For some odd reason, I'm not terribly pumped for BlizzCon this year. I mean, I'm excited that I get to go to LA and see a bunch of awesome people I know, and I am pumped about the Reader Meetup (seriously, one of the best nights of the whole year). But BlizzCon itself? I don't know ... there just something missing in it for me right now. Maybe because I've been to the last few, this one doesn't seem like it's going to rock my socks off, or maybe it's because last year's was pretty bland as far as WoW went.
Well, nonetheless, our Reader Meetup is going to rock. I really can't wait for that.
Is recount really that big of a resource hog?
No, it's not, especially when you factor in today's computers. While it's not uncommon for it to take up 20 to 50 megs of memory in a raid ... big deal. It's unlikely that you're raiding on a computer that can't handle that. And if you are, just turn it off, anyway.
Recount is a really great tool for self analysis and figuring out how you can play better. It's something that I've been using constantly for years, and I hope that everyone else does too.
Why isn't Blizzard announcing their next MMO at BlizzCon this year?
To be honest, we've heard every year for the past couple years that Blizzard wants to announce it. We're pretty shocked that Blizzard is keeping quiet about it now, too. That said, I think there are two main reasons Blizzard's not announcing it this year.
First, the next WoW expansion is going to take up a lot of the energy of BlizzCon 2011, and Blizzard probably don't want to go up against it.
Second, there are probably still some things Blizzard's not entirely set with. When Blizzard announces games, it likes to have a playable demo. That means the art assets have to be in place, storylines have to be solidified for the most part (otherwise you're just running around in a sandbox without any context, and that's not how Blizzard rolls), and the basic systems need to be set. If one of those things is not a go, then I wouldn't put it past Blizzard to hold off. It's not a company that pushes things out just because it wants to; its strength is releasing when things are ready. And in today's world ... that's a very good thing.
I'm thinking of getting a BlackWidow keyboard from Razer. What do you guys think of them? Good, bad, zomgterrible?
We love them. Mat McCurley has one and he has great things to say. I plan on picking one up soon (I just keep never getting around to it), and I know a lot of other people who have them. Mechanical keyboards have a very nice feel to them, and they make a great sound whenever you punch a key. Highly recommended for anyone.
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