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Separating the players from their classes {WoW}

Dec 5th 2007 12:15PM I haven't had to shed any prejudice towards classes, but towards factions. For a year and a half I played Horde exclusively which led to an irrational hatred toward the Alliance. But then I took a break from the game, and when I found out a friend played Alliance on another server, I rolled Alliance to play with him. For the first month or so it was still disquieting to see nelfs, humans, and gnomes running around, and grouping with them. After a while, it became normal and I can now say that both are pretty much the same.

Rob Pardo learns from his daughter {WoW}

Jun 14th 2007 1:15PM @15...

When TBC first came out, I rolled a Belf pally since every single other character I had at the time was Horde. I'm 25. Proof enough?

(Although I don't play him anymore since I've switched servers, and now play Alliance... damn friends)

Keyloggers 2, Blizzard employees 0 {WoW}

Jun 13th 2007 5:44AM I could care less if they totally did away with links in the forums. Honestly, what would you lose? 2-click access to a rickroll or keylogger (1 click to hit the link, 1 click to hit "proceed" on their interceptor).

As for angering the forums userbase... Is that really an issue? Nothing will ever please that group of bottom-feeders. And honestly, it would affect a *very* small portion of the WoW population. Forum users fail to realize they are the extremely vocal minority in almost any community. So if it pisses off the forum users, it's only because they're not seeing the instant benefit: slowing down the spread of keyloggers. Which, granted, isn't nearly as big of a problem as it's made out to be.

... Although hearing that two of the CM's got hit with em tends to make me lose even more faith in humanity, as it pertains to WoW. Next we'll hear about GM's, possibly even Dev's getting hit with em. At which point... well... use your imagination.

Reader UI: Chronnick {WoW}

Jun 4th 2007 9:19PM Awesome! I've been waiting to see this for a while now. Still just as beautiful as the first time I saw it, and glad to see everything broken out in a list. =)

Best Reader UI of the week to date! Thanks Chron!

Blizzard banning players in game for forum stupidity? {WoW}

Jun 4th 2007 3:12PM Ok... I'll take the bait...

[quote]As such, they have their own Code of Conduct, their own terms of use. These are completely separate from the game's EULA and Terms of Service. In no way does the current ToS or EULA state that your access to the game can or will be terminated for actions outside of the game on Blizzard's forums. [/quote]

If you take "Blizzard's forums" out of that last sentence, then we're left with "In no way does the current ToS or EULA state that your access to the game can or will be terminated for actions outside of the game."

And yet, if you look at it, your account CAN and WILL be terminated for actions outside of the game. Account sharing? Check. Gold buying? Check. So why does this leave a loophole for "on their own forums"? Honestly, it's a logical extension, and one that should be implemented. And finally...

[quote]Keep the sociopaths (which is what most forum trolls are, deep down) away from the human children.[/quote]

You're serious? You realize that the majority of these trolls are the children themselves? And the rest are just older children. Most of us who've made it past the 21 year mark don't walk around spewing major dickery like it's going out of style. Yeah, we all have our moments, but still. Taking the trolls out of the forums will only leave a very dedicated few, and who knows, it might revitalize them.

As they currently stand, the forums are next to useless. The only time I look at them is when I'm looking for more proof that humanity is doomed. For any actual in-game advice or civil discussion, I head over to the European forums, where people are actually civil to each other most of the time.

And for anyone who doesn't believe there's a problem... On any given night, pull up the General forums on both the American and European wow sites and take a look at the types of posts. The European site actually looks like a nice place to be compared to the retarded insane asylum style rantings of our good 'ole American trolls.

World Wide WoW: Upcoming "Gold Farmers" documentary {WoW}

May 25th 2007 1:24PM I love the caption to the first picture. "... we are very sensitive to this term". Trust me, you'd be a hell of a lot more offended if we called you what we really wanted to.

As for playing a sob story and drumming up pity? Go die in a fire. Guess what? Life's not easy. Life shits on all of us from time to time. Bottom line, they've failed at life, and they're failing at virtual life as well. Ruining other peoples gaming experience for fun and profit, and somehow they see themselves as these knights in shining armor. Yeah. Right. Die.

WoW Moviewatch: The man song {WoW}

May 18th 2007 3:27PM That's not canned laughter. IIRC, that version of the song was from one of their Super Bowl Bahamas trips. They never use canned laughter, just the natural reactions of Bob, Tom, Kristi, and Chick, plus whatever guests they have in the studio.

There's simply too many great bits from that show to do videos for. They've been on the air for 25 years now, and show no signs of stopping.

Will Blizzard's spam-stopper really work? {WoW}

May 16th 2007 11:54AM I'm with #5 on this. It's just *NOT* that big of a problem people. Sure, I may get two or three per session, with the rarity being 3 in rapid succession. I never get dozens per session, and I play in rather large chunks of time. In the end, I just close the window and move on with life.

However, that being said, if Blizz does get in on the gold selling, I'll be the first person to cancel my account. The only thing that would do is cause massive inflation, to the point where *one* Knothide Leather Scrap would be going for 50g, simply because there's that much cash floating around the economy.

It would truly turn the game into a rich mans playground, which would kill it for everyone, except the rich. One possible solution is to implement something like EQ2 (I think) did. Have a special server where you can buy characters, etc. straight from Blizz. That way, people who cry about never making progress can buy their 70's and play with a bunch of other retarded noobs. Of course, you'd have to implement a no transfer policy on the realm, but that's a non-event.

Bottom line, the game is designed as a time sink. Not an impossible time sink. Take away the challenge, and you take away the fun, and also the profits for Blizz. Not to mention, where the HELL is your sense of pride and accomplishment in having an epic flying mount if you bought the damn thing with real world cash? My enjoyment of the game comes from starting out with *nothing* and building my character. No twinking, no gold buying, nothing. Granted, some people can deal with that, and that's fine, but don't ruin my game just because you're too lazy to work for your own stuff.

Are the official forums a good or bad thing? {WoW}

May 14th 2007 12:03PM I take everything that I see in the official forums with a massive grain of salt. The way I've always looked at it is this: The forums are an extremely vocal minority who will whine, bitch, and complain about absolutely anything. Having said that, there are always exceptions to the rule. Sometimes you'll stumble across that diamond in the rough and it makes it all worth it. And I have to say... I fully support Tseric's tirade in the forums. It's something that they deserved, and had coming for a LONG time.

Also, if you want to see a *decent* forum community, check out the overseas boards. (forums.wow-europe.com) I find that set of boards to be much more civil and generally full of better information.

-Daki

Reader UI of the Week: Omegi {WoW}

May 2nd 2007 12:42AM Chronnick,

Now *THAT* is something that should be on here. I have to agree that this interface is just... bleh. Yours on the other hand, pure beauty. Care to list off the elements?