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1-22-2010 @ 3:22PM
I completely agree that no one should have to put up with language they find objectionable and offensive. If I was in such a situation I may react in many of the ways suggested above, but I do have one issue with this post. In my opinion, the post completely ignores contexts and assumes the worst about the user.I am referring to this quote in particular:"And then there's the truly offensive, inappropriate vocabulary employed by the clueless ("Dude, everyone knows that saying you're going to 'rape' something in game is just a figure of speech!")."I want to make two things clear up front.1. This is not a term or "figure of speech" I use in game or in real life.2. I completely understand how rape victims would be offended by having their tragedy equated with killing electronic monsters on the internet. I am in no way saying they or anyone else offended by this usage of the term rape in gaming should "suck it up and deal with it."That said, context is very important in my opinion. For example. someone saying "hurry up and get here or I'll rape you", is a lot different then saying "I just got raped by a horde paladin." While you may find both objectionable, I think most people would agree that the first is much harsher and more objectionable then the second. The first is a direct threat while the second is used more for emphasis. I'm not saying you shouldn't find the second usage offensive. How you feel about it is uncontrollable, but how you react is quite controllable. Also, your reaction, cannot only correct the situation, but it can also make it much worse. For example, lets say your in a pug and someone says "that pally just raped me." You're offended and you have every right to be. From here you have two options. 1. Tell the person that you find their use of the term rape offensive and you would appreciate it if they wouldn't use it in the future. or 2. Announce to the party that you find his language offensive and that either he goes or I go.I would argue that the first option is more appropriate in this situation. I bet that most of the time the person will apologize and try their best to refrain from using the term around you in the future. If he decides to continue being a prick then yes, make the ultimatum, put him on your ignore list, and report him to Blizzard.To use different example, you wouldn't take someone's drivers license away for driving a mile over the speed limit. Maybe you should give the other person a little benefit of the doubt before you make ultimatums.
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