Are you a bear’s ass?

I know they’re not exactly an unkown blog, but I really like some of the writing on WoW Insider.

And today, Alison Robert has a great fun piece in her Druid column, offering you the chance to take a quiz to find out – which Druid spec suits your personality best?

A cool piece of gear drops, but you realize it might not actually be an upgrade. Do you roll on it?

  1. Ooh, math. Let me get my slide rule.
  2. I am a large animal without the capacity for abstract thought.
  3. I don’t care if it’s an upgrade. I killed and ate the rogue who was my only competition.
  4. Well, let me see … I’m actually pretty close to the next Wild Growth breakpoint, but I’d have to regem everything in order to make it. But is that really a good idea when I mostly tank heal, anyway? WG was only 14% of my healing on that last fight, and once I account for the intellect loss it … hey! HEY! I’m not finished! Don’t give it to the stupid priest!

Having spent a chunk of two weeks ago attempting to mash my brain into understanding Resto Druid haste caps, I really empathised with the last bit.

It’s not deep heavy thinking, but it is great fun, and anyone who’s every played a druid will recognise the stereotypes. If you fancy something light and entertaining, give it a read – and you might well learn a bit about Druids too!

What Drood were you? And did you think the stereotypes were accurate?

_Quotes taken directly from Alison’s column at WoW Insider.

Find Shifting Perspectives at http://wow.joystiq.com/category/shifting-perspectives/

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Whodunnit – Or, Are You Really YOU Online?

Whooooo are you, ooh-oh, ah-ah… All right, CSI theme tune (which is now stuck in my head) aside, Zinn’s hit on the topic of whether you’re a different person in game to the one you are in real life. Sounds obvious, right? But it got me thinking – just how many of the nitwibblers in LFD are really like that in real life? Zinn’s got a good question, here.

She starts with an extreme example of a real life friend who was pretty much a different person online. Intriguing stuff, and Zinn goes on to talk about how she herself comes across in game and in person. She thinks about her friends, and suggests that you get specific sides of a person depending on what activity you share with them – that we very quickly label each other in games. Or is it the case, like with her SO, that you get pretty much the real deal when you talk to a person in your guild?

People are put into roles, or categories. How much do we play into those roles? This doesn’t differ from any other setting of people of which we spend alot of time but don’t really get to know. Like school. Most of us got fit into a role in school as well. On the internet however you have a chance to take the first step. You can decide what the first impression of you is going to be. Has this changed the way you behave?

Funnily enough Gronthe’s got a post that ties in to Zinn’s. He touches on how gaming and emotions mix – specifically involving crying. Whilst a chunk of his post is an illustration of his point from his family life, his point stands – we get emotive, even while gaming. And that’s okay, Gronthe says – there’s a time and a place for it, and perhaps we should embrace it more often.

What about you – do you think we portray the real person behind the game, or do you think we come across as ‘parts’ of our personality that we think are relevant or even acceptable?

_Quote taken directly from Zinn’s post

You can find Zinn’s Jinxed Thoughts homepage here

You can find Gronthe’s Deuwowlity’s homepage here_

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