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WoW Weekly Wrapup #4

Quite a bit of news this week... namely, after fully clearing Dragon Soul since its launch, I FINALLY have The Sleeper and The Dreamer. Other than that, I must apologize for not actually GENERATING content, just regurgitating that of others that I found interesting for you to read. It is still a bit of the busy season for me, and lately it has been get up in the morning, go to work, get home from work just in time for raid, go to bed, rinse and repeat.

Something else I have to mention... I really think it is a bad plan for Blizzard to cancel Blizzcon this year. Well, the reality is that they didn't cancel it, they never scheduled it in the first place. But we all got used to it happening every year and many were looking forward to attending it again this fall. But why do I think it is a bad idea? Because they will have launched at least two new products and need to capitalize on the hype. They also need to be ready to apologize for the pandas: "Hey, we're sorry. It was a bad joke, Ghostcrawler took too much LSD and we all just went along with it. We're already hard at work on the next expansion, 'Clouds of Misguided Ideas.' Please forgive us and come back to play?" But in all seriousness, I am looking forward to seeing what Mists of Pandaria have in store for us, and hope to all that is holy that they fix the rogue talent tree before launch. Maybe instead of Blizzcon we can stage an #OccupyBlizzard camp on their lawn and hold our own impromptu "Dev Q&A" sessions by ambushing them 60 Minutes style. Or if its the developers who approved the rogue talent tree, just ambush them.

Anyhow, on to the wrapup:

Bummed about Blizzcon? Trying to figure out what to do instead? Me, I'm probably going to a winery in Arizona, but those over at Apple Cider Mage and Heal Over Time have some ideas of their own... lets throw our own party! Variant Avatar offers suggestions for alternatives...

Blizzard is hiring a "Franchise Development Producer" for Titan who's job duties will include "Work with major consumer brands to facilitate product placement and licensing within the world of Blizzard Entertainment's next-gen MMO that enhances the gameplay experience." Think about this when the next Brewfest Celebration is sponsored by Guinness.

Oestrus finally has her comprehensive 4.3 Holy Priest guide complete...

Really hunters? Really? TL;DR: "Y U TAKE MAH MELEE WEAP!? IT MAKE NO SENSE 2 SHOOT CLOSE RANGE WE SHOULD GET 2 SWING SWORD 2! N GIVE DAMAGE BOOST N NOCKBAK FROM CLOSE RANGE GUNS. N FIGHT FROM R MOUNT! N TAME BEASTS 4 MOUNTS 2 USE N SELL!" Really hunters... really? I mean at least they have lots of ideas and are contributing, but all I read it as was "QQ Hunters not OP enough and we should have hunter only revenue streams." Necro'ed threads... geez...

Cynwise poses an interesting concept to consider she calls "Iterative Twinking." Instead of leveling up your toon when the expansion hits, lock its XP there and create a whole new character...

On Revive and Rejuvinate, we saw some nostalgia through #PlayedInBC. Its an interesting collection of memories, and I guarantee you will chuckle if you plaed during the Burning Crusade expansion. My top favorite five: #5) "@madsushi: You killed Gruul every week for two years, because someone still needed a DST." #4) "@_Angelya: You know you played WoW during BC when: Points, Emblems, whatevers... they're all Badges." #3) "@WowOhnekase: Two words: Flash Powder." #2) "@fallen_tree: The Fel Reaver noise still haunts your dreams." #1) "@verylemonade: ALL the attunements. ALL OF THEM."

I'm probably going to catch shit for my commentary on this one but whatever. A post on Raiding After Dark takes Blizzard to task on a few things, namely racism, homophobia, diversity, torture, and conflict resolution. Before you read my commentary, go read the article. Really, just do it. You probably are still reading this and haven't read that article yet. But anyhow, if you read the article, you will understand (but not necessarily agree with) what I'm saying. I'll quote the last bit for you slackers who are too lazy to click the link: "But really, for a game of Warcraft's size and scope, with the size of their audience, what are they getting in return for the level of offensiveness in the game? Is the latent sexism and racism vital to their storytelling? Is it important to the arc of the expansion? Are these points that Blizzard needs to make and stand behind? Or is it just a cheap joke for a bunch of guys to laugh about?" Blizzard is part of Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI), a company that is publicly traded on NASDAQ. This means that while the company is in business to make entertaining games, its purpose is to make money for their shareholders. That's right, they are here to make money so they are going to create the games to suit their largest demographic, because catering to every segment will only serve to alienate the primary demographic. The reality is this, if you don't like it, don't play the game. You don't have the constitutional right to not be offended, but you do have the right to not buy a video game. I really have a lot more to say on this subject but I think I'll have to save that for a full article. Soonish.

For the 2-year "blogoversary" of "Jed's Corner of WoW Shenanigans" Jed is having a contest and is giving away three custom icons by Liala from Disciplinary Action. Deadline to enter is 11AM Central on Friday, February 3. Just pop over to his blog and leave a comment with a link to your character image!

@michelemorrow has her weekly article up that covers the history of Ms. Pac-Man aka Crazy Otto. Additionally, she's looking for people who met their significant others through video games. Here's the blurb from the bottom of her article: "VALENTINE’S DAY is coming up and if you have a story about meeting your honey through video games please email me at or find me on Facebook and message me there.  Don’t leave your story in the comments, though, lets save the goods for V-Day!  If you wish to remain anonymous, that’s *totally cool* and I won’t use your real names in the post"


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