The Generation War

Right now, there’s a huge war going on, but it’s not a physical one being waged. It really isn’t class structure either, although part of it involves classes. The war being waged is a generation one where there’s a lot of older views that are conflicting with the way the world is evolving. This isn’t to say that it’s just old people vs young people. Instead, the situation is which side of the equation you belong to.

When I look at the Occupy Wallstreet movement and see the political battle being waged over SOPA, I feel as though at first what seems to be going on is class warfare. Essentially, the have’s vs have-not’s. But not every powerful person or group are necessarily on one side or the other. For instance, in the situation with SOPA, you have numerous major internet companies (such as Google) fighting against SOPA, which is heavily supported by Big Media. In the case of Occupy Wallstreet, you have some famous people lending support and their voices to the cause (I’ll name Rowdy Piper as one person as he mentioned it in his tweet).

And the chaos isn’t just in the states. Britain, Egypt, Libya, Greece and Italy all have shown internal turmoil. Sometimes it’s a matter of economics. But on many occasions you’ll also see that it’s the young people who seem to be the most vocal in many of these situations.

This has led me to ask why this all is. I think part of the issue is that the internet has been able to spawn a new era of consciousness in the world where countries, people and cultures no longer are isolated as heavily as before. The internet with services such as youtube, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, wireless networks, cellphones, peer-to-peer networks, etc. have created methods to share information freely that has disrupted governments, industries, cultures and ways of thinking at a pace like no other in history. We, as a species, are more connected and bound to each other in some way because of how information now can be delivered in mere milliseconds once something occurs.

The problem I see is that the people who have been able to adjust and embrace these technologies are the ones who are reaping the most benefit while the others have been horridly slow to accept this new way of thinking and handling things. This is why it’s not necessarily an age issue. I work with older people who manage to keep up and even have a wonderful vision of how technology can be utilized. At the same time, I know people who are younger than me in other countries who distance themselves away from technologies either out of fear, lack of knowledge or laziness to adopt it.

That said, no matter how much the people who refuse to accept this new era of thinking remonstrate, things have changed and cannot revert to whatever format they’re used to. Even if legally they gain small victories, the number of people who have embraced and wholeheartedly accepted into their lives the technology and ways of thinking aren’t going to disappear in a day.

The people in charge are losing and will eventually lose because I truly believe that this new era of thinking already has penetrated with their children. Those that control the older mode of thinking, imo, are fewer. Even if they are able to indoctrinate their children with similar thinking, those numbers will likewise be fewer. As a result, the real issue to me is just figuring out how to deal with these people who consistently blockage progress. All I can say to that is just look towards Libya, Greece, Italy and Egypt to see how their people have responded. Is America next on that list?

How You Can Contribute To Prevent SOPA

The big controversy in congress is about the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). The thing is that the primary supporters for this bill are Big Media. In my opinion, this is the last desperate attempt by Big Media in their fight against new media (i.e. the internet) by giving the government and themselves the ability to essentially shut down the internet. Without a doubt the ramifications for this act is huge, including unprecedented control without democratic input for a few select, the potential for the equivalent of the Great Firewall of China to be brought here to America (something Hillary Clinton and others had protested while on their foreign trips to China, etc.), the massive loss of jobs, economic downturn and essentially setting us back to the 80’s (or worse).

Obviously, this is NOT a good thing if we want to protect one of the greatest innovations in current times and one of the last bastions of freedom on earth.

If this passes, then there’s some ways to help prevent or fight the ramifications and here’s some suggestions:

  • Refuse to vote for any member of Congress/Senate that support this legislation and tell them straight out that you refuse to support someone who refuses democracy in favor of corporate lobbyists.
  • Demand the government to put stricter limits on corporate lobbyists.
  • Support internet companies fighting for the bill.
  • If you are an internet company, band together with other companies because THIS IS YOUR LIVELIHOOD.
  • If you are an internet company, refuse to support the companies who support this bill by pulling the plug on them, charging higher fees and doing everything in your power to make Big Media companies suffer.
  • Create a new internet that isn’t controlled by a single entity using a peer-to-peer wireless network that is completely open and secure such that it cannot be cracked nor sniffed by any technology
  • For everyone, stop buying products from Big Media. This includes movies, music, books, magazines and halting watching any form of television.
  • Support independents exclusively.
  • Make your friends, family and associates aware of what the Big Media is about.
  • Stop paying for cable TV, etc.

The thing about Big Media and these traditional companies is that their ways of doing things are archaic and dying because of the threat of New Media. However, these companies refuse to give up because they are addicted to power. These companies are horribly sick and corrupt though. Ever hear about how they treat everyone on the lower rungs? Unless you’re the crop on top, you’re basically a slave to these people. Or watch how these people force their workers into doing drugs and getting into illegal things to the point where their lives are all fucked up. Don’t believe me? Look at what happened to the singer from Alice in Chains. Or Motley Crue. Or the so-called artists in Japan who have to prostitute themselves just to make it. The list is endless.

