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10-31-2009 @ 2:52PM
No, not all stereotypes are inherently bad. It's a natural way of classifying a group that allows you to have some idea of how to act about them. Unfortunately, we must also be very careful about stereotypes, since if they are taken too far, they can lead to offensive situations, especially when it does not apply to someone. Claiming that children play [Faction 1] and mature players play [Faction 2] is one such offensive situation. You would find an equal number of players who would take offense by claiming that children play horde because they like to play the "big", "tough", "cool" races where they can run around going "ORC SMASH!", whereas mature players prefer the "stoic", and "heroic" races of the Alliance. Neither your assumption nor this one are particularly accurate. Each faction has their mix of both children and mature players, who play the side they do for a myriad of possible reasons. One reason many seem to think "the other side if full of children" is probably because the only direct interaction they have with the other faction is either PvP or when an obnoxious member of the other faction is making an ass of themselves. You can't talk to the other faction, can't trade, and don't usually have a reason to interact with them, so the mature players of the opposite faction go along without being noticed, whereas the immature jerks (who are often assumed to be children, which may or may NOT be true in any given situation) are the ones who will walk up to you and start /emoting rude gestures, spitting, laughter, etc. or attempting to ninja your kill or whatever. And because they're the only ones you seem to interact with, it gives you a false impression that the other faction is full of immature jerks. At least with your own faction you have your guild, friends, etc. as proof that your side isn't all idiots.So, as you see, claiming that one side is for children and the other for mature players is one of those poor stereotypes that just isn't true, and it's why you've gotten such a poor reception here.
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