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World of WarCrafts: World of Geekcraft giveaway {WoW}

May 26th 2011 9:19AM Looks like fun!

The Queue: Tanks {WoW}

May 1st 2011 4:49PM If you are pulling 18K and wiping, that is a group problem, not a healer problem. I usually do around 10-11K and we get him down. you really just have to pay attention to the mechanics and the healing is not that intensive.

Raid Rx: Tell your raid to stand in glowing circles {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2010 2:07PM yeah, I've macro'd my lightwell to a /yell already and will probably add one to holy word:sanctuary as well. I think you could also add one of the emotes that comes with a sound, like /whistle for instance. it's probably unlikely that other people in the raid are whistling during boss fights, and you could train your teammates to the auditory cue as well as the yell.

All the World's a Stage: The challenges in roleplay {WoW}

Sep 27th 2010 9:14PM that's why I included the quest mob stealing and ninja looting examples. they can still directly interfere in other annoying ways. and they aren't doing it by accident; these are people who really enjoy ruining playtime for other people, so they go out of their way to do it. believe me, I've run into the ignore cap on most of my characters even with the addon.

I'm not saying that what they're doing isn't annoying and disrupting, it definitely is. I'm saying it's not a problem particular to RP. it's easy to see when it's targeted at a particular group, but it isn't an isolated behavior, and I don't think the solution of "move them all to another server" is practical. it won't solve the problem; they're just going to find someone else to harass, and some other method of acting out. the issue I had with the commenters was that it seemed that as long as they were in someone else's hair that was fine.

like I said, everyone would like to play on a jerk-free server. I would think it was great if there was a way to do that, but I don't think it's practical at the moment. I don't care to significantly increase my subscription fees to pay for full-time employees to monitor player behavior, but maybe that would be an option: for blizzard to offer a premium service to play on a server with more strict rule enforcement. the extra fee would cover the cost of extra GMs to monitor and respond to player complaints. that doesn't seem to fit with their general approach, but maybe it's something they would consider in the future.

All the World's a Stage: The challenges in roleplay {WoW}

Sep 27th 2010 11:26AM Reading the comments here, it seems that one of the main issues that people are consistently upset about is griefers coming to RP servers and harassing RPers. I would like to point out that griefing is a problem on every server, no matter the style of play you are attempting. if these people who are annoying you weren't interrupting roleplay, they'd be kill stealing quest mobs, ninja-looting in dungeons, or spamming trade chat with chuck norris jokes and offensive language. does this destroy your immersion and interrupt roleplay? yes. is it worse for roleplay than for other people who just want to play the game? I would argue that it is the same issue with the same result...people acting like jerks make things less fun for everyone else.

having such a large world, with so many people involved, gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with some really interesting people, and to develop really interesting stories with people you might not otherwise meet. but whenever you start dealing with other people, you run the risk of those people being jerks. I guess what is bothering me is the sense of entitlement I read in some of these posts: these people should be kicked off of RP servers and moved to other servers or blizz is FAIL. RPers aren't the only ones who would benefit from jerk free servers. unfortunately the resources required to create and enforce this kind of environment are prohibitive.

people are going to continue to act like jerks on all servers. our recourse in all situations is going to be the same: report them and hope some disciplinary action is taken. GM time is a limited resource, and they have to prioritize; so it is likely they will spend more time on the high impact issues (account theft, consistent and serious harassment) than on the lesser (but still irritating) issues like name violations and general anti-social behavior. it doesn't mean they don't support RP. it means they have to prioritize RP servers like everyone else.

Breakfast Topic: Does gender influence class choice? {WoW}

Aug 27th 2010 7:38PM it would be interesting if there was some way to tease out how much the differences were due to personality or psychosocial components, as compared to biological differences in things like visual processing (what kinds of cues you best respond to.)

Breakfast Topic: Does gender influence class choice? {WoW}

Aug 27th 2010 7:11PM I'm a girl, and I've found I prefer classes that give me a sense of control over the outcome of a fight.

I'm instinctively a healer. my main is a holy priest, and any hybrid class I play will throw out heals and cleanses whenever it seems necessary. this is especially true in pvp; I tried rolling an elemental shaman and a shadow priest for a bit, but minutes into the first bg I entered I had switched almost entirely from killing the other team to healing my own team. in pve and pvp, the contribution from the other players you keep alive will outdo any dps or cc you can do on your own.

after healers, I go for tanks. tanks have a huge impact on the overall success of the group, and if they're doing their jobs they definitely control the flow of the fight. my dk is my favorite tank from both a character and a mechanics perspective; then probably the paladin.

for dps, I have a hunter and a mage. the hunter has some nice tools for redirecting loose mobs (misdirect, distracting shot, freezing trap) and the mage can reposition them well with blast wave or frost nova, or take them out of the fight for a bit with polymorph.

I absolutely hate melee dps. I have a hard time visually sorting out which of the swarm of mobs standing on the tank is the one I'm targeting so I can be directly behind them, and the short range on the melee attacks is just a pain that means I have to reposition myself every few seconds when the tank shifts somewhere.

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Aug 17th 2010 2:05PM pick me! pick me! :)

The Queue: Video unrelated {WoW}

Apr 21st 2010 9:50AM Maybe a silly question, but why is Barrens Chat so infamous? I've mainly played alliance characters, so I don't know how different things are horde side, but I'm pretty sure we don't have an alliance equivalent. Can it possibly be worse than trade chat in any city?

Breakfast Topic: PC voices {WoW}

Apr 6th 2010 5:17PM The female gnome /chicken is even better than the giggle. I've got a warrior engineer in the 20s bracket, and it gives me no end of joy to macro /chicken to my Gnomish Battle Chicken when I send it after that horde hunter trying to kite me:)

I wouldn't mind more voice options. I'm on my third draenei now, and it doesn't seem right that they all sound the same given the vastly different personalities my characters have.