We’ll Do It Live

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' Work It

Who says playing video games is a waste of time? Symantec’s COO, Stephen Gillett, includes his World of Warcraft experience on his résumé. And it has paid off. It helped him land a job at Corbis, and eventually Starbucks. “I put my qualifications on my résumé when I apply for jobs,” Gillett said. “Here’s my guild. Here’s my ranking. Here’s my biggest online achievement. Some people look at it and say, ‘What the hell is this?’ And others will be like, ‘That’s exactly what I’m looking for.'” It’s not a bad idea. Gillett says that he includes his WoW achievements on his résumé because it shows he exercises leadership in both the physical and virtual realms. Maybe I should add a new section to my résumé…

! Macro Macros

If you’ve ever capped the number of macros in your collection – good news! Taepsilum and Celestalon announced changes to macros coming in patch 6.0 including an increased number of macro slots and a new conditional.

% Storm, earth and fire, heed my call!

Azrajin created the art featured in this week’s header image.

" Take the long way home?

If you’re looking for an easy way to power through bounties in D3, split farming may be the answer. Although it pretty much defeats the togetherness behind multiplayer gameplay, split farming in Diablo 3 is one of the most productive ways to play. Tysker86 asks Reddit Diablo to share their tips on making longer bounties less time consuming.

' The Slow Grind

Becky Chambers started playing WoW in 2005. It was a slow, but steady, start. As her gaming literacy improved over time, she experienced a reversal in playstyle. “My appreciation for the medium has deepened, and I’m confident in my skills, but something has changed along the way. I’ve gotten out of the habit of taking things slow. … Gaming culture always operates at a frenzied, fevered pitch. I think I sometimes miss the days when my engagement with games felt like a long, slow soak instead.” Chambers shares her journey in re-embracing the slow grind.

& Under the Hood

You know that feeling when you cast a Lay on Hands or Guardian Spirit on the tank and they still fall over? You know you cast the spell – it’s on cooldown. It sucks, but that feeling is one healers are accustomed to. But things may be changing in WoD. Celestalon posted about a very large upgrade to game responsiveness coming in the expansion. It has to do with lag, server requests, how those are processed and how things will change. Good stuff!

! Memetastic

Community Manager Zarhym asked for examples of historical WoW content that has gone viral over the years. I’ve Storified some of the community’s responses and favorites.

" n00b

When I rolled a Hunter ages ago, I wondered why my pets hated me. They never seemed to stick around for long. I eventually found out – through means I wish I could remember – that I had to feed my pet to get it to stick around. We’ve all been noobs at some point. Reddit WoW discusses their worst noob moments. Ah, memories.

& We’ll Do It Live

Publicizing your content can be tough. You may be running a Twitter profile, Facebook page, YouTube channel, Instagram account… I could go on. For Twitch streamers, it’s becoming easier to cross-promote your live broadcast status on YouTube with Twitch Live Annotations. “Twitch Live Annotations enable a promotional alert that appears on all of your YouTube videos the instant you start broadcasting. These alerts are designed to direct people watching your videos on YouTube to your content as it happens on Twitch — keeping your current audience up to date and even bringing new viewers to your channel.” djWHEAT offers a video rundown.

' Getting to Know You

It’s time to prepare! There are only 135 days left until BlizzCon 2014. You may be thinking about what to pack or where you’re staying, but what about the people you’ll meet? “I get that as gamers, many of us tend to be introverts. We shy away from large crowds. We don’t like doing the hand shaking or the high-fiving.” Matticus puts together helpful tips for networking at BlizzCon. Rule number one: Don’t be limp. With your handshake, of course!

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" The One That Got Away

“I’ve salvaged countless legendaries without knowing their true potential and then kicked myself for it after. Because of this, I wanted to create a list of items that you should not salvage.” Reddit Diablo puts together a helpful list of legendaries you shouldn’t salvage. The list seems long at first glance, but it’s broken down by class. Good thing, too. I thought I had to keep everything around.

' That’s Value

If you’re a frequent Hearthstone player or stream viewer, you may have run into the concept of “value.” But what is it and what’s the value of any given card? Turns out it’s not an exact science. Antigen talks about value in HS and general tips you can use in your play.

& Nom Nom Nom

Kierpanda from Eat Game Live has chosen the winner of the Reaper of Recipes Challenge. Get ready for SHARKNADO!

' You’re In or You’re Out

Confession: I transmog my gear, even at low levels. I don’t know about you, but I like to look good while dragonslaying! Or, ya know, while digging cherries out of poop. Wowhead crafts a transmog guide for every class so you can make it work.

% Blackrock

ChrisHogman’s stunning “Blackrock” is this week’s featured header image.

