These screenshots are worth a *ban*!

Here's a "visual" reportage of the protest that took place about two hours ago on the Argent Dawn server of World of Warcraft. The subject of this protest was the problems of the warrior class, the purpose of the protest was to draw the attention over those issues and 'to awaken' both the playerbase and Blizzard.

In general I do not care about classes discussions, in fact I rarely rant about nerfs or direct unbalances of the classes. But I was there, of course. These type of "happenings" are way too fun and interesting from an "observer" point of view. They are something unique that has its roots directly in the very potential of the genre.

You can read in detail about what happened and find more proper and informative links here.

Instead if you follow the "read more" link on the right of this article you'll see my visual reportage. From the beginning to its pitiful end ;p
(about 16 images and 4.8Mb in total)

My conclusions are unrelated: the client of the game is amazing. Everything remained perfectly smooth with no hiccups or freezes even when someone started spamming AOE spells. I could consider this as a preemptive test for the upcoming battlegrounds.

UPDATE: Pasted at the bottom the letter I received from Blizzard about the account suspension.














P.S.
My mailbox is still waiting an answer. So I don't know if the account got suspended for a day, a week, a month or just forever. Voices say it's three days.

I shouldn't play around happily when my account isn't even completely 'legal' considering I play from the Europe.

UPDATE:
This is the letter I received a minute ago about the account suspension:

Offense: Harassment - Zone Disruption

Details: Zone disruption for Ironforge during warrior protest, player would not disperse after many warnings

The actions detailed above have been deemed inappropriate for World of Warcraft by the In-Game Support staff of Blizzard Entertainment. As a result, this account has received a warning and a 3 hour account suspension. Until the suspension has been lifted, the account will not be accessible. Please note that Blizzard Entertainment will be unable to provide further information regarding the specific time an account will be accessible again.

Be aware that additional inappropriate actions may result in further disciplinary action, including account closure. We thank you in advance for respecting our position and hope that you will continue to enjoy your gaming experience in World of Warcraft.

EDIT: Comments disabled for awhile.

FIGHT THE POWER

What a great protest..
as a warrior in the horde I would have loved to be there to help..
thank you for sticking up for our horrific class.

/bow

Protests are not roleplaying

You should be praying to the gods for change not complaining about your lot in life. Go try this at a church if you think killing shouldn't be a sin. :P

Protests are not roleplaying reply

"You should be praying to the gods for change not complaining about your lot in life. Go try this at a church if you think killing shouldn't be a sin. :P"

Err... what?

I hope they perma-ban the ass

I hope they perma-ban the assclowns that perpetrated this. I understand that warriors are broken, and I support improvements. But to go and ruin everyone else's gameplay to prove a point was incredibly selfish. This sort of behavior is a form of terrorism and I can tell you that you won't likely get the Warrior love you crave as a result of this.

Terrorism? Are you serious?

Terrorism? Are you serious? You MUST be American :P

"You MUST be American"

"You MUST be American"

The correct statement is, 'You must be republican'

"The correct statement is

"The correct statement is, 'You must be republican'"

No, the correct statement is you must be a Clinton.

That makes no sense.

That makes no sense.

No, the correct statement is

No, the correct statement is you must be a Clinton.

no, the correct answer is your a dumbass

Thank you!

Thanks for correcting those who think all Americans are myopic and reactionary. The notion of "cyber-terrorism" is at once ridiculous and conflated with true acts of terror, diminishing the real dangers.

Really, the poster calling a protest within a *video game* an act of terrorism should be ashamed of themselves. It's quite a luxury to not only have a computer with internet access, but to play a costly video game and pay for account subscriptions.

When did "terrorism" become a

When did "terrorism" become a buzz word? And whoever made the "You must be American" comment is just as bad.

That is so ture.

That is so ture. Its a wonder why more people dont like Canadians.

Terrorism & the American comment.

How sad you simple minded socialist. Making a comment like that over a game? What gives, are you really so jealous you must try and offend others with an utterly stupid comment? Well I guess we all know your intelligence level now. Poor poor, pitiful jealous socialist. They always hate those that are correct--- that is until they need the “Americans� to save their sorry socialist A$$es.

Just shut the fuck up to whoe

Just shut the fuck up to whoever said "This sort of behavior is a form of terrorism". Many people who have suffered from real terrorist attacks will feel the same way.

I'm sorry, but despite your a

I'm sorry, but despite your arguments to the contrary this is a form of terrorism. If you follow tech news they refer to this as cyber-terrorism. I never said it equates to the type of terror where lives are taken, but it certainly is trying to scare Blizzard into making changes.

