While we’re all waiting anxiously for friday’s strip to post, I thought i’d share a lovely bit of…fan art…done by my beautiful if slightly insane lady. Behold her…works, and if you think it’s funny (i certainly do) pop by her newly begun webcomic project, P & Q. Every pageview she gets is a moment of insanity she shares with all of you instead of me.
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Hey everybody. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should mosey on over to the mighty Bibi’s and scroll down a bit until you reach the blue post entitled “Firelands Raid Completion.” I think it’s an excellent description of how the developers look at their raiding content and are trying really hard to make a game that everyone can be happy with.
I know I get tired of hearing people complain about how easy the game is compared to how it used to be, and it’s largely because Blizzard is a company and they are supposed to be making a game that as many people as possible can enjoy. That’s their job, that’s their purpose, it is literally why they exist. I know we poke at them a lot here, but that poking is always done with a smile because at the end of the day, we love this game.
I’ve played WoW for… way too long, really. I take breaks now and again, but I always come back because at the core of it WoW is, always has been, and (as long as they don’t buff mages) always will be a great game. We try not to lose perspective on that as we mock them mercilessly for the silly things that they do along the way, and I hope you guys don’t either. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Blizzcon is just a week away and I need to start working on my collection of panda jokes, just in case.
(Please please please.. don’t let it be pandas.)
After months of toying with the idea, I’ve finally bitten the bullet and started a vlog on YouTube. After taking questions online, I took the best and answered them as best I could. Please watch and enjoy, and I should be coming out with more of these over the coming weeks as I figure out where I want to go with it.
Sung to the tune of “Bad Horse” from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
They run across Gilneas
The lupine british kin
We gave them their own horses
So they can fit in
They’re not all that ground breaking
So let the flames begin
Some heinous whines, boycott endorsed
Epic QQ’s are on course
Blizzard’s Live WoW Dev Team
should not be so reviled
The free mount you received
might be the last that’s filed
So don’t act so ungrateful
Or you’ll lose Running Wild
Enjoy your toon
There’s no recourse
It’s Hi-Ho Silver
Signed Bare Horse!
We have new shirts! As announced last night on Legendary #42, you can now display an artist’s rendition of a sharpie-written message on a folded piece of paper in the effort of petitioning for the growth of your favorite class! Click on the STORE link up top or the image to the right to head over to the Daily Blink marketplace to see what we have to offer.
And while we’re on the subject, if you haven’t had a chance to check out last night’s episode, watch it here!
We can now finally confirm: The Daily Blink will be in attendance at Blizzcon 2011! We won’t have a booth or any panels to sit on (that we know of), but we will definitely be in attendance both days and walking the floor. The possibility of an event off-site is definitely in the air, and we’ll let people know if said plans should materialize and where to be. I will also look into having something special to give out to people we run into, whether it be a mini-poster or some other type of fun swag. We shall see. Meditate on this, we will.
If you’re going to be at Blizzcon and interested in saying hi, leave a comment and let us know!
Feast your eyes on the brand new shirts we currently have up for sale! We’ve had a few designs in our minds for awhile, and we’re putting the first two up for sale in our store.
The first is a standard Daily Blink Logo Tee. You know, that T-shirt that every webcomic makes for themselves, and then they release it to the masses just in case? This is THAT SHIRT. We have had multiple people specifically ask for this shirt, though, so we will do those souls the honor of making it available in Men’s and Women’s styles and in a variety of colors.
The second shirt is a callback to our Ghostcrawler Levels Up strip and still remains one of our more popular gags. Perfect for the forum member in your life that simply will not go to bed until every employee knows exactly how they feel and has surrendered in kind. Also available in multiple styles and colors.
These shirts are produced by Spreadshirt and I bought one before listing them publicly to ensure they’re high enough quality to warrant your spending money. I can confirm that these are not paper-thin crap fabrics, and it holds up in the wash.
What’s yet to come? We’re counting this first round as an experiment to see what you all think of these wares and what we should offer in the future. Additionally, doing well with these means that we can transition away from Print-On-Demand. In the meantime, we hope to release more designs, including shirts for our guild, Deeps More Deeping, and some other jokes we already like that deserve some more art love. Plus, shout out your ideas in the comments! Is there a strip that would make a decent shirt? Let us know, as we might have overlooked it. But no matter what, be sure to check out what we have now and keep an eye out for more in the near future.
Thank you for supporting our webcomic and for your continued patronage!
