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  1. Wow. I finally got a chance to read through the entire thread...

    I didn't think anything could top the Remixanator for pure April Fool's funny, but the responses in the thread are pure win!

    Also, for something that was put together in three days, I'm really impressed. It really was possible to net some startlingly groove-worthy tunes out of the Remixanator.

  2. That is neither casual gaming nor hardcore gaming. That is idiot gaming.

    Depends how you look at it. Is someone that spends $50 on a Gunbound costume neccessarily stupider than someone who spends $50 of World of Warcraft monthly fees grinding instances to get a Tier 6 armor set?

    Both are, when you get right down to it, "shinies". Meaningless bits of data that look cool.

    Anyway, I wasn't really trying to separate out between casual and hardcore. I'm in full agreement that there's no such thing. I was really trying to address the difference between games that have an inherent "buy stuff!" portion and games that do not, and how while the psychological trick is the same, how it is used is significantly different. World of Warcraft is one of the worst offenders, and you don't get much more "hardcore" than the guys that lock themselves in a basement with the expansion and grind to max level in under a week.

  3. What kind of cheap psychological tricks are unique to Farmville/Mafia Wars that are not unique to most other games like Bejeweled or Peggle? (or World of Warcraft, or Heroes of Newerth or Team Fortress 2 or Mass Effect)

    I would say the difference is not in the techniques used, but in the end result.

    Peggle is just as addictive as World of Warcraft - I've sunk dozens of hours into Peggle and still get a thrill when I beat a challenge or get a full clear. However, my total investment into Peggle is about $60. $20 for Peggle, $20 for Peggle Nights a couple years later, and a further $20-$30 for Peggle DS.

    The cost sunk into World of Warcraft though....ooogh.

    One provides entertainment and keeps me playing by using the psychological tricks, and gets me to buy the sequel. The other uses the tricks to keep you playing and extracts money from you constantly while you're playing. There is a fee associated with playing WoW or any other MMO, and many of these supposedly "free" online games use those same tricks to get you to buy shiny armor or a pretty hat. That was the concept behind shareware games, and it's how many so-called casual games make up their revenue streams.

    An iconic example of this is Gunbound, which ran for years and made a bundle of cash despite being totally free. The number of people I saw with $50-$100 worth of costume jewelry (that didn't even affect the gameplay of the zone I was in) always amazed me. I can only assume the "avatar bonuses ON" zone was even worse in this regard.

  4. I've generally found that you can avoid a large percentage of the youngsters simply by picking which games you play online carefully. Turn-based strategy games in particular tend to weed out most of the really immature folks, because they don't have the patience for it. Additonally, a lot of older people play that sort of game because it fits the demographic a lot better, and as such a lot more respect is shown.

    Of course, you still get the nutjobs just like in any game, but the ones that are actually persistent enough to stick with a turn-based game while being immature get known around the community pretty quickly, and can be safely ignored.

    The massed 12-year-olds in online FPS games is why I no longer even bother. The ratio of douche:normal is just too high.

  5. A recent one for me.

    Playing Dragon Age, I'm on the final boss of the Dwarven deep roads. I've been getting my ass handed to me all day long, and I finally, FINALLY manage to win the battle through a large amount of luck and extreme effort. As the cutscene begins after defeating the boss...BOOM. BSOD.

    Reason #148345 why nobody should use Vista, ever.

  6. I was kinda dissapointed in the tinfoil hat, since it was either mistakenly or intentionally leaked a couple weeks ago. If you moused over one of the dried rations in the rewards page, it brought up the tinfoil hat.

  7. When I first checked the thread out I thought it was real, since I hadn't noticed the Recapitated on the front page. Once I figured out what everyone was talking about and actually went and checked it out, I laughed my ass off.

  8. There's no denying it's great, but there's no way in shit that's the *best* in the Blizzard fan-art museum.

    Heh, it's all a matter of opinion I suppose. I have in fact seen all those others previously, and the one I posted is still my favorite.

    I stand by my opinion.*

    *Opinion held by this poster is his own and in no way reflects the opinions of you, your mother, your mother's cat, or any other conceivable being. Do not take opinion with with any other drugs. Your results may vary.

  9. Best bet is to go BM and kite the hell outta them and let your pet do most of the dps. It's lame but yeah, locks and all. Youll probably still need to get lucky. Also, use your Insignia of the Horde. Owait lol alliance. You can try and freeze their pet too. Even if you're out of fear range Death coil can screw you over into a chain fear so...yeah...

    BM with Bestial Wrath/TBW eats locks for breakfast.

