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Breakfast Topic: Is transmogrification bringing you back? {WoW}

Aug 27th 2011 10:11AM No, it won't make me start playing again. If I had quit because I didn't like the way my armor looked then I would say sure... but I quit playing due to lack of time and lost interest in the grind for gear.

I would like to say though thanks for doing this NOW! Goodness knows how many old armor sets I've deleted just due to lack of space in my bank :-/

If WoW ever decides to implement player houses, then maybe that would make me think about playing again :P

The Lawbringer: Positive value creation from the negatives in the games industry {WoW}

Jun 17th 2011 2:47PM @cyanea85

Haha, I love that guy! I tend to play as Alexis because she's just cool. It's such a funny, unusual, and enjoyable game. And here's the thing... that game is 7 years old at this point. And it's brought me 7 years of enjoyment (off and on over that time of course). Just recently I loaded up my very old copy of Pharaoh, which is 12 years old (and now I'm showing my age too!). Something that I can use and enjoy for 10-ish years, I have no problem with paying for.

I do completely understand what you mean by saying that paying for a lousy game kind of feels like supporting more dreadful games to be made. I tend to try and research games as much as I can before buying them... and get really frustrated when I mess up and buy something that turns out to be a buggy, dull, or dreadful mess.

The Lawbringer: Positive value creation from the negatives in the games industry {WoW}

Jun 17th 2011 2:22PM I hear what you're saying. Funny enough, Evil Genius was one of the games that really raised my DRM ire. I have the game on CD, have had it for years (and yes, it's funny and awesome). I just about lost my mind when it wouldn't work anymore because something flagged my legitimate copy of the game as pirated :-/ Finally solved that problem by getting it on Steam.

Personally, I don't mind buying a game. I'd like to say it's because it's the 'right thing to do' but honestly it's more selfish then that. I like gaming therefore I'm going to support the companies that provide games I enjoy. I also like very old games that aren't easy to obtain anymore. Thank goodness for Steam, they've brought back old classics like Evil Genius, X-Com, etc and I'm more then happy to drop some money on them to relive that experience.

Personally, I understand the need for DRM... but in so many cases it hinders legitimate customers while really doing very little to prevent piracy. Take Spore for example. I really look at EA distrustfully after that mess and it would take something serious to consider buying another game from them.

And yes, I paid for Torchlight, it was worth it.

Drama Mamas: The case of the underage scammer {WoW}

Feb 25th 2011 11:25AM I play WoW with my 12 year old, and if this interaction had happened with them... first I'd profusely apologize to Remorseful and then /salute them. Why? Because human decency and integrity shouldn't have an age limit. Just from my personal experience, the integrity of the player base in WoW has really gone down. Back in my day (and get off my lawn while you're at it), if someone was a scammer, ninja, etc, then the server population warned each other and people would shy away from those types. Anymore, there a lot of shady #*$%ers out there and they completely get away with it.
I constantly monitor my 12 year old. Either we're in a group together in game or he's literally playing 2 feet away from me and I'm watching what he's doing. I try my best to help mold him into a decent player and person. But if he snuck something past me like this, I would want him to get called out on it. And I'd appreciate it if the person did like Remorseful did.... not with insults and name calling but with a firm explanation of why it's wrong and unacceptable. If a kid is mature enough to play a game with other people then they should be mature enough to understand the social etiquette that goes along with it and be able to determine right from wrong.

The Lawbringer: A world without remedy {WoW}

Feb 18th 2011 3:19PM I agree with onetrueping :) I'm personally not a CoD player either so I let my purchases go towards the genres and games I really like.

Sad fact is that it's not always easy for the smaller inspired programmers to break into the business because they're losing so much money due to pirating. I know a guy (or more my husband used to work with him) that put out a really good tower defense game. I mean, his company has less then a dozen people in it. It's only when he partnered with Steam that he got any decent profit from it.

I think that anyone that reads this site would consider themselves a 'gamer'. And it's up to us to support our community. For the brilliant and inspired games, we should support them by purchasing the game. I think we should also let our gaming friends know about these hidden gems.

The Lawbringer: A world without remedy {WoW}

Feb 18th 2011 2:27PM I really wish that people understood that pirating games is going to hurt gamers in the long run. I love gaming, I've been gaming for 20 years now. I also understand that if making games isn't profitable, the talented game programmers and designers are going to find another field to focus on that is profitable.

I'll replay a game dozens of times if it's enjoyable (STILL play Diablo 2 at times). So for me, shelling out $40 or so for something that's going to entertain me for years off and on is a bargain. It's selfish and hateful for the people to steal the hard work and effort programmers are putting into these games.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to playing Final Fantasy 7... still a classic :P

Ol' Grumpy's guide to player reeducation {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2011 4:59PM I wish this was required reading for anyone logging into WoW.

Breakfast Topic: Guilt by association {WoW}

Dec 13th 2010 11:19AM I've found myself in the shadow of my fiancee for quite awhile now... but I don't see it as a problem. He's an exceptional player and has helped me 'up' my game tremendously. He's the one who will research how to get the slightest bit of a dps increase, where I'm usually busy chatting with people. He's the one who really wants to be on the cutting edge of progression where that's not as much of a motive for me.

But the thing is that I have my own strengths in game that help our 'duo' out. I'm much more chatty then he is so I'm the one who usually finds that rare gem of a person who turns out to be a terrific questing/instance buddy. My ADHD and inability to focus on one character just means that I have every single profession covered so I'm his one stop shop for enchants, potions, glyphs, etc.

The Queue: Back to the grind {WoW}

Nov 29th 2010 12:00PM I really have to say that I can not speak highly enough of Tirisfal, Silverpine, and Hillsbrad. I knocked those out yesterday and and was honestly amazed at just how incredible they really are now. I walked away with the feeling that I had just experienced something epic... a feeling that I haven't had in WoW in a long time. Anyone that has ever considered rolling an undead (even if it's just to level 20), go do this now... you REALLY won't regret it!

Maintenance extended: 5:00 p.m. PST {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2010 1:54PM I'm still excited, regardless of the extended downtime. I'm looking forward to my new troll druid... I'm thinking of naming it Aquahawk, not because it's a good name but it's just fun to say >.>

I get bored on patch days :P