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Breakfast Topic: Did you purchase the Winged Guardian? {WoW}

Jun 5th 2011 9:12AM Personally, I don't understand how anybody can call it a 'microtransaction' with a straight face. $25 (or 25 Euros here) is almost twice as much as the subscription fee itself.

RIFT confirms development of an addon API {Massively}

Jun 4th 2011 2:28AM I don't understand all the hate for addons. I can live without the abomination that is Gearscore ... but seriously, you can't tell me with a straight face that you have only two addons installed, GS and a DPS meter.

I have about 81 addons installed and only one of them is a DPS meter (obviously). The rest improve the interface in some way that Blizzard wasn't able to. I mean, sure, they could have improved the mailbox interface, or added a list view to vendors, or added the sell value of items, or allowed us to skin our buttons, changed the shape of our minibar, add custom action bars, add detailed damage/healing/DPS/DPR/DPM information, given us a myriad of health bar display options, allowed us to move all frames, added indicators to items for whether they're better than what we have equipped or not, given us the option to choose our UI font, given us an alternative/sleeker roll frame, removed the destroy item prompt, a function to tell us when that DPS DK taunts a mob off of you (as tank), given us a talent template editor, fully customizable casting bars, fully customizable buff/debuff frames .... and the list goes on and on and on and on and on.

But these are all improvements that Blizzard couldn't have foreseen. You have to imagine that there are thousands of different interest groups with different preferences, wants and needs from their UI ... and Blizzard (in the end) has to cater to the largest possible audience. Added features and improvements have to benefit the greatest possible percentage of the player base or it's wasted development time they could've put into more useful features.

The changes listed above are things Blizzard could never have implemented themselves, considering the massive workload they *already* have with generating new content, balance changes, textures, new items, etc. every six months. Think about how many man hours went into the development of these 81 addons ... and many are used by (at most) a couple of thousand people, which makes it questionable that Blizzard would ever put developers on adding this improvements themselves.

So it's up to us to make the changes that we feel we want or need, that we feel will improve our experience (or not, for those who are completely content with the standard UI).

The Daily Grind: What's your favorite combat ability in any game? {Massively}

May 24th 2011 4:17PM @TheMMOJunkie Yes, hilarious. Nothing quite like charging an enemy the second an allied DK decides to Death Grip my target out of range. :

New Duke Nukem Forever trailer makes us ... want to play this game {Big Download}

Apr 22nd 2011 6:13AM Why isn't this game rated I for immature? I'm still buying it though.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Comes the Cataclysm redux {WoW}

Oct 9th 2010 1:37PM Hmmm. I hit 80 with a prot warrior a week ago and I've been doing heroics since day 2 [at L80]. In every group, there's at least one (usually more) DPS player who puts out two or three times more damage than I.

This, of course, means that he puts out a hell of a lot of threat and thunder clap is useful only for initial aggro and (if I'm lucky) Deep Wounds, keeping that third or fourth mob off the healer. Spamming thunderclap and cleave is useless in this scenario. Unless I keep track of which mob is being attacked by which DPS, I can count on losing aggro within seconds. It's always hectic tabbing to check threat levels, incessant cycling through with alternating devastate, shield slam and revenge to keep aggro from weaker DPS (who still do 1000-2000 more than I), while ALSO focusing HS/SS/Rev/Mock.Blow on the mob being nuked by that 6000 DPS player. It's difficult. It's fun.

In fact, I've finally managed to increase my DPS from 1500 to around 2200-2500, and I still have trouble with some classes/players.

So, to me ... it sounds like what Cataclysm is supposed to be like. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it feels like the prevalent AE pulling is simply due to either overgearing or tanking classes with imba AE threat (paladin consecration and druid swipe anyone?), or both.

Microsoft says Android infringes on its patents, licenses HTC (update: talking to other Android manufacturers as well) {Engadget}

Apr 28th 2010 4:15AM Hmmm. I was wondering how a company licenses another company after reading the article title. Space isn't so sparse that you can't spare another three characters to add a "to" between "license" and "HTC", you know. This isn't 1980.