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The WoW economy code of ethics {WoW}

Jan 30th 2012 11:58PM This is what I don't understand -- it's bad for Chinese botters to gold farm using automated programs, but perfectly ethical to use automated programs to profit off the auction house?

I'd posit that addons like Auctioneer do more damage to actual players than Chinese gold farmers.

What's the difference between someone manipulating the AH market for a profit through using an addon to list and price things faster than humanly possible, and someone running a leveling or gold farming 'bot?

For some reason, one use of automated script is "ethical" while the other isn't.

Officers' Quarters: Guilds struggled after Cataclysm's raid changes {WoW}

Jan 16th 2012 1:22PM The guild leveling system didn't help either. New folks don't have an incentive to create/join a new guild when they can get all the perks by joining an existing Level 25 guild.

Ask Massively: Further answers to the same questions edition {Massively}

Dec 31st 2011 9:38PM The question isn't if or when there will be a TOR Insider. The question is whether there will be a first-mover advantage if another of the larger web communities starts a similar purpose website first.

I love WoW Insider. But before that, it seems that every other MMO has had a company take the reins and make its presence felt as a community website. joystiq took the reins for WoW, but seems to be leaving the door open for someone else to take the reins for TOR.

Call it a business decision, but someone's going to do it right and get a lot of eyeballs on their content and advertising. Who knows, maybe some competition would be good and get joystiq to up their game -- not just for WoW and TOR, but for the next set of MMOs to come down the pike, like Titan in 2013.

Breakfast Topic: "Blizzard's Horde bias" -- fact or delusion? {WoW}

Oct 26th 2011 9:56AM I don't see the whole thing as a bias, I see it as a pendulum. When WoW first started, there was a definite Alliance bias -- heck a lot of the graphics for the Horde capitals still weren't completed, and Alliance players could just walk in the back door of the Undercity.
Alterac Valley has the Alliance 'bridge of doom' ... and the Horde side has convenient little hills near its base that allow the Alliance to jump over the wall surrounding the camp.

Heck, even the ill-fated WoW movie is Alliance-based, focused on telling their story ... and guess who the bad guys will be?

But since vanilla, the story has moved to fill in the gaps for the Horde -- and there's been a lot of gaps. Lore's had to focus on the hows and whys of the Horde, just to catch up to what was already in place for the Alliance.

Has the past couple of expansions favored the Horde? In my opinion, yes -- but overall, there's still a lot more Alliance-flavor/bias to the World of Warcraft than there is for the Horde. If there's ever going to be a balance, that lore/content pendulum needs to keep swinging, and it's just going to have to be swinging to the Horde side a bit more to balance the factions. I think that's what this next expansion does.

Now, at the end of this expansion, hopefully the pendulum will be close to center -- and then it will be time for it to move over to the Alliance side for a bit. The Horde folks will be cranky, the way the Alliance folks are now -- and that's the way it should be. Until the story gets to the top of that Alliance arc, and then the pendulum will start to swing back to the center -- and then likely back to the Horde again.

Just my two cents.

Gold Capped: Warcraft needs a new gold sink, and it needs it yesterday {WoW}

Sep 19th 2011 10:50PM Meh, I still haven't figured out why it's okay for folks to automate and profit off of the auction house, but it's a bannable offense for folks to automate and level their characters. Is anyone really surprised there's a large gap in income from folks who can run upwards of 1,000+ concurrent auctions and folks who can't keep 1,000 gold in their pockets?

It is what it is, just like folks who raid and folks who don't -- it's just a means of social/game stratification at this point.

Updated: On the first day of giveaways, Turbine gave to me... {Massively}

Dec 13th 2010 10:41AM LotRO. It's all about the lore. Besides, any game with Hobbits is better than any game without Hobbits. ;-)

Win everyAir desktop app for the iPad {WoW}

Nov 25th 2010 8:50AM WoW on the iPad? It's on like Donkey Kong! ;-)