Yes, I know... I haven't been too visible lately. Work has been keeping me so busy this past week that I haven't even been able to keep up with all the Twittering. But this next week looks like it is going to slow down a bit so I should be back to normal soon. Well... my rendition of "normal" that is.
One thing I do want to comment on before jumping into the Weekly Wrapup (and yea, I changed the name) - the world first legendary daggers. So it seems as though some enterprising rogue decided to hop servers to be able to clear Dragon Soul multiple times in a week to be able to finish off the quest faster. It was also suggested that his whole raid team did the same thing.
Do I think this is gaming the system? Yes, I do believe this is gaming the system. Do I think that this is "cheating?" No, as much as people cry out, I do not believe this is cheating. I think that Blizzard implemented a system that allows this, and it is well within their ability to prevent this if they wanted to. It is a cheesy move, no doubt, but just because I think something is cheesy to do, doesn't make it cheating.
Although I am still annoyed that I am about two boss kills away from being able to get the second phase daggers. But again... enough QQ... on to the Weekly Wrapup.
Special mention (Yes, this is quality enough to come before even the Rogue Tidbits):
Cynwise wrote a most excellent article titled On Snow Crash, Virtual Avatars, and Warcraft's Social Network Appeal. Read it. I'll give a basic overview, but read it yourself. Actually no, I won't. I can't summarize this article in a manner that does it justice. I do have to say that I disagree with Cyn's notion that guilds are at risk, but time will tell that. Again... what are you doing still reading this? Go there and read Cyn's article now.
Squelchy comments on the upcoming nerf to the Dragon Soul raid and seems to approve of these nerfs as ultimately they will "do wonders for guild morale and cohesion." I personally feel that its a bit too soon, but this also leads me to believe that the Mists of Pandaria expansion will be out toward the end of summer. If we figure a 5% nerf every month up to 30% like ICC, that could put a 5.0 drop date around August with the the Pandas appearing shortly thereafter.
There's a lot of hubbub about the upcoming nerfs but I think Kurn put it best in "A Sigh of Resignation." He goes into some detail about the history of Blizzard nerfs, and includes good commentary. This is a must read for the week.
Newcomer Golden has posted a suggestion for a 12 Days of Memories WoW Blogging Challenge. I may undertake this... as soon as I finish the 20 day one. (Yes, I know, still stuck on Day 5)
WoWInsider had a touching story about Hexu, a former soldier who lost his vision in Iraq, and his guildmate Davidian, who serves as a"guide dog" during raids.
Rades posted an interesting bit on "Blatant traitors and why we put up with them." I found it quite the amusing read that covers not only Warcraft lore, but Transformers too.
Matticus' guild is looking for two healers.
Heal Over Time is holding a $50 gift card contest for "real life" WoW Stories. The last day to enter is Friday, February 3, 2012.
Cymere at Bubbles of Mischief has a bit about an out of the way area that DeviouslyDev first showed me... the plateau where the small furry woodland critters all get together and try to kill each other.
VideoGamer.com has an interview with lead designer Dave Kosak in which he reveals that 4.3 is the last major content patch of the Cataclysm expansion.
Zaralynda, at Mace and Staff, claims that Blizzard has a bias toward Horde and it can be measured by the amount of poop quests each faction has. I claim they have an Alliance bias that can be measured by the design of battlegrounds.
Tome of the Ancient has an interesting read on that crap that we all keep stuffed in our backpacks... you know it's true.
Michele Morrow (@michelemorrow) defends her decision to leave out "girl gamer" from her list of Gamer Types in "Your Princess Is No Longer In Another Castle." And also on that note, if you recall, last week I posted this blurb about our Banshee Queen: "But things aren't all rainbows and lollipops about her - she has a boyfriend. And worse yet... she plays a huntard." She responded to me on Twitter with: "@TrocarRogue "worse yet"?? I'd punch you, but you'd prolly like it :0" Her response leads me to believe that she was at least slightly more offended with the disappointment in her playing a huntard rather than having the boyfriend. Gentlemen, there may be hope yet. ;-)