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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is it Any good? – Part 1

Ive been playing the new expansion since the release date and i cant shake the feeling that this expansion is World of Warcrafts worst one yet. For all Blizzard have  done in the new expansion it seems they have finally run out of ideas.

New Features:

  • New Level cap at 85
  • Two new Races: Worgen and Goblin
  • 5 New Quest Zones
  • One new Proffession: Archelogy
  • New Dungeons and Raids
  • Guild Leveling System (Which seems to favour large guilds)
  • The old Wow World is totaly changed
  • You can now fly around Azeroth! (Took Blizzard almost 4 years to finally add)
  • 1000’s of new quests
  • Improved Graphics, water is now shiny and finnaly textures get an overhaul.

In fact to be bloody honest its the same thing as the last two expansions except its more colourful and with bigger numbers!

“Bigger Numbers” i hear you ask, i mean Players Health and attacks are simply bigger numbers. Theres still the same game mechanics as always;

  • level up, Quest or do Dungeons
  • Hit the max level (85) and wonder what the hell to do now?
  • Repeat Dungeons over and over to gear up and gain reputation with various factions.
  • See nothing much has changed, this has been done to death in the last expansion.

Reasons the Expansion has left me Dissapointed:

Guild Leveling:
Is a great idea basically you get “Perks” that can boost the XP you get or the “Reputation gains” you get from doing quests or dungeons. But it seems to favour large guilds, small social guilds will take much longer to gain those perks and while there not a necessity they are nice to have.

Same oul shit:
Theres still the same thing when you hit the level cap, the problem of gearing up to do dungeons. Running instances is fun but theres a point where you simply “burn out” and say enough is enough and simply cant be bothered anymore. This happened in WOTLK, Heroic Dungeons were a bit of a joke compared to how Blizzard made heroic dungeons in the first expansion “The Burning Crusade”. As far as i know at least from what ive read Heroic Dungeons this time around are very tough. But at the end of the day its still the same thing over and over again no matter how Blizzard try to dress it up.

Two new Races:
I mean who the hell cares about this, this is great for new players to the game but not for someone who is fed up of leveling a few alts. Ive quite a few alts and i certainly dont want to go from level 1 to 85 just to have my characters race different. So what has happened is most players have simply payed real money to change their characters race, making Blizzard more money as if they needed any more.

Quests: No Voice Acting in majority of quests:
At lot of the quests have no voice over acting making them dull, boring and simply a click “Accept Quest” and read later monotomy. You would think blizzard could have added a bit more voice acting to the game for some quests, not all quests just to make things a bit more interesting. A minor gripe but still something they could have done better. They did add cut-scenes to some quests which was a nice touch.

Most of the 5 new Quest Zones are Dull:
I hate to admit this but they really are dull, the only zone that strikes you as “wow” is the underwater zone.

Vah’iir Isle:
Amazing zone completly underwater with a ridable seahorse.

Mount Hyal:
Same old typical graphics in here nothing new to see.

Deepholm:
Totaly different to any zone in the game which is a good thing but not amazing by any standards.

Uldum:
Egyption pyriamds,yawn.

Twilight Highlands:
Nothing new here.

World of Warcraft – Improving Peformance (fps rate) – Fixed

World of warcraft at times really can perform very badly, its an old game engine and it doest seem to work very well at times. Ive huge problems getting it run smoothly despite having a dam good PC. In raids at times my fps rate just drops to 10 fps or less same in wintergrasp.  The game becomes unplayable and very frustating so i started searching for solutions to try and fix the problem. The main problem seems to be the game cant cope with many players on the screen at the same time and it doesnt seem to handle CPU Cores very well.

First ill list my PC’s Specs;

  • AMD Phenom Black Edition Quad Core 9850
  • ATI Radeon 4870
  • 4 gigs Ram
  • Windows 7 64 bit

I started by turning most of the graphics settings down, some them make a huge difference such as “draw distance”. But nothing thats really going do the job, in fact nothing i tried really helped.

Deleting and reseting all your addons:

After setting the video dettings in wow to low and deleting all my addons and addon settings, my fps in stormwind went up to 100 fps.  I also set the ATI control panel image quality to “High Perfomance”.

Before i did this the fps rate was about 30-40 fps. I did this at a bad time too when there was nobody in any of the major cities so that is probably a huge factor in the fps increase.

Adding back your addons:

I then started to add to my addons back and with the following addons enabled my framerate dropped a little to about 40 – 60 fps average.

  • Xperl Unit Frames
  • Bagnon
  • Titan Panel
  • Outfitter

When i added back Bartender4 i lost about 20 fps, so this addon is causing a huge drop in performance for some reason.

