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Breakfast Topic: What's the most killed boss in the game? {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 1:36PM Between 3.0 and 3.2 there was a very widely used glitch where you could "open" the gates without killing the other bosses.

The Queue: Big bugs {WoW}

Jan 1st 2012 12:58AM I don't even look at people's gear unless we're having problems. As long as you're downing bosses, who cares?

Maintenance extended until 2:00 p.m. PST {WoW}

Dec 6th 2011 9:36PM This is better. Back then you logged in after maintenance to see
"Position in queue: 8764
Estimated wait time: 14 hours 12 minutes"

Maintenance extended until 2:00 p.m. PST {WoW}

Dec 6th 2011 9:31PM Sony doesn't have 130+ servers spread across several different data centers in different parts of the country.

Should there ever be a WoW 2 they'll likely design their systems better so maintenance won't require as much (if any) downtime. But in 2002 databases were more primitive by comparison than they are now and doing a database overhaul now, even with an expansion, wouldn't be very practical.

The Queue: In which Adam recently discovered The Big Bang Theory {WoW}

Dec 6th 2011 9:21PM We don't (usually) get new models for a season switch anymore. There's an Honor set and a Conquest set that persist throughout the expansion. Each season just brings better stats.

The Queue: In which Adam recently discovered The Big Bang Theory {WoW}

Dec 6th 2011 9:17PM Oh, forgot to mention, I don't believe it's grandfathered titles as I've killed DKs who have had titles above Private and DKs didn't exist until after the old system was removed. Plus, I reactivated my old Alliance account a few months ago to farm him for tokens in Halaa for the mount. He reached Marshall in the Vanilla PvP system, but he still showed as a Private when killed by my Horde char. Which is why I believe the titles shown are tied to current rankings rather than grandfathered ones.

The Queue: In which Adam recently discovered The Big Bang Theory {WoW}

Dec 6th 2011 9:08PM While the system we see shows only points, it's likely the old system is probably largely intact. So, while we see only a point system, it's likely the system actually sees something like:

14 Grand Marshal High Warlord 3000+
13 Field Marshal Warlord 2900-2999
12 Marshal General 2800-2899
11 Commander Lieutenant General 2700-299
10 Lieutenant Commander Champion 2600-2699
9 Knight-Champion Centurion 2500-2599
8 Knight-Captain Legionnare 2400-2499
7 Knight-Lieutenant Blood Guard 2300-2399
6 Knight Stone Guard 2200-2299
5 Sergeant Major 2100-2199
4 Master Sergeant 2000-2099
3 Sergeant Sergeant 1900-1999
2 Corporal Grunt 1800-1899
1 Private Scout 0-1799

Which would be handy for things like matching people in BGs and arena without needing any fancy algorithms and would have saved them having to rewrite a bunch of code to do the same thing they already had. Them still displaying the matching titles is just an artifact they decided not to address since "HK: 2281 ranking" would kind of kill the militaristic ambiance of PvP.

The Queue: In which Adam recently discovered The Big Bang Theory {WoW}

Dec 6th 2011 8:32PM I much prefer BBT to Community. I only watched a few early episodes of Community before I gave up because it was just individual rapid fire and erratic jokes, puns and random pop culture references. Yeah, if you throw enough jokes out there a few are going to be gems, but most of it just wasn't funny. There just wasn't any cohesiveness to bring everything together.
BBT however tends to use more clever, structured jokes that play off each other which I tend to prefer to the Community style of comedy. Plus, the BBT characters are much more defined and personable to me. Community comes off like a cast of individuals thrown together to target as many demographics as possible and isn't a group you'd ever expect to actually be found socially mingling in the real world.

Also, like many others have pointed out, BBT does *not* use a laugh track. Studio Audience shows today are often accused of using a laugh track more often than shows that actually do use them because a Laugh Track tends to be quieter and less noticeable than real live audience laughter. In fact, BBT is the show referenced most often in recent industry sheets that discuss that phenomenon because, due to the way they shoot the show, they do often boost the laughter volume of the studio audience in post to cover the cues used during scene transitions and that tends to make more people than is usual believe they use a laugh track.

Use of a laugh track or laughter from screening audiences is very obvious when it's removed as it doesn't have the awkward seeming silence seen in the BBT videos where the laughter has been removed. Watch a video of an early Episode of MASH (which used a laugh track until the last few seasons of it's run) where the laughter is removed and compare it to an episode of BBT. When the laughter isn't live, the pauses are planned and rehearsed rather than waited out organically and the difference is very obvious.

The Queue: I will not {WoW}

Dec 5th 2011 2:08AM Without lockouts, people would find the easiest, most point efficient heroic and run it over and over and over again to the exclusion of LFG and all other Heroics.

Addon Spotlight: Patch 4.3 news, fixes, and troublemakers {WoW}

Dec 2nd 2011 4:17AM Yes, you can license addons. It's the same as writing an application that only works under Windows. Something like WoW needs Windows (or MacOS) to run, but the work itself belongs to Blizz and they are free to license it however they like. Just because an addon requires WoW to do make it do anything, the addon itself belongs to the person(s) who wrote it and they can license it however they'd like so long as it doesn't violate the TOU of the program it's designed to work under.