Like I said before, the Warrior class needs a bump, but the game has many glaring bugs that need fixing long before you do.

"The unlawful use or threaten

"The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."

Destroying New York's largest skyscrapers and burying thousands of poor innocent in piles of melting iron in an attempt to coerce or provoke = terrorism

Logging onto a video game and making your little gnome stand in front of a building = not terrorism.

If you disagree, look at those two acts I describe and tell me which terrorizes you more.

Funny, that just about covers

Funny, that just about covers every single "war" the US has been in.

It says "unlawful use".

It says "unlawful use". Sovereign states have the lawful right to openly declare war on other sovereign states and to use force against them.

If you want an example of "unlawful" use of force, I suggest you google for "Boston Tea Party."

The US hasn't declared war

The US hasn't declared war officially since the end of World War II. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_war_by_the_United_States)

The Korean war was not authorised by Congress.

If I remember correctly, there was no official treaty at the 'end' of the Korean war either, which means it's still going (between north and south korea).

BTW: I'm not American, and I don't give a rat's ass about the game protest. Just an FYI.

But anyway, the point was, pretty much every conflict the USA has been in since WW2 has not been officially declared as war and therefore could be considered terrorism by the previously cited definition (by virtue that the us constitution says congress has this power, not the president and could be viewed as illegal despite the 'authorizations of force' issued by congress)

that's just my 2c

Gulf War I (1991) was legally

Gulf War I (1991) was legally declared. It never offically *ended*...

what small small world do you

what small small world do you live in that you can even imply that

Someone needs to crack out a dictionary

Protest: An individual or collective gesture or display of disapproval.

Terrorize: A systematic use of terror, violence, and intimidation to achieve an end.

So tech news want you to believe this is cyber-terrorism! Buddy you need to go back to reading pop-up ginger bread books if you believe them.

Where you intimidated by them? Did they physically hurt you? But I guarantee your still on that server playing with the terrorist right?

So where's your morales then? I say you and the rest of the people complaining about it is because you didn't think of it first. What this shows is how you crossed over from reality and are confusing your fantasy reality in real life. It's a game! But then again you probably ended up having to spend quality time with your family for the time the server was down and that created an inconvenience for you. An act of terror in your eyes.

Holy crap

Holy crap. You're saying people can do one act that should be limited to real life "A protest" but not another act, "Terrorism"? This WAS a scare tactic. This was designed to make blizzard worry. "Oh crap, they'll keep crashing our servers till we do something!" Right, that's not terrorism? Don't be stupid pal. Too late.

and i bet your still on this

and i bet your still on this planet. with all these terrorist's!
dumb ass

Actually, this sort of behavi

Actually, this sort of behavior is protected in the Bill of Rights.

(copy and paste)
Right to Peaceably Assemble -- history and definition

The right to peacefully gather and parade or demonstrate to make one's views known or to support or oppose a public policy is based upon the twin guarantees of the freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble.
(end snip)

So excercising ones rights makes one a terrorist. Fucking awesome!

First Amendment

The First Amendment applies to government, not private companies and their products.

You are sorta correct.

You are sorta correct. This where the boundrys of our Constitution would not apply. For one to do a protest it isn't as easy as just going down town and wearing a sign. There are files that need to be filled. Local authorty has to be alearted and you are not to block or hamper in any way public streets or commerical, resdentual, or industrial streets or bussiness. What they did was wrong. Instead of doing a protest why dosn't someone just make up a forum post about all that needs to be changed. M 2 $

Terrorism?!?

I suppose then that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi were terrorists too?

I suppose then that Martin Lu

I suppose then that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi were terrorists too?

well they both got wasted by the CIA...
k it wasnt the CIA in mahatma's time i know...

Stranger: " but it certainly

Stranger: " but it certainly is trying to scare Blizzard into making changes."

Ironic that this cyber-terrorism, just like real life terrorism, works. Because of media everybody now knows about this situation and Blizzard is forced to act in one way or another. They *have* to respond: that was where the "cyber-terrorists" were aiming. "Cyber-terrorist" is a good term because cyber-terrorism has many similiarities to real life terrorism.

Be it either good or bad for the protestors, they really made sure they were heard.

"I'm sorry, but despite your

"I'm sorry, but despite your arguments to the contrary this is a form of terrorism. If you follow tech news they refer to this as cyber-terrorism. I never said it equates to the type of terror where lives are taken, but it certainly is trying to scare Blizzard into making changes."

