Apr 4th 2012 9:01AM Impossible to pick just one.
My worg pup pet was what got me started on pet collecting. I started playing during Wrath, and I mostly blundered my way up to 60 on my druid with the dumbest talent spec ever, a stupid leveling path, no gold at all, and no clue. One day, I was telling my friend how I missed my dog and he told me about the worg pup pet, who looks a lot like her. I was nowhere near the level to get into LBRS, but upon hearing about this pet, I buckled down and started to really work on leveling and actually started to do research on how to make it easier for myself.
As soon as I leveled high enough to pick up the quest to get the pet, I pulled up a guide on how to prowl through the entire instance and went for it. It was really silly. My heart was actually pounding as I got close to groups of trash mob orcs and they got that "Did you hear something?" look. But I didn't get caught once, and by the end of it, I had my worg pup, who I promptly ran all over Orgrimmar with. It's definitely still one of my favorites today.
Apr 1st 2012 9:48AM It's not so much that I don't want to be spoiled, it's that I don't want to be bored with the expansion before it comes out. With Cata, I feel like I looked at so much of the beta and datamined stuff that there was no way it could feel exciting.
I'm in the beta this time around with the annual pass, and I'm very torn on how to handle it. I think I will likely test the Pandaren starting area a lot (since I don't think I'll make a Pandaren for real), and I will likely do a lot of play testing and leveling on a monk, since I can always level in another spec when the game goes live. I also plan to test through the Alliance side of the starting area. That way I won't be sick of the questing before the game comes out, but I can still feel like I'm doing my part to help Blizzard out with properly testing the game.
Apr 1st 2012 9:44AM I love Blizzard. That is all.
Mar 31st 2012 1:39PM Lol. Oops. I blame my phone and autocorrect.
Mar 31st 2012 1:33PM What's funny is that I saw "Billy Bob's Wonderland," thought, "whoa someone else has heard of that?" And then saw who posted it. Made me smile.
Mar 31st 2012 12:06PM For extra fun, I took all the words out so I wouldn't look at the story as I filled it in. It made for random weird fun.
Once upon a time, the swollen king of Stormwind, Varian Wrynn, was sailing on his ship, the Pride of Interstate 95, when suddenly an orcish warship came out of the fog! "Battle stations!" the king ordered. "We will not let them take the hazardous flip flops!" Two troll hunters fired arrows at Varian, narrowly missing his hamstring. "By Arthas's ghost! That was close," Varian wept.
Garrosh Hellscream, warchief of the Horde, ran out onto the deck of his ship, the Zaela's Sldfkgjaldsg. "Varian, you cowardly donkey! Come face me, and feel the might of my Mag'har puss!" Garrosh lunged forward and, with the grace of a hyena, landed on Varian's ship. The two fought until the mast was black with kidneys.
Suddenly, Chen Stormstout appeared in a puff of Pinot Noir. "Stop this at once! Your battle has cut off shipments of the ingredients to my prized new ale, Volatile Taiga Autumn Stout! If this continues, we will never have enough for Brewfest!" Varian and Garrosh looked at each other's vile faces and agreed that this fighting was pointless. "Garrosh, what do you say we let bygones be bygones and have 500 million drinks together at Brewfest?" "A true warchief partners with lip gloss!"
Mar 30th 2012 4:36PM My feelings for Dragon Soul are pretty much just....meh. I think some parts of it are cool of course, But I've never gotten an overwhelming feeling "wow this is epic and awesome!" in the raid.
I get that reusing art assets makes sense from a story perspective, I really do. But I also feel a little cheated that the raid doesn't offer some amazing new place to explore. I love Ulduar and ICC for the surprises and little details found along the way. In general, I haven't enjoyed the raids as much this expansion, but even Firelands and BoT were something new that felt like it needed to be explored and conquered. Throne of the Four Winds is hands down my favorite art asset for a setting in Cata, and it still kinda breaks my heart that it was used for a throw away raid. (I'd have rather spent time killing seven bosses in there than in BWD). I mean....Dragon Soul's ship fight uses the same music from the Lootship fight in ICC. I know these are little details, but these are the things that bother me about the raid.
I guess it's just not the kind of raid I enjoy. I like big, sprawling raids with lots of different enemies. I love the idea of winged raids, where you can kind of go and choose what you want to work on for the night, and those wings have a distinctly different flavor. I love little details that add to the awesomeness of moments. I like fighting my way through creepy corridors or giant rooms that feel like greenhouses or a place that feels like it could be a city. I don't like hopping on a dragon's back and having it drop me off at a hole in the ground, then taking a portal to get back again.
This is just my opinion. I know other people feel differently. I'm glad that there are people who love this raid and have enjoyed it. But this raid, to me, just feels lazy and forgettable. I've never quoted any memorable emotes from the bosses in it. I've never stopped to point out how amazing a piece of music in it is. I never once felt awed during it, not even after we killed Deathwing. This is probably just all my problem, but it's the way I feel. Honestly, Dragon Soul pretty much just sums up how I feel about Cataclysm in general. I've gotten some enjoyment out of it, and I still love WoW as a whole, but I'm ready for this expansion to be over.
Mar 30th 2012 12:02PM My commute to work sucked noticeably more without the WoW Insider show to listen to. ;)
Mar 29th 2012 9:22AM I have a list!
• Better, more realistic textures across the board.
• An update to the general quality of the model, meaning more polygons. Ever looked at a tauren's fingers? They look like blocky sausages.
• More expressive animation. Goblins and Pandaren have great facial expressions that actually change to reflect whatever emote they're doing. Compare this to many of the older races that look the same no matter what. Also, everyone should be able to blink.
• Better general and combat animations for many of the races. Female tauren and female trolls have clumsy looking melee animations, and female tauren casting animations are boring as hell. I should probably just start a subsection for female tauren changes. ;) A lot of the jump animations irritate me, with flailing, clumsy looking arms (again, tauren, but also orcs, and trolls. Probably some alliance side, but I play mostly horde). Some attack animations are GREAT. I love the way nelf females and forsaken females look during melee combat. I would like for all races to have similar levels are fluid movement while attacking.
• More face options. Female tauren and female trolls have like...four each. FOUR!
• More hairstyle options. If I want a more punk looking blood elf (I do, btw) or a tauren with a mohawk, or a belf guy with short hair (and not the current one that's available because that looks awful) please let me have one.
I have some specific thoughts for tauren, particularly the females, since that is my main.
• Please get rid of that horrible squashed spider on the forehead and offer some real bangs. I can't stand how that thing looks, and I usually try to cover it up with a helm, which is also a challenge because most helms look absurd on a tauren.
• Along those lines, I would love it if helms that look like hoods actually looked like...hoods on my druid, instead of her having her head crammed into a tiny bag.
• I don't feel like the run animation for either sex works very well. Tauren are gigantic, and I really wish the male run conveyed more of a sense of weight to it. Female run is just clumsy. I get that their gigantic cow people, but our characters are also adventurers who spend their lives running all over the world, combatting evil. They could look a little more fluid doing it.
• I mentioned more face options, and I'll say it again here.
• While we're at it, I would adore a new character voice for female tauren. ;)
Mostly I think the older races need some polish so they don't look so clumsy. If their models had the level of detail and articulation that the new ones have, it would help tremendously.
Mar 23rd 2012 12:59PM I love Zaela. She's such an interesting character. I really really hope they don't just let her go forgotten in TH after Cata ends.