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I love my PvP! {WoW}

Apr 26th 2008 11:16AM No offense, but in looking at the way the classes were designed, I just think it is painfully obvious that they were meant to work as a group against NPC bosses and not against each other (group or not). Not surprising that Blizzard has so much problems balancing classes between PvP and PvE.

How to stop Vashj and Kael from destroying your guild {WoW}

Feb 7th 2008 12:50PM The Kael'thas fight itself is not hard. It is the fact that Blizzard designed the trash leading up to Kael'thas in such a way that is intentionally designed to strain a guild. In its initial incarnation (once he was made killable that is), the trash can take an average guild about an hour to clear and in addition, the guild has to be completely on their A game in order to avoid the tons of insta-kill abilities that all the trash mobs can do. When you couple the fact that trash will respawn about 1 hour later and that the Kael'thas fight itself takes about 30 minutes for a kill, it is no wonder that this fight broke so many guilds.

Mage's evocation: working as intended? {WoW}

Jul 5th 2007 2:50PM #21 hit the nail on the mark right here.

BC raiding demands extreme hardcore dps to beat enrage timers. Since the reduction in raid size to 25-man and the extremely unforgiving dps races against boss enrage timers, mages have been forced to spec and itemize to top those damage meters in order to justify their being in the raid. Sadly for evocation, spirits is one of those stats that gets sacrificed then.

To me, the GM's response of "No one's asking anyone to gimp themselves; just making it clear that choices have to be made when it comes to certain aspects." is just complete BS. Sure, I have the freedom to chose to make evocation work the way it should. But when raid encounters are being made that clearly tell me that the only way I am going to get a spot demands that I gimp my evocation, that's not really much of a choice.

I can't say I have had problems with mana pool management or going OOM. I just don't agree with Blizzard's constant claiming that we have all these choices when in fact their idea of choice is one really good choices and five other horrible choices.

Xenosaga anime coming to US {Joystiq}

Jun 21st 2007 10:50AM There's a reason anime is priced so ridiculously high and rarely in the sexy cheap season box sets that we are used to. It's because in Japan, the way TV shows like anime are sold, it's 2 episodes per DVD and the DVD itself is somewhere in the $25-35 dollar range. When these shows are licensed over to the United States, quite simply put, the Japanese are simply not willing to license them and allow for an American-styled release that they fear will result in Japanese customers importing the cheaper DVDs from the U.S. instead of buying their overpriced Japanese counterparts.

April's fooled? Players rubbed the wrong way {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2007 3:47PM To some extent, I have to say that I understand why people are annoyed.

It seems to me this year that April Fool's Day has become Blizzard's way of throwing cheap shots at its customers without professional ramifications on the basis that it is April Fool's Day. Almost everything about the April Fool's Day joke involved Blizzard making fun of a situation that is causing genuine concern amongst its player base that they have refused to give any real consideration.

I really don't care about the Armory and in fact I rather enjoy using it. But I'm surprised that when Blizzard has been receiving criticism about the Armory and the privacy issue, that they chose to not answer many reasonable responses and posts and instead deliver a giant middle finger to those people under the guise of April Fool's Day.

The same can be said of their fake Black Temple attunement questline. Blizzard has been blasted on so many levels about their ridiculous linear time-sink grind attunement process and the recent downing of Lady Vashj only to reveal that she only drops four vials has added to the criticism. Thus far I have seen nothing in the way of Blizzard answering anything about all the artificial stumbling blocks thrown in the way that is destroying guilds and hurting raiding. For Blizzard to suddenly throw this joke out there that mocks a geniune issue that is affecting WoW users just seems like a very callous thing to do.

To be honest, with respect to the Tinfoil Hat, it wasn't so much the Armory comments that annoyed me, but the fact that Blizzard has pissed off and angered engineers for so long with the pathetic state of that profession and now they have echoed those sentiments in their joke by having this useless item come from a professional that in its current state is equally useless. I'm not sure all the engineers out there are especially amused with that.