  10. Doug, what's your pally's name?

    My toons on Illidan:

    Wolfenleid (lvl 62 orc hunter)

    Composure (lvl 29 blood elf paladin)

    Spectral (lvl lowbie blood elf rogue)

    Bismuth (lvl lowbie undead priest)

    also, my brother rolled on Illidan:

    Brana (lvl 32 blood elf paladin)

    And as I said earlier, 58-60 was nothing. I did that in an afternoon in the plaguelands. But 60+ is a bitch for some reason. Maybe I'm not getting as much xp as I should be for some reason? Most mobs give me 300-500xp without rest, quest turnins anywhere from 6,000-10,000 xp.

    Probably has something to do with that horrid hunter nerf last patch. My DPS has been reduced about 45%, and that's AFTER getting new outlands gear.

    That's why I'm a BM hunter right now - the hunter nerf barely touched me. Pre-PVP change DPS: 120. Post-PVP change DPS: 190

    Current DPS: 230. At least, that's my base DPS shown on the character sheet, since I don't have any stat mods running. Even using just those numbers though, when I pop all my cooldowns my DPS + my pet's exceeds 600.

    Oh, and 37 DPS shells ftw.

  11. Dude, levelling up my hunter is going to be majorly asstastic now. Sure they're beefing up the end-game gear to compensate for the agility nerf, but what about those of us who aren't at end-game yet? We're just supposed to deal with having extremely gimp DPS until then?

    Given that hunters can take mobs 6 levels higher than them anyway, I wouldn't worry about it.

    Blizz really needs to get their ass in gear and get the servers up though...too eager to try out my new build, but it's taking them for friggin' ever to update.

  12. Holy CRAP I finally did a successful 45min Baron run last night. It was exhilarating(however you spell it). That objective truly epitomizes teamwork. Me (the tank), a priest, two mages, and a rogue totally owned it up with 15 minutes at the abom gate.

    So yeah, to my despair I received a quest AFTER the 45min Baron quest. I looked on thotbott and there are THREE MORE QUESTS after this one. Man this tier .5 chain is fucking long and expensive. However, I already accomplished two of them; now I just gotta farm Ogre beads and then do some other shit.

    Why bother with 0.5 gear? PVP gear and stuff you can get from instances is much better than it, for the most part.

    And obviously, if you're able to raid, 0.5 is absolute garbage when it comes to tanking gear.

    In my experience, .5 is better than anything that drops in instances other than DM blues for the non-raider. And even then, once you get the full set the set bonus makes it better even than that.

    .5 was made for people who despise raiding, like me. I've got the time to be a hardcore raider, but I've stepped foot in MC exactly once. After 6 hours in there, I swore off 40-mans forever.

    PvP gear does rock though, but it takes a LONG grind to get anything better than .5 gear - I'd say it takes less time to get .5 than it does to get any really good PvP gear (Rank 10 and up).

  13. I tend to act as honorable as I can in world PvP. In other words, I don't go after someone who is low on health from fighting a mob, I make sure they WANT to PvP before attacking, don't corpse camp, etc.

    That said, I play on a PvP server and don't expect any mercy, although corpse-camping someone just for the sake of camping them has always struck me as being a jackass move. People should earn a corpse-camping.

    Also, if you steal my minerals/fish/herbs/quest mob, it's ON. My favorite was encountering a level 30 ally fishing Deviate fish in the barrens. I walked up to him, did /boggle /no /shoo at him, and then beat him to death with my fishing pole 3 times before he got the hint and left.

  14. This was definitely one of the funnier episodes I've seen in awhile that's for sure.


    "MOM!!...HOT POCKETS!!"

    The funniest thing about this for me was that I was actually eating a Hot Pocket while playing WoW and watching South Park. :lol:

  15. After the expansion comes out, it won't be World of Warcraft anymore - it'll be World of Blizzard. Let me take you through it.

    Warcraft - this should be obvious. 90% of the game.

    Diablo - learning skills from books, randomized items.

    Diablo II - the talent trees are ripped directly from D2's skill trees.

    Starcraft - Silithids = Zerg. They even have creep for crying out loud. Draenai = Protoss - just look at that screenshot for proof.

    Every one of Blizzard's games is now incorporated into one big honkin' MMO. I think we haven't heard about any new games from them because there ARE none. The next Battleground will be Starcraft 2, you just watch.

  16. Winterspring can also be a damn good place for a herbalist, depending on your server's herb prices. On mine (Kalecgos), Icecap actually outsells mountain silversage and dreamfoil. I still haven't figured out why.

  17. Oh god, don't be so naive that you think a talent review is going to cause your effectiveness in battle to jump 200% :roll:

    Remember the hunter review? Hmm? After the hunter review, hunters were GODLY. We took a major nerf in the next patch and have been taking minor nerfs ever since, deservedly. My pet became a fire-and-forget caster killer - Bestial Wrath + Bloodseeker bat was sheer ownage.

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