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Shifting Perspectives: Balance racials and new abilities {WoW}

Nov 28th 2010 3:07AM “However, if we are talking about comparing the two best players in the world with equal gear, then it is the racials that are going to be the defining factor over who produces higher DPS without exception.”

If you can even define “the two best players in the world,” that means that racials are definitely important to two people. So what about the other 99.9995% of the playerbase? There are so many other factors to consider that racials will never be the make-or-break ability. “All things being equal,” maybe racials matter, but all things are not equal. They are never equal.

“The game is about DPS when you are a DPS. I am a balance druid, I write for balance druid, balance druids are a DPS spec. Period. That is your point and purpose for existing.”

If that’s your attitude, why be a druid in the first place? Why not just switch to a mage, or whichever one class consistently dominates DPS? I mean, if DPS is “your point and purpose for existing,” shouldn’t you pick the absolute best class for DPS? For that matter, do basketball coaches only pick players over a certain height? Do they only pick players of a certain race? Does a football coach look at a player’s passing average, and only pick the one person who has the highest? No. That’s not how life works, and that’s not how WoW works either.

Honestly, if this is your attitude, I don’t know why you would even bother playing the game. Just come up with the absolute perfect race and class and spec and gear, plug the numbers into a spreadsheet, find the absolute maximum DPS, and declare that you’ve “won” World of Warcraft.

“I will never say that a player should become tunnel visioned on their meter, but I will always say thing; balance druids are for DPS, DPSing is your primary goal, if our DPS is not high enough for whatever reason, then we have no reason to exist.”

Riiiiiight. No tunnel vision there.

“There is a very good reason that you see massive numbers of people race change when racials get rebalanced”

Are you saying that all of those players are the top two players in the world? Are you saying that all of them have the best spec and the best gear and are playing their classes to the absolute best? Or is it possible that all those people are changing because they THINK that racials will somehow make them better, when it really isn’t a large factor at all? And is it possible that many of those players have that attitude because of you?

“because, all things being equal, racials are what is going to make the difference between a win and a loss.”

1. They are only going to make a difference if the margin of error is that slim.
2. All things are never equal.

What a boring game World of Warcraft would be if everyone had your attitude! I like seeing frost mages and fire mages and arcane mages. They all do DPS, and some specs and players do more or less damage than others, but the point of the game is to play and have fun. All you’re doing is getting people to complain about something that won’t affect them 99.999% of the time, instead of just enjoying their class and playing how they want! If you’re in a raid that will kick you out because you’re the wrong class, then I don’t see why you would want to be in a group like that in the first place.

Shifting Perspectives: Balance racials and new abilities {WoW}

Nov 27th 2010 11:37PM What isn’t possible? It’s not possible to be a great player without certain racials? Poppycock!

So Tauren don’t have any racials to improve DPS…again, so? The game isn’t all about DPS. There’s skill and talents and roleplaying and utility and backstory and characters.… Again, not every race needs to be balanced. Balance is boring. Flavor is fun! Frankly, I would play as a troll even if they didn’t have any racials. Do you want every racial to be “+1% DPS/Crit/Hit”? BO-RING! You already admitted that the slight increase in DPS isn’t a make or break for anyone, so why change it?

Shifting Perspectives: Balance racials and new abilities {WoW}

Nov 27th 2010 2:26PM “I think that statement was directed at people who seriously focus on PvP.” Except that he specificaly said, “If you plan on focusing on PvE….”

I completely disagree about racials. Ignoring the fact that racials are not make-or-break abilities for any class, and ignoring the fact that players should play whatever race they enjoy the most, WoW should not all be about balance. Years ago, people would play classes in RPGs to show just how powerful they are. Ever see any troll mages? They’re saying to the world, “Yeah, I can be powerful even without great racials.” Anyone can use great racials and be like everyone else; it takes a great player to dominate even without super-powerful racial abilities.

Insane in the Membrane no longer requires Shen'dralar reputation in Cataclysm {WoW}

Nov 10th 2010 5:55PM The truly insane shouldn’t care that they had to grind faction to get the achievement. If you’re sane enough to care, then you don’t deserve the achievement. It’s a Catch-22.

The Queue: You lied to me, Alex {WoW}

Nov 10th 2010 4:30PM You lied to me, Anne.

“If you did not reserve one back when the collector's edition was announced, it's going to be difficult to get your hands on one.”

I’m going to do what I’ve done for the previous two expansions: stand in line at Fry’s Electronics at midnight. For Burning Crusade, it took over three hours to get through the line, and they still had PALETTES of the Collector’s Edition available. Trust me, they will not be in short supply.

Garrosh is not well-liked {WoW}

Sep 5th 2009 4:17PM I actually know Mickey Levine in real life. She would make a great warchief!

Dane Cook steps forward {AOL TV}

May 20th 2009 8:43PM To be accurate, he said that people shouldn’t use the term “raped” so casually, then he joked about how ludicrous it is to compare being raped to, say, being shot in Halo 3. No contradiction there.

GameTap Thursday: The return of Earthworm Jim {Joystiq}

Jun 12th 2008 1:45PM Earthworm Jim was one of my favorite games on the Sega Genesis, but Earthworm Jim 2 was just a disappointment. It was like a collection of minigames. I mean, you get a cool gun at the end of level 1…but then level 2 is a completely different format, so you can’t use the gun. Someone didn’t think things through when they were designing the game.

2K addresses BioShock widescreen issue {Joystiq}

Aug 23rd 2007 11:28AM The FOV argument completely ignores the fact that, for thousands of movies, the 4x3 open-matte version is exactly the same as what is being done with BioShock. They don’t film a 4x3 version, then widen the field of view and reshoot it for widescreen. They use the same field of view for both. But the important part is to realize that when they do that, they are composing the picture as they wanted it for the widescreen view.

And that’s exactly what Irrational said they did with BioShock. So why doesn’t anyone trust their judgement?

2K addresses BioShock widescreen issue {Joystiq}

Aug 23rd 2007 11:24AM Yes, some shows like My Name Is Earl have more information on the sides in a widescreen presentation. But there are also tons of movies that were soft-matted, where the widescreen version has less picture information than the 4x3 open-matte version. However, in those cases, the open-matte version is not the correct aspect ratio that was displayed in the theaters.

And by the way, since when did saying “in my opinion” mean that people should not offer corrections or counter-arguments? Yes, in your opinion, “widescreen” equals “more picture”; I am simply pointing out that, for many movies (and video games), that is simply not the case. If you want to ignore that information, that’s fine, but don’t tell me to “fuck off” just for trying to give you some new information.