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Debunking the "WoW is better for online dating than dating sites" story {WoW}

Mar 25th 2012 1:39PM You should never trust the results of survey that is self-selecting. The WoW Ladies survey is probably perfectly valid for the population it represents (which isn't really clear), but a good survey or poll should have nearer to 1000 participants and be randomly selected. Without that it is more of a data point, but nothing worth drawing conclusions from.

Official patch notes for patch 4.3.2 {WoW}

Jan 24th 2012 11:17AM These patch notes are old (from Jan 12). This is just the belated EU post.

Patch 4.3: New spectral windrider and gryphon mounts {WoW}

Sep 25th 2011 2:32AM Korean blog link seems to have 404'd.

The Queue: Blame Greg {WoW}

Sep 11th 2011 2:34AM @GuyverIV

I totally disagree that removing things like activating flight points, weapon level, etc. were good. As someone who has played from the Vanilla open beta, all these changes further eroded the immersion that is one of the highlights of WoW. It kept reminding me that WoW is becoming more of a game and less a world (or worlds).

Also, saying Cataclysm revitalized old cities is laughable as all the factions cities besides SW and Org are basically only visited now to kill their faction bosses. It's really sad actually.

What makes Cataclysm so disappointing to me is how things became even more linear, even in the old zones. Sure they revamped alot of quests, but only about half from my experience were better. They just redid quests with some of the new doodads they added in recent expansions (mostly Wrath). In the process they removed many of the more epic and compelling questlines. You can tell their intent was more to speed the race to the level cap than make old zone leveling that much cooler.

I won't be so bold as to pronounce that many or even most of the players were disappointed in Cataclysm, but for me, Cataclysm was a disappointment. After I leveled my main to 85, I started leveling some low level alts to see what the fuss was about and they raced through leveling so fast I never got close to half of the zones quests before I felt like I was leveled out of the zone and my char felt really OP.

Breakfast Topic: What was your moment of awe in WoW? {WoW}

Sep 9th 2011 5:27PM I had been anticipating World of Warcraft before it came out and I has played Shadowbane as the only previous MMO. I got to first experience WoW in the open beta for vanilla and I remember running from Bloodhoof Village to Thunder Bluff on my shiny Tauren druid. I was amazed at the size and scope of Mulgore and the details from bridges, to water, and the sky. And Mulgore isn't even that big a zone. WoW was so polished and well thought out compared to the MMO I had experienced directly and the others I'd observed. I just wanted to explore everything.

But really, I've had a few moments of awe in WoW since I've been playing so long. Deadmines was impressive. All the cities are impressive in their own way (even if some are hard to get around in). Beyond my first experience in the open beta, I have to say my first time flying in Outland was mind blowing. Flying in Azeroth was extremely cool, but I was sort of expecting it.

15 Minutes of Fame: Guilds build their own third faction {WoW}

Aug 12th 2011 11:19AM "Birth of a Nation" also happens to be the name of a famous 1915 film promoting the Ku Klux Klan. A strange name to choose as a book title.

World of WarCrafts: T-shirts and more from Julia Minamata {WoW}

Aug 11th 2011 11:47AM Sadly her website is messed up:

Looks like she generated it with Dreamweaver and it saved bad paths from her local machine rather than the good ones to her web server.

WoW Archivist: The Corrupted Blood plague {WoW}

Jul 26th 2011 8:09PM The theories about what could prevent you from getting Corrupted Blood were disturbingly analogous to the AIDS prevention rumors that went around Africa in the 90s (and beyond). I would creep around stealthed in IF on my gnome rogue seeing how close I could get to outbreaks without getting it. I still died a bunch of times but it was fun to observe the mayhem.

WoW Archivist: The Corrupted Blood plague {WoW}

Jul 26th 2011 8:05PM In retrospect the Corrupted Blood outbreak was one of the coolest events in WoW history. It is somewhat foolish to extrapolate the event to RL, since virtual death even back then didn't have alot of cost (some durability loss that needed to be repaired). As long as you weren't dumb enough to die, repair and get the infection over and over again, people started spreading the plague for the fun of seeing masses of characters die.

Age of Empires Online dev diary is all about the goods {Massively}

Jun 18th 2011 10:26PM Is this basically a licensed browser F2P type MMO?

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