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2009/03/12 at 2:50 AM
A long time ago, at the height of my raiding career in Burning Crusade, I sat down and wrote the following sublime piece of poetry:
I hope you are a warlock
I encourage you to contribute your own to my list of WoW haiku. The standard format is 5-7-5, and the person who contributes the best one may or may not win a gold plated skateboarding whale.
Mommy, Where Does QQ Come From?
2009/03/08 at 2:00 PM
A little while ago I had a conversation with a user that got me thinking.
He was talking for a bit about how he didn't want Wowhead to turn into WowSpace, and that while he granted that the forums were a great addition to Wowhead, he also expressed frustration about troll posters, feeling that they caused the Wowhead forums to bring the overall quality of Wowhead down, rather than up.
Now, I don't mean to suggest that this user was QQing. He was expressing his honest opinion and I respect him for it. But it started to make me think about the nature of people, and why we complain about the things we do.
There's No Such Thing as a Cheap Lunch
2009/03/05 at 1:21 AM
I feel like I might have been a little too down on PvP last time, so I'd like to continue my Street Fighter metaphor from my
. To that end, I have a shocking revelation for many of you:
“Being cheap” doesn't exist in competitive games.
I, like everyone else, have fallen repeatedly to rogues in PvP situations where I've been simply stunlocked from 100% health until I die, and frequently even by rogues that have worse gear or are lower level than me, just like I've lost against people in Street Fighter that do nothing but jump kick/sweep.
We all know that classes have had balance issues in the past, and will continue to have balance issues in the future (though some might argue they're worse now than they have been), Blizzard isn't perfect, but when you get demolished in PvP by a Death Knight, ask yourself: Do you say, “Oh, well, it's a DK, so it doesn't count” or do you say, “Hmm, okay, what can I do differently next time to increase my odds of winning?”
Worgen - E.D. With Attitude
2009/03/01 at 3:36 AM
They are fearless. They are many. They are entire dimensions from home.
I'm talking about worgen, a race of wolf-men creatures which somewhat contrast the nature-loving furbolg (read about those furries
). Worgen are extra-dimensional creatures, as best our undead friends can tell, which exist for the sole purpose of destroying anything and everything they encounter. They were thought to be tame, or at least tame enough to be controlled for the purposes of good, but the worgen secretly mutinied against their new found masters.
Despite differences between furbolg, worgen, and myself there's one thing we all share in common—
we're really hungry!
The Secret Dungeon!
2009/02/26 at 1:54 AM
So by now I can imagine just about everyone has seen the preview for the new Ulduar raid dungeon.
If you haven't, you can find it here:
Once again Blizzard provides us with a walking tour of some of their most epic locations. It's beautiful work, and I'm really excited to see it in action—one of the things that I especially like about World of Warcraft is the architecture, and the Titan architecture is my favorite of all.
What really blows my mind about all this, though, is how good Blizzard is at keeping secrets.
Player vs. Street
2009/02/21 at 4:55 AM
I never got particularly into fighting games. Until fairly recently, I could never pull off any of the special moves with any amount of regularity, let alone ridiculously complicated combos, and without being able to do the move you want to do, suddenly you're not competing against the person you're sitting next to or against a computer, you're competing against your own hand eye coordination. I'm not down on personal tests of hand eye coordination, but I generally dislike situations in which I'm faced with a challenge that I need to surpass to even be able to compete on the same level as someone else.
That's why I'm so excited about Street Fighter 4. According to my brief experiences playing it (it only was released for consoles on the 17th), and what I've read about it, it seems like they're trying to move away from complicated special moves and combos, and towards predicting what the opponent is going to do, and reacting to it before they can do it.
I guess what I'm really trying to say here is that I don't particularly like PvP.
That Darn Furbolg
2009/02/20 at 2:04 PM
Some 10,000 years ago
, revered mage of the
and a member of The Six who oversee
, negotiated an alliance between earthen, tauren, night elves, and a mysterious bear-man race who supposedly originated in
. The alliance proved successful against the Burning Legion for the time being. Over the years these bear-men, given the term furbolg, befriended the night elves and tauren. The night elves found nurturing allies in the furbolg as they were invaluable for their knowledge of the moonlit forests. However, the Burning Legion would not let this truce go unhindered for long.
Our blog entry today deals with the furbolg. I bet a lot of you have seen them in-game, whether you recognized them or not. Through time, I have learned to appreciate some of the finer points of lore and I think these creatures are simply fascinating. Some of you may be curious about what a furbolg is and why exactly I am obsessed with them. Well, who cares!
THEY HAVE FUR AND CLAWS!
2009/02/04 at 7:55 PM
I'd like you to meet my good friend World of Warcraft. We've been friends for about two years now, off and on.
I could talk about all the positive qualities that my friend WoW has, that he's always available to hang out when I'm free, that he's got a bunch of other friends, invites me to parties, all those things.
More than anything though, I've always thought WoW was awesome because WoW
wants me to succeed
Gearing Up IRL
2009/01/29 at 7:24 PM
All of us already know that WoW, and by extension Warcraft, is an exceedingly successful franchise. After all, we likely wouldn't be here if it wasn't. So with that in mind, I find myself wondering today about the numerous other sub-franchises that have sprung up around it.
Licensing is an amazing thing. You can get your guild crest printed on a
. You can have a three-dimensional
cast of your character, in whatever gear you're wearing at the time. You can read
about WoW. You can even play the WoW
, or the WoW
Trading Card Game
, or the WoW
, or the WoW
, or any number of other ways o
2009/01/28 at 7:50 PM
I submit to you the following question:
“Is your WoW character a violent person?”
Ostensibly, the answer would have to be yes, given that probably about 90% of what your character does involves fighting. And yet, I'm not exactly sure that needs to be the case. Is someone a “violent” character if they routinely use violence to accomplish goals that can
be accomplished through violent means?
Philosophy of a Good Player
2009/01/26 at 8:54 PM
Recently I began digging around in various forums (both here at
and at other sites) trying to find a few good replies to the question, "What does it take to be a good DPS?"
Many players are still learning, or perhaps just started the game—and with over 11 million players, surely there are questions. My goal is to provide answers of a different color. Today I'm throwing out another (hopefully) thought-provoking entry. I originally planned it around damage dealers exclusively, but this entry can be applied to many roles (and in real life). And no, it was not conceived that way because I'm suffering from an influx of
Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3
. Okay, maybe I lied. Maybe. =)
Tamat Interviews Mia Rose
2009/01/22 at 3:43 PM
So those of you who have been reading news (and watching some of those video interviews) over at our sister site,
, will know Andrew "
" Beegle, the editor-in-chief. Since we've been working together on editorial stuff on our respective sites, I've granted Tamat blogging privileges here on the Wowhead blog, so he can let you guys know when they have a particularly awesome story running over there.
Today's particularly awesome story is an interview with miss
from CES this year. I admit to being a little reluctant at first ("oh ha ha cute girl plays WoW we get it"), but the shirt sold me—and as it turns out, she's a more hardcore WoW player than I am.
Those who are offended by mildly NSFW content are probably better off not clicking. :P
The interview is up on Allakhazam
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