Fixed:

After reading the Wow forums i found this link;

http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=10971909544&sid=1

Which is all about trying to improve wow’s performance and its the only thing thats worked for me.  The problem i had seemed to be to do with AMD’s “Cool and Quiet” feature, as when i disabled it wow framerates went up and my PC was way more responsive.  Im able to be dalaran now with out framerates dropping to 4 or 5 fps and wintergrasp is playable. Um getting about 100 fps where before i was getting 30-50, so its a huge improvement.

Wow phishing email Fail..

Using Google Mail has a tonne of advantages one being that it filters all the spam you get sent. Now i just looked in my spam folder and found this email claiming to be from Blizzard. But Gmail is so smart it detected it as spam and binned it. But the email is kinda funny as its the worst attempt at phising ive seen in a while;

Dear World of Warcraft fans, because your server is there a large number of illegal transactions, and other server players were a large number complaints to your account. The
To World of Warcraft, we conducted a detailed analysis and review. After this analysis, we draw preliminary conclusions: Your account has been participating

too many the illegal transactions, we will permanently ban your account. At this moment we are to understand your feelings, if you have any questions please visit
[fake site removed]
Blizzard of fraud and abuse department

Theres load of these phishing emails flying around so be carefull what you do when you see one.

Wow: Building a Rogue

I first started WOTLK with the aim of changing classes from warlock to rogue. I started leveling my rogue first and got my first and last raid in Naxx 25. I was last on the DPS meters and packed it in, not just the rogue class but raiding and the lock class and i quit wow for a few months. Then i played on another realm with my priest when dual spec hit and was both a Damage maker and healer in a small casual guild. It was good fun but after a while the guild fell apart after people started to leave to join better raid guilds and then i quit wow for about a year.

Since i returned in december Blizzard (account got hacked stuff returned) have done alot to make gearing up a bit easier (i must note specially for casualy players like myself).

From the weekly raid and daily random dungeon you can collect badges if your dedicated enough.  Recently i took the task on of trying to gear up my rogue and its not been easy.

Starting out is the worst and seeing your damage at the bottom of the damage meter is at times very humiliating and very off-putting. So to avoid this i went the PVP route and used all my Stone shards to buy PVP gear so i eventually had the full PVP set. Of course this isnt much good for Dungeons but it was a good start.  I then started random heroics and have had no hassle from anyone about my damage even though it wasnt good or at least didnt look like it was right for the gear i had.

I started out as subtlety spec as i only used to PVP with my rogue and well my DPS was rubbish

Im still working on on it and well as they say, things can only get better.

Rogue Guides:

Here are some of the great guides ive found and been reading as i try to  improve my rogue. My goal here to try and get DPS to where it should for the gear i have.

Rogue Rotation:
http://forums.wow-europe.com/thread.html?topicId=10023044366&sid=1

Weapon Enchants:
http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=59621

Newbie Rogue WOTLK:
http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=14133213611&sid=1

Gems:

Wow Popular:Gems (find out what Gems others are using)
http://www.wowpopular.com/Gems

Gem Guide:
http://www.wow-gem.com/gems.aspx/blues/cr/njc

How to CLEAN your PC from keyloggers.

wowkoAfter having my World of Warcraft Account hacked i set about searching for how to remove any viruses and other crap that had made there way on to my PC so a quick google came up with these two great tips.

1) A program called KeyScrambler — it is free for your web browser.
2) An addon for Firefox called “NoScript” — this defaults to denying scripts to run on pages you view. But, if you are absolutely certain that the site is safe, you can quite easily allow scripts.
3) A program called “SnoopFree Privacy Shield 1.0.7″ — which alerts you to any program trying to attach itself to your computers keystrokes.

Magekíd’s guide: How to CLEAN your PC from keyloggers.

Hi all, this guide will help you on how to clean your pc from keyloggers.
Please take a look.

Screenshots have now been added!!!
Please also take a look at the Unofficial Helper’s Forum (with IRC!)
> http://forum.anayra.info/ < (Thanks to Anayra for running this!)

English is not my mother tongue, so some things are hard for me to explain, but I think i’m doing a good job, in general ^^

First of all, a note: Hijackthis is a tool, used for finding infections in your computer. Please note: THIS IS NOT A SCANNER. It shows both malicous rules, but also LEGIT rules. Do not fix rules in Hijackthis yourself!
You can find a list of forums that are qualified to look at your Hijackthis log here: http://asap.maddoktor2.com
In addition, here’s a list of forums where you can post your hijackthis logfile. – If you know any others, please let me know in a comment/reply!
Dutch/Belgium:
www.hijackthis.nl/forum
www.minatica.be/forum.php
http://www.antispywareoffensief.nl/forum/

English:
http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/
http://forums.techguy.org/
http://www.techsupportforum.com/

Before posting a Hijackthis log, please do the following steps upfront. I know this is alot of work, but that way most malware is already deleted and your logfile can be looked at faster.
Please remember: Follow ALL steps, including step 7

