Friday, June 29, 2007

Ding! 67

Yet another backfilled ding! post. Fraid I lost my connection (was squatting on an open WiFi) when I turned in the quest, and missed the "ding" stats proper. Also note this happened on the woefully underpowered iBook. Got an MSI GeForce NX8500GT in the Windows box now, and wow. It's like I'd been nearsighted up until now and I finally got glasses.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Nihilum no use moonkin

Exclusive interview: Awake from Nihilum speaks with WoW Insider - WOW Insider:

Quick questions about classes: How many DPS warriors do you all use? Any Moonkin? Any tanking Paladins? Any enhancement Shamans?

We aim for efficiency. So no, we do not use any Moonkins, Protection Paladins, Retribution Paladins or anything that is way below the standard classes that can do a much better job at said task.

Ouch. I'm going to have to race some more mages on dps. The problem would seem to be that there's little to off-tank in a boss battle. We'll have to see once I hit 70. At 66 now, and late on the ding! post. Will get to that once I'm back on the machine with the screenshot...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ding! 66

Nothing too exciting; just filling back in the dings, yo.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Yay SSE in Pentium III

From the 2.1 patch notes:

• Proper recognition of SSE support for Pentium III has been implemented resulting in improved performance on this platform.

Now that's good news, ain't it?

I recently got my iBook G4 working again with all of 12 beautiful frames per second in WoW, and that's at 800x600 on an LCD hoping for 1024x768. Outland really has upped the playable minimum sys requirements, not that it wasn't overdue.

Still, if you've got a P3, enjoy.

The threat fun and balance gear lists are still in the works. I've been sidetracked making an application that'll let me blog those cool item description hovers more easily.

Monday, June 4, 2007

The 1%ers

I'm currently working on an introduction to threat, but in the meanwhile, I found this WoWInsider post covering "1up's Black Temple tour" interesting for this quote regarding the very cool Black Temple flyby movie available at the above link...

It's weird that they make content like this for, like, such a small group of people... [from someone identified as Sean Molloy, managing editor gfw]

That's a horribly interesting observation that's been nagging me for a while. I mean, seriously, how many people raid? Even the WoWInsider staff routinely talk about not getting to much end game content. Why is there so much really neat content made for the top 1% of WoWers? And why does Blizzard toss this great content into the trash so easily?

What do I mean by trash tossing? Well, try and find a guild that'll take you on a raid in the Old World endgame content, like the Molten Core, especially since these instances are so much easier now that everyone's above level 60! Oh yeah, I'm attuned to the Core, but I don't see any chances to run it. Some folk obviously are still slumming, if only to farm it (lava cores keep popping up on the Auction House, for example), but by and large the raid guilds are taking that organizational overhead and putting it elsewhere -- getting to the Black Temple.

Really, the flyby in the movie is pretty neat.