Dec 16th 2010 7:15PM ""Control" includes things like positioning the boss, or doing specific things at specific times, such as swapping with an off tank."
Wait, are we talking about 5-mans here, or raids? How often can you call upon an off-tank in a 5-man PuG?
Jul 12th 2010 5:33PM I'm currently levelling a mage alt, and I'm curious about the changes to spell ranks. As I understand it, spells will now scale automatically with your level; that's great for damage, but what does this mean for cast times?
Jul 10th 2010 6:59AM This comment from the Loremaster article has to be one of the most unintentionally disturbing opinions I have read about this whole fiasco:
"If you think it is a bad idea for women, transgender people, or celebrity players to post their name online, that is an absolutely valid position. But to say that the service should not happen because these groups should not post their names is another thing entirely."
Because people in vulnerable positions should just know their place, presumably? If you're a woman and you want to make a comment on the forum but fear harassment, well it's your choice: post and risk harassment or don't post. Yeah, that makes sense. Also, don't expect to be protected from sexual harassment at work: it's your choice to work remember, you call always let The Husband go to work and stay at home like a good wife.
If you're from an ethnic minority, and clearly identifiable as such by your name? Well, it's your choice not to post. And while you're at it, why don't you just sit at the back of the bus too.
Same applies to gays and transgendered people.
And, of course, let's not forget that last, oft over-looked group of minorities that would prefer not to have their names published: Anyone named Leroy Jenkins.
I'm sure this guy (I'm assuming it's a guy based on his avatar, strangely I can't find his real name) is not intentionally being misogynistic, homophobic or racist, but that is precisely what his argument amounts to: if you are in a group that has a reasonable fear of harassment, tough luck; let those of us unconcerned about your fears use the service, and just get back to the kitchen/back of the bus/closet.
Jul 5th 2010 2:18PM It'll be interesting to see how/if the cash flow affects server economies. The big guilds are potentially going to be sitting on some serious spending power that they're not used to, and hasn't come out of the pockets of the players. Wonder how/if that'll affect auction house prices?
May 13th 2010 6:32PM As others have said, people get the point of it: just not the implementation.
Just one scenario off the top of my head that could be actively dangerous. A woman has RealID and she had a bad relationship split up about a year ago. She 'friends' someone she trusts through RealID, but she doesn't know is that the friend she trusts has just also friended the person with whom she had a bad relationship. That man (or woman!) now knows he has a friend that knows his ex. I can think of a hundred and one ways that information may be exploited ("Hey, I see you know Sally. Where's she living now?").
Bad, and actively dangerous, idea.
Secondly, again as others have pointed out, it may be *promoted* for use with people you know IRL, but that cannot possibly be the point of it. If that was the point, there would be no need for the "feature" as real-life friends can use Vent, IM clients, Facebook or even that marvellous invention, the telephone. All of which are vastly superior to in-game chat, and most of which have all the appropriate privacy features in place (as in, "I want to appear off-line. I know! I want log in"). So with so many other ways of keeping in touch with friends, why does this feature exist?