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4-09-2008 @ 5:20PM
I like the subject of this series.That said, I challenge Amandah's assertion that the trend towards stereotypical beauty is because "World of Warcraft is targeted toward a young male audience". I used to feel that way too, before I was in WoW beta. I have found that there are a group of women that object vehemently to "sex object" avatars, but there is also a very large group of women that won't play an avatar that they don't consider attractive- and that latter group has the same stereotypical criteria of adolescent boys.There was a lot of discussion in the beta community about how unattractive the horde was, and how people were having difficulty getting their SOs to play horde because of it. My own guild basically had the horde/alliance decision made for them by a few of the girls that refused to play horde.So, basically- it's not just the little boys, and the assumption that it is isn't fair to men, nor accurate with my experience.---That said, I agree that almost universally Tauren and Dwarf women avatars are usually played by real women (and usually awesome women at that!) About the only avatar I immediately assume has a high likelihood of being a real girl is when I see a female dwarf priest. I don't think I have ever met one of those with a man behind the wheel.
4-10-2008 @ 1:44AM
Heh. My boyfriend played a female dwarf holy priest before I joined WoW and I made him play a male when he levelled up with me. I do, however, play a female tauren, and am female. :)
4-10-2008 @ 1:56AM
Not only a female dwarf, but a female tauren as well. She didn't last long, admittedly, but it was due more to me not having anyone to play with on horde side than any lack of appreciation for the tauren female form. I have a troll, too, though I just couldn't bring myself to roll a female orc even though everytime I see one I cheer for them. I refused adamantly, and still do, to roll a female night elf, though I'm going with male avatars now for reasons stated above ;)
4-10-2008 @ 8:16AM
@kenneyI play a Dwarf Female Priest on EU-Ysondre and I'm no woman :pThere is another Dwarf Female Priest played by a guy in our raid too :)I think they're cute, I love their voice and it always makes me smile when people make jokes about how ugly I am, and how cool the T6 helm is cool because it hides my face !
4-14-2008 @ 5:14AM
It's true that when I'm rolling new characters I tend to go for female humans, blood elfs and draenei. But that's not just because they look good. When I first joined a PuG that had a female draenei warrior as the tank I realised why I like them so much. There's just something awesome about having an avatar that can hold their own against an ogre/dragon etc. Who can resist a deadly beauty?
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