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The real new Night Elf cat forms {WoW}

Jun 6th 2009 8:09PM Eddy your commentary lacks any sense. Troll a customer serivce forum, they have immediate openings for people of your genius.

I'm a woman irl, incredibly gay friendly irl. Potential homophobia has absolutely nothing to do with why I would be displeased that my currently black nelf druid cat is about to be transformed into something with pink or purple accents. The colors remind me of Barbie or HelloKitty color schemes; I'm not into either of those things.

If you are associating something else with the color schemes that is your issue. I think there are many men who would rightfully associate these with feminine, girly, frilly colors (like Barbie!) that seems childish to them. It is not homophobic if you are a man and you dislike pink. You might just dislike pink. As a female I've spent my entire life disliking pink.

It's reasonable that people would oppose such idiotic steps *backward* in the graphical development of what is now a gorgeous model and is about to become utterly ridiculous.

I spent 25 minutes on hold to talk to a Blizzard customer service agent about my dislike for the new skins for the nelf druid cat. Ironically the customer service agent I talked to also played a nelf druid and was equally unhappy with the changes, including the bear model which he said made the once mighty looking bear appear like a CareBear.

Most people aren't saying "these make us look like homosexuals". Most people are saying this turns the character models into something that looks like it belongs in the toychest of a 3 or 4 year old. That these are colors stereotypically associated with *girls* is even more baffling, since males make up a larger portion of the WoW player base.

The real new Night Elf cat forms {WoW}

Jun 6th 2009 3:43PM Stupid commentary is stupid. Don't you have a Blizzard customer service or suggestion forum to troll?

The real new Night Elf cat forms {WoW}

Jun 6th 2009 3:39PM Not sure what game you are playing, but in game, my nelf cat is black with some purple (not lavendar) accents. This can change some depending upon area lighting within a graphic range, but the cat is not purple. The cat plays as black.

I have tauren and night elf druids, and have played them both for years. Pretty familiar with what they look like.

The real new Night Elf cat forms {WoW}

Jun 6th 2009 1:28PM While I loved the joke response to the feral forms, there are not large numbers of folks who love the ally nelf druid cat form "upgrades". The new color schemes are absolutely absurd--as a woman irl I can assure you I don't want a pink cat, or one with pink accessories--every single cat either has pink or purple accents.

You can talk about homophobia all you like, however that's not really my issue (have a gay cousin who has been with his partner for decades). If I don't like the color scheme because it is too "frilly", I think there are likewise many men who will also dislike the color scheme.

It would make far more sense to mix up the color scheme to include some from both the alliance & horde pallette. Both factions have been wearing earth toned tier sets for years now--the faction specific forms should better match these imho.

Additionally, people requested these form changes because the tauren cat looked awful. They've taken the currently fantastic looking black nelf cat and made it look horrid instead.

Officers' Quarters: Unsocial {WoW}

Jun 1st 2009 8:26PM I think what is fascinating about this trend is that it would be far more honest to cannibalize a formerly successful SWP raiding guild to become a 10 man raiding force in Wrath--however for the most part that's not what I've seen. This is why I came to the conclusion that it was then about loot, because it would put those not part of the "in group" at a near permanent gear and therefore dkp disadvantage.

This isn't a guild of baddies who couldn't kill KJ until well into Wrath release. We downed Mu'ru pre 3.0. Wanting to remain a viable 25 man progression guild while forming cliques for 10 mans is a pretty dishonest way of going about running a guild.

At the time when I left I was accused of leaving over "10 man $h!t". My reply was and is the same: I didn't leave over 10 man @h!t, I left over 25 man $h!t. I joined a 25 man raiding guild because that was what I wanted to do, raid 25 man content. Not because I wanted to witness a fracturing of the guild every time an xpac went live.

(My apologies for the double spam--I tried to reply to this thread and accidentally put the reply someplace else.)

Officers' Quarters: Unsocial {WoW}

Jun 1st 2009 8:23PM I think what is fascinating about this trend is that it would be far more honest to cannibalize a formerly successful SWP raiding guild to become a 10 man raiding force in Wrath--however for the most part that's not what I've seen. This is why I came to the conclusion that it was then about loot, because it would put those not part of the "in group" at a near permanent gear and therefore dkp disadvantage.

This isn't a guild of baddies who couldn't kill KJ until well into Wrath release. We downed Mu'ru pre 3.0. Wanting to remain a viable 25 man progression guild while forming cliques for 10 mans is a pretty dishonest way of going about running a guild.

At the time when I left I was accused of leaving over "10 man $h!t". My reply was and is the same: I didn't leave over 10 man @h!t, I left over 25 man $h!t. I joined a 25 man raiding guild because that was what I wanted to do, raid 25 man content. Not because I wanted to witness a fracturing of the guild every time an xpac went live.

