Being forced to wait until midnight for a raid that's scheduled to start at 8:00 PM because the guild's only main tank is "having Authenticator problems and is having trouble logging on, but he's our best tank and we can't promote player X to main tank despite their better gear" really really sucks. I'd rather not have the same issue myself.As for people "needing" one? Maybe you should try a reasonably secure OS instead of Microsoft's garbage du jour. And practice reasonable security procedures, like not falling for every single keylogger spam that comes down the tube.Firstly, thats the fault of your guild, not the authenticator, if the main tank can't meet the raid deadline, or indeed if you're desperate for him to MT then at most 15 mins after the scheduled start, then you roll out without him. You do not keep 10/25 people waiting for 4 hours for a raid because your guild leader/raid leader cannot delegate the task to someone else.Secondly, while i hold no particular love for the Windows OS, the hard truth is that it is the OS supported by the majority of application developers. If applications people need (or indeed want) to use arent available on other OS'es, then they are not viable alternatives.
I can only imagine my dyslexic little sister having to do this every time she wanted to play a game ^.^I don't mind active and strong encouragement of people having them (and giving them out free with cataclysm is a great idea), I'm just not sure about requiring every account to have one.
I hope to gosh they make authenticators mandatory, my account recently got hacked then banned, and I sincerely hope nobody else has to go through that.
Secondly, while i hold no particular love for the Windows OS, the hard truth is that it is the OS supported by the majority of application developers. If applications people need (or indeed want) to use arent available on other OS'es, then they are not viable alternatives.The phrase "Vicious Cycle" comes to mind. Developers think (or are paid by microsoft to think) that Windoze is the only properly supported OS, so they only develop for it, thus perpetuating the cycle.Anyway, the lack of games on MacOS goes all the way back to the days when you played a game by putting the game's game floppy in Drive A (or Slot 6, Drive 1 on an Apple II), the game's save disk in Drive B, and then turned on the computer and booted to the game instead of your OS. In MacOS you had such things as the Apple Human Interface Guidelines and the fact that you were supposed to use Apple's OS and disk formats.By the way, most of the programmers responsible were fired when Windows 95 came out, because they wouldn't write for that either.
I can only imagine my dyslexic little sister having to do this every time she wanted to play a game ^.^Your sister might be unique, but in general, having worked with dyslexics for more than 10 years, my experience is that their weak point is connecting letters and the sound letters make. Normally they have strong memories, as they use memorization as a means to spell while the rest of us have the advantage of often being able to hear what letters are in a word we try to spell..The vast majority of dyslexics I've worked with had no trouble with the names of the letters in the alphabet, all though lower case b and d are often mistaken. Numbers and math skill are normally functioning on the same level as the rest of us, but you have to consider that many dyslexics have had a rough time in school and may have skipped classes and left school at an early age. If you only had 4 years of school and skipped 50% of your classes, naturally your math skill might not be at the same level as someone with 8-9 years of schooling and a higher attendance. In general there should be no connection between math skills and being dyslexic unless you have some general brain deficiency making learning harder.Again, your sister might be unique and have a hard time identifying and remembering the 6 digits of an authenticator, but in general I wouldn't worry too much about dyslexics and their ability to read and enter 6 digits..
This is something they SHOULD have done already with the release of LK which would have saved me a good 20,000 in gold and mats (was hacked shortly after the launch).However, assuming Blizzard isn't being a greedy SoB, then Cataclysm would be the oppurtune time to include the authenticators for new and returning players. I wouldn't make it manadatory for existing players, but new accounts would require it.Then again, imo, Cataclysm should become the core component of the game, rendering a seat of Vanilla obsolete. With Cataclysm a player can level to 85 by questing in Azeroth, instances, and battlegrounds. But to experience questing and instances in Outland (not to mention making leveling faster), draenei / blood elves, jewelcrafting, or EoS battlegrounds, players will need to purchase the Burning Crusade. Same with inscription, death knights, Northrend content, and the new battlegrounds.