Posts Tagged ‘Discussion’

Healing Druid: Oh, Leveling.

Warning: This is likely to be a bit long-winded. For that, I apologize.


First I have to state my unbelieveable hatred with cows. I don’t hate cows the animal, I hate the race Tauren. I don’t hate them in the way most people hate Blood Elves, but I hate their size. I hate their mounts. And I hate how much screen real estate they possess. That being said, the majority of my toons are Horde. I made myself a druid cow, and truly had no idea what I was doing. At level 18, I hated it. I shelved the toon in favor of leveling something else (see: Bubble Pally). The boyfriend and I are on a very Horde heavy server. Any time the balance between Horde and Alliance is tipped that far, it means that since the majority if the population is on one side, it also means the majority of the, uh, “not nice” (see: douchebag) players are also on that faction. The boyfriend and I rolled Alliance toons. I can’t speak for him, but I gladly went Alliance because I was so tired of the douche-baggery prevalent on Horde side.

On Alliance, since the boyfriend made a warrior I decided to try my hand at healing… as a druid. I hit 80 recently, and have been slowly working at obtaining gear. I have to say, I love it. I love playing a druid! LOVE!

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Discussion :: How Do You Feel about Cataclysm Spoilers?

We’ve been tempted here several times to discuss some pretty significant Cataclysm spoilers – a lot has come to light now that the beta invites have started flowing and more and more people have been getting their accounts, logging in, and working their way through the quest chains. Some of those spoilers and videos have been so good that I’ve been actively trying not to post them, even though a number of other sites have (I know, I could just post them behind jumps, but still, that just increases the temptation to click, you know?)

So what do you guys think? Are Cataclysm spoilers just unavoidable at this stage in the game? Is there any hope for anyone who wants to install the expansion when it’s released and play it all through seeing all of the sights and reading all of the stories for the first time ever? Or are you holding out hope that there are some community sites that haven’t resorted to posting spoilers, even though we may talk about Cataclysm anyway?

To that end, should we go ahead and post videos and reports from the beta that may contain spoilers? (under a cut, of course!) Let’s hear your thoughts about spoilers (and of course, whether we should post them) in the comments!

More Real ID: A Female Perspective

Originally I wasn’t going to post this here. I was going to post on my personal blog because the blog entry was inevitably going to turn into a diatribe about misogyny, racism, and homophobia. The fury raging in my veins right now started back on the 2nd, when WoW.com posted a Drama Mamas article on racism and general hate speech. Sure I was enraged. I also happily tucked my tail between my legs and went back to not letting anyone know in game that I do, in fact, have girl parts in real life.

Then I wrote about the true and real concerns about Real ID and cautioned readers as well as players to be careful with whom they friend using the Real ID system. Then the lovely Alan writes an informative entry about what is to happen to the Blizzard forums. Then WoW. com opened up the discussion to their readers to find out what the general consensus might be. Insert rumors. Insert the information of employees being handed out all over the internet.

Alan brought up some very valid and very important points to consider. Not everyone who plays WoW does so with no real life concerns over their identity. Many players have had their identities stolen. Many players have had their accounts hacked. Some players are in witness protection programs. Others have been stalked by pissed off guild members. Others still have violent ex’s or family members they’d like to not know about. Some have jobs that are dependent on the current form of anonymity available through the WoW forums. Some have been raped. Others have been abused. The list goes on and on.

The raging feminist in me is downright pissed. Teetering on the verge of tears every time I think about someone I know getting stalked by some creeper from WoW, or anywhere for that matter. Affixing your full name to forum posts opens the door up for search engines (not just google mind you) to find bits of information about you. Is it important that you protect what you do for from from your employers or clients? Because the negative perception surrounding games like World of Warcraft are still prevalent in society, even today, after all of these years? Looking for a better job and want to make sure that you’re marketable? Well, avoid the WoW forums. In a few short months, everything you post, any Blizzard game you play, will be linked to your name. A simple google search might yield results  and cost you that promotion.

