Mar 8th 2012 1:36PM You didn't just say that! Oh, GNOLL you didn't !!!
Mar 8th 2012 1:33PM @ Pyromelter:
I started WoW as a TOTAL noob. I had never played any MMO before. I relied on help from the friend who recruited me to show me the ropes. So, yes, total beginners do exist.
They don't stay beginners for long ...
Mar 8th 2012 1:20PM Michael Gray - once again a great article.
I will save the link and send it to some prospective recruits I know. I myself was a recruit back in February 2008, and I have recruited four players to the world ... of Warcraft (so far).
On a side note ... I am very thankful Blizzard is a solid supporter of the Mac OS X platform. They have received four years of loyalty from me as a result. I have many people consulting me for my Mac know-how (unrelated to WoW), and having the game available to both platforms makes recruiting easier.
Feb 29th 2012 3:20PM @dmberreth
Support staff truly are "the rest of us". Star Tek has a call center here in Decatur, IL (Star Tek) that just had a mass layoff of 350 people. They provided phone support for AT&T, Verizon and others. You're right - it is about the people, not about the game release timetable. Actually, I know Mr. Morhaime had to mention those things, as it was relevant to the business.
I think people should focus on what matters most ... so, Grab Your Sword and Fight the Horde!
Jan 27th 2012 12:42PM Most definitely!
My best friend got me to play WoW in the first place. He got me into his guild, and I have lasting friends there.
Also, he and I started a small guild for alts-only. Only 5 members, but we all live near each other and talk frequently.
If you're Alliance on Madoran (US), just look for "The Alts Who Say YO".
Jan 24th 2012 1:24PM Bandwidth throttling has been tried by Comcast here in the U.S. They got called out by subscribers in much the same way.
In Britain, the four major internet providers agreed to offer a "porn-free" internet. They are introducing it as an opt-in for new customers only (for now) but it is only a matter of time before the U.S. and Canadian providers use it as basis for new control architectures.
Obviously, a "porn-free" internet is an attractive option to families and many other users. However, once you opt-in to an internet service with a filter that you do not control or regulate yourself - they can filter it however they like. You already clicked OK on the EULA, and so anything they slip in later is something you "agreed to".
The "no porn sites" exclusion can be expanded to include lockouts of blogsites or other mirrored sites, and of course your account could be flagged with a bandwidth cap rather easily. But, you say, I signed a EULA! I got rights! Well ... read the EULA (you did before you checked the box, right?). Most EULAs have open-ended clauses that are meant to give the provider some latitiude as their service matures - so they don't have to bug users every time they make minor changes. However, this also gives them latitude to do what I mentioned above, without mentioning it to you. After all, you agreed to the EULA and all those open-ended clauses you didn't bother to read.
Am I wrong? I hope so. I really, really do. Mostly because I still haven't gotten through ICC yet .....
Jan 24th 2012 12:47PM Is this looking up in Auchindoun with a night vision camera?
I've heard the gnomes have goggles for that...
Or maybe Marvin the Martian finally got to detonate his Illudium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator ... boy, I hope Bugs Bunny got away!
Jan 18th 2012 12:13PM OK. I am guilty of not playing as much as I want to. Real life pays the bills, but it doesn't compare with Azeroth...
regarding the "hunter" reference, I just think of my warlock using the minion to draw aggro and kite the baddies as I deal out damage at distance. I could never run a hunter - but I seem to manage with a 'lock.
Destruction spec ... I hadn't considered that one (lack of playtime and so on) but I will consider it. This warlock is a 3rd tier alt for me, but I don't wish to waste talent points. Thanks for the great comments. Some players (like me) value insight from others.
We all play the same game, but we don't all play the same.
Jan 16th 2012 4:07PM Great article ... it certainly bears re-reading as I level my PVE (Demonology) warlock through Wetlands.
I've been playing him like a hunter with distance based attacks, but when it comes to dual-spec time I think I will take your advice to heart. I usually shy away from PvP situations due to a lack of solid info on the most effective way to play casual PvP. I am not an arena player - so I can definitely use some of this info.
Jan 11th 2012 4:02PM What is this "Tank" that you speak of?
He (or she) sounds incredibly powerful, and is the focus of rage of all the enemies the group goes up against.
The tank is mighty, the tank is pulling all the aggro ... no, wait! A DK just joined the party.
RATS ! Now the bad guys all ignore me. I wonder what could have happened?