I know what you are thinking – “everyone knows about curse” – and while this may be true, this spotlight ties in directly with my Addon Junkie segment for tonight’s TNB broadcast. And also, there are still folks out there that do not know what addons are, or do not use them because they think they are unneeded or too much trouble. These are the people I must reach out to. I must show them the light. I must bring them to the dark side – that is actually a bad string of analogies… hmmmmmm
Curse.com is a World of Warcraft (among other games) addon and UI site where one can go to find nearly every addon and UI compilation available in WoW. There is one other major player in that market, perhaps I shall write a spotlight on that site soon as well. Curse has a feature, the Curse Client, that is both wonderful and slightly controversial at the same time. I myself resisted using the client for some time because of things I was told about other similar tools like WoW Matrix, and that the addon authors themselves did not like the client and its function. Since then I have come to find that the addon authors are indifferent to it’s uses and that the security issues that had been a concern with other tools seems to not be present with the Curse client.
I run my PC on ultra-paranoia mode. I am one of those individuals that believes someone is always watching – because lets face it, someone always is! I run daily virus scans, malware scans, registry scans, I wipe all cookies and cache data, I defrag at least thrice weekly. I stop short of running a TOR system, but only because I haven’t quite figured out how to yet, but thats coming.
All this is to say that I have never once found the Curse client to be in any way insecure, so in my opinion that is an unfounded claim.
What I do know is that my extreme addon addiction would not be nearly as manageable without the help of Curse.com and the Curse Client – which allows for one to have an alert when any of their addons have updates ready, and with a few simple clicks from a centralized desktop tool, update those addons without having to access the browser or drill down through a file structure with an unzip tool.
Also, the Curse Client allows for an almost shopping cart experience in searching for new addons, popular addons, etc.
If you have been one of those folks that have felt addons are unneccessary, please join us on the dark side and customize that UI of yours. Or, if you are a user of the other major player in the addon site market, I encourage you to check out Curse. Having some competition in the marketplace is always a good thing, and seeing a fresh site with a different layout is always refreshing as well.
PS. Make sure to tune in for tonight’s Twisted Nether Blogcast as I will be speaking about the Curse Client and handing out some homework – don’t worry, it’s the fun kind. 🙂
*****Each week Rilandune can be heard on the Twisted Nether Blogcast with his segment contribution, the Addon Junkie Segment, wherein he discusses the UI and Addon aspects of WoW. The weekly Resource Site Spotlight is his contribution to the Twisted Nether Blog in written form. And last, but not least, you can hear Rilandune and the rest of the OverLore’s on the Twisted Nether Networks newest show, The OverLore’s, where five brave individuals level Worgen together and delve the depths of the forgotten bastions of antiquity and lore in World of Warcraft, recorded and sent to your ears in podcast form.*****