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Servers are now up, but Newfoundland is forever {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 7:59PM @Possum: Actually, not so much. Nonwhite American immigrants tend to do one of two things: either develop a unique accent that's influenced by the surrounding accent but clearly distinct (see: California Mexicans, Florida Cubans, Louisiana Cajuns, certain West Coast Asian/Pacific Islander groups) or work very hard to pick up the 'standard' American accent as heard on TV and radio (most African immigrants, Latinos and Asian/Pacific Islanders not living in large ethnically-homogeneous communities).

It's very unusual for a nonwhite American to speak with what would generally be recognized as a 'regional' accent. Other ethnic groups, when big enough, can have their own 'regional' accents - Black Americans, for instance (not even an immigrant community except in the same sense that all non-First-Nations are) have a family of accents that varies across regions, as do Mexican-Americans. But an outside listener - say, someone from Vermont - presented with audio of a black Texan speaking is much more likely to hear "black" than "Texas."

That's much less true in most of Canada. A black Newfie is pretty much indistinguishable from a white Newfie over the phone, and someone from BC will easily identify both as Newfies.

Breakfast Topic: Do you like PvP? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 3:42PM I'd rather leave the fever swamp to the people who enjoy rotting in it.

The one and only time I've ever really had fun with PvP in WoW was Wintergrasp before they ruined it with the enforced 1:1 balance. Everyone could show up, nobody was taking a spot from someone skilled, and we were fighting over a PvE-relevant objective, so a whole server full of PvE players descended upon a PvP zone and just had fun. Some of us actually learned some PvP skills. It was friendly, it was collegial, the PvP jerks were overwhelmingly outnumbered.

But when just a couple of PvE players go into a battleground dominated by PvP players (late Wrath WG, Tol Barad, random bgs) we just get ganged up on, bullied, spat on, and generally made miserable until we give up.

There aren't enough of us willing to put up with that sh!t to change the culture. So I'd rather just leave them to it. They can have their "fun."

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