Update: Swifty has released a video since his unbanning thanking people for their support and saying that it “made a huge difference”. Pretty disappointed, but not too surprised. Watch the video here.
The banning and subsequent un-banning of Swifty has been a very hot topic amongst WoW players over the past couple days, and it’s been fascinating to watch different opinions emerge over whether the ban was warranted, how the reversal came to be, and how much Swifty was responsible in the first place for the events that unfolded. And as much as I’m still trying to piece together truth from rumor, I wanted to weigh in on a few points because A) I have a blog and I don’t use it enough, and B) if Athene can swoop in and turn a bit of heated drama into some easy pageviews for his network, then so can I.*
The one thing I actually won’t attempt to state with certainty is whether Swifty should have been banned, or if the ban should have been permanent. As I said before, I wasn’t present at the event and multiple people have stated that he wasn’t in attendance for the complete duration, so I’m not really sure where his leading of the mob spam began and ended. Well, correction: We certainly know where it ended, thanks to his YouTube vid addressing the ban. I do know this, however: If three servers go down because a group of players can’t put facts together and realize that they’re inadvertently ruining everyone else’s day, then Blizzard is probably going to take action, and it’s very hard to take ignorance as a serious response to the problem. Even if Swifty wasn’t there for the entire event, did he know what had happened in the past? Did he continue to propose moving on to a second or third server himself? Was the event specifically being done to promote a third party product? If it was, did that help nudge the discipline in a more serious direction? (And yes, these are real questions I’d like answers to, not just rhetorical speculation.) The problem is, it’s very easy to laugh about a server going down, but it’s not just a simple reboot and resuming life as normal. It’s also responding to a huge spike of inevitable support tickets due to the outage, including lost items and progress. That’s some serious stuff when it comes to time and resources lost that could have been spent on more pressing issues, and shouldn’t be taken that lightly. If you, as a content creator on the internet, make your money by being able to play a specific game, shouldn’t you take precautions to not be associated with behavior that has the potential to put your account at risk? Before claims of hypocrisy come to pass, I’ve participated in fan events in game for Legendary, but it’s only ever been on beta servers with lower turnouts than what was witnessed here, when there wasn’t any planned testing in progress. Other streaming on live servers has been done making precautions to not easily be found or to encourage a large population influx. So it’s something that is thought about before bringing an event online, especially when it’s live on the air.
Anyways, fast forwarding to the real point of this. Swifty gets banned, Athene voices his support, the community gets riled up… and then apparently loses its mind in ways that I am completely crushed to have to witness.
Let’s just cut right to the chase: It was some of the dumber gamer rage that has graced an MMO, even when compared the recent EVE Online riots, given the actual motives stacked side by side. Absolute childish behavior cloaked in the excuse of trying to right wrongs by an apparently oppressive regime when Blizzard took actions to keep its servers from breaking further. It’s one thing to be upset and rage on your own site or forum, it’s a whole different issue when you decide that the enjoyment of the game for others is of lower importance than your own vulgar self-righteousness. If Swifty’s ban caused you to be upset, then the reaction by a subsection of his fanbase (and those who joined in for lulz) should outrage you by a factor of ten. The spamming going on inside the game achieved absolutely nothing but to be a disruption for people who couldn’t care less about the ban, which I had to find particularly interesting considering that a disruption to the game is the whole reason why the ban was made in the first place. Remember the citizens of Vancouver watching as some of its own tarnished the city’s reputation with incredibly dumb riots? We got our own little non-violent microcosm right here for all to see.
Swifty hasn’t posted a video since the ban, but I really hope the next one sets aside a moment to condemn this kind of behavior that was committed in his name. There’s absolutely no excuse for it in this situation, and I’ll bet you all the money in my pockets versus all the money in your pockets that it did nothing to advance the case for letting him off the hook. All it apparently achieved was to cause Blizzard to reexamine its chat system and make fixes that prevent spamming in the future, and while that’s awesome (and probably overdue), I’ll be interested to see if the changes ended up being overkill because they rushed it out, and thus saddled us with an overprotective setup that feels like Slow Mode chat on Justin.tv.
It comes down to this: If you really do want Swifty to succeed and be able to continue down the path of producing content you enjoy, don’t behave like this. You are not helping his or anyone else’s cause. It simply reinforces the stereotype that others in the community work incredibly hard to dispel in the name of making your way of life a bit more accepted and supported. Stop it. This is why we can’t have nice things.