Dec 21st 2011 4:49PM @JuliusSeizure I think you'd be hard pressed to find even one thing that resembles the same thing from 3,000 years ago in appearance. Paper wasn't even invented until several hundred years later.
That's one of the things that puts me off the Old Republic-era stories and games like ToR and KotOR. Apparently in 3,000 years, technology, language, most everything has stayed pretty much the same. Sure, some things look slightly different, but just barely. I know the entire premise of Star Wars relies on suspension of disbelief, but that takes it pretty far. All of western civilization developed in less time than that.
Jul 27th 2011 4:35PM You know, I've occasionally killed rares that can be special hunter pets, but most of the time I don't really have any reason to so I don't bother, but all the QQing and the sense of entitlement I'm getting out of this comment thread has changed my mind. Goodbye hunter pets, hello 25 gold!
Oh, also, if you kill one when you're leveling you get a big chunk of xp, so there's a reason to kill them right there. When I killed a spirit wolf in the Twilight Highlands, I got more than 100k xp in one shot, which is more than 10 other mobs and more than a quest, so definitely worth it.
Jul 16th 2011 7:14AM @nieboh: Whoops, you got me. I made one mistake out of several comments. I never said I was perfect, but as you remarked, I'm not getting paid to make comments on here. If this was something I was writing for a newspaper, magazine or website and was getting paid, you can bet that there wouldn't be any mistake like that, but as it is, I glance over my comments once before hitting Add Comment and that's it. I expect more from the actual paid contributors to a site.
Also, I might add that making a word compound or not mistakenly is a whole lot different than completely misusing a word.
If you want to be nitpicky in terms of grammar or word/letter spacing and placement, in the first paragraph of your comment, the period should be inside the quotation marks around the word literally, not outside. It should read as follows: ... attitude toward the misuse of the word "literally." I do appreciate, however, that you said "toward" and not "towards," unlike many people. That's another pet peeve of mine: towards, afterwards, etc. Once seen it cannot be unseen (or unheard)!
Jul 8th 2011 9:04PM Exactly, Skarn! I'm not disagreeing with the concept, just the incorrect wording. It's not really a preference ... it's the difference between being correct or incorrect.
As far as my reaction goes, it's not like it's some huge deal to me, just something I find interesting to discuss. I am a copy editor, so being precise (and correct!) in my language is something I am paid to do. I don't think I'm over reacting by simply pointing out the error in hopes that people who read my comment may come away with a little bit better grasp of the English language. The only reason I've written so much about it is that people keep posting and disagreeing and making the exact same error in their disagreement that I was writing about. Sure, call me a grammar Nazi or say I'm making too big a deal about something not important or whatever, but you can't say that I am wrong in this case, and if you do I will lay out the reasons that I am not in the best way I can.
Also, the only reason I'm remarking on this specific instance of incorrect word usage is that the columnists here get paid to write, and I think I remember seeing some mention of a copy editor for this site who I assume gets paid too. If you get paid to write, you should use the correct word, so my mentioning serves the double purpose of showing that it was wrong and educating the writer so that next time they know what to do right.
Jul 8th 2011 6:57PM @Skarn: Sigh.
It's not close to "literally" cruise control at all. I'll be as clear as I know how: I completely understand what he was doing by using cruise control as a metaphor for the simplicity of that phase of the fight. That's a perfect way to describe it: that it's LIKE cruise control. But by saying it is "literally cruise control," he is saying that he is pressing a button or switch to activate a specific mode of game play and most of the work happens automatically, he just has to point his character in the right direction. Unless he is botting, that is not what is happening. It may be very simple and easy and not require much thought, but it is not actually cruise control. And to be literal, it would have to actually be cruise control.
I don't know why this world gives so many people so much trouble. Just for your reference, the dictionary.com definition: "In accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical."
@Cutaia: What does it matter to you what part I choose to write a comment about? Why the hostility? I found this article enlightening and informative. I haven't done this fight or even raided in the Firelands past trash runs (OK, first time I was in Shannox accidentally patted into our raid when we were fighting some other trash, but that doesn't count), so this article was very useful. However, I have nothing to say about it. He gave the information, I read it and understood it, there we go. I can't share my own experiences with the fight, I don't have questions: what point exactly was I supposed to get that I didn't? And you completely misunderstanding what I'm saying is quite a different matter than me choosing to focus on one word the columnist used in order to help people understand a phrase that is very often used incorrectly.
Jul 8th 2011 5:49PM Whether my description of cruise control is slightly flawed or not, in no way is that part of the fight (or any other fight) LITERALLY cruise control. Way to totally miss the point. I wasn't complaining about his use of cruise control as a figure of speech that describes the ease of the fight -- I think his metaphor was quite apt -- but "literally," as I said in my first post, means that what you are saying is not a metaphor or other figurative language. I mean, I JUST explained this. Ease of fight is like cruise control, ease of fight does not equal cruise control.
Jul 8th 2011 5:49PM Supposed to be a reply. Downvote into oblivion.
Jul 8th 2011 5:47PM Whether my description of cruise control is slightly flawed or not, in no way is that part of the fight (or any other fight) LITERALLY cruise control. Way to totally miss the point. I wasn't complaining about his use of cruise control as a figure of speech that describes the ease of the fight -- I think his metaphor was quite apt -- but "literally," as I said in my first post, means that what you are saying is not a metaphor or other figurative language. I mean, I JUST explained this. Ease of fight is like cruise control, ease of fight does not equal cruise control.
Jul 8th 2011 4:59PM "This phase of the encounter is literally cruise control."
No. No it is not. You do not flip a switch, sit back and watch your character do it's own thing, which is the only way it would literally be cruise control. I do not think that word means what you think it means. "Literally" is not a statement of scale, as in, "That thing is so easy that it really is like cruise control, but if it were slightly harder I would just say that it was cruise control, but not literally;" it is a description that means this thing I am saying is exactly as I describe it, no figurative language at all.