Officers' Quarters: Unsocial {WoW}

Jun 1st 2009 2:12PM I too have watched cliques erode a guild environment over time. What people don't necessarily like to look at is that the closed small groups (be they heroics at the release of Wrath, or 10 man raids) lead to more than just social deadening, they also create a huge experience and gear disparity. You end up with encounter experience being held in the hands of just a few--and while these few accrue the experience they also get gear upgrades, often completely free of regular dkp channels.

I witnessed this happen in my guild at Wrath release--a group of mostly officers, class leads, and other "favored" individuals seemed to forget that we were actually a 25 man raid force. As a top performing healer in TBC, I was suprised to find myself sidelined and unable to get into heroics for rep grinding for my helm meta, unless I pugged. I was likewise suprised to find myself not invited to 10 mans, while I watched my class leader accrue numerous helpful upgrades free of dkp. I knew when we got into the 25 mans, that I would rather permanently be at a marked disadvantage in terms of gearing.

Gear & content experience aside, I was very disheartened to see the folks I'd closely raided with in 25 mans, people I'd helped while we leveled, suddenly act as if we were not a 25 man raid force. I remember talking with the GM of a guild that we had once helped (that was now ahead of us in progression), and when he told me that he never ran all officers in one group, they rotated people through the 10s (even with sub-par group comps), and anyone who needed a specific run, they made sure that person got it. It was no suprise when they pulled far ahead in progression: they never forgot they were a 25 man raid force.

I ended up leaving my then guild--the successful guilds I've seen since then all have this in common: they remember that the 25s are what they are about. I've heard GMs say things like "Mix your groups up. You need to learn to work with everyone you raid with, so I don't want to see you doing clique heroics and 10 mans." or "Make sure you are test driving the new recruits by including them in your heroics and 10 mans, don't avoid these people. We need to know their strengths and weaknesses and the only way to do that is to spend time with them."

Once that mentality is in place--the social is an important aspect. While I enjoy the raid challenges around achievements, I don't like that the overall impact of the achievement system has been to encourage more greed. Sure we can bring the class and not the player now, sure we can make progression in 9-12 hours a week now, but the busy work of achievements is a real distraction that eats up much of the free time that might have been whiled away in guild social groups just doing something for fun.

Getting WoW status updates on Twitter {WoW}

May 22nd 2009 2:36PM So let's see--rocket boots are no longer functional in PvP settings and dragon's eye prismatic cuts will be changed to non-prismatic--and all you can find to report on is some stupidity about twitter?

Forum post of the day: Nerf Pop-Tarts {WoW}

May 18th 2009 4:33PM To the haters--I can only guess you are part of the new influx of "casual" to the game? So perhaps your familiarity with e- and mmo-humor is at a novice level and you might not understand the humor. This doesn't make Eliah's post "not news" or a "psuedo article".

My only critiques would be: days behind! ;0)

And sure, I think there could have been a more delicious way to introduce the topic.

To those familiar with internet memes, e-humor, mmo-related humor, and specifically those who have played this game longer than 1-1.5 years, you must check out the thread. It's pure win.

Some of my many favorites from the thread:

"Packaging has received a new graphic."

"try runnin bread spec'd toast and penut speced butter it works out alot better also can cc teeth and slow tongue. may even slow cast time on mouth "

"And lol @ posters asking what his partner was doing the whole time. Ideally she'd be cooling his tongue in some entirely fascinating manner, but far more likely she was being chain cc'ed by the fridge, stove and dishwasher. Meals should just end after a certain amount of burning; the fact that people can be chain burned until their plate is empty is completely ridiculous."

"Edit: Just went over to www.ratedarenabreakfastfoods.com and pancake rep has dropped once again for 2's and 5's. WOW BLIZZ WOW. Guess I'll just have to keep my 3v3 with eggs and OJ going if I want to arena huh? "

"I agree. Also Cereal has so much milk they don't know what to do with it. While other classes need to actually MANAGE their resources, Cereal can just mindlessly frontload.

When was the last time you seen a Cereal go OOM (out of milk)? Seriously? "

"The mouth should just blow cool downs until the tongue can handle it."

"you can one shot the toaster by pulling out the cord "

If you don't understand the humor, you haven't played the game long enough. Feel free to unfavorites WoWInsider, but understand you do so from a place of your own ignorance.

From our readers: Always a DPSer, never a tank {WoW}

May 18th 2009 12:14PM Actually, I think it's important to look closely at what he is saying--he's noting that *pugging* yields questionable results in terms of the other tanks & healers. While there are always multiple sides to every story, I think it's important to acknowledge there is a great deal of truth to this.

I was in a pug Naxx this weekend on an alt with the most horrible DK "tank". While I won't go into the numerous ways in which this tank was horrible (and they are many), the other tanks and healers found it incredibly frustrating to work with this person. Never forget that with the increase in "casualization" of the game, it's far easier for baddies or those who are simply new and inexperienced (they are different things) to waltz into pug runs these days, so I think the claim that the tank has encountered awful healers & tanks is probably not so far fetched.