and dependency on other people.
Heck, there's even some bonuses to people who do like to raid, because you could sorta learn the fights on your own and go into a live raid with more of an idea of what to do.

The Queue: Panda ... nope, not going to do it {WoW}

Jun 6th 2011 5:38PM You're probably Cyrus, it would take an immense amount of time to do gear and animations for non-standard bodies. On the other hand... maybe if they had put more time into animations and looks of things... maybe people wouldn't feel like so many of these races need to be revisited. You know, things like how the Draenei males walk or the reason why most people with worgens ride a horse instead of crawling on the ground. Little details that time and thought might have prevented, like Night Elves that can't stand still and have to get all jiggly, or Tauren that have a perpetual flea problem, or people who have to play with the sound off because the sniffing of their worgen makes them nuts.

So yep, you're probably right, they'll probably never add anything that would take that extra work to do. Of course, it doesn't mean they shouldn't put the effort in, just that they won't.

You're also right that they won't break off to make a new faction instead of blowing up characters we love. The thing is, if we don't keep repeating over and over that we want things to change in a certain way, we only have ourselves to blame if it never happens. We can't blame Blizz if they don't give us something we never asked for, at least not with any seriousness, but we -can- get irritated when we are telling them what we want and it's ignored.

Sure, dreaming of these changes is kinda like banging your head on a wall, but since we're talking reality here... well we can expect none of these changes if we just accept the status quo and don't ask for them. Then... we're stuck blaming ourselves (which is just not fun at all!) ;-)

The Queue: Panda ... nope, not going to do it {WoW}

Jun 6th 2011 3:38PM Sorry but Sylvanas is definitely 'cool evil' in my book. I will be soooooo disappointed if Blizz turns her into some raid-boss bad guy. That's just totally uncool. I would so much rather she break the entire undead race off from the Horde and start a new faction. Especially with Hellscream in command, I mean really, that's not exactly motivating anyone to pull together. As far as all the 'ethics' questions and comments about her behavior? Pfft. Yeah cause all our quests of 'go out and slaughter 50 of these people and bring me their hearts for 10g' isn't questionable :)

As far as races go... I'm down for Cenarians (Dryads [f] and Keepers[m]) for Alliance and Centaurs for Horde.