Hi all, my name’s Arthemystia (Arth for short). Euripedes apparently overshot his blogging limits and sent out a call for someone to take over the Utilities blog here at TN. And unfortunately enough for all involved, I answered the call. I got my blogging start (and continue to contribute) over at the Warcraft Hunter’s Union, writing occasional pieces about hunter pet tanking. Yes, pet tanking. But while I’ll no doubt try to gratuitously drop links to my massively obscure niche of the hunter world in the future, that’s not why I’m here. I’m here for a trial run at this TN blog, while Fimlys decides if he can abide two straight facerolling huntards in charge of it. But I love collecting information about WoW and talking about it, as well as hearing the ideas and input of others, so hopefully it’s a natural fit.
I’m going to start my stint here with an add-on that has had a profound impact on my recent gaming. Our game lags for one of two primary reasons. One is graphics: our system can’t handle the load, be it in a populated city, 25M raid, or massive AoE zerg (I’m looking at you, Phase 2 Onyxia). There’s no easy fix for this, provided your in-game graphics settings are suitably low. You’re computer just needs an upgrade, be it RAM, processing speed, graphics card, etc. The second reason for lag is latency, which is either a slow response time from your computer, the server, or both. And this we CAN fix, unless of course you’re just using lag as an excuse:
Enter latency fixing add-ons, the most popular of which is Leatrix:
Basically many computers are like your guild’s DK: functioning well enough to play, but still doing their job wrong. The site itself puts the process sufficiently into layman’s terms, with an amusing dialogue in which your PC is played by what I can only assume is a loyal but stupid clone of the golden retriever from the movie Up. But in a nutshell, it changes the way your PC sends and receives information so that it is more conducive to gaming. This is not a WoW-exclusive addon, affects your entire computer, and does not need to go in your WoW addon folder.
That isn’t to say it changes other aspects of your computing; I have yet to notice any difference with my regular internet connection, but have seen huge strides in WoW. What once used to be an excellent latency rate for me (100-ish, spiking to well into the thousands if I was unlucky) is now just a myth. I have yet to see my latency above 100 in the couple months I’ve had it installed, it’s routinely between 20 and 50, and the infamous "lag spike" is a thing of the past.
So if your latency is regularly colored red, do yourself a favor and try this out. The worst I’ve heard from friends and guildies who use it is that they see no change in gameplay. But for some, myself included, it’s been a godsend.
Be sure to keep tuning in, either to continue standing in awe of my writing prowess, or to cry as someone less hunter-ish takes over full-time.
(Editorial Comment: Please make sure, since this is not a WoW addon, to virus check and only download this application from a well respected source. Keep up with news about this addon in case of any breach, etc. Non-WoW Addons can and have been a source of Viral attack. This said, there has been no information [at publication date] that this addon is harmful in any way)
The resource site spotlight is a “weekly” column about WoW resource sites/utilities written by Arthemystia who also sometimes writes for the Warcraft Hunter’s Union. Be it a website or a utility addon, you’ll never look at WoW the same.