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Forum Post Friday – New Armory = No Privacy?

January 22, 2010 5 comments

Each Friday I will pick a forum post from the World of Warcraft EU forums and discuss it. I will pick the post from anywhere within these forums depending on what I find interesting, funny or just rather annoying.

Please click here for today’s forum post!

Summary

This post is started by a player that believes that the new Armory feature that shows your character’s activity has serious privacy implications and there should be an option to disable this from being displayed to the public. Although this post quickly turns into a flame war I think it is an interesting topic and it certainly has some people worried.

My Opinion

I personally think that a small but vocal minority are overreacting to the situation and are either embarrassed of how much time they spend playing WoW or trying to hide something from people they know. I love the new armory and think Blizzard have made some great changes to its functionality and it makes me want to use the armory more often. However I think it would be an idea to include an option to disable the activity feature just to appease the players that find it such a breach of privacy and I’m sure it can be done very easily.

And guys, if you are really that concerned about the armory and its lacks of privacy just don’t give away the name of your character to people that you know.

Personally I am not worried about people knowing that I Completed step [Fjord Rat] of achievement [Pest Control] yesterday and you are all welcome to check out my armory here 🙂

Interesting Replies

Dalaila (Original Poster) writes:


Q u o t e:
So, what are you afraid of?


I don’t like that people (friends, parents, my son, my wife, mu husband, my sister, my boss, my roommate, my colleague, my guildmante, my guild officer, etc) can just peek at my page to see when I play and how much I play. I just ask the option to disable it.

Would you like to use Messenger or any other IM tool without such an option (“invisible mode”)?

Would you like if your email messages were able to auto-respond to the sender “email read!” without your permission?

I do not have to hide anything but I want to be able to decide what to do of the time I spend on WoW. That’s my business, not a “worldwide” one.

Lyonesse writes:

Well, you always could see it. Just check the achievements tab… It’s just on the frontpage too now. I don’t care if other people see how much I play. That’s my business. I guess it’s only a problem when you told people you were doing something else, or called in sick, and then play WoW instead…

Jenaaki writes:

Q u o t e:

the internet offers you anonymity.

you don’t need “privacy” because no1 knows who you are. sersiously.
get over it.


You’re sure, Chris?


Questions of the Day

What are your thoughts on the new Armory design?
Is it a breach of privacy?
Should there be an on/off switch?

Forum Post Friday – Spell Animations

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment
Each Friday I will pick a forum post from the World of Warcraft EU forums and discuss it. I will pick the post from anywhere within these forums depending on what I find interesting, funny or just rather annoying.

Please click here to read today’s forum post.

Summary

This post is one of many that you find in the ‘General Discussion’ section of the forums. It is just a fun forum post that is trying to engage the community with a topic that doesn’t involve hate towards the Blizzard devs or other players. This post asks you to name your favourite spell animation, nice and simple.

My opinion

If you had asked me this before patch 3.3 I would have said Dispersion without a doubt. What can be more cool than a dark cloud of shadowy awesome? Well
apparently it was too cool for WoW and it has now been changed so that you can still see the player model within the dispersion.

So instead I will pick Shadowform just because it makes everything it touches look awesome. When mounted you will notice that both yourself and your mount will now be covered by Shadowform and if you have a passenger then he/she will also be in Shadowform (no matter what race/class).



Interesting Replies

Rhecksa writes:

Death Grip.

Who doesn’t like shooting Unholy Lightning at enemies and yoink them towards you.”



Burden writes:

“The person on the other end.”


Vaneras (Blizzard Poster) writes:

Hmm… Hard to pick one out of so many really cool ones 🙂


I really like those spells that strike enemies from the sky, like if they were shot by an orbital defence satellite or something… Holy Fire, Moonfire and Starfire are great examples of such spells, but if I am forced to pick only one of them I would probably go for Holy Fire :-)”



Dairyfresh writes:

“I vote for Moonfire.

ION CANNON!”




What is your favourite spell animation? Leave a comment explaining why!




Forum Post Friday – Enchanting

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Each Friday I will pick a forum post from the World of Warcraft EU forums and discuss it. I will pick the post from anywhere within these forums depending on what I find interesting, funny or just rather annoying.

Please click here to check out today’s forum post.

Summary

The original post focuses on a number of reasons why he/she HATES the new disenchanting option available in dungeons. The main reasoning is that the enchanting profession was difficult to level up and has been fairly useless to make gold with up until WOTLK. However the new disenchant option means that enchanting mats are much more freely available and people will no longer pay stupid amounts of gold for his/her enchanted vellums.

This post does not offer anything new but simply repeats what some enchanters already seem to think.

My opinion

I have read far too many of these types of forums posts and they all seem to offer the same idea:

“I can’t make money because enchanting materials are cheap.”

This idea drive me crazy and I wish people would take a step back and think about it. The fact that the enchanting materials are now cheaper does not mean people do not need enchants. In my opinion it means more people will want to buy enchants than previously.

The OP mentioned enchanting vellums (scrolls) to sell so I will focus on that idea for a moment. I have often done exactly the same process when I had a maxed out enchanter and the process is extremely simple. You buy enchanting materials and the necessary vellum and then you enchant it. Work out how much you have spent and then add a percentage to that price to figure out how much you will sell it for. For example:

(Enchanting Materials+Vellum) x 120% = Price to sell on the Auction House

If your prices change then you will still make the exact same percentage profit from each sale. Enchanting materials are definitely cheaper at the moment and therefore the price you sell each scroll at will now be lower. However epic gear has never been so available in the history of this game and therefore the market for scrolls is now larger. This means you will be selling more scrolls for slightly less profit. So what is the problem?

Interesting Replies

Lobotomy writes:

“Moneymaking is up to players, not something that Blizzard has to fix because it can’t be done. While you work for a full day and get 200g in tips, I actually don’t respond to people that whisper me for enchants. I never advertise, I just make scrolls and put on AH, selling scrolls for around 4k per day with making auctions once or twice. A recent favourite was selling two accuracy scrolls for 981g each, costing me each 320g to make.

Enchanting makes money. Certain enchanters don’t make money though, Blizzard can’t fix enchanters.”

I think his final point is great, the fact that you are not making money on the Auction House or by using your professions is not often Blizzard’s fault. You need to reevaluate your own money making strategies.

Daelwroth writes:

I used to make alot of money from greeding on items in Heroics, then if I won them, disenchant them into mats, and sell those on AH. It was my way of money-making with enchanting, but the money made dropped by 25% if not more.”

This reply proves my point. Relying on the luck of a roll to sell materials that may or may not change in price is never going to be a constant income. Relying compeltely on one method when there are so many available and then blaming the ‘system’ is just aggravating. Also greeding on items and not telling his group that he could help them with disenchants is just greedy in my opinion, but that is the choice of the enchanter.

Melech writes:

“Ive had a LOT of business as an enchanter because people have tons of mats now. Guess what, your profession is not disenchanting, but actually Enchanting. It is just a perk and a service we offer.”

Agreed.

Please leave your comments on this topic below or within the original forum post!