Oct 21st 2011 5:21PM Yeah, I'm totally not convinced this is isn't one extremely elaborate joke.
Well played, Bliz.
Sep 30th 2011 1:24PM I imagine a lot of Horde felt this way jumping sides after Garrosh and Sylvanas turned out to be such despicable characters. As someone consistently Alliance since release, I made it a point to welcome them with open arms and without a word of condescension.
Sep 29th 2011 3:22PM On a related note, I wanted to apologize to anyone I offended while defending the prices of 4.3's void storage on another WoW insider topic. Given I have 30k just waiting to be used for it, I probably was insensitive to people actually involved in the play of the game. But I'm glad I saved up all this time anyway.
By the way, I love these WoW Rookie columns. Between them and Elitist Jerks, I've been able to at least pretend I know how to play. I'm a casual in practice (how else could I have saved up?) so I'm glad to have a quick reference to what to look forward to. :)
Sep 28th 2011 2:39PM @Nagaina
Frustrating is having to walk for 40 levels and still probably not being able to afford your mount. This is a "tough choice".
Sep 28th 2011 2:32PM Gah, meant to reply in my own thread. Derp.
Sep 28th 2011 2:31PM @Kylene If you've been blowing all your gold on gear or gems/enchants that get outdated in just a patch or two, I don't have a lot of sympathy for you. Sorry. You're making an active choice to spend exorbitant amounts of gold to stay on the bleeding edge of PvE content. I don't see how that's so different from a longtime player making an active choice to buy void storage with the same capital.
No, I don't think it's unfair you have to make that choice. Touch choices are what makes any game interesting.
Sep 28th 2011 1:49PM I love how people are turning their noses up at the service because of the price, without even thinking about who the service is even for. If you're a casual player with someone with more than ten bank slots left to rub between your fingers, void storage isn't a feature meant for you. It's meant for the people who have been playing the same main for years and have gold basically coming out their ears but have to make excruciating decisions with sentimental items clogging up their bank space.
Myself? I'm going to be *all over* this service when it goes live, and I'm going to be quite relieved. Casuals demand hardcore players to sympathize or identify with their needs -- and I try to -- but it's frustrating that they don't always return the favor.
Sep 27th 2011 11:03PM AW-RIGHT on the Outbreak change!
Sep 4th 2011 12:34PM Maybe this isn't exactly directly relevant to the topic... but when I think of who to thank WoW-wise, my thoughts immediately go to this blog's very own Robin and Lisa. Drama Mamas came to be a column I'd come to time and time again for advice on how to adjust myself socially. It's cliche for a WoW player, but I have serious trouble with social skills. They sped a lot of my recovery along. Not only did I learn how to be more respectful to people, but I also learned what kind of respect I should expect from others. I used to be *terrified* of other people not knowing this, and would avoid any longterm contact with people, and I think their column had thus indirectly gotten me more epic loot than any other here.
But know what the real kicker was? When they had a column on transgender acceptance. My jaw hit the floor, because that was a major reason I was shy of other people on WoW. I partially play for an "unacceptable" reason -- because my avatar in WoW is one of the only ways in this lifetime I can really express myself. It's in real life I feel forced to roleplay someone I'm not nor whom I ever asked to be.
I didn't think *anyone* could understand that, and it was humbling to see two women I already deeply respected speak up for people like me. It was then I decided that I should be more bold. Actually queue up for heroics, actually look into guilds. Stop acting like no one could possibly understand me, or that they'll be hostile even if they don't.
While that column wasn't necessarily lifechanging by itself, it set the seed for change. (because I'm a huge lore nerd, think what Velen did for the sunwell)
So... thanks Robin and Lisa. You make a difference for people, and it reaches far beyond just in-game rewards. If anything, understanding how social skills apply to in-game rewards could in itself has vast potential in therapy. Believe in what you're doing.
Dec 31st 2010 3:58PM Radical suggestion: perhaps the game is complex enough now that we need to let players go agnostic from the Alliance/Horde outright, much like many NPC factions that have members of all races.