It's called a DEMONSTRATION. You know.. much like in the DEMOCRATIC countries where something unnerves the people to a point of breaking? It's called standing up for what you believe in in a non-violent way. Perhaps you have heard of such activities? It is the PURPOSE of a demonstration to show the company in question of the unhappiness of the general public and/or the employees. So this is ok in real life, but bringing it into the realm of Roleplaying (you know.. RPing a character as to how he/she would react in certain situations to the best of the player's ability in order to make the game as real as possible) is suddenly a form of terrorism? You lack the intelligence to speak any further.

Terrorisim? You moron!

Its more civil disobedience, screwing with your game play for a few hours isent terrorisim and is an insult to people who were actual victims of terrorisim.

Jesuz what a pansy boy! Inste

Jesuz what a pansy boy! Instead of calling it terrorism, why not go cry to your momma about it?

If someone protests for free speech according to the first amendment, are you going to call them terrorists? Before all brainwashing the government has apparently done to the new generation of people, people who protested used to be called Heroes. Patriots. Standing up for your Principles. Resisting Tyranny.

I really feel for people in the next decade or so. You guys are going to be living like North Koreans or Russians. Say something the government doesn't like and off to the re education camps for 10 years. Your neighbors are all going to be government informants who turn you in for "wrong thinking". Secret police dragging people off for detention without charge and torture like the Stasi or the KGB or the communist cadres in China.

Oh Wait! That has already happened hasn't it? Detention without charge and torture? The government program to have your postman, gas reader, electric reader and deliveryman inform on you? The "reeducation camp" of your Television, spewing out lies and absurdities just like the video in the book Big Brother did.

I agree that terrorism is

I agree that terrorism is a terrible thing, and that this incedent should not be linked to being as such. This is civil disobedience, at best. They were not attempting to strike real fear into anyone. If it was real terrorism, then these people would have likely been arrested, not suspended.

I hope in your comment, though, that you are not trying to label this as an example of Blizzard's suppression of free speech. The participants said what they meant to say, have forums to do so, and (on top of all of this) free speech rights do not include privately owned servers on a computer game. If this was a government-owned game sure, but as it stands, the game world is the cyber-equivalent to private property, and as private property, Blizzard has the right to remove people from their premises.

Not surprising, labelling it terrorism.

I saw a story yesterday on the newswires about a poll of high school students in the US where 36% of the students felt that newspapers shouldn't be allowed to print stories without running them by the government first. Nice to see your next generation working so hard to preserve those freedoms your forefathers died for.
Wonder if any of them think Karl Marx was one of the Founding Fathers?

Terrorism? You must be kidding me!!

I read earlier that someone said to this - "you must be a republican"... Well.. if he/she only were a republican! In fact, he/she probably is the brainwashed result of the shrub administration, and now you can see where it's all heading too. See - this is what the bushies did - they used terrorism to justify every pitiful idiotic wish that they had, and slowly terrorism has become this monster that everyone's affraid of... You people need a grip! I know shrub has probably pronounced the words terror/terrorism more than his own name, but don't fall into that trap - use whatever natural reason you have to try understanding what is really going on!
You should see this as a public protest - basically, citizens of an on-line community claiming their rights. A community whose state is Blizzard; a community which raises taxes - just like the real state! You should, in fact, learn to appreciate their effort - after all, they've opened a path others might use when the game will prove deficitary to them; after all - the "taxes" that you pay entitle you to ask for the best product available - and that's just what those people did!
Again, I beg you, do not apply the label of "terrorism" to just anything that you don't like or disapprove. You know why? I'll tell you a story.
Around the 1680's there was this dude from Great Britain called Thomas Hobbes, and this dude wrote a book called "Leviathan", which is one of the fundaments of the neo-conservatives behind the shrub administration. To make a long story short - this dude says that society was formed from the necessity of protection, that men are too weak to protect by themselves, and that is why men need to entrust all their power to this Leviathan, to a leader, that will offer them protection. Basically, if you are attacked by someone with an ax, than you will offer all your powers to someone else that has a rifle - so that the rifle-guy can protect you. However, question no. 1: who is to protect you, now, against the guy with the rifle? Besides, the condition for the existence of society is fear of the Leviathan, the ruler has to have absolute power so that no one will dare to atack you, knowing that the punishment will certainly come from this strong ruler. Giving all your power to this leviathan means also giving up your rights to the leviathan, so that he can protect your life. In Hobbes' view, an atack on the Leviathan, a lack of leviathan (including a lack in his powers to take away your rights) would mean a return to the initial state when you had no protection against criminals, and this is the worst possbile thing in his opinion. and even though you might think that no one would dare to attack such a strong society, such as the one ruled by the leviathan - here come the irational fundamentalists, who couldn't care less for your leviathan or his punishments! Why are they dangerous, from a Hobbesian perspective? Because they are a threat to the Leviathan, and thus to the existence of the whole state. This means only that they have to be stopped, at what ever cost (including the cost of your liberties). Upon these grounds the shrubs are trying to restrict your freedoms, asuming that role of the leviathan and throwing terrorism in your face with every opportunity to make you actually want their diminishing your rights, etc. etc. Why this theory is flawed, think it over yourself. I know it's difficult, and I know I've expressed the theory quite with some difficulty, but it's really late here and I need my sleep. I hope you make something out of it. If not, look for Hobbes on the internet - and whatever you do, don't read the neo-con/straussian perspective of it!

