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The Queue: President's Day {WoW}

Feb 21st 2011 4:28PM No disrespect taken, though I never claimed the brainstorming session lead to the arenas. Insinuated, maybe, but never claimed. :) Still, I'd love to find that post (which apparently I even brought up here in August 2006; link to the post on the official forum now long dead)--if for nothing else than simple nostalgia.

The Queue: President's Day {WoW}

Feb 21st 2011 12:28PM I'm not sure if this is related, but at one point, I think around Spring 2005, I started a brainstorming session on the general forums for a PvE/PvP arena--specifically doing something with Gubarashi and the Thunderdome at Gadgetzan. We got a lot of good ideas, such as dynamic quests/challenges based on entering races/classes, mixed Horde and Alliance teams (this was before the Horde had paladins and the Alliance had shaman), scaling creatures, environmental traps, etc. There must have been 13 pages of great ideas (Spectators! That was another one).

A lot of this came about because there just wasn't much to do at 60, especially for the players who weren't raiding (I don't even think Naxx was available yet). And who knew when the expansion would hit?

When the expansion did come out there were, of course, plenty of things to do. PvP arenas, too, if I'm not mistaken. ;) Still, PvE arenas would have been fun.

I wish I could find that old post. I'd love to read some of the ideas and see if anything similar ever made it into the game (at the time I remember thinking that some of the requests would be just too difficult to pull off). Does anyone know of a way to search for old official forum posts? Google and the Wayback machine don't seem to be helping.

All the World's a Stage: Player housing, interactivity, and other possible features {WoW}

Nov 16th 2009 11:52AM I'm sure someone's already mentioned it, but at one point (see: beta) the characters in WoW actually did move their heads to look at their targets. This even included looking up at larger creatures instead of focusing directly on the belly of an ogre (or...elsewhere...if you're a gnome).

I'd love to see this option come back, but I believe the official response of why it was removed had something to do with latency at the time.

Model changes for Varimathras and Alexstrasza {WoW}

Oct 1st 2008 6:31PM Simply for argument's sake, the armor and the humanoid shape are both illusions. It's doubtful the chilly Northerend air bothers the aspects much.

And while I agree that the design probably had more to do with fan boys than character, it still makes sense to me that the aspect of life would not be ashamed of her own sexuality (which is rather important to life, after all).

Krasus, on the other hand, is a bit beefier than I remember his descriptions indicating. Maybe he got tired of his haggard old mage look?

Model changes for Varimathras and Alexstrasza {WoW}

Oct 1st 2008 3:10PM Alexstrasza is, in essence, an aspect of life. There's nothing wrong or dirty about incorporating sexuality into her human form. Mind you, I doubt this was taken into consideration when designing her but the cries of "put on some clothes" seem to come from some other line of reasoning.

Children's Week begins today {WoW}

May 1st 2008 3:22PM Kind of a let down, isn't it?

"Well, I was going to take you to see this incredible being made of pure energy who's magic has granted us wonderful powers, but for some reason he went nuts and flew off. Instead I'm going to show you a cow-man. Hey, wait, where're you going?"

Joyswag: Win a copy of Ikaruga (XBLA) {Joystiq}

Apr 10th 2008 3:03PM Tie: Bangai-O & Guardian Heroes

Tie Breaker: Castlevania: Bloodlines (pre-Treasure)

Sunwell boss already in game files {WoW}

Dec 21st 2007 6:40AM You have to wonder how the Burning Legion managed to ravage the universe when they keep replacing valuable extensions with kitchen utensils.

When Blizzard likes an idea they certainly do run with it. I'm waiting for the next version to be a pit lord with an axe for a head.

And really, codpiece? That would be worse design if his gentle bits were kept up front like that, though quite honestly outside of fan fiction I just assumed most demons didn't have reproductive functions. Not that I, uh, thought about it much.

The return (of Tobold and others) to World of Warcraft {WoW}

Nov 12th 2007 7:16PM To consider yourself a high profile player you have to possess one massive ego. Out of the millions of players across the realms and around the world do you really, honestly think you stand out?

I don't mean this to come across as a flame, but I did find the remark hilariously arrogant and the article a little baffling. If Bill Roper returned to Blizzard, that would be news. This, though? This is borderline masturbatory.

I would advise caution. If you really do think of yourselves as high profile you're going to start alienating some of your readers.

/silly: At a slight disadvantage {WoW}

Oct 25th 2007 11:58AM Seeing the general opinion of the feedback I know I'm going to come across as a total jerk but you are looking for critiques so here goes:

I'd try to avoid using in-game shots as backgrounds. Without atmospheric lighting and shading the two styles clash rather harshly and the overall effect is kind of cheap. It also detracts a lot from your art, almost as if it's being used to overcompensate. I think the art is evolving nicely and can survive well enough on its own.

Keep up the good work!