Note: Vista Users must run installations and the downloaded programs as Administrator. You can do this by right-clicking the program and select Run as Administrator (The screenshot shows it for Hijackthis, You must use this for every program we use here)
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/6665/guide1bb5.jpg <– Screenshot

1. Download ATF Cleaner here:  http://www.atribune.org/ccount/click.php?id=1 – and save it somewhere (Desktop for example)

– Start ATF Cleaner and check everything except “Prefetch” at the tab “Main“. Then press “Empty Selected
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/5641/guide2xo7.jpg <– screenshot

– If you use Firefox as your browser, go to the Firefox tab and check everything except “Firefox Saved passwords”. Then press “Empty Selected
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9761/guide2qu7.jpg <– Screenshot

– If you use Opera as your browser, go to the Opera tab and check everything except “Saved Passwords“. Then press Empty Selected.

2. Download Ad-aware 2008 Free here: http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-2008/3000-8022_4-10045910.html?part=dl-ad-aware&subj=dl&tag=top5&cdlPid=10903602 –  and install it. If you get an license note during the installation, press Use Free After the installation, start Ad-Aware and press Update.
http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/3198/guide3po0.jpg <– screenshot
When Ad-Aware is finished updating, press Scan and do a Full system scan
When the scanning is completed, You’ll see two tabs with infected objects. The first tab contains Critical Objects and the second tab Privacy Objects Check everything at both tabs and press Remove At the top of both tabs you see a number which says the amount of infections found. Please wait until both numbers say “0” and then press Complete.
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/2029/guide4pg7.jpg <– screenshot
Close Ad-Aware

3. Download Spybot Search & Destroy here: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html –  and install it. During the installation, uncheckUse Internet Explorer protection (SDHelper)” and “Use system settings Protection (TeaTimer)

When the installation is completed, start Spybot S&D and press OK at the notice you get about Ad-Aware. It may also notify you about deleting temporary files. Just select yes Follow the Wizard, and when the wizard is done press Update in Spybot. Search for updates, check all available updates and install the updates. After that press the Immunize tab and Immunize your system. When the Immunization is done, press the Search & Destroy tab and start scanning your computer.
http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/7301/guide5br0.jpg <– screenshot

When Spybot S&D is done scanning. Check all found objects and press Fix Selected Problems.
If Spybot S&D cannot delete all found objects, it will ask if it can scan at the next reboot to fix the problems. Press Yes.
http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/439/guide6uc1.gif <– screenshot
Now close Spybot S&D.

4. Download MBAM (MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware) here: http://www.besttechie.net/tools/mbam-setup.exe –  and install it. Make sure that at the end of the installation, Update MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware and Start MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware is checked.
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9350/guide7bi9.jpg <– screenshot
When MBAM is started. Go to the Scanner tab and do a Full scan
http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/9767/guide8iv5.jpg <– screenshot
Once MBAM is done scanning, press Show Results and make sure all found objects are selected. After that press Remove Selected
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/5509/guide9sm1.jpg <– screenshot
When MBAM is done deleting objects a logfile will open. You can close this logfile.
The Logfile will automatically be saved at the Logs tab in MBAM.

If MBAM found objects that can’t be deleted, it will ask to reboot your computer. Allow this and restart your computer.

4. If you didn’t restart your computer after running MBAM, restart it now anyway.

5. Do a full system scan with your virusscanner and remove all found infections.
If you do not have a virusscanner, you can scan online with one of these scanners. (Use Internet Explorer to scan)

BitDefender: http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
Panda: http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm
Kaspersky: http://www.kaspersky.nl/scanner

Remove all infections found.

6. Restart your computer.

7. Download Hijackthis here: http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/hijackthis/HJTInstall.exe – and install it. After the installation Hijackthis will open. Press Do a systemscan and save a logfile.
http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/4533/guide10pz1.jpg <– screenshot
A notepad file will open. In the Notepad file, press CTRL + A to select everything, CTRL + C to Copy everything. Then press CTRL + V in a new topic at the forum you want to post the log.

Also paste the MBAM log on the forum you place the Hijackthis logfile.

Many thanks for reading, if you have questions or problems, please ask Smiley

Also: Please note: Doing this all, is NOT A GUARANTEE your computer is not infected. There is no scanner that has a 100% detection rate.

– Magekid

World of Warcraft – Comic – Void Reaver Aggro Problem

comic2 finalBack in the days when World of Warcraft was great i.e The Burning Crusade when i was in a guild as a gnome warlock called “Chuckie” we were on the Boss “VoidReaver” which was a  25 player raid and reasonably easy.

However one of our shadow priests was having great problems with “Aggro” on this boss and i decided to make a “Comic” in photoshop about it. Bear in mind its 2 years old now (how time flies) and was funny at the time.