Ohh.. Terror... that means your a redneck!

Are you a frickin idiot... Haven't you heard of a "sit it" you stupid nazi spunk lick?!?!

thats sit in stupid

thats sit in stupid

Terrorists are everywhere!

... *sigh* Everyone's either gay, stupid, or a terrorist. I love how people use that as a blanket insult. Utterly pointless.

I have to say that protesting

I have to say that protesting something is not terrorism, it’s a freedom to voice your opinion that many in the world do not enjoy. Where you do it (online or in public) makes no difference. It shows blizzard that there is a huge amount of upset players and they would like something to be done about their problem. Please stop throwing terrorism around lightly it degrades the seriousness of the word, to think that someone’s "GAMING" experience was ruined by terrorism is ridiculous, there are more important (real) things that terrorism disrupts (how about the everyday lives of the Iraqi people).

Terrorism... you have degraded the meaning of the word

I have to say that protesting something is not terrorism, it’s a freedom to voice your opinion that many in the world do not enjoy. Where you do it (online or in public) makes no difference. It shows blizzard that there is a huge amount of upset players and they would like something to be done about their problem. Please stop throwing terrorism around lightly it degrades the seriousness of the word, to think that someone’s "GAMING" experience was ruined by terrorism is ridiculous, there are more important (real) things that terrorism disrupts (how about the everyday lives of the Iraqi people).

Terrorism...

Terrorism is any Millitary action that is bent towards and Political goal. So that Means GW is a terrorist bastard aswell. Back unto the Topic of people relating this game to Real life events... You guys are realy sad. I mean come on, this is a game. That might come as a shock to some of you. There isnt some hidden meaning becides going out and doing what you want. There isnt any Political Value of this game at all.... Good Job warriors. Stick it to em!

ruin everyone else's gameplay?

And how did this protest ruin your game play?

Perma-Ban

I really hope Bliz acts like Ubi-soft and bans all non-us accounts after the Euro release hits, and not allow the account to be transfered.

While Blizzard might technica

While Blizzard might technically be in their rights to ban ppl over the protest, they are politically naive if they think this is a good thing company/player relations. Even worse, the story in the media may change from warriors protesting to Blizzard banning indescriminantly.

A suspension is far different than a ban

A suspension is far different than a ban. Ruining other people's gameplay experience is not a fair way to argue your point to the company. "If I can't have it, nobody else can!" - That is a very stupid mindset and highly selfish. And it isn't an issue about company/player relations in the first place. These people violated the Terms of Use, and were properly punished. People just need to learn to be patient. Blizzard is hearing your cries for help - just give them time to do it right.

"A suspension is far different...

"A suspension is far different than a ban. Ruining other people's gameplay experience is not a fair way to argue your point to the company. "If I can't have it, nobody else can!" - That is a very stupid mindset and highly selfish."

Now wait just a minute! Our great leader, President George Bush says otherwise. You are a nobody. Why should I listen to you?

George Bush said to the world "If Saddam doesn't do thinks our way, we are gonna kill him, his sons, and half of the people in his country".

And it worked! Saddam didn't do what George wanted. Saddam's kids are in dead, Saddam is in jail and they are killing the people in the country as we speak. I would say that George "ruined the Iraqis experience of gameplay on the game Planet Earth"

If our great leader, President George Bush role modeled this behavior for all of us loyal subjects, then it has to be right. I am calling the CIA and reporting you for wrong thinking. ;)

I can't believe you actually

I can't believe you actually flamed the one intelligent thought on this board.

