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Pimp My Ride

I had an epiphany while writing a comment on another blog.

It’s probably be thought of before by someone else, but I haven’t seen anything about it.

Anyway, as per the Sparkle Pony purchase that Blizzard made available in 2010, I was hoping that maybe they would introduce another micro-transaction:

Customizable Mounts

This way, everyone can be their own unique, special snowflake – and Blizzard makes some super-sexy monies.

Win – freakin’ – Win

It could also be a pretty fun experiment.  Like how awful some of the mounts would look.  Or to see if a few people had mounts that still ended up looking identical.

I wasn’t interested in a Sparkle Pony, but this… this is something I would likely consider.

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Dechion recently posted an entry that started as a comment on this blog. I started to comment on that post and decided that my comment needed a post of its own.

As he pointed out, there have been a number of developments in WoW that detract a bit from the social aspect of the game.

I was annoyed by some aspects of the Guild Perks for a while but it no longer bothers me and LFD PuGs to me seems like something you do if you don’t have enough guildies on.

But one thing that continues to annoy me is that a lot of the Cataclysm questing really doesn’t work well if you are in a group.

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I’ve noticed that my old “Mana-efficient healing” post still gets looked at every once in a while, so I thought I should probably do an update that isn’t based around Icecrown Citadel and WoW 3.5.

In the Cataclysm world, mana efficiency has become something that I need to think about all the time as opposed to just on select fights.

My druid has now done a bit of heroic healing and I think I’ve got a good sense of what spells to use when but wanted to look at some numbers again and see if my feelings on the matter hold up.

Warning: some theorycrafting and hand-waving to follow

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Casualclysm

This post took me a fair bit of time to write, and with Patch 4.0.6 dropping today and the subsequent nerfing of some heroic bosses, it may lose a bit of its prevalence.  Then again, it very well may not.  So it goes.  I’m posting this, regardless.

Also, it’s a bit longer than my usual posts.  You have been warned. 🙂

While there is a negative stigma associated with it, I will say it up front.  I am a casual WoW player and I am a member of a casual guild.

Jeez.

What does that even mean?  I’m sure you’ll get a different explanation depending on who you ask. 

Myself…I would generalize it as “commitment to the game”.  Part of that commitment could involve time and part of it could involve objectives.  The larger commitments you make (time or objectives), the more dedicated (or “hard core”) you are to playing the game.  So, casually speaking, while one person may commit a certain amount of time to the game, they may not have committed to larger objectives (ie: raiding).  Similarly, one person may like to commit themselves to a large objective, but they are otherwise limited by time to play the game.  Also, by extension of its members, this can be observed on the guild level.  Even if the casual guild does go raiding, it’s typically never made into the priority.  Nor does the “guild” – via guild officers, more active players, etc. – make demands of its members.  They may ask, but ultimatums are not really associated with playing a game on a casual level. 

That’s what “casual” means to me when it comes to WoW.

Now, I’m not really trying to stir-the-pot with the “Casual vs. Hardcore” debate – I’m just clarifying my perspective.  Heck, while I’m at it, I should state that I’m not really trying to chime in on the “WoW is too hard” sob fest, either; although they’re both related to my thoughts on Cataclysm.  I won’t go as far as saying that WoW is too difficult – because frankly, I don’t know, nor do I feel that way. 

But I will say that by making things as difficult as they have, Blizzard has made WoW less accessible.   As such, the casual player will ultimately be exposed to less content than they were in WotLK. 

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Musical Interlude

I’ve been working on a lengthy post.

It’s been hard to write, as the process has been full of interruptions. Mostly my own fault for doing the majority of my ramblings during my lunch hour at work. I know, I know…how silly of me to let my job get in the way of my posts. But it’s just about ready, probably after a few tweaks.

Anyway, I would have posted it this weekend. But it’s on my work computer. Teeheehee…whoops!

So, instead of me rambling, you get a music video from an artist I’ve been really enjoying since I played Red Dead Redemption. Those who have played probably know who I’m talking about.

That’s right: Jose Gonzalez. And this is a cover of a Massive Attack song.

Side note: While writing this I also managed to tame Gondria on my hunter. Yay me!

Time for coffee.

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