" It’s Not Easy Being Green

I seem to see more set recipes than set pieces in Diablo 3. Seriously. I have yet to loot a set piece on any character. I get overly excited when I see that green beam shine through a pile of loot, only to get my hopes dashed when I realize it’s another crafting recipe. But now I can stop complaining – Reddit Diablo community member tracknuberseven put together an amazing guide for farming any set or legendary crafting material in the game.

' The State We’re In

“Kids, teens, even young adults who are currently playing World of Warcraft will be socialized by these ideas. World of Warcraft is a game that millions and millions of people have played, do play and will play. With such a large audience, it is my opinion that Blizzard has a social responsibility to demonstrate an openness to diversity, to show women actually being strong, to show dark-skinned humans doing something of note, to show any kind of positive LGBTQ presence at all.” Kurn discusses video games, society, and socialization.

! Hoarders

Hi, I’m Kristin and I’m a WoW hoarder. My bank and void storage are tearing at the seams and my alts have long served as overflow storage. And I know I’m not alone. There are many fun vanity items in-game and until last Blizzcon, there was no end to the madness. I admit, the Toybox releasing with WoD may be my favorite feature. Perculia collects recent tweets about the Toybox and items we’ll be able to put into it.

" I Heart Gnomes

I really like Sylvanas. She’s one of my favorite lore characters in WoW. And I’m sure there are folks who’d feel differently. Participants in a fun Reddit WoW thread are sharing their unpopular opinions about the game. “MoP was a better expansion than BC,” “I love Gnomes,” and “flying should have never been implemented” are just a few of the interesting posts.

' Home Is Where the Heart Is

Garrisons stand out as one of the biggest features coming to Warlords. I’m still not quite sure how they’ll interact with my gameplay or how much of a time-sink they’ll turn into, but I’m keeping an open mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to call our own? The feature doesn’t seem to be quite like player housing though. “World of Warcraft isn’t really introducing housing, in the traditional sense. Instead, they are introducing military bases that allow you to have some form of customization. The garrison system is going to probably be a fun system; but if you want to build a house, you may have to look elsewhere.” Restokin compares WoW Garrisons to Wildstar player housing.

If You Build It, They Will Come

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' Wayback Machine

“Over the course of WoW’s nearly 10-year history, raiding has probably undergone more iteration and change than any other game system,” begins Watcher. Lead Game Designer Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas steps back in time in the latest dev watercooler to revisit WoW’s raiding history in three parts. From Molten Core to Siege of Orgimmar, we’ve come a long way.

+ Olivia Grace interviews Watcher for Wowhead. Ion discusses the direction of the game and why the team is making the changes they are. The interview is an hour long, but it’s well worth watching.

# The Hivemind

What happens when you try to crowdsource Hearthstone play? Sometimes, not much. Other times, nothing that you want to happen. Hearthmind is a social experiment similar to Twitch Plays Pokémon in which viewers click at the board to make things go. Sort of. Eventually.

" Ridin’ the Rift

Sahkuh offers up a few tips when forming rift groups in Diablo. “Don’t be a jerk” is pretty high on the list.

! If You Build It, They Will Come

“Why fight WoW’s endgame head on when it has a stranglehold on raiding, not just because of quality but because of numbers and inertia?” Tzufit shares her thoughts on MMO endgame and WoW’s dominance of the market.

' Savage

“I believe that Mists of Pandaria overall was a success in terms of social justice for gender issues in the game – in terms of not making gender such a big issue, and making me feel welcome to the game as a female. Mists of Pandaria did a great job of featuring strong and powerful women, doing important things.” There’s a stark contrast between the overall zen feel of MoP to the “savage” world of Warlords. Understandably, players are heading back to turbulent Draenor, but does Blizzard have to loop back to old tropes? Restokin dissects the current and future status of women in WoW.

& Reaper of Soles

Our favorite gaming culinary connoisseur, Kierpanda, is hosting an epic contest. Your task is to to create the most delicious Diablo 3 inspired recipe in all of Sanctuary! Read up on the contest details and submission info at Eat Game Live.

# It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Next time you’re running Utgarde Keep, look up. In fact, take a look upward the next time you do anything in WoW. You may be missing frescoed ceilings or a beautiful sky. Wowcrendor lists his 10 favorite ceilings in the game.

" Tip o’ the Morning to Ya

Did you know that you can hold down your mouse button to continuously attack in D3? What about making use of your mouse scrollwheel for opening the inventory or other windows? The Reddit Diablo community offers up a few quality of life gameplay tips.

' The Missing Link

The Blizzard Twitter community is a vibrant place made up of devs, players, and… key figures from the franchises? If you haven’t explored the world of Blizzard Twitter roleplaying accounts, you’re missing out. Verroak Krasha, an Arakkoa in the community, put together a list of what Blizzard Twitter RP is missing.

% Let’s Play

TetaMonja created the adorable Hearthstone fan art featured in this issue’s header.

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