Ever since Patch 4.0.1 went live, I’ve had this minor annoyance while playing my alts.
I’m gonna tell you what it is, and as soon as I start, you’re gonna slap your forehead and say, ‘Wow, what an idiot.’
But I’m gonna tell you anyway… because I was put on this Earth to amuse you, and to give you someone to feel superior to.
Here we go.
I’ve been playing these alts, like my Warrior and my Death Knight and my Mage…
… and I’ve been wondering why, all of a sudden, the tooltips that pop up when I mouseover spells are worthless, vague crap.
No specifics, no stats, just generic advice.
Like, oh… say, for example, the Warrior spell Charge.
When I mouse over the ability on my bar, the tooltip pops up, and it tells me that it’s Charge, it gives me the basic stats for when I can use it, and then gives advice on what it does.
Now, seriously. Are you for real? This is what you consider a useful tooltip?
So sure, I’ve been going along like this, not really paying too much attention, because I figure I know what these things do from my own researches out of game.
But tonight, finally, I just kinda got a wild hair up my big ol’ Bear butt, and I decide I’m going to get to the bottom of this “can you vague that up for me” tooltip bullshit.
I hit Escape and pull open the Interface menu, and I start going hunting. Something changed somewhere, not even Blizzard would remove useful information like that, and if they did, I figure the howl of nerdrage could be heard through the vacuum of cold, hard space.
Low and behold, what should I find but some new options in the Help tab, options I sure don’t remember ever seeing before;
So, just for the sake of being a bold, brash adventurer into the unknown, I remove the checkmark next to “Beginner Tooltips”.
Now, this seems counter-intuitive to me. What do I know, right?
To me, if I was a beginner, what I’d want is an option to turn on tooltips for beginners like me, that would tell me clearly what the abilities do… exactly.
Like, in precise terms. So I KNOW.
Once I’m experienced, hell, I can turn em off altogether, or maybe just a little single sentence to remind me of ranges and such. Won’t need the whole big verbose thingie anymore.
But I remove the checkmark, and this is what I now see;
Wow. What a world of difference a single checkmark in an options menu can make, isn’t it?
Generates rage, huh? Stuns the enemy? Oh boy howdy, that’s pretty cool.
As a beginner, lord knows I wouldn’t need to know something like that.
I mean, seriously folks. W. T. F.???
Am I the only one to get hit by this as a new default?