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Comic for: August 11th, 2009
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World of Warcraft: "My Frustration"
Posted: Tuesday August 11th, 2009 by

Sunday afternoon I re-upped my WoW subscription. After the game patched, I proceeded to click play. And before I could even log in...
We plan to begin collecting non-personal system specifications data from all World of Warcraft players again in the very near future. Players who have not merged their World of Warcraft account with a Battle.net account will see a message stating, "Submitting non-personal system information". However, those who are playing with a Battle.net account will not see this message even though the system data is being gathered. This process will run for approximately one week. Please also rest assured that this data survey will have absolutely no affect on gameplay.
Source: World of Warcraft Community Forums Post [ more info ]

I know some of you will shrug this off as no big deal because it's just "system specs"; and to a certain point, I agree. I'd just rather opt in to allowing Blizzard to tap dance through my system, rather than being forced to accept it as part of the Terms of Use. I guess I'm just not overly comfortable with paying for the "right" to be used for data mining.

Given the option, I'd rather upload a dxdiag file via my Battle.Net account. (don't get me started on that) Same thing right? And it was my choice to do so. I'm opting in to the survey. From a community relations standpoint, it's much more "paying-user friendly".

So here's a deal Blizzard. I'll openly allow you to grab my system specs if you'll allow me to come poke around inside one of the game servers. I'll only look at the system specs... honest.

Today's Pimpage: Ted is wearing a "Bobzilla" shirt from SplitReason.Com. Woody is wearing a "No Thumbs" shirt which doesn't exist in the wild.

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