Let’s face it, not everyone who plays WoW works in the technology industry where all of your coworkers play video games, own an Xbox and remember playing on the 8-bit Nintendo system when they were 8 years old. Some of us have appearances to keep.

Without delving too much into the sociology of gender roles and the psychology of the negativity surrounding what it is to be female, the simple perceived truth is this: Women cannot play men’s games as well as their male counterparts. Nevermind that my boyfriend plays WoW because of me. Or that I progressed further than he did in Everquest before  he did. Or that he joined my raiding guild long after I quit the game. Oh no. The belief is that I am a terrible player, I will get my guild and party members killed, and it is all to blame on my lack of ability to play a game because I obviously lack the same motor skills that men possess at birth because I am, in fact, female. I am also, by sheer fact of being female, deserving of sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and threats of death and bodily harm if I differ in opinion.

I, personally, don’t find myself on the forums much, but that’s just because it’s nearly impossible for me to find anything I’d like to read there. I’m not looking for a guild, or a raid, or advertising my tradeskills. I don’t have technical problems that a GM has told me to go to the forums to ask my question on. I have posted. I will definitely hesitate to post from now on. We give Blizzard, all of us who play, our names and contact information for account purposes. We give this freely because it has always been kept private and used only for account purposes. Now you’re taking away my ability to keep my information private from the entire world. Even though it was explained that using Real ID in game was a choice. If you didn’t use it no one saw your real name. It was simple. Now you’re not only taking away that choice, but force feeding it to us.

At 1360 pages (as of when I last loaded it) and growing, the amount of outrage cannot go unnoticed. There has to be some sort of compromise. Some middle ground that can be better than the all-or-nothing mentality that Blizzard has recently adopted. While I won’t stop playing the game (at least not yet), this is a huge deterrent to continue. I won’t ask friends to come join me. I won’t try to lure people into the joys of WoW that I have been able to enjoy.

I’m ashamed to be a part of this giant step backwards. Enabling the stalkers and the violent to capitalize on the apparent lack of judgement on the higher ups over at Blizzard. This is a Pandora’s box I wouldn’t want to open. If all of the claims to cancelling accounts are true, the real numbers are likely higher. In college it was always explained that public arenas for voicing opinions are only a small fraction of the population. If this small fraction of the WoW population is outraged and upset, imagine how many behind the scenes are cancelling their accounts and simply not saying anything.

Edit: Mind you this isn’t about your gender (or mine for that matter).  This is about privacy and how a system such as this affects each individual person. What I needed to do was write it all, save as a draft, come back and edit it prior to publishing so that all of my ducks were in the correct row. Instead you get my over-impassioned, all-over-the-place, bouncing from the problems with cyber-stalking leading to real-life stalking and overall privacy concerns. The reality of the situation and what it all boils down to is that while many of us want to believe that women are treated equally to men, this is simply not the case. Women are more likely to be sexually assaulted than men. This is not my opinion, it is pure fact. Real ID opens the doors for all 11 million people within the userbase of World of Warcraft to be found with a simple google search. 11 million people is a helluva lot of people. That is a lot of potential rapes, sexual assaults, stalkings and death. It isn’t funny anymore Blizzard.

It’s ridiculous.

Edit 2: Someone made a challenge. The challenge was met. It’s pretty terrifying how easy it is.

Waiting for Cataclysm

Cataclysm is months away at least, the alpha is raging on but even a private beta hasn’t been announced, and the only content we have to look forward to before Cataclysm is released will be the Ruby Sanctum, the retaking of Gnomeregan, and the quest to retake the Echo Isles….not to mention all of the pre-planning and world events that will lay the foundation for the events in Cataclysm….okay fine, there’s plenty to look forward to before Cataclysm hits store shelves, but that’s not the point.

It’s clear that we’re through all of the major content for this expansion. So now that Wrath of the Lich King is about over and done with from a story and lore perspective, what are you doing while you wait for the next big event, raid, dungeon, or feature to drop?

