Understanding Depression

If you have desire to take a look inside depression, may I suggest this amazing post Depression Part Two at the blog Hyperbole and a Half. There are many other wonderful posts there as well, but this one does a brilliant job of presenting the underlying reality of depression in a very visceral way.

I’m sorry your fish are dead. I still like you, though.

Or I would, if I had any fish left.

The Weirdness of Account-Based Systems

I’m a huge proponent of systems that let players experience content in their own way at their own time, so I really love the fact that Blizzard is looking at more systems that are shared across all the characters on your account.

Goodness knows I never want to do the damned Argent Tournament rigamarole again …

But I have to admit, at this point in my MMO career it just sometimes strikes me as … weird. Creepy, even.

I logged out of Mania (my Horde main), switched realms, and logged in my Alliance main. And suddenly I’m seeing battle pets on my mini-map. What!? But I didn’t train Pet Battles on this character!

… Oh, yeah. Right.

Then I logged into an Alliance bank alt and did the exact same thing again. And then again with the Horde bank alt.

I like it, no question. But it’s going to take some getting used to.

PTR 5.2: Dire Horns

Melissandra & Dire HornAs I type, Patch 5.2 – The Thunder King – is up on the Public Test Realms. The initial patch notes talk about some interesting stuff, but for pet hunters there is really only one note worth reading:

Dire Horns have been added as a tamable species for Hunters that have learned the required skill. Aspiring Dire Horn owners should seek out clues regarding these auspicious beasts.

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