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1-12-2010 @ 5:30PM
I would have liked more elaboration too. Also, his answer to what ethical issues WoW players face is treating females appropriately? Doesn't that assume that the WoW players he's talking about are not female? I was a bit off-put by that.Treating females appropriately is definitely important, but so is treating males appropriately. Just treat everyone appropriately and you'll have it covered.
1-12-2010 @ 6:32PM
And he says he wants everyone to be treated with respect.He propagates negative stereotypes of teenage males.
1-12-2010 @ 6:57PM
I think he may be referring to the whole 'men who roll female toons are freaks' thing. One thing that I noticed in my early days of WoW (as a male with a female toon) was that people do treat you differently when they think you are female. A lot of the hatred of 'gender-bending' in WoW comes from people who have behaved 'innapropriately' towards females (from patronising or condascending attitudes at the shallow end, through to indecent proposition or graphic obscenity at the deep) only to discover that they were actually male. If such people had treated the characters with which they had interacted with respect, then they would have had no cause for embarrassment on learning of their mistake.I certainly found the experience 'enlightening' (read 'disturbing'). It gave me a lot more perspective on the treatment of females in 'RL'. I shouldn't, but do, feel the need to make my in game chat as masculine as possible in order to avoid such treatment.
1-12-2010 @ 11:27PM
Having bought and read the book over Christmas break, I have to say that I found it to be just as lacking as Mr. Nordlinger's interview. The essays which don't completely fail at conveying the philosophical concepts they aspire to are usually utterly void of WoW knowledge or content. If you're the kind of person who lives and breathes philosophy, you'll rage at this book because of how far it has bastardized and corrupted the original concepts. if you live and breathe WoW, you'll be frustrated because over 50% of the authors have clearly never gotten a character above level 20 and the extent of their analogy between WoW and philosophy consists of "HURR DURR PLAY WOW BECOME UBERMENCH" and "Blizzard is evil for delivering bans to people who try to crash their game."And if you are neither a big fan of WoW or a big fan of philosophy, why read this book? As a fan of both, I did not find it worth the time or price.
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