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7-07-2010 @ 8:12AM
Sorry, people who game are still in the metaphorical closet with respect to the rest of society. And, like gays and lesbians who had to fight long and hard for their rights (which are respected in some nations and some states, but not in many still), it still was decided by time. People have slowly grown to be more tolerant and now people aren't as commonly discriminated against due to sexual orientation. It's going to be at least a decade before employers who Google you and find that you're a gamer don't immediately think "slacker, do-nothing, good thing I have a good firewall on the computers at work".Nice idea, Blizz. But very naive.
7-07-2010 @ 8:45AM
Please don't tell me you just compared the "plight" of gamers to the plight of gays and lesbians. The comparison of discrimination doesn't even come close.
7-07-2010 @ 9:16AM
"Please don't tell me you just compared the "plight" of gamers to the plight of gays and lesbians. The comparison of discrimination doesn't even come close."Discrimination is discrimination, regardless of its origins. Whether it be a debate of sexual orientation, race, religion, or even living habits, when you segregate the community from what would be considered "normal" it is still universally frowned upon from an authoritative perspective.Incomparable as far as a "plight' standpoint? Perhaps; but nevertheless it is still one that does exist.
7-07-2010 @ 3:04PM
I take a lot of issue with that comment, Pheras, but probably not for the reason you suspect.I'm a gamer. I'm also gay.I also happen to be a published author, software company executive, and public speaker. Everyone I know also knows that I'm a WoW raider.This idea that gay people got their rights by "time" is not true. We got our rights by *coming out*. Finding out that the guy or gal you respect is a gamer is how you educate people that it is more common than they thought and not something that is worthy of ridicule.That's why the "OH NOES PEOPLE WILL FIND OUT I'M A GAMER!" argument against real names rubs me the wrong way...
7-07-2010 @ 5:21PM
@Sumitra: Gays and lesbians did get their rights by coming out, I'm totally with you there. My point is that it was courageous people who did that and then the time it took for the asshats of the world to wake up and clue in that it wasn't actually affecting them at all to have a neighbour/co-worker/friend/whatever who was also gay. There were also tons of gays and lesbians who totally legitimately were still in the closet because they'd get fired by their employer or beaten to death by their neighbour. Nothing like the beaten to death thing is going to happen because someone's a gamer. It's not as big a deal or as big a portion of most gamers' lives to be remotely comparable to someone's sexual orientation. But a few people in the comments of the initial announcement that WoW.com did about this new Real ID thing did mention that their boss wouldn't have hired them if they knew that they were into this sort of activity outside of work.I'd love to tell people that I game and have them not make a big deal about it. But people still do and there are those of us who can't out ourselves easily without taking it on the chin a little.Again, I hope no one takes my fairly broad comparison between the problems of the GLTB community and gamers as offensive. They're not meant to be and the comparison is only really relevant because being gay and being a gamer are both things that many people are good at hiding. Whether they should or not is debatable in both cases. I can understand why people would hide either.
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