Feb 13th 2012 2:51PM I've explained it like a football team. Instead of going to a football field, you all work as a team to play together in a computer game. Each person has a different role you specialize in (QB, kicker, etc.) and you change up your strategy depending on what play you're doing.
The more time you get to practice together, the better you get as a team. You feel that your fellow raiders are like teammates, and although everybody comes from a different background, you share a shared interest and common goals within the game.
For people who aren't as sports-oriented, I explain that it's like an orchestral symphony. Each person plays a different instrument, and you have a conductor who guides you along as you perform different pieces.
Once you put it that way, it's very easy them to understand and appreciate what you do when you raid. It's no longer just a computer game, but a team activity.
Jan 26th 2012 2:30PM I'm leveling a prot warrior at the moment (learning the other side of the game, since I've played a healer most of the time)--and now I can greatly sympathize with tanks who complain about out-of-control DPS. I was in Maraudon when a pally who had queued up as the healer, decided he wouldn't wait for the group, and just kept running ahead and trying to DPS everything himself. He wouldn't bother healing himself, and he wouldn't heal ME. I warned him once, and got zero response. I finally said, "Well if you think you can tank, DPS, and heal at the same time, why did you even queue to pug this? Have fun soloing!" and I left group.
In another instance, this time in Undead Strat, I had a lock who had zero notion of how to work as a team. That one corner before Baroness where you've got two flying pats, a spider, a banshee, and 2-3 groups of adds, he says, "Pull them all so I can AoE!" and then proceeded to dot them all. We actually survived thanks to an awesome healer... but when we got to Baroness and he decided to send his felguard to attack that banshee off in the very left corner (the one you normally just ignore) instead of knowing enough to send his pet in to hit the boss, that was it. After the boss went down, I said, "Look, you have three choices: Follow the tank, drop the group, or I'm out of here. Your choice." When his response was, "Listen, you!" -- I /waved, and dropped. I would've just voted to kick, but a few of his guildmates were in the dungeon and I assumed they would veto the kick.
Dec 31st 2011 3:02PM Kitty!!!!
Dec 22nd 2011 4:25PM Ooo fingers crossed!
Dec 7th 2011 2:11PM CORRECTION: The daily quests do *NOT* give you profession skill-ups!! You're talking about the profession-related quests, which give you DMF tickets, a DMF game token (that lets you play the dailies), and some skill-up points. Apparently you can only do these once a month.
Oh and by the way, that thread about items costing too much at the new DMF? The thread is now at over 60 pages (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3657441916) without end. I don't think any of us want freebies just handed to us, but I think many of us believe the effort-reward ratio is way too stiff right now. Here's to hoping they'll listen to our suggestions and offer some serious tweaks.
Nov 1st 2011 5:21PM Robin and Lisa -- I often relish reading your column, and for the most part, agree with your advice and appreciate all the help you provide.
That said, I'm a little concerned with this particular case.
This borders on criminal activity, and at minimum, needs professional assistance.
The wife's friend can offer support, but I would be full of questions. What does she mean by "left her husband"? Has she filed for divorce? Does she have a restraining order against him? Is she living in a domestic abuse shelter? Does she have a lawyer?
This goes well beyond WoW. The wife needs to make sure (perhaps with her friend's help) that the husband does not get close, even in-game. She needs to file a restraining order, which she can then take to the guild's officers so that they can remove him from the guild. If they refuse, she needs to leave, at least for a while. That she is afraid of "repercussions" if she drops her RealID with him really worries me that she is not treating this in the serious manner she should.
Sep 20th 2011 6:15PM Well dang. There goes all my effort in collecting common dresses to wear. There's some nice ones out there, too. Boo!
Aug 15th 2011 8:29PM Sunaseni -- May I suggest that you re-read my post so you can understand what I wrote? The link to Wikipedia was offered so readers could understand the wide range of offenses that require registration (instead of people just posting anecdotal information), and then my suggestion was specifically for the guild leader to speak to the person instead of dismissing it outright. Where in my post did I judge the registrant?
Aug 15th 2011 6:33PM A lot of people's comments are related to the list itself. What sort of offenses qualify for these sex registries, or anecdotal tales of family members or friends who wound up having to be on the registry after mooning friends at a frat party, etc.
First, I strongly encourage everyone (including those reading this article, as well as the guild leader) to go and read the basic Wikipedia page on sex offender registries in the U.S. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_offender_registration#United_States). Those offenses that wind up causing so much grief (public indecency, etc.) are Tier 1 offenses. I think being required to register for 15 years is ridiculous, but that's what the law requires. Tier III offenses, however, including offenses that are far worse, and would easily be considered a sexual crime (sex with a child under 12, rape, etc.), and those individuals have to be on the register for the rest of their lives.
Second, if I were the guild leader, the first thing I would have done is talked to the person who is on the registry, to find out what tier their offense was. Sure, the person could lie, but assuming they tell the truth, I think it will matter a great deal to some guild members whether the person "made a mistake and had sex with a 17-year-old" or "spent 10 years in jail for rape and is out on probation."
Third: The toughest part for me if I were the guild leader, is whether to make this information generally known to the guild. As the Mamas pointed out, we shouldn't be ostracizing players... but at the same time, we should do what we can to provide a safe environment for guild members.
... my likely action would have been to make a generic announcement to the guild that we have a person who is on the federal sex offender registry in the guild, and for people to never release their personal information in the guild or in the game. That protects the members, protects the registrants' privacy, and is CYA for me as a guild leader.
I would be perfectly understandable if some members choose to leave the guild. They may be women who feel unsafe, they could have children who also play the game, etc.
Aug 12th 2011 5:23PM WoW is rated T for teens. I'm going to have to be blunt here: 9 years old is too young to be playing an MMO like WoW.
I'm sure the child enjoys playing the game, and I'm sure the parent likes being able to play with him. But 9 years old is simply too young; parenting becomes almost impossible in an environment where you can't shield him from bullying or such racist, sexist language. [That's not even talking about the issue of teaching a game where the goal is to kill "living" things, or to kill other players]
I would offer a couple of suggestions:
- Wait to play an MMO like WoW until the child is a teenager and can handle such poor behavior better.
- Play a different adventure game that's not an MMO
- Have your child join a kid-friendly MMO like Club Penguin.