Tonight I’ve finally started to feel a lot better so I ran the Shammy twins around Stranglethorn Vale killing for Singing Shards and Troll’s Ears… I know, these quests are a whole lot of no fun, but they’re still better than trying to get the quest drops from the infamous gutless gorillas. I have a whole bit on that topic, but it doesn’t translate well to text.
Unfortunately after some questing I realized that the macros and UI I’d set up for the twins just weren’t doing it for me so I took a little more time out to adjust them properly. That of course means arranging the bars, setting the key bindings, turning off default frames, etc. etc. ad infinity.
So here’s where XFire comes in. So I got one of their newsletter e-mails the other day. You know it’s one of those things that’s kind of like the junk mail that usually just goes into the recycling bin. For some odd reason I actually decided to take a look at the recent newsletter and saw that XFire has expanded the XFire chat program to include an in game web browser.
Ok, ok, I’ll admit the first thing I that comes to mind about this is; ‘oh great, something else to distract people from the game, wasn’t Bejeweled bad enough?’ (I like the Bejeweled in game game thingy though, awesome for long flights). Then I begin to think, wow, how many times to I have to alt+tab out of the game to look up a quest, compare gear types, figure out where a vendor is, or look up just what that friggin’ acronym really means, not just might mean, but really means.
Tonight I actually got to put it to the test when I had to look up some macro information. I’m actually kind of happy that I had XFire up and running. I’m pretty sure that a troll would have bashed and eaten Elecreep if I hadn’t been able to just get right back to the action. Otherwise I’d have been happily researching away and would have come back to two dead Shaman. Seeing a Dead Shaman is just never any good.
I’m totally out of energy now, but I’d say give XFire a shot and see what you think. As always though be careful about who you add as friends. Download software via trusted sources (or at least sites that have their butts on the line if they’re transmitting garbage) and remember to run you’re anti-virus and anti-spywear software at all times. Then again saying this stuff is about like telling somebody to wear an oven mitt before pulling the brownies out of the oven, but I just wanted to make sure that I left a little disclaimer.
On a side note this evening I was chatting with a guild mate and I ended up on the topic of my hordies. There’s so many times that I think to myself that I’d so be 80 by now if I’d have just stuck with Geistig or even Strategeist. I also remember just how hard it was to find groups to do anything, even as a healer. I also remember how annoying it was when I did end up in a group or two. Those are pretty much the only things that have kept me from just going right back to those toons. Lately though I’ve been in such a leveling funk that I really, really, really want to just want to put one finger on each hand up to the Alliance and go back to my heathen existence as a Hordie. I mean for all the light and beauty you have on the Alliance side, it’s just so, well, orderly. Being the child of chaos that I am, all that order and no chaos makes me go something something.
I’m not ready to run back to the Horde side yet. I’ve spent a lot of time on Rexxar and I’ve met a lot of really cool people. But I’ve gotta tell you that lately I really feel like people treat me differently just because I don’t have a level 80 toon. I really feel as if folks look down on you if you don’t have a level 80 main. I’m sure then they even find ways to look down on you, but you know what I mean.
With all of this, ‘the game starts at 80’ crap, it seems like folks feel as though they have the right to level one maybe two toons to 80, and then sit on a high horse and lord it over the leveling folks while laughing it up with their ‘end game’ buddies. I guess as long as it keeps them entertained and out of my hair, it’s probably just as well. But then I think about the folks that have just bought their first copy of WoW, folks that are brand new to the game. I mean, how can someone honestly look down on a person who’s only now begun to explore the World of Warcraft?
The thing is that I’ve purchased one full game and two expansion packs. Well all the latest game content is in the last patch and everyone leveled their mains as soon as they could to get out to that game content. I can hang with that, leveling is a pain in the booty. Now though, hang out in a city and turn trade chat back on. I know it’s painful, but what do you read when it’s on. “I’m bored”. Um, there’s all these zones, all these crafting skills, all these dungeons and you’re … bored?
Pffft… whiner. I’ve paid for all three parts of the game and get access to all three areas. Why would I want to level ONE character maybe two, to the level cap as fast as I can and NOT explore the content available in the rest of the game. It’s like getting a chess set, taking out the king, and throwing the rest of the box in the garbage. Sorry this is really a rant that should get it’s own post, but that’s just my take on it. I really should just get my butt to bed.