bim.shield.spec Cross-faction romance! They are star-crossed lovers, for certain ... Oh wait, never mind. Method is faction-changing to Horde.
Beta, beta, and more beta ... and for some reason, an awful lot of completely random stuff this month. Seriously, there's no rhyme or reason to the array of one-off articles we wrote in April.
Also, we got a new comment system. We thought that was pretty cool.
WoW Insider receives new comment system, apocalypse imminent The most frequent complaint we've gotten since the birth of the site (apart from the mystery of my continued employment) has been a godawful comment system that ate babies, kicked puppies, savaged commodities markets, and pushed people off cliffs. Alex was the lucky/unlucky person tasked with announcing our move to Livefyre, and while we admit it's not a 100% perfect solution, he says bluntly, "Anybody calling for the old system back is completely insane." Gray ran a short tutorial on how to use it shortly after.
Bizarre Blizzard interviewsCory Stockton and Dave Kosak were both interviewed by an Asian fan site with poor English. How to get around the language barrier? Have them answer a series of yes-or-no questions with flashcards. Their ability to keep a straight face (mostly) through this was masterful.
Predicting Mists of Pandaria's release date Swing and a hit! We were two days off from our "long" prediction, as MoP was released on Sep. 25. We were slightly less accurate with patch 5.0.1, being off by about two weeks.
Ghostcrawler talks college, game design, and his path to Blizzard Ghostcrawler has always fascinated me as that rarest of species, Homo sapiens nerfreticus, the scientist who can write well and handle an audience. Great interview, and it also contains his (accurate, we think) take on why the ending to Mass Effect 3 was so devastating to players. This also article saw the descent of Adam's first banhammer under the new comment system.
Opinions and Editorials
Complexity of systems and player retention Remember Cynwise's series of posts that we talked about during the March 2012 article? Warlock class numbers (or more accurately, the lack of them) made even Rossi, our hardcore warrior, sit up and take a look: "Cyn's comparison of the destruction rotation in Wrath and Cataclysm shows a rotation with seven elements mushroom out to one with 14 elements to remember and consider. That if X, then Y flowchart just got as complex as a subway map."
How Blizzard's over-caution saved it from a PR nightmare The issue of microtransactions and DLC in games is a contentious one at best, and as Mat examined Funcom's The Secret World and its profit structure, it became obvious just how exquisitely careful Blizzard has been about dipping its toes into additional paid content.
WoW geek love brings two players together on a reality show This one got some play in the mainstream media as well. To summarize, two contestants on a British speed-dating show suddenly discover they both play WoW. The conversation that ensues keeps the participants chatting happily while utterly mystifying the hosts.
What are WoW players searching for on Google? Frostheim looked at the classes, systems, and items that WoW players were most interested in finding from the classic game through to the present. Think you know what's popular? There might be a few surprises here.
2012's drawing to a close, and we're wrapping up the most interesting articles we've published all year, one day at a time. Join us every day for the next twelve days with this year's best of WoW Insider!