Also, don't just count people out as possible help just because their level is higher. Don't forget that the game scales players down to the level of the quest/event, so they'd benefit just as much as you by helping you out, experience-wise.
The worst part about it is, I can see what Tom was trying to argue, but it's obvious he's the kind of guy who has to really contemplate every word of his articles when he's writing them, because when faced with the task of having to defend his editorial and argue his point, he completely falls apart. Throughout the entire 20+ minute interview, he never comes right out and says what his argument is, he just keeps referring back to the regenerating health issue. I feel like what he was trying to argue was the idea that the developer is, in his eyes, falsely advertising Medal of Honor as being an "authentic" war game based on real people's experiences when it includes unauthentic "gamey" mechanics such as regenerating health and respawns.
Greg tried to defend his point against Tom, but also had a hard time doing so, I feel, because I don't think he really understood exactly what Tom was trying to argue in the first place (because Tom argued it poorly). Tom repeatedly used the term "realism," which was easy for Greg to write off since it was not the exact word the studio was using, but instead "authentic." Greg was right in saying that it was a matter of semantics between them, but that was never the argument in the first place. To say that a game is "authentic," and to name off all the ways in which it is, but conveniently leave out the ideas of pain and death on the battlefield, is misleading. If they wanted to be true to their fans and the people they claim to "honor" by making these games, they would need to list off the ways in which the game is "authentic," since there are clearly aspects of the game, small as they might see them, that are absolutely without question not authentic. Obviously no marketing team is going to do that, so instead they just say that their game is "authentic" and not going for "realism," since that term is much easier to argue for.
Tom McShea had a valid point that could've lead to an interesting debate between himself and Greg but is bad at debate, it seems.
For what it's worth, I graduated high school in 2004 and I have never heard of this guy either. Seems his work being a part of the curriculum is hit or miss. That said, I will also definitely try to get around to reading some of his work.
For late-level monks (probably 40's and above), you actually don't want to take runes that reduce spirit costs of abilities. Instead, having the passive that heals you for spirit used, and runing/gearing for increased spirit regen, you get some crazy self healing, and turn things like Wave of Light into amazing healing abilities, which are very helpful for the later difficulties. Also, One With Everything appears to be the most useful passive in the entire Monk passive arsenal, especially when combined with the Time of Need rune for Mantra of Healing.
Oh, and Exploding Palm with Essence Burn is pretty much the best thing ever.
Yeah, to be honest, the pvp podcast may not have been the best introduction for me to the show, as I only spent a few hours in WvWvWvWvWvW(vW) and maybe 2 rounds in structured pvp. I spent most of the weekend taking in all of the glorious events, though! I agree with @selfconfessedcynic, I'm just glad people are enjoying what we're doing, and I look forward to recording the next show!
Headset: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha USB Gaming Headset
Game Controllers: Xbox 360 Wired Controller/ Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad
HDD: Western Digital Green 1.5TB HDD
External HDD: Western Digital Elements 1.5 TB USB 2.0 External HDD
Case: Something by RAIDMAX I found on Amazon that fit my need
Microphone: Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Oh, and external speakers are some shitty 2.1 setup I bought back in 2005 when I worked at Radioshack :P
As is probably apparent given the items listed above, this PC has seen multiple upgrades over the years, and is set to be replaced come 2013. That 1st gen i7 has served me well, but I think it's getting to be the right time to look at something a bit newer before too much longer.
I tend to talk about/write about them more than I play them, but that's mostly due to having a new child, so my actual play time has diminished considerably as of late. That, and I really like talking about video games.