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Writer's Block: The Fifth Dimension Mar. 29th, 2012 @ 07:48 pm

If you could enter any fictional realm, which would it be?

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Azeroth.

Reasons:

- Because you can never die
- every 4-6 months there's something new to do
- you can ride awesome mounts (including dragons and cats!)
- you never have to worry about food/water for the sake of survival (you're always thin!)
- the amount of money you earn is directly proportional to the amount of effort you put into acquiring it
- you never need to sleep and you never physically tire (from exertion)
- you get to wear awesome weapons, cast awesome spells, and wear fantastic armour
- the difference between being old and young amounts to the colour of your hair
- you never feel pain
- you can fall from any distance and live.... as long as you land in water
- did I mention flying around on dragons?

I've thought long and hard before about what it would be like to live in Azeroth, and came to the conclusion that it would be an amazing place to exist. The main drawback would be the same drawback Azeroth has as a virtual world: boredom would set in. It's a very limited world compared to our own.

WE WIN!!! Blizzard will no longer require real names when posting on their forums :D Jul. 10th, 2010 @ 09:41 am
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fforums.worldofwarcraft.com%2Fthread.html%3FtopicId%3D25968987278%26sid%3D1&h=0cdcer7pL4i8TeKtZEVq7PyiVXg

Hello everyone,

I'd like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.

It's important to note that we still remain committed to improving our forums. Our efforts are driven 100% by the desire to find ways to make our community areas more welcoming for players and encourage more constructive conversations about our games. We will still move forward with new forum features such as the ability to rate posts up or down, post highlighting based on rating, improved search functionality, and more. However, when we launch the new StarCraft II forums that include these new features, you will be posting by your StarCraft II Battle.net character name + character code, not your real name. The upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to the release of Cataclysm, and also will not require your real name.

I want to make sure it's clear that our plans for the forums are completely separate from our plans for the optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that the powerful communications functionality enabled by Real ID, such as cross-game and cross-realm chat, make Battle.net a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games. And of course, you'll still be able to keep your relationships at the anonymous, character level if you so choose when you communicate with other players in game. Over time, we will continue to evolve Real ID on Battle.net to add new and exciting functionality within our games for players who decide to use the feature.

In closing, I want to point out that our connection with our community has always been and will always be extremely important to us. We strongly believe that Every Voice Matters, ( http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/about/mission.html ) and we feel fortunate to have a community that cares so passionately about our games. We will always appreciate the feedback and support of our players, which has been a key to Blizzard's success from the beginning.

Mike Morhaime
CEO & Cofounder
Blizzard Entertainment
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

ZOMG GUESS WHAT Jul. 7th, 2010 @ 05:21 am
HEY GUIZ!!

...

...

We named him Dranosh.
Current Mood: mischievousmischievous

My complaint to the ESRB regarding Blizzard's recent announcement Jul. 6th, 2010 @ 05:28 pm
I'm sharing this for you guys in case you would like to use any or all of this and make your own complaint with the ESRB. I highly advise reading the blue post in the second link first so you can have an idea what is being implemented. Because the ESRB lists member websites has protecting the privacy of its users, and since the Battle.net and World of Warcraft forums are listed among them, I encourage any and all Blizzard players to file a complaint with the ESRB Privacy Online program at: https://www.esrb.org/privacy/contact.jsp

As per this post:

http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25712374700&sid=1

Which leads to this post:

http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=25626109041

With the release of StarCraft II in late July 2010 and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm at a later date, Blizzard will start forcing players to have their real name (first and last) displayed on every post made to their battle.net or World of Warcraft forums. I do not know about the laws of the United States, but in Canada that is a direct violation of my privacy rights. Furthermore, because many who play World of Warcraft are legally minors, there are many who are concerned that it would reveal the identity of children. Otherwise, it may allow minors to post on the forums with the real name of one of their parents displayed, which would amount to fraud (by seeming to impersonate their parents; this could have dire consequences for the parents in their professional or private lives).

I hope that you will review the decision which Blizzard plans to implement and consult with them on this matter. There is no reason that players should be forced to divulge their real names in order to share information on a forum. This will not prevent "trolling" or "flame wars" as Blizzard intends. Rather, it will put the identities and safety of players, children/teens and adults alike, in jeopardy.

Thank you for your investigation into this matter.
Current Mood: crankycranky

Paul Part Four: The end? Apr. 16th, 2010 @ 06:44 pm
Right, so I finally got a phone call from Paul yesterday around 2pm. Should be noted that both Wed and Thurs my phone shows he had again called in the morning. When he phoned I was very close to just saying "What part of "don't call in the morning" and "don't call on tuesday" did you not understand?" The main reason I didn't was because he sounded practically depressed when I answered the phone. I remained emotionally steeled, however. I was not planning to give any quarter in this conversation.

The phone callCollapse )

I will note that he did sound honest and depressed the whole conversation. Not that it reduced the creepy factor for me one bit. The phone call was rather predictable and exasperating, but at least it seemed to end amicably. So far he hasn't phoned again, and I hope he won't.

I couldn't bring myself to be mean and nasty to a very ill, dying man. If he hadn't been terminally ill I would've been far more harsh than I was. Somewhere in that call he had said he's scared and I told him that it's natural to feel anxiety when having to face the end. I do pity him, and I do hope he finds happiness and enjoys his remaining time with his family, be it months or years.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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» Paul, the deceitful cancer guy
As I stated in a comment in my last post, I've found myself ready more than a half hour ahead of when I need to leave so I have some time to go over this story. I suspect 30 mins will be ample. This tale isn't particularly long or complicated.

Part One: Spring 2008Collapse )

Part Two: Autumn 2009Collapse )

Part 3: April 7 2010 to PresentCollapse )

Crap, it's 12:30, I have to leave. Anyway, by now I'm fed up and through playing along and being polite. I thought about toying with the conversation to try and get him to confess his intentions, but his inability to follow my directions for phoning has me too pissed off to pull it off. Either he's desperate to get laid before he dies and I'm the only female he has left to ask (hence why he's never been content with an offer of friendship), or he's intentionally manipulative. Either way, he's out of luck and I'm ready to tell him to never speak with me again.
» I hate phones..
So yesterday he called before I was even out of bed. Naturally I didn't answer the phone. He didn't leave a message and I didn't call him back.

I had told him not to call on Tuesday because I have an appointment and I'll be gone all day. I happened to be up at 6:30am (woke up at 4 and couldn't get back to sleep) and the bugger phoned at 9:30. I wouldn't normally be up, so I didn't answer the phone. Again, he didn't leave a message.

I don't understand why he calls at the times I said not to call and why he doesn't leave a message on the machine. Maybe he should just stop phoning and leave me alone.

I know this I'm partly to blame for my own anger today. I could've answered the phone and be done with it. However, dealing with him is NOT how I want to start a day before a psych appointment. Travelling out to Hamilton and back is stressful enough.

Not that anyone cares. lol
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