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Love is in the Air achievements retroactive? {WoW}

Feb 7th 2010 5:10PM Confirmed. All I was missing this year was the Perma-Peddle and the new SFK Bosses, and I finished both within a few hours of the holiday starting. Another holiday knocked off my list.

Are Bloodlust/Heroism drums incoming? {WoW}

Jan 6th 2010 6:32PM No. No, no, no, no, no. NO. Just...NO.

Kings and Wild are fine for drums, but Bloodlust/Heroism, unlike Wild and Kings, are a defining aspect of the Shaman class. Wild and Kings were mainly given drums for the 5-mans that didn't have a Druid or Paladin, or the rare 10-mans without either. Even then, the buffs were nerfed to provide incentive to get Paladins and Druids into the group anyways, but have the drums available in a pinch; neither ability, however, defines their class. Paladins still have their bubbles and shields, and Druids have other abilities depending on their tree.

Shamans, have Bloodlust. Yes we have Totems, but Bloodlust is our big thing. It defines every Shaman, since it's not bound to any particular tree or spec. Any Shaman can cast it, whether they're healing or casting in the back, or fisting up front. It's raid wide, and can grant an absolutely massive DPS increase if timed with other CDs. But no raid needs Bloodlust to down a boss; you may need the extra stats from Kings and Wild, and bosses are tuned for that, but to my knowledge no current bosses are tuned for Bloodlust. Fights assume Bloodlust isn't there, and it can only make encounters easier if you have a Shaman present.

I guess what I'm getting at is, Kings and Wilds are not the be-all-end-all of the Paladins or Druids, since both have plenty of other abilities they have to aid parties and raids. But aside from our limited range totems, Bloodlust is all Shamans have; our main power lies in our specs, but Bloodlust is our sole, guaranteed raid buff, it's our bread and butter, and you can't just take that away without some serious penalty.

But if they're really considering giving Bloodlust a drumset, then I want to see major drawbacks to discourage its use: much fewer charges (say 10 or so), shorter duration (50 to 75% of normal time up), same buff percentage, but longer sated (125 to 150% longer). Many 10 mans choose between another healer/DPS and a Shaman Healer/DPS, and Bloodlust is what gets us in. You take that away without serious consequence, and suddenly Shamans aren't necessarily needed as much anymore since they can just use knock-off Lust.

Ask Engadget HD: How do I get the best audio from my PS3, without HDMI? {Engadget HD}

Nov 11th 2009 6:19PM No HDMI doesn't mean you can't have superb sound from your PS3. Use an Optical TOSLINK cable to hook up your PS3 to your receiver, and make sure you check output for Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 sound format support. The PS3 will decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA into LPCM, then recode it into DTS 5.1 on the fly (or extract the DTS core from DTS-HD audio tracks). The beautiful part about this is that the DTS stream is full bandwidth at 1.5Mbps, more than double that of a Dolby Digital 640Kbps stream and slightly higher than an audio CD (a little less than 1.2Mbps). It's still lossy sound compared to the original soundtracks, but unless you're pumping out the audio to some very nice speakers, you probably won't notice the difference if you upgrade (though the difference between DTS and DD can be heard on even consumer HTiB speakers, depending on the person; some people still can't hear the difference, but that's neither here nor there).

TL;DR verison: Use TOSLINK Optical to connect the PS3 to your A/V Receiver. Select Dolby Digital and DTS output in the audio section (or auto-config if you're unsure). Make SURE you use BITSTREAM OUTPUT in video playback, or else you'll get 2.0 Stereo Sound (LPCM, or Lossless output should ONLY be selected when sending audio over HDMI to a properly equipped receiver when using a fat PS3).

I used those same settings for years with my B&W 684s, and they sounded nothing less than divine with a full-bandwidth DTS Soundtrack. You'll still be in for a real treat when everything is configured properly.

Patch 3.3 PTR: Ghostcrawler explains Paladin changes {WoW}

Oct 28th 2009 12:11PM Nerf away, I say! Anything to help even the balance between Paladins and Shaman in PvP.

Nerf nerf nerf away!

Totem Talk: The elusive shaman tank {WoW}

Oct 24th 2009 7:03PM Heh. Not only were the Shaman and Paladin uncoupled with the release of BC, they became Polar Opposites with regards to PvP and, depending on the patch, DPS output; Shaman were nerfed into the dirt, and...well, the comics speak for themselves, though this one comes to mind as of late: http://cad-comic.com/comic.php?d=20090916

In progress: List of shuttered Game Crazy locations; MW2 Prestige pre-order, general pre-order, credits details {Joystiq}

Oct 1st 2009 1:07PM Small world! Yes, I meant Diane. She didn't even have the balls to fire me in person, she waited for me to come in on a Saturday Morning, and told my manager to call her after I opened the store. I chose to call her first, and she fired me -over the freaking phone-. I flipped my shit, much to the celebration of my boss and coworkers there.

Lucky for her, I left without incident. The others, however? Heh, yeah, not so much.

The icing on the cake would be her getting fired and blackballed from the company like she did to me.

In progress: List of shuttered Game Crazy locations; MW2 Prestige pre-order, general pre-order, credits details {Joystiq}

Oct 1st 2009 11:03AM I feel your pain, brother. My DM fired me before store closing because I refused to sell pre-orders and told customers to use up their credits. I loved my job there, and would do it again in a heartbeat if I got paid properly for it.

Closing Game Crazy stores begin clearance sales this weekend [update] {Joystiq}

Sep 30th 2009 4:05PM Who said the discounts were illegal? It's more deciding to honor a coupon or mention a special than altering prices in the system. I'm not flubbing prices, I was staying well within the policies of the company.

Still, nice to see the trolls are still bored enough to pick on someone trying to help the other readers out. /sarcasm

Closing Game Crazy stores begin clearance sales this weekend [update] {Joystiq}

Sep 30th 2009 3:03PM URM0MLIK3SME: No, online prices are independent of the stores themselves. That goes for pretty much any brick-and-mortar store, like Target or Best Buy.

ArchiGamer: No. My store closed in February of 2008, and because of the dismissal by my DM, I've been blackballed from the company. A shame, really; if they paid me $50k and benefits, I'd run the store for the rest of my life. I loved my job.