Feb 27th 2009 7:15PM All of this could be avoided if Blizzard used a random keypad authenticator. Instead of typing your username and password in, you are presented with the picture of a keyboard. The keys are randomly scrambled around every time you log in/fail entering a username/password.
You use the mouse to select the keys. Since no actual keys are being pressed, and the virtual keyboard is scrambled every time, it's impossible for your username/password to be leaked via keylogging.
Jul 9th 2008 5:47AM I take it as a given that my allies are useless, incompetent, and don't care/know how to play, and are using the default interface with no add-ons. They are almost universally incapable of following simple instructions or responding sensibly to any scenario.
Since I can't rely on anybody else, I bring my own food and water to a battle. If I get a buff, table, soulwell or anything other than insults, it's a lucky bonus.
Because I am a responsible player, I have downloaded Pallypower and will buff everybody who happens to be standing around me whenever I respawn.
I will also heal my allies because even if they are bumbling idiots, they are my bumbling idiots, and if I keep them alive there is more chance that my bumbling idiots will kill the enemy bumbling idiots before the enemy kills me.
In short, other people's selfishness or stupidity doesn't excuse me being selfish or stupid. If I see a mage table, great, but if I don't I am not going to throw a hissy fit. I didn't expect to see one anyway.
May 27th 2008 9:31PM Your post validates this article. Good job.
May 20th 2008 9:12PM The Consortium have it worked out; you'll pay them a visit every month for your bag of gems...
May 18th 2008 11:15PM Compounding this is that mining no longer yields green gems, significantly reducing their availability and thus boosting their price.
May 9th 2008 7:03PM Trying your best includes reading up on the boss strategies and learning the boss encounter. There are probably more things that would fall under 'trying your best' and I assumed this would be common sense so I did not explicitly state it. Ultimately it comes down to this - all other things being equal, the person who gets the raid spot is the one that looks the best or has known results. People judge you by what you have and what they know you have done.
Better equipping myself gives me the ability to perform in my role more competently. It is about choice. If I had never pugged my Karazhan key, I would not have been tanking Karazhan.
It is not my responsibility to babysit you but I will educate you on the raid/instance if you have never been there before. However if you continue to ignore instructions, waste other people's time, and don't try to improve, then you are standing in the way of other people who would try and I will remove you.
I do not care how you obtain your equipment provided you did not ninja it or break the TOS to get it. That kind of behaviour reflects negatively on you, the guild as a whole, and by extension, myself. There is enough drama in the game without the guild leader having a hissy fit because one of their members is getting better gear than him.
Now, if the guild leader had said a sensible reason such as "There's a danger that our tanks can't hold aggro because of your over gearing", that's fine - there's a lot of good arguments around having a chart to track gear rating and asking players to stay within it. In that case, the GM should have used one of these good reasons instead of insulting the intelligence and ability of his members as a means to pull them back.
May 7th 2008 9:01PM As a tank it is my responsibility to get the best gear and equipment I can get my hands on without breaking the TOS. Other people are relying on my excellence.
I can't be bothered to waste my time with people who aren't trying their best.
End of discussion.
Apr 22nd 2008 12:15AM "This is, and always has been just a game."
No, it's not just a game. It is just a team game. Other people are relying on each other and trusting them to do their jobs. If you don't do your job, or abuse this trust, the team suffers. Do you play Monopoly on your own? Do you play chess on your own? Do you play soccer, or rugby, or tennis, or any of the innumerable team games on your own? In a group environment, you follow the group culture, or you quickly find yourself removed from it.
"Whining about someone "ninjaing" an item because one person could use it more effectively than someone else is just petty."
You have every right to roll on any item in an instance. With right comes responsibility. The silent trust among players is that the other people behind a keyboard are not selfish powermongering children, and are in fact responsible, sensible people.
Prim's actions earned him an item that was largely useless to him in exchange for worldwide ridicule and a swift gkick. Players don't want to associate with this kind of person. Loot ninjas are disliked and avoided for good reason. They are known to be untrustworthy, riding on the coat-tails of other honest players.
It cannot be called talent to decieve others. It will gain you personal power at the cost of friendships. These people who cry "But it's only pixels!" don't understand, or ignore, that there are real people behind these screens.
Apr 10th 2008 7:28PM It's Friday, here in Australia ^_~