Having a Great Time

I really thought I was going to struggle with replacing WoW, but so far I’ve been really enjoying my WoW-free life. Sure, I miss my friends and guildies, but I’m putting all that extra free time to good use.

Diablo 3 is a pretty good game, albeit with some terrible design decisions, but it’s way less of a time sink than WoW (which is a definite plus). I’m organizing and expanding my video collection, learning lots of new things, working on other things (like improving my cooking skills), and the house is cleaner than it’s been in a long time. Sure, those are all long-term projects, with lots of work to be done on all fronts, but I feel like I am making tangible progress in every field at a very pleasing rate. Who knew that quitting a game could be so much fun?

The Search Continues

The search for a WoW replacement continues. I don’t think I’ll find the answer from a Blizzard game. I’ve tried out Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. Heroes of the Storm is mediocre at best, and Hearthstone is terrible. Pay to Win games just plain suck and there’s no way around it. I’ll play around with Diablo 3, since I got a free copy anyway, but my hopes aren’t high. As far as I’ve seen, Blizzard hasn’t turned out a quality product in almost a decade. It’s sad, really, because they used to be so good. Now? Well, now my launcher was closed for 3 or 4 days and I didn’t even notice.


Um, so I got trolled by Lore on Twitter today. Lore posted some REALLY bad logic in defense of the invasion XP nerf.

And then goes full-on Troll.

So I point out how terribly flawed the logic is. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a bully.

I’m not sure why Lore couldn’t follow the exact 1-for-1 logic of the analogy, but here it is in simple terms: An entity lowers the compensation for an identical amount of work, but offers additional units of work to “make up” the difference and calls it a raise. That’s 100% the same in both scenarios. Oh, but here’s a shocker: rather than address the actual point, he trolls me, too.

And people honestly wonder why Blizzard is developing a bad reputation with its customers? This is a  guy whose sole job is to interact with players on Blizzard’s behalf and this is his behavior? LOL. Sad.

Before the Patch

With the Legion Pre-Patch, a few things will be going away or nerfed. I’ll add to the list as I find out more.

  • Bag of Smuggled Gold (contains ~15g for 50 garrison resources): gone.
  • Follower Weapon/Armor Tokens (vendor for a decent amount of gold): sell price nerfed.
  • Challenge Modes: find a group or buy a carry NOW, you don’t have long.

Mind-Boggling Stats

So recently I was updating my gaming hardware’s software and I discovered that it tracks usage data for the speedpad. Unfortunately, I don’t have any data for the mouse, but I imagine it’s as high or higher, since I’m a healer who uses click-to-heal addons (i.e. VuhDo).

Anyway, on with the astounding stats. Keep in mind that these stats are tracked for my speedpad, which is only used to play WoW.

This year alone:

  • I have made almost half a million keypresses (492,786).
  • That averages out to about 3,200 keystrokes per day, not accounting for any days off.
  • That’s enough keystrokes to transcribe a 250-page novel.
  • My fingers have traveled about 31,995.67 feet to make those keystrokes.
  • That’s the equivalent to over 7-1/2 MILES of distance.

That’s quite the distance for my little fingers to have roamed without ever moving outside of the little black box that makes up the surface of my speedpad. Anyway, I found these stats to be incredibly interesting, and I hope you did, as well.

How Blizzard listens

How well does Blizzard “listen” to its customers? This well:

Blizz: How would you like to have 3 specs?
Us: Sure, sounds great.
Blizz: Awesome, you just need to pay 80g each time you switch specs.
Us: But we have 2 now, and can switch completely free of charge.
Blizz: Yeah, that’s a much better deal than the new system.
Us: So why would we want the new system?
Blizz: You wouldn’t. That’s why it’s not optional. Suck it, plebes.