I’ve seen a number of people taking breaks from the game so they can come back fresh when Cataclysm is ramping up, and I’ve also seen a number of people taking the time to do their “bucket lists” of achievements and events that will likely go away once the expansion is released and Azeroth is irrevocably changed. Others are just bored, running around in circles or doing battlegrounds or leveling alts – how are you passing the time? Let us know in the comments!

Discussion: Are YOU Going to Blizzcon?

So the first day of Blizzcon ticket sales came and went in about a half-hour last night after they went on sale, and there’s only one day left — this Sunday — when tickets will go on sale again and everyone who didn’t get one yesterday combined with everyone who specifically planned on waiting for this Sunday will flood the Blizzard Store to try and get theirs.

So what about you? Are you planning a trip to Blizzcon this year? Have you purchased your ticket already or are you planning on grabbing one Sunday? Shot it out in the comments and let us know!

Why I Love Playing a Hunter, or My Scatter Shot Brings All the Girls to The Yard

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Of all the classes and characters I have, the only class I have more than one of is the hunter. My main is a hunter, and while my first character wasn’t a hunter, I quickly gravitated to the class and wound up playing one up through 60 during vanilla. When my friends and I changed servers during Burning Crusade, I was hesitant to transfer the hunter I had put so much energy and effort into, so what did I do? Roll a new hunter on the new server to see whether or not I wanted to stay there.

That hunter quickly became my main, and I even wound up transferring my other hunter (along with a number of other characters) to the new server. Whenever I log in, I default to my hunter, even though I would love to spend a little more time with some of my lower-level alts who desperately need some time and attention, and would change up some of my gameplay and give me some variation in the game. Still, I love the hunter class, and I love playing a hunter. Why? It’s simple – the hunter is probably one of the most dynamic, most accessible at entry but challenging at the end classes in the game.

People go on and on about how hunters are easy to level and every piece of gear is “hunter gear,” and while I think the former is true and the latter is on purpose, they’re both very positive things. The hunter is probably one of the classes in the game that’s the easiest to play through and the easiest with which to experience the game, and the easiest entry-level classes to play. At the same time, the hunter is probably one of the most challenging classes at the end of the game to play really really well.

The fact that everything is “hunter loot” is a double-edged sword – it opens the door to hunters being able to wear just about any weapon, debate whether their own mail is better than leather designed for rogues, and so on – but that’s the beauty of it – you may be able to wear anything, but that doesn’t mean that everything is good for you. It’s very easy to trip yourself up wearing something that looks good but kills you in a different way. The hunter, especially at end-game and in raiding, is one of the most cerebral classes, where talent builds, glyphs, enchants, and gems all make the difference between being a good hunter and a great hunter; doing good DPS and doing amazing DPS.

It’s those challenges, combined with the ability to really soar through the game at lower levels and make tangible improvements, makes the hunter probably the most attractive class in the game for me. The hunter “experience,” as in leveling the class, experiencing the game through the eyes of the hunter, is probably some of the most well defined experiences in the game, and not nearly as disjointed as some of the other classes where you just don’t feel like the way the class plays through the game ties well into the way Azeroth is evolving.

That being said, there’s something to being essentially a ranger with a pet; playing two objects at once – being able to send in your pet and do damage from far away, and being uniquely able to solo encounters and battles that other classes simply can’t do alone.

The hunter is one of the few classes in the game where it’s easy to play, takes some thought to be good, and takes a lot of thought to be great. The difference between the low-end hunters (the so-called “huntards”) and the high-end hunters who are proud of their skills and abilities (and make no mistake, I know plenty of high-end hunters with great gear and great raiding experience but still only a half-idea of how to play their classes, meaning they’ve gone through the motions of being great, but they just fail at thinking so they’re stuck at the back of the pack) is huge – moreso than just about any other class.

Plus? The hunter class is just sexy. I mean really, come on. Admit it.

So what’s your favorite class? Which class do you just love, no matter which class is your main? Shout it out in the comments!

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