Oh, and BTW, can we keep governmental politics out of one discussion for a change? I don't give two shits what your views of the Bush Administration is. And I'm pretty sure that no one else does either.

And just a thought, before you go trashing what has happened in Iraq, serve one fucking day in uniform. Then, and only then do you get the right, in my eyes, to voice your warped opinion about the subject.

To me, you're a 2nd class citizen.

like a turd falling in my drink...

I agree that the comment you refer is in the wrong place, but i feel that your comment is much more disturbing and reactinary.

BTW, what the hell does serving have to do with seeing that a war is illogical, illegal, and immoral? So all the enlisted people that want out, or wont re-enlist, what about them? What about the people that come home and protest the war? Are they all second class? How the hell do you know if the poster served or not?

Your comments are truly un-American. According to the principles that MY country was founded on, all people are the same. Vet or not. No second class. They still have classes, called castes, in India. Go there. Your polemic is like poison to a true America.

i know that you feel all patriotic and all but you are killing my country slowly, and i hate that.

Oh, and good job on WoW, B.

No Service == No Vote?

From your statement: "serve one fucking day in uniform. Then, and only then do you get the right, in my eyes, to voice your warped opinion", one can assume that you mean that unless one has served thier country (in uniform) they have no right to an opinion? Huh, doesn't sound like freedom at all...

In fact, sounds an awful lot like Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers". In his book, on edoes not have the right to vote unless they have served. All otehr ARE 2nd class citizens (in fact, i'm not even sure if they are considered that).

What a great idea that would be... *sarcasm* So much for freedom.

Let's not even mention how your comment just pisses all over the right to free speach.

WTF do you think of when you

WTF do you think of when you say "2nd class citizen"? This isn't Plato's Republic, to actually divide citizens into 3 parts - the philosopher rulers (the bushies), the guardians (the military men), and the peasants (the rest of the people). Besides, indeed, you are killing the spirit on which America was founded! Take a look at the Federalist Papers, check the principles stated there out, and understand what this country is (was, unfortunately) all about! Oh, and BTW - nobody is acussing the soldiers in Iraq of what is going on there, it's not their fault - it's that philosopher king's fault, 'cause he oredered'em to go there.
One more thing - the American army has always served America's people, it has always obeyed the people because the people are supporting it. The ones who have the right to comment upon what the army is doing are the people!! And the fact that shrub dressed up in a military uniform was a great mistake - no other president has done that, exactly because they all wanted to show, symbolically, that the army obeyes the civilians, and not otherwise. It is not the army who is always right, no sir! You, as a civilian, are right!

Oh, another BTW: you should give more than two shits on what other people think of the shrub administration; if you only listened to them and tried to comprehend their arguments, maybe then you could come up with a reasonable criticism against their arguments, and not with a pittyfull excuse of an emotional reaction.

To me, you're an uninformed citizen, susceptible to manipulation.

"And it worked! Saddam didn't

"And it worked! Saddam didn't do what George wanted. Saddam's kids are in dead, Saddam is in jail and they are killing the people in the country as we speak."

Not defending GW or anything, but the last time I checked, the peoples of Iraq just had their first free elections, ever. I also seem to remember REAL terrorists sending mortars into the neighborhoods of innocent people who were exorcising their new-found rights to vote. Don’t trash the soldiers who are dieing to give those people this freedom.

...He wasn't trashing the soldiers

"Don’t trash the soldiers who are dieing to give those people this freedom."

...He wasn't trashing the soldiers, he was trashing the government that sent them there.

In my opinion this war was pointless, iraq looked a lot better before we started this. We haven't found a single "weapon of mass destruction." When we found no al-queda or weapons, our mission changed from finding terrorists, to heroicly liberating Iraq. Maybe it's something else that drives bush to go to war with iraq..... I'll give you a clue.... this may be shocking to some people, but bush's family is in the oil industry, and what do you know... IRAQ has oil...

But as soon as i post something like this I'm considered an unpatriotic liberal....

also you know what else bush has done?
he's turned liberal into some sort of dirty word... I've been called liberal because the "accuser" thought it would insult me.... he was pretty surprised when i told him "thanks for the compliment"

Oh, don't get me wrong... i support our troops and wish them luck... i just don't support the war...

Careful, your youth is showin

Careful, your youth is showing...

#1) "Liberal" has been a "dirty" word and Republican war cry going back to the Regan years. The current Bush hardly invented this "insult."

