From: Michael G Schwern Date: 17:36 on 02 Apr 2007 Subject: Whatsinaname World of Warcraft, that exquisitely designed casino with elves sucking in billions of man-hours from all across the globe. And they deserve it. If you've never played it, I'd suggest getting yourself a 10 day trial just to see what a really well designed and easy to learn interface is. Except... The character creation provides you with simple, graphical options. Buttons for race and class. A few selectors to determine what your character looks like. A representation of what your potentially fearsome character will look like. Some handy helpful text explaining the consequences of your choices. And a text box to type in your name. What's in a name? In WoW everything. There's so little to customize about your character that the only thing which sets you apart from others is your nome de slash. Maybe it will be "Fire Tosser" the gnomish wizard. "Rick Drywall" the beefy human warrior. Or maybe the stalwart paladin, "Lancelot de Loot". Names. People have several names. A first, a last, maybe a middle. Maybe more if you're spanish. You innocently type in "Hiro Protagonist" and click "Create" only to find your new creation to have the name "Hiroprotagonist". Shit, toss him in the bin and start the process over again. Yes, in WoW you're not allowed any spaces or non-alphanumerics in your name. There's perfectly good reasons for this restriction, but they fail to mention it in character creation. Worse, they don't stop you when you do type a bad name, it just silently "corrects" your "mistake". In such a wonderfully designed game with over 3 years of continual development and upgrades you'd really think they could put in: warn_user "Sorry, no spaces allowed in names" if /\s+/;
From: Jarkko Hietaniemi Date: 00:02 on 03 Apr 2007 Subject: Re: Whatsinaname Michael G Schwern wrote: > World of Warcraft, that exquisitely designed casino with elves sucking in > billions of man-hours from all across the globe. And they deserve it. If > you've never played it, I'd suggest getting yourself a 10 day trial just to > see what a really well designed and easy to learn interface is. Isn't publicly endorsing crack punishable or at least disapprovable? "Cut the habit, not going back, Ungarth lvl 60 Dwarf Warrior"
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