Nov 25th 2008 6:37PM The arguments that this is no big deal seem to take three main forms:
1. It's just a game (Perfectly valid.)
2. Don't do it if you don't like it. (Sure, but see point one. It's just a game, why give up xp and quest rewards? So most people end up going through the motions. In my opinion it takes a little fun out of the game by encouraging you to do something out of character.)
3. This is how you get information from people in a hurry, and I'm happy that WoW is taking a more adult tone. (Do these people have practical experience torturing people for information? Have they read empirical evidence that you can get reliable information this way? My guess is they picked it up from TV, movies and video games whether they realize it or not. If that's true for anyone then WoW is just contributing to the problem in my opinion)
Nov 26th 2007 7:03PM I think the battlegrounds should be redesigned to be real-time reverse turing tests, and if you fail them at any point you will be reported to your local government as a rogue synthetic.
Nov 13th 2007 8:16PM I don't know if it's fair to blame Microsoft for this one. An installer that matches Microsoft's guidelines for Vista will prompt for elevated privileges if it needs them. Having you run WoW as an administrator is a cheap fix for Blizzard but really not the right one, you shouldn't have to run an application that's not performing administrative tasks in admin mode.
Sep 20th 2007 2:11PM @ everyone talking about "income" taxation if Blizzard did sell its own gold, I'm pretty sure it has to go both ways for that to be an issue. I would have to be able to buy virtual items with real money, and buy real items with virtual money. They could legitimize gold buying while keeping gold selling against the ToS. Enforcing the second wouldn't really be an issue as long as their pricing undercut what sellers could realistically charge and make a profit. If I couldn't legitimately make a living playing WoW (generate real income to buy real food) I would guess in-game profits would not be taxable.
Even in a world where you could transfer real money both ways you wouldn't be taxed on your tiered sets, soulbound items are completely worthless and could never be converted to any form of currency.
Jun 20th 2007 2:22PM How to type crazy accented characters like á ö and ñ in Windows XP:
Control Panel->Regional and Language Options->Languages Tab->Details...
- Click on the Keyboard and select "Add..."
- Leave English as the Input language
- Check the Keyboard layout and select United States - International
- Click OK
Now you should have a language bar on your taskbar (looks like a tiny keyboard with a help bubble next to it, mines on the right hand side). If you click on the keyboard you can now switch to US - International if you want. While this is active the ' " ~ ^ become special 'a will come out as á and so on. You can type the special characters by typing them followed by a space.
Of course you could also copy/paste the special characters if you had an example of them somewhere, but where's the fun in that?
May 31st 2007 3:01PM I hate saying things when I can't log on and check to be sure, but unless they changed it recently Innervate gives you 400% mana regen while outside of the 5 second rule, and only 100% mana regen while in the 5 second rule. This means don't keep casting when you get innervated if you've got a choice! It'll be the difference between getting a full mana bar and getting just a small boost.
May 23rd 2007 6:29PM I think you underestimate the importance of crit, especially for cat dps for druids. I easily break 20% crit in cat form as a resto druid in sub-par feral dps gear. I'd be surprised to see many feral druids (even with just quest-reward and 5-man gear) with much less than 30% crit (they're getting 5% just from leader of the pack). Feral Druids get an extra combo point on crit when in cat form, which adds up to a nice dps boost on top of the extra crit damage.
May 18th 2007 8:28PM I always mess up that Lincoln quote too. It's actually "You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."
Apr 25th 2007 3:23PM If threat is all that's holding them back patch 2.1 is going to be interesting... the subtlety talent, which is in the third tier of the resto tree, now applies to all spells, not just healing spells. That's a 20% threat reduction.
Apr 12th 2007 7:21PM If I could use pots in bear form I'd have to show up with a big stack and try and guess when to use them. Now all I have to do is generate threat and hit frenzied regeneration if things start looking bad so it looks like I'm trying to help, however ineffectively. After that I get say sorry guys, that's my whole bag of tricks. If I go down you can't blame me.