#2) Bush has little to do with the perpetuation of the word as a pejorative. You want to point fingers, blame Karl Rove who crafts the uniform message for the Republican party.

#3) To accuse one party of being wrong for imputing properties onto a single word or phrase simply ignores the fact that every party in power (and many parties trying to obtain power) engage in this. See Herman and Chompsky's "Manufacturing Consent."

While I have picked my side in politics, I often wish both sides would show some F'ing restraint when discussing the politics of the other side. Neither side can claim moral high ground any more if you ask me.

Nice Screenshots

I like the screenshots. I believe Blizzard had a right to suspend these accounts if they were affecting the playability of the game. If you think about it, would you like to piss off 100 people or 1000? Yes, there are other, more desirable, methods of solving the problem. However, they probably don't have anything in place for these to be options (suspending specific characters rather than accounts, banishing specific characters to their home points, etc).

Servers problems

Yes, the problem is technical though. Protests aren't aimed to crash a server, in fact I had a lot of fun hanging around and participating. Foton directly said this.

It's actually sad that these "happenings" cannot be supported by the game.

People are aware that these

People are aware that these protests crash the server. They have throughout the history of MMORPG's. It's all a veil. These things have theie coercive intent, as well as their social intent. The nature of the coercive intent, however, is somewhat malicious. Suspend them, but don't ban them.

Level 2

I can't seem to get past bowser, I always end up at the wrong castle. Where the hell is the princess at?

Level 2

I know what you mean.

So would they have preferred

So would they have preferred all these players post complaint threads on the forums instead? I'm glad I don't visit them.

All right!! It's about time s

All right!! It's about time some people got together and united even if they were gnomes, who cares what it was about it just goes to show unity and friendship in the alliance. A suspension is the price you gotta pay to make a stand for your beliefs.

Yeah, They should...

Doing an event like this "in-game" really doesnt draw the attention that a well formed thread does. What it looks like is that a lot of people are unhappy. They dont want to take the time to think about how to fix this issue, they just wanna demostrate in game that they are unhappy. Although many players might not pay attention to the forums, I guarantee you the community relations team and the designers read suggestions. The people you need to get through to are not going to "crack" because 50-100 asshats sit on a bridge dancing. Besides who would take a mostly gnome protest seriously....

I've never used this WOW

I've never used this WOW thing. But this protest has gotten even my attention. Mainly because its funny as all get out. Even my wife is getting a kick out of it. I'm sure that everyone at Blizzard and the like will be chatting about this at their water coolers. True, it may not get anything done, but at least you can be assured that they are truly aware of the problem.

I'm all for gatherings like

I'm all for gatherings like this when the people accept the pre-warned punishments. BUT, when idiots on the WoW forums compare such trivial and hobbyist so called "protests" to such things as Tianemen Square and the like or comparing this "attempted political protest" as terrorism, it makes me wonder how most of these people can get through life without drinking Anti-freeze. Cut the freaking drama. It was an excuse to get attention and get together and pin a "cause" to it. Nothing more, nothing less. If you think Bin Laden is behind it or these participants deserve Nobel's for it, jump off a bridge with a cement block tied to you and do our future generations a favor.

go you!

You had every right to protest--too bad the servers can't handle it. :/

Good for Blizzard

You showed up, you got noticed, you made your point. They asked you to leave, you didn't, you got suspended. Good for Blizzard. If you aren't going to listen to the referee then get the hell off the field. If you make the referee throw you off, you shouldn't even be allowed to come back. That just tells me you're an ass and shouldn't be playing games online. Learn to have a little respect for other people before coming back into a multiplayer environment.

Suspened? o_0

Oké, everyone is saying here that accounts where suspened because the people who got together to prostest against the nurfe of the Warrior because it would hinder the gameplay of others. WHY? Sorry, I'm European so I haven't played in retail (have been in beta though), but howcome some players can screw everyone else's game? I really don't get it. Was the meeting of 50 (100 maybe, I only saw the screens) causes the servers to shutdown, or to drop frames to 0.0001 ps or something?

As for the action; good! I'm not a Warrior (Warlock/Druid instead), but when a class get's nurfed like that it is up to the developer to do something about it. And when they earn some milions about it (don't forget everyone is paying 10+ dollars/euro's to blizzard montly) they should do it fast!

