May 2nd 2009 1:45AM I love talking to myself on a Friday night:
Another point is this: think a little about Blizzard. Blizzard makes money. A lot of money. Somewhere in the vicinity of 165 million dollars a month. They make this money by selling a product that is entertaining, addictive, easy enough to learn but challenging enough to keep as many players interested as possible.
Knowing this - and if you didn't know this, then I strongly suggest going back to school - one could easily extrapolate the notion that doing anything, including hacking, exploiting, using an item that was given to you by this company, anything at all, that would void this - extremely profitable - challenge is not a good idea. Those millions would vanish if one could just rock into Ulduar. Yes it might be fun, but it's not a good idea. Next time a casino employee gives you the winning combination to win any amount of money without risk, here's a tip: don't use it.
May 2nd 2009 1:27AM Arcadia: The item is obviously intended for internal use. Maybe a joke between developers. If I coded this game and created Martin Fury, I would not add a tag that says "Please don't use this joke item". I would think it was kind of self explanatory.
As for what you would do, you clearly show signs of intelligence and a taste for what's fun. You would try to win some easy gold on a farce and clear deprecated content. That sounds like fun to me, and I would laugh at that. Clearing Ulduar? That's just not smart. I stand by my point: there was no other foreseeable future: banning was inevitable.
May 2nd 2009 1:17AM I would like to add that it's unfair that Karate got banned. He's not Leeroy's dad and should not be held accountable for someone else's mistake.
Also, and this is not to say they should have known this part, rather for general information. The tech guy - not GM - who mistakenly gave the item probably did so using a database query. It's highly unlikely that tech support has a special UI that displays items with their icons and they click and drag them from some sort of magical forge into a mail and send that mail to clients. It's very likely some guy ran a query that added rows to a table that described the mail content for Leeroy. In a database, items are referenced by ID's. Making a mistake on a non-descript automatic number is very likely. To compound the problem, if items are sorted by category, each category can have its own ID. So for example if a stack of SilverLeaf has ItemID 5782843 but Category 443416 and Martin Fury has ItemID 5782843 but Category 443426, the correct ItemID could result in the wrong item. To compound THAT, ItemID's may change over time. So maybe the item that Leeroy had at the time he lost his characters had the ID of that obviously damning item now.
This is all supposition of course. I have no idea how tech support guys investigate hacked account. I'm just speaking from a software engineer point of view, what I just said is the most likely scenario of why someone would get the wrong item.
May 2nd 2009 12:50AM Come to think of it, Blizz should mass mail an item t o everyone! The item should be called "Idiot Tax" with the ability "Use: Kill Arthas and win WoW" with flavor text "You will get banned for using this you dumbass. I'm not even kidding. Use it and you're gone. You're gonna use it aren't you. What is wrong with you?"
That would make my day.
May 2nd 2009 12:40AM You guys are full of shit. The flavor text of the item is "Cheater". Go read it yourself. The item itself says "Hi, I'm an exploit". What else do you think was going to happen? Whether or not they were in the right, in the wrong, or if it was Blizz's fault, the fact is whoever used an item that branded him, to his face, as a cheater should be banned for the sole reason of sheer stupidity. I mean sit back and think, for a second. Was there any other possible alternative?
The EULA should have a clause that forbids idiocy. We'd all be enjoying a better game.
May 16th 2007 3:54PM Dillon,
I think you just made it worse, friend.
May 16th 2007 3:22PM Lilith,
You're not misrepresenting, quite the contrary.
And you're welcome.
May 16th 2007 2:52PM Lilith,
Nothing you (or anything on the internet) say will ever scare me, rest assured.
I'm just trying to help you here: you are offended, and I'm telling you it's not worth being offended (nor is it meant to be offensive when coming from someone like me). I agree it's your opinion, and if being offended makes you happy then go for it.
May 16th 2007 2:26PM "You will never understand why this offends us"
Explain to me in a sensible, logical way and maybe I will understand ("You guys compare women to mobs!" is neither sensible nor smart).
As others have said, the term "Husband aggro" does not offend me. I find it humorous. Get a grip.
There is plenty of gender injustice to be offended at in the world. Please save your energy for inequalities and double standards that matter, not WoW terminology. You're just coming out the fooler of the two genders right now. I will not help you fight the use of the term waggro. I will however, do everything in my power to help you put a representative number of women in positions of power throughout the world.
May 11th 2007 3:15PM Calgar, that was exactly my point, you can't judge a person's utility with DPS meters. There are countless factors that interfere with the exactitude of DPS meters, and a raid should be evaluated as a whole, not as a collection of individual players. Maybe a Ret Pally is just what your raid needed, maybe the moonkin simply gets his class right and is much more useful then your warlock.
My point is: stop asking for things to be handed to you. Great players didn't get there by being buffed, they did it by finding how to play their current class well, and adapt with the changes. I can name at least 1 amazing boomkin, 1 incredible tankadin, 1 unparalleled full holy priest, and the list goes on with class/specs that everyone laughs at, yet that become much more useful to the raid then cookie-cutters thanks to inventive, ressourceful players who just understood what this underdog spec was all about.