Supporting this trade is supporting immorality. Just like the fast food industry, Big Media is completely unnecessary but people have become too dependent upon them because of how they’ve been brain washed. But you have an ultimate choice. The choice should be to kill this industry and let it start up with a clean slate.

Tempest Keep First Try

After reading that Tempest Keep was doable solo, I decided to give it a shot with my two friends. First note: LOTS OF GOLD DROP. Great place to farm if you want to do something outside of Heroics and Cataclysm raids with just a few friends. I think you probably need between 4-5 people, at least for the last fight. Up until that point, the boss fights were fairly reasonable. We haven’t downed the last boss yet, but I hope to finish it up tomorrow night.

Another great reason to farm this is just for tier gear in preparation for the upcoming Transmogrification feature  for patch 4.3. So far I’ve managed to get a few tier pieces.  Of course, one of the best reasons to go is for the mount. With the low drop rate, you have several excellent reasons to asks others to come with you.

Beyond that, I think going for both personal and guild achievements are excellent reasons to bring people here. I don’t think you need that many if you have a bunch of 85’s, but just enough to DPS things down. At least, one tank and a healer (hopefully a shaman) to help you during some of the CC moments.

Finally, a great reason to do this is that it’s a good chance for your guild to practice as a team and get used to each other. My guild at the moment has mostly soloist who quests. They might do the occasional random or battleground. I’m certain though that people would love to try new things if presented with the opportunity.

Making Progression With My Warrior

Since this weekend was rather slow in terms of people being on, I decided for the most part to push my warrior finally. I finally managed to get her over the hump of level 60 with some power leveling help from a few friends. Once she hit 62 though, I took her to Zangarmarsh to propel her forward on my own. I find levels 60-62 to be a pain because of the way Hellfire Peninsula was constructed. So it’s better if you have some higher level friends to give you some help in leveling you and just skip the vast majority of the region.

I managed to get her two levels in the marsh and decided to do something different for once. So this time around, I started in Terokkar Forest rather than going straight into Nagrand. I gained two levels and then moved her to my usual spot of Nagrand. Right now, she’s sitting at level 67 and just questing to get her ready for Northrend.

Thus far, the questing gear I’ve been finding hasn’t been that great for her. She still is using old gear from pre-BC zones. I think that may just be a consequence of skipping  over Hellfire Peninsula entirely. Lucky for her, she’s equipped with a few BoA pieces (chest, sword, shoulders and cloak) so I don’t  have to worry about that type of gear. On the bright side, I’ve been able to make some money with her because the quest rewards have mostly been stuff she already has.

Tomorrow, I hope to finish  up with Outlands and move her to Northrend. As I level her, I’m also splitting time for her professions. She’s the last toon who has a profession I haven’t already maxed out yet. Meaning that all the major professions minus engineering for me have been maxed out thus far. This will be good for me because I do miss Northrend.

Probably, I should get back to finishing up my other toons. However, I’m somewhat bored of doing the limited number of Cataclysm quests. Perhaps, when she reaches 80 or so, I’ll switch to another toon and do some other quests. Down the line, I’d like to get back to leveling my mage and rogue. But that might be in a month or two

Why Dailies *ARE* A Good Game Mechanic in World of Warcraft

There was an interesting topic on the Blizzard discussion boards that I could not post to since the limit was reached. However, the original post described dailies as being a poor design to World of Warcraft because “it feels like a job.” While I acknowledge the sentiment, I think that the poster has failed to see what makes the concept of daily quest a great mechanic in WoW.

I think dailies are a great idea for the game. Quite a few RPGs just “end” once you finish all the regular quests and kill the primary opponents. I think the problem with dailies is that there’s not enough of them in terms of current content in order to achieve certain rewards. the Molten Front for the most part is fine, but just takes a while before you can reach your goal. the only downside to the Molten Front is that the gear is limited compared to pure raiding/instancing.

A bigger issue isn’t so much the repetitiveness of dailies but more or less that it becomes one of the only things to do if you’re not a raider (if you want to obtain gear) upon hitting level 85. Also, the rewards really don’t scale after hitting a certain point. lastly, there’s just not that a large enough pool of dailies in these zones so it probably feels boring just doing dailies on 2-3 different areas.

With regards to Cataclysm, I think some of the weaknesses in the daily quest system was a result of the revamping of the pre-Vanilla world. The problem I feel is that so much attention probably was spent focused on streamlining the pre-Vanilla world that not enough time was devoted to the higher level zones. When the Molten Front opened up, it offered some epic quest lines, although grinding to reach towards the end takes a long period (as to compensate for the probable time to get equivalent raid gear).

But I like the idea overall. it’s really a nice, guaranteed method to get money, reputation and eventually more gear. I just wish that each zone had a larger number of quests. For instance, Uldum only provides a measly two quests while Vash’ir has nothing at all.

Second, it would be great not to just have chained quests. I like the idea of quests being loose and optional. Molten Front did a little of both but I wasn’t an entire fan of choosing one line or the other then making it all phased. I liked the Vanilla method of questing where most quests were kill, item loot, find item, etc. I think if the dailies just stick with that it should be fine.