(my appologies for the bad spelling, my Dutch is beter though ^^)

I stumbled onto this thread

I stumbled onto this thread by complete accident. But after reading the entire thing, including the lame crap about terrorism, I too have a few things to say. This protest was justified, the player PAYS Blizzard for a service. This service was sub-standard in thier eyes so they complained. Unfortunately this player complained in completely the wrong fashion. There are a few things that could have been done differently. Obviously the player should have left when asked too, they got thier point across when Blizzard staff showed up. The player could have also send emails/posted to the media voicing thier concerns, one of the better places to start for this would be www.g4techtv.com. No I am not an employee of G4 just a fan.

In short I commend this player for standing up to Blizzard, although I do not condone the actions.

Daonus Redscourge
Warrior of the 62nd Season
Tarew Marr Server
Everquest

Rock on! maybe more of these

Rock on! maybe more of these protests and theyll do something about the warriors and maybe they might even nerf the paladins some...

Also, you guys see the blizz post about the warriors? they said the decreased hit chance is to balance the "high" dps of the warrior...how exactly does a warrior even have dps if they cant hit anything that moves?

The groups of players have be

The groups of players have been complaining in both well formed and not so well formed on the blizzard website since beta this isnt something that just happened this class has been broke for a very very long time. This to the warriors was a last resort.

I like when people are trying

I like when people are trying to do something for the good of the many it is being viewed as a bad thing.

Real "Cyber-Terrorists" wouldn't have protested in this way they would have hacked into the servers and brought it down. This was a civil protest. If all that Blizzard wants to do is ban people from speaking their mind they should just get out of the game industry.

So, the assclowns at Blizzard

So, the assclowns at Blizzard, instead of fixing their goddamned awful, laggy servers to STILL BE PLAYABLE if/when every player on the server congregates in a single area (think: Blizzard's long-term goals of having entire faction vs. faction raids) instead choose to ban accounts. Wake the fuck up, Blizz, and fix your lame, broken-down, ghetto servers to be able to handle the load! If they can't handle the influx of hundreds of players from other servers creating lvl 1 accts. and logging into the server, re-instate the queues and server caps, and buy better hardware to accomodate the load. Enable migration of chars across servers to allow players to play with their chars on other servers if one comes under attack. But, for the love of God, accept responsibility here; if this simple an "attack" could DoS and crash an entire game server, then someone in the hardware design/architecture team deserves a good caning.

/not a warrior, wasn't on the server, but still adamantly anti-Blizz

I was accually thinking about

I was accually thinking about getting WoW but after all this and other stories I've seen on bad updating, server lag, and general incoponace by Blizzard with their programing. I have decided to spend my money elsewhere. I commend everyone that was there and say do again and again and again. F*ck'em! You're a paying customer and you're not getting the sevice you payed for. But the best thing you could probably do is just cancel your account and let them go belly up. Maybe one of these coorperations, that tell us what to do and when to do it, will finally listen to us instead of their shareholders.

So, the assclowns at Blizzard

So, the assclowns at Blizzard, instead of fixing their goddamned awful, laggy servers to STILL BE PLAYABLE if/when every player on the server congregates in a single area (think: Blizzard's long-term goals of having entire faction vs. faction raids) instead choose to ban accounts. Wake the fuck up, Blizz, and fix your lame, broken-down, ghetto servers to be able to handle the load! If they can't handle the influx of hundreds of players from other servers creating lvl 1 accts. and logging into the server, re-instate the queues and server caps, and buy better hardware to accomodate the load. Enable migration of chars across servers to allow players to play with their chars on other servers if one comes under attack. But, for the love of God, accept responsibility here; if this simple an "attack" could DoS and crash an entire game server, then someone in the hardware design/architecture team deserves a good caning.

/not a warrior, wasn't on the server, but still adamantly anti-Blizz

Anarchy in WoW!

Maybe next time they will all sing Anarchy in the WoW and run around with flaming buttocks.
This message brought to you by a stupid, gay terrorist bent on covering Bushie's bottom with santorum. You may now go back to your panic about a sucky game by a capitalist company.

This is getting ridiculous, I

This is getting ridiculous, I'm going back to City of Heroes.

eh commie?

"You may now go back to your panic about a sucky game by a capitalist company."

I guess you prefer games made by a Socialist company, eh commie?

Come on people its still a new game

Come on people its still a new game. The kinks need to be wrinkled out and I think Blizzard is trying hard to do so. Yes, sometimes I get upset. But, lagging down a server is not the answer. Blizzard has kept us in the loop by telling us they have problems (Did SOE ever do that with EQ...I think NoT !)

