Monday, November 3, 2008

Two random questions

1. What's the deal with damage/healing meters? How can Recount and Damage Meters be so different? Even more odd, if two people start recording stats at the same time, both using Damage Meters, how can the stats at the end of the raid be different?

2. Secondly, a lot of people commented last week about the zombie madness. But could the zombie walk have been for a good purpose? Omaha's zombie walk raised money for the muscular dystrophy association. Some other large walks this year was Detroit's and Seattle's. Apparently 10/26 was World Zombie Day.

Quoted from the Omaha Zombie walk site:

What is a ZOMBIE WALK?
A zombie walk (also known as a zombie mob, zombie march, zombie horde, zombie lurch, zombie shuffle or zombie pub crawl) is an organized public gathering of two or more people who dress up in zombie costumes and make up. Usually taking place in an urban centre, the participants make their way around the city streets in a somewhat orderly fashion limping and gnawing their way as they go. During the event participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies and to communicate only in a manner consistent with zombies (such as grunts, groans and slurred moans calling for “brains”.)

Can you believe people really do these real life zombie walks? Check out how many cities in which these walks were held this year! I wonder if anyone who came across these walks started screaming, "Where's that Argent Dawn healer?" or "Damn you zombies... you killed the flight master!"


  1. Well answer to the first question is that combat meters like Recount utilize the combat log. Your log doesn't always record every little thing that happened, you have to be within a certain range of it. This is usually what leads to different numbers at times, is this person is out of range or that person.

    The way to fix it is for more then one person running the same meter is in the raid, which will usually make it more accurate.

  2. Thanks Joseph... that totally makes sense!

    Now is there one meter that most people prefer over the other? Am I being a total noob by using Damage Meters? Is Recount better?

  3. I don't know if any are "better" then another. But most the people I run with I believe use recount. Best to really just see what most people you run with normally use and use that if your going to run one.

    Another option is to use Wow Web Stats, which basically just requires you and other members of a run to save a copy of the combat log to be parsed.

    Thinking of trying to get my guild to do that when we get to end game in Wrath again. Allows you to compare runs a bit as you can view the report online.

  4. I've haven't used Damage meters since the start of BC, mostly because it didn't synchronise with other players well enough.
    I use recount now, and I find it to be generally very accurate. You get some differences, but it's usually pretty close. Recount matches wws usually too.

  5. Recount is bugged. It's not removing overhealing from its data. So other meters that do will have different data. Not sure if Recount has fixed that lately. I just turned it off.

  6. Thanks Lume!

    And just for clarification, is it mad like grrr I'm angry mad or aaaah I'm crazy mad?