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8-04-2010 @ 12:56AM
In before the Slippery Slope arguments.I already wrote quite a bit about this idea ( http://oddcraft.net/wordpress/2010/06/18/op-odd-speech-in-azeroth/ - just replace Trade Chat with RP...) but as long as Blizz is willing to keep this entire thing out of the realm of subjective interpretation and keep it strictly on a "these are the rules, don't break them" basis, I don't have any issues with this.However, like others here, I don't see the problem stopping, but simply moving to another locale. Sure, some people might stop because of this, but somewhere else will become the new Goldshire. Let us simply hope that spot is easier to ignore.
8-04-2010 @ 8:42AM
I play, and my 13yo daughter play, and like what I expect most parents try to do is set things up to control the most offensive things from getting through. That being said, there are still plenty os aholes in trade and other public areas that make for virtual land mines that need to be reported. Never gonna do better than that. However, Vrykerion mentioned something that could help make things safe for erp folks to be safe around kids as well. Not that Trade should become RP, but that Blizz should have two new dedicated channels - RP and ERP, with ERP an item that can be blocked in parental controls. Most of my characters are on MG, but I dont do much RP, because it gets lost in the chatter. A dedicated channel would help find other RP folks when you feel like it. Also the erp would allow a safe place for folks to say what they want without annoying the world around them. Of course, some kids will hack through the parental controls for access, but that is your issue, not Blizzs'. Like when your kid cracks the adult channels on the cable box :)
8-04-2010 @ 9:15AM
@Vrykerion, the issue, for Blizzard, isn't that the ERP is going on. It's that it's going on in an area that's a quest and interaction hub for low-level characters. If the ERP were, say, going on in the Tower of Azora to the east, or in Westbrook Garrison, Blizzard wouldn't even be batting an eye. As it is, the ERPers are like that group at the con who stand in the middle of the main hallway, blocking traffic and talking loudly about how awesome Open Source Boobs are. If they did it in some out-of-the-way place, nobody would give a damn. It's because they're being a public nuisance that anyone gives a damn.(Yes, I know there's no character clipping in WOW, but you try clicking on a questgiver when half a dozen naked night elves are "haveing an orgie" on top of him.)However, that leads to my response to @Toothy: The problem is that those channels would go unused. The kind of people who participate in ERP in Goldshire do it BECAUSE it's public. They're either exhibitionists who don't care who sees (or want as many people as possible to see them), or they're trolls who ACTIVELY want to piss off as many people as possible. (And before anyone starts in with "if you were a parent, you'd understand": my 10-year-old son plays WOW - very occasionally, when he's done his schoolwork and chores and has some video game time available. I've written add-ons for the game to help protect him from the less savory elements. My add-ons can't cover everything - but that's why I sit nearby while he plays, just in case.)
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