Aug 29th 2007 11:59AM Some valid points, but few of them are top-tier whining:
5) Enhancement shaman lack significant ranged combat abilities as well a way to chase down fleeing opponents.
Enhancement shamans lose FrostShock? Can no longer drop a slowing-totem? Lose all their distance-damage spells? Give me a large break! Of all the melee classes, enhancement shamans have the BEST ranged combat abilities, far better than warrs, rogues, pallies, or cat-form druids.
7) Shaman have issues handling an assist train. (When someone gets zerged by multiple opponents).
Other than mages and fear-dot warlocks (and maybe protection-spec pallies), what class doesn't have issues handling an assist train? It SHOULD be difficult if you grab 3 equal-level enemies at once!
11) Windfury and Stormstrike demand the shaman using the slowest weapon for maximum dps gain, but that concept is counter to the weapon normalization introduced in patch 1.8.
What a shame, you mean some of your talents work best with a slow weapon? My heart bleeds for you; you're the only class with that problem. Except for every other melee class: warrs (MS, WW, Flurry, and even Slam), rogues (SS, BS), and pallies (pretty much all retribution talents).
Jul 24th 2007 5:10PM The Eredar just happened to find Draenor before they found Azeroth, and sent Mannoroth to corrupt the Orcs. That's not an "alliance-good, horde-evil" thing, that an "alliance were just lucky" thing. If the Eredar had taken that left turn at Albuquerque and bumped into Azeroth first, the Hellfire Citadel would be filled with frothing, red-skinned humans. :)
But really, what fate is more honorable? To stay true to your people, stand strong, and go down fighting, like Zul'jin? Or to be dominated and turned against your own people, like Arthas or even Sylvanas? Illidan is kinda a wash - he was mistreated and driven away by his own people, and wasn't really dominated, but willingly defected.
I'm alliance and have a gnome alt, so I kinda like the little guys - I can't get on the kill-all-gnomes bandwagon. But the leper gnomes creep me out, so I say they're fair game. And those uppity, world-tree-building, summersault-jumping, shadowmelding, improved-corpse-run-having nightelves can kiss my butt! We haven't had an instance full of them to kill since WC - bring one on! >:)
Jun 26th 2007 4:56PM If people tell you (and they are) that the word 'rape' is painful and offensive to lots of people, and you choose to keep using it anyway when there's lots of other words you could use instead, then you're an insensitive ass.
Yes, you're within your free speech rights. Yes, free speech is something that makes this country great. No, blizzard shouldn't regulate the word. No, you shouldn't be banned for using it.
But you're still an insensitive ass.
Jun 26th 2007 4:44PM re: Ad Hominem discussion:
"...that far-reaching and overhead policy should not treat the term as hate speech"; "support for people who use the word 'rape'... without having their accounts banned"
I must have missed some aspect of the article. Did it advocate changes to the EULA or banning accounts for using hurtful language? FWIW, I am not in favor of censorship, and agree it shouldn't necessarily be incorporated into the EULA.
I just get frustrated when people seem to flaunt and revel in their absolute refusal to be in the least be considerate to others. And when they write off the feelings and sensitivities of others with a flippant "get over it".
So I'll apologize for treating you like the "hee hee buttsecks" crowd that seem to make up the majority of MMOers. I don't think we agree completely on the severity of the impact these words have on other people, but that's ok. I'm no longer in my teens (or 20s for that matter), so I'm willing to accept the possibility that I might be wrong. :)
Jun 26th 2007 4:00PM @ "Ad Hominem" folks:
Based on the topic, I assume we can agree that "rape" is a term offensive and hurtful to a significant number of people. I assume we can also agree that there are a boatload of terms which can be used to equal effect, which have not yet been proven to be hurtful to a significant number of people. Yet despite this, you seem to be arguing that people should continue to use the hurtful word, instead of (potentially) less hurtful alternatives.
So why are you arguing in favor of using hurtful language? I assumed it was because you liked doing so. But fair enuf - I shouldn't assume. So what is your reason?
Jun 26th 2007 3:25PM @107: you're not being asked to stop using ALL words which COULD offend somebody. You're being asked to stop using 1 or 2 words which *definitely have* offended somebody. And not just a tiny fraction of "somebodys", but a significant enough number that it's worthy of an article and discussion ad-nauseum.
But I realize anything I post here is a waste of time. If you really like using gratuitously hurtful language just because you can, and the anonymity of an MMO means you do so with no consequences, then there's nothing an anonymous posting from me can do to change your mind. I can only hope that someday you'll grow to realize that being a decent person is more important than being "cool" and "edgy".
Jun 26th 2007 2:55PM Wow. You mean insecure teens who desperately need to simultaneously be thought of as "cool" and as "part of the crowd", can be insensitive to the feelings of others? Say it ain't so!
And if you're one of the self-centered "get over it, it's just a word" crowd, I have one question: If it's "just a word" and "no big deal", then why are you so rabid when someone asks you to please stop using it? If it's truly "just a word", then it should be "no big deal" for you to show a modicum of empathy and stop using it.
May 24th 2007 10:54AM "Feral is such a good tree: ... not a lot of trash talents in it, and it's quite easy to take all the talents you want to tank well and dps well."
And that, in a nutshell, is the source of 90% of the friction/animosity between warriors and druids: in a single tree, druids get all of their tanking and soloing goodies, with points left to spare. For a warrior to get their tanking goodies, they need to spec out of their soloing ability entirely.
If the druid talents were arranged so that their tanking talents REDUCED their cat dps and removed their ability to cast distance dmg spells and healing spells... well, then they'd be warriors.
May 17th 2007 4:46PM There's a universe of difference between 'ttyl - busy atm' as opposed to 'kood u tak me their pls?' (a letter-for-letter-exact whisper I received yesterday). The former is a quicker, shorthand way of representing an actual sentence. The latter isn't really shorthand, it's just a butchery of an actual sentence. The former smacks of efficiency; the latter smacks of stupidity.
There seems to be an abundance of 1337-speakers who are incapable of constructing a genuine English sentence. Moreover, they seem to revel in their ignorance, as if knowing how to spell, write, and speak correctly makes you some sort of idiot.
That sort of pride in one's own stupidity, and refusal to learn to speak and write correctly is what puts the English language in jeopardy.