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The Queue: I fail at chess {WoW}

Jan 10th 2012 12:07PM i'm a fan of a one-time charge, say 50-100x item cost, to send a soulbound item to another toon.

cause i dunno about you mooks, but my DK tends to pick up a lot of caster mail in dungeons, and my shaman tends to wind up with a lot of plate in the bag.

(way i put it, my healer is good luck for tanks, my tank is good luck for healers.)

Patch 4.3 hotfixes for January 9, 2012 {WoW}

Jan 10th 2012 10:13AM i've had pugs get some real laughs by spamming /glare at the archbishop after saying 'next time on dragonball Z!'

World of Warcraft no longer compatible with Windows 2000 in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Jan 9th 2012 10:16PM Jehosephat: when i ran it, back when, i rolled from the downloaded install executable from the command line. i was not expecting anything crazy to happen, and to have to keep using it as i had, by going directly to the executable. wine 1.2.2 according to a version check. OS is linux mint 11(x86_64 architecture). no fancy configurations, ran it basically out of the box(figured i'd tweak what wasn't working when i found it wasn't working instead of venturing into the minefield right away).

wow config is no fancy workarounds save enabling openGL for better video performance.

amaxe: i hope not, since blizzard internally speaking runs on a customized ubuntu OS, and their in-house client is a linux-native client last i heard. odds are, there was some funky manipulation going on at the client end that tweaked it out. interesting thing to bring up, tho.

really tho, once the install is done and you're under openGL(wow normally uses directX, which linux can run, though a large part of your graphics work is done by your CPU instead of your video card. it however supports openGL at the client level), the overall experience is indistinguishable from playing on windows, or 99%. my computer doesn't minimize to desktop with the windows key(it turns on unicode), so you have to use ctrl-F1(F2, F3, F4 - i actually have several desktops) instead. taking screenshots is different, but outside of those two things, it's more or less the same as far as i can think of.

World of Warcraft no longer compatible with Windows 2000 in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Jan 9th 2012 8:53PM lazy: i actually don't even run WoW within a bottle through WINE now. it calls the appropriate files smoothly and on the fly with nary a dropped frame. running it without calling an OS version even lets the launcher work like it's supposed to(a lot of users from what i gather have to go straight to the executable and run that way which is a pain on patch days).

WINE has gotten REALLY impressive in the last couple years.

crossover for one reason or another will actively refuse to install WoW to anything other than a win2k bottle. it's actually kind of vexing.

World of Warcraft no longer compatible with Windows 2000 in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Jan 9th 2012 8:48PM clarification for those not linux savvy(i don't blame you, it can be intimidating): games written for windows OS are to a great degree playable on many linux OS variants through use of what's known as a compatibiliity layer(emulators work as well but are REALLY not ideal due to the workload on the CPU), which comes in a variety of flavors, most of them based on WINE in one way or another, or one of its various editions.

crossover games is one that's released by codeweavers(a for-profit company selling to open source users). their system specifically runs WoW within what's called a 'bottle'(basically a compartment containing the windows software and files that redirect the DLL calls to the corresponding linux shell files). these bottles are based on OS architectures and filesystems, and WoW will only run through crossover via a win2000 bottle.

there's various downsides to the bottle system, mostly in OS-program latency and certain incompatibilities.

crossover is attractive to those who are not expert coders or savvy with the linux system(new converts really) because it offers a year of support for 15 bucks.

odds are good that crossover could drop WoW support altogether and leave the small linux-WoW community portion they cater to in the breeze.

for what it's worth, running WoW purely through WINE rather than through a shell like winetricks or crossover is a far less buggy-laggy existence. a curious effect, really.

/the more you know
//though getting it installed via command line only is sometimes... trying. i'm on comcast internet and they like to throw interrupt packets at my downloads from time to time.

World of Warcraft no longer compatible with Windows 2000 in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Jan 9th 2012 8:37PM i forsee this being an actual problem for those players who are using crossover games to play WoW on linux.

all five of them*ducks*.

well, either codeweavers will update their bottle system or they'll just shrug and say 'eh, they're not supporting what worked' and drop all WoW support.

money's on the latter.

now, WoW under WINE runs like a dream. i even got the launcher to work right.

/linux nerd.
//i took it up as a challenge to not have to have a dual install.

Cross-realm raids coming in patch 4.3.2 {WoW}

Jan 9th 2012 11:58AM i wouldn't mind paying 100g a shot to mail soulbound from one toon to another. hell, make it 500 gold and i'd still pay it.

healing gear drops for my tank, plate drops for my healer...

Cross-realm raids coming in patch 4.3.2 {WoW}

Jan 7th 2012 12:22AM you left out ghostcrawler.

Cross-realm raids coming in patch 4.3.2 {WoW}

Jan 6th 2012 11:04PM nae worries. i've missed good stuff that's right out in the open too.

i was wondering when they'd release this stuff to be honest.

Cross-realm raids coming in patch 4.3.2 {WoW}

Jan 6th 2012 11:03PM and for those of us that have raid teams that aren't hard-charging progression or got started late.

firelands is still pretty good stuff, just not bleeding edge. it certainly wouldn't be a cakewalk for 99% of the raid teams out there.

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