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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:10PM phobic99 said

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I'm coming back (after a 3+ year break) but only to see what's happened. I'm not even sure I'll stick around because I hate soloing and none of my friends have touched this game in years.

I wonder if I should even bother honestly.

Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:11PM tidalkraken said

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I for one applaud Blizzard for evolving their MMO, instead of sticking with the "expansion = more high-end content" formula that other games (EQ, EQ2, etc) follow to this day.

To those of you who hate WoW for some half-arsed reason, stop it. Cataclysm has completely changed the game for the better, and it's only going up form here!

Posted: Dec 6th 2010 11:19PM Sean D said

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@(Unverified)

This assumes that everyone who has been displeased with Blizzard or WoW in the past 'hates' them/it, which is why they don't play the game, and that, whatever the reason for their frustration, it's unreasonable ('half-arsed'), which isn't always the case (I can't speak for everyone). Either that or you're aiming your comment only at those whose reasons are 'half-arsed', which is much the same since those whose reasons are 'half-arsed' would likely (1) genuinely believe them, making them decidedly not 'half-arsed', or (2) not recognize or be willing to examine their reasons closely enough to admit that they're 'half-arsed'.

I am in the former category and take some mild offense at your implications. I do not hate WoW and my reasons for disliking the game are not half-arsed (at least, not in my opinion), but neither do I feel compelled to play the game again simply because Blizzard has given it a new face. There are just too many other quality MMOs out there, not to mention their developers or communities.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2010 3:10AM Unshra said

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@(Unverified) Returned after little over a year and I am happy with the changes. Though I did laugh today as I logged (read tried) in today only to find the servers and site imploded (not that I didn't expect to see that). Well hopefully things are up and running when I get back from work. ^_^
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:11PM xyna031 said

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I was almost almost almost buying but then i remembered how it was to do pugs and how it was pvp and im finishing now my mob trap in mincraft (:

Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:38PM Ragemore said

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@xyna031 Ahhh, so much to do in Minecraft, so little time.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:26PM Lenn said

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Until Blizzard calls off the whole Facebook integration thing and all their privacy-invading shenanigans, I am not touching WoW again, as much as I would like to give it another go.

Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:43PM Aquaryon said

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@Lenn

Just so you know, the Facebook integration and all the privacy stuff is optional. You can turn off all that stuff fairly simply by logging into your battle.net account. Turn off facebook, turn off real id, turn off anything else. Its very easy.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:48PM Brianna Royce said

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@Lenn We've been able to completely disable Real ID, if that's what you mean, for several months.

http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/09/30/real-id-and-battle-net-get-expanded-privacy-settings/
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:52PM Lenn said

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@Aquaryon I know that. And let's not forget they only did so after the shitstorm of the century hit the forums. It still baffles me to no end that anyone actually thought it was a good idea and that people would just take it lying down.

But it's not just that. The EULA actually changed (yes, I read it). It now basically says that Blizzard has your permission to pass on all your personal information to any third party they do business with. And they're not even stopping at Facebook.

I hate that. Keep all that social networking crap out of my games please. I don't want a Facebook account, I want nothing to do with Facebook or any other social networking site. I just want to play a damn game without fear of Blizzard passing on my personal information to any money-grubbing company just waiting in the wings to pound on me with all its advertising might.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:11PM (Unverified) said

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@Lenn
So the tin in your hat, is it on the inside like a lining or the outside for that shinny, reflective look?
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:23PM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) By all means, don't take my word for it. No tin-foil hats here. Just a read-through of that thing everyone always signs without reading.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:37PM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@Lenn

How's that different from any other software EULA?
They all say they own your dataz and your firstborn if you click "Accept".
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:42PM Lenn said

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@SgtBaker1234556 True. And to clarify, I have no problems with Blizzard using my info for their own advertising needs. It's when they can freely give it to third parties it crosses a line for me. And that is something that was added to the EULA.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2010 12:01AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@BrockObama911

Just out of interest I went and read their Privacy Policy:
http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/company/about/privacy.html

It's not hugely different from, say Windows Privacy Policy:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/windows-vista-privacy-statement

The wording is a bit different, but they both say "we don't generally share stuff with third-parties, but it's within our rights if we ever feel like it"

My point being - if you object to Blizzard's silly EULAs, then you'd also better uninstall your operating system and install something free (as in speech), like Linux or FreeBSD.

It doesn't make it right and I agree that EULAs are just ridiculously restrictive - it's just that almost everyone has one that looks pretty much the same as Blizzards (or Microsofts). Escape routes from Eula-hell for commercial software are few and far between.

But maybe you guys run Linux already? ;-)
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:42PM yeppers said

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Re-subbed a few months ago after taking a year off to prep a new server for rolling the new races with a buddy of mine. Had fun and looked forward to the big changes. The Cataclsym world changes dropped with a patch. I did some fly overs. Cruised through the new Stormwind and Orgrimmar. Re-canceled my sub -- it ends 12/7 and I won't be coming back.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy it. Especially if you haven't been back in a long time. Just not my game anymore -- and I'm sorry for that.

Posted: Dec 6th 2010 5:19PM ElfLove said

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@yeppers

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."

You nailed it. It's odd to say but with WOW it does seem to be...stagnant....it's like they gloss it up and put diamonds all over it...but it's core never changes.....and thats good and bad.

....but mostly bad....

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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 8:21PM Loopy said

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@yeppers Exactly how i feel. The more things change, the more i realize that I just don't belong there any more. Not because i'm angry, or because i don't like the changes. It's just that it's time for me to move on.

It was one helluva trip, and i thank you for it Blizzard. Best of luck!
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 8:27PM benw17395 said

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@ElfLove Rush said it.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 3:44PM Drunken Irish Sniper said

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Can't wait to play Worgen / Goblin! 11 more hrs!

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