Patchy Meanderings

OMG. WTF. Why does it take so long to download one stupid patch? The Blizzard Downloader is a worthless piece of shit. My ports are open, you stupid programme! Those Patch Mirrors are not any better. I downloaded the 1.9.0 patch faster than this! However, I think my home network is being slow and idiotic for an unfathomable reason, too. I can’t figure it out, and it’s too late to troubleshoot.

In other news, I created a new character last night, an Undead Priest on Kul Tiras. I am joining some of my cohorts from The Game Chair, who have started up new characters on that Realm. I was hoping to go questing with her tonight, but the bloody patch is taking forever to download. Normally, I don’t play healing classes, but I’ve decided that I want to see what it is like to play a healer in an MMORPG. I know that I am opening myself up for grief and frustration, but it will be interesting nonetheless.

Of course, unless the patch download completes, I won’t be playing a healer or any other kind of character. The Guild Wars method of game updates has spoiled me, I think. Seamless and generally quite smooth.

Using the word ‘priest’ to refer to WOW‘s divine healers kind of annoys me. Isn’t ‘priest’ traditionally a masculine term? The feminine form for ‘priest’ is ‘priestess’, is it not? The same with ‘warlock’ as well. I was under the impression that ‘warlock’ is equivalent to ‘witch’, yeah? Come to think of it, is ‘monk’ (in reference to Guild Wars) a masculine form as well?

None of the other races in WOW really appeal to me except the Undead, at least for the moment. Some people are bugging me to start up a character on the Alliance side, but the Alliance races seem dull.

Does playing a Rogue involve as much buttonmashing as it appears? I thought of creating an Undead Rogue for Kul Tiras, but decided against it.

Oh, the patch has finished downloading! I’m going to install it and wander around. I don’t think I’ll have time to finish even one quest, but at least I can put more quests in my Quest Log.

  5 comments for “Patchy Meanderings

  1. 8 February 2006 at 14:08

    >OMG. WTF. Why does it take so long to download one stupid patch?
    Because God is telling you to play Guild Wars instead. :P

  2. 8 February 2006 at 19:27

    If it’s Grenth, then maybe I’ll go play some Guild Wars this weekend if I have time… ;-)

  3. Hieronymus
    9 February 2006 at 17:24

    Yup, my first impressions of WoW after installing it were:

    1] OMFG, how long can these patches take to download? I finally gave up on the downloader, and downloaded it from Gamespot.

    2] OMFG, how many times do I have click on this licensing agreement? Twice each time! Every time they install a patch, they make you agree to both new licenses.

    Then, again last night, it downloaded another huge patch. Took forever, as you say. And yes, my ports are open. And no, the network driver you are complaining about is for a network card I not longer have installed. And it sure looks like all my ports are open, because if I “sniff” the packets, you’re using them all. You’re just too damn cheap to pay for more bandwidth, is my thinking.

    Other than that, it’s been a pretty vanilla experience so far. Hope to get a TGC evening going soon.

  4. 12 February 2006 at 14:01

    There is a difference between warlock and witch. Warlock comes from the word wærloga, which is an old english word meaning “oathbreaker”, and has nothing to do with witchcraft. Early Christians worked to associate the practice of nature religions with negative images like this to promote Christianity. The term witch, on the other hand, refers to a practitioner of magic, and can refer to both men and women.

    In reference to the term monk, it is a term referring to someone who practices a strict religious lifestyle, often forsaking everything for their studies. After nature religions passed from being the predominant religions in most places, men took the place of women as the primary upholders of religious tradition, so monks of most all traditions were of course men. Recently, though, it is possible to see more women who do practice religion as monks, in Buddhism for example. It’s still more common to see male monks, but the trend is towards a balance between the genders.

  5. 13 February 2006 at 11:22

    >Every time they install a patch, they make you agree to both new licenses.
    That’s probably so they can sneak in obnoxious new license clauses without you noticing.

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