Give them a chance, im sure that in the end you will be happy with the results....remember we are talking about this, because we love this game and care about it. Im sure that if a loved one had trouble walking...you wouldnt put them on a treadmill if they had to go to the bathroom !

Bottom Line......Have Some Patience !

Thoughts

I think that both the idea of the protest and Blizzards reaction were appropriate. I mean come on guys you were suspended for a piddly 3 hours. Get real, thats not skin off your back, and you can use the rest bonus. If this were a real protest or sit in, and the city, state, government said... OK you have made your point go home now, you too would have been arrested if you didn't leave. In the 60's College students were suspended from classes, lost scholorships, people were tear gassed, arrested. Sure they were back on the streets the next day, AND the administration heard what they had to say load and clear. Don't assume Blizzard didn't hear you becasue you were banned for three hours. Besides, for all you know they reacted this way, becasue perhaps they were reseaving 100's of complains about slow servers or lag time. Maybe us whimpy hunter's or mages didn;t even know about your protest, and was like.. WTF why is the AH lagging.. You voice was heard, and there reaction was appropriate, now lets see if they fix your class.

Comments like this won't fix things...

I understand many people have an opinion and are loooking for change within the gameplay, but why in the hell would people spam message boards with idiotic chatter about terrorism. This kinda talk has nothing to do with the reason why the protest took place or oppinions on the suspension of accounts. This kind of talk will get no results and make people overlook your comments. Saddam, 911, what the hell.. Get a life.. Grow up..

As for the protest, I think they wanted to make thier voice heard... and I guess they did. Blizzard had the right to suspend accounts because they were observed and noted and continued to disrupt gameplay for other accounts. If they whine about the suspension, all I have to say is, you didn't have to participate in the protest and you were given fair warning. Your voice was heard, the suspension you got was only temporary.

Why not just...

Why didn't Blizzard just release a giant deamon or a bunch of NPC guards on the crowd? It would have been much funnier than just suspending accounts. They wouldnt have come off so High and Mighty.

To all:

To all:

STFU

I love how people ( especiall

I love how people ( especially Americans ) like to force there laws and ideals on other countries and societies. How does the American constitution affect someone living in France or the French law in Yugoslavia. I would hate to live in America they have the largest rate of murders of any of the so called Civilized countries and even rivals some of the countries that are as poor as dirt and have constant Civil wars. WTF is with you people. First off you have a bunch of cry babies losers who should re roll there characters and play Paladins or Rouges or which ever class they see as better than there own. Give me a break FFS so what if your class needs a little bit of work so do a lot of other classes. The game is not that old class balance is still settling in if u don't like it Fuck off and go back to EQ, EQ2, SWG, DAoC, CoH, Uo, or the hundred other on line games. It was selfish of these losers to go to a place they new was always laggy as hell with a lot of people in the area and protest. There was no reason to be there we all pay money to play this game and to take that service off of other people is stealing. So fuck all warriors and sheep that participated in this protest.

Pffft..

To all: Get a life...

Triest hoor

Submitted by zweeperd (not verified) on February 4, 2005 - 17:49.

To all: Get a life...

ALL WITH YOU ZWEEPER

people this is supposed to be a game related article and discission

I think this is absolutely HI

I think this is absolutely HILARIOUS and I think the fact that Blizzard suspended you is crap. I was thinking about getting the game, but frankly, if Blizzard is a bunch of Nazi's who can't take a joke (and I think this is a great one), then F them.

GRIEFERS now terrorists?

just read the e-mail damnit, its not terrorism, its griefing, GRIEFING!!!! they already have a name for it, GRIEFING!! no need to start yapping about terrorism, its GRIEFING!!!! and yes, griefing isnt allowed by the EULA (which is a worthless piece of crap where you have to click a box, that's all i know about it anyway) and you'll get kicked for it, and you did.

besides that, if the game is out for two months and you're already spending your day sitting on a bridge, i'd say im just gonna play Baldur's Gate again instead of buying this...

Good for blizzard suspending

Good for blizzard suspending the players -- although if I was them, I would have just took the server offline for a few days, saying the warriors had crashed it and blaming it on them. Then the hate mail to the warriors comes flooding in !! :D :D :D :D :D

This has strengthen my opinio

This has strengthen my opinion... All gnomes must die... For the horde!!!

Gathering ALOT of naked gnomes is NOT trerrorism... its just perfect for a Rain of fire...
Mua ha ha ha ha

Terrism

I'ts actually Terrism not "Terrorism", don't you listen to the US Executive Branch. =P

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