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Breakfast Topic: What's your favorite pet? {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 12:20PM Back when minipets used up a bag slot to keep, every one of my toons, on either faction, had to have a cockroach.

So I'm going to have to say that's my special pet - only one I was willing to always lose an inventory spot for.

I've always wanted murky - but blizzcon wasn't virtual back then... so that's my favorite that I never had and never will.

Breakfast Topic: What's your favorite pet? {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 12:14PM I got him on one toon on a random drop from the tanking loot bag.

I don't even know where the quest to get him is. Somewhere in Deepholm with the worms and such - but never done it once.

Why is Blizzard still OK with gender inequality in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 7:07PM Lets point something out here:

Women in chainmail bikinis as -THE- theme, Gygax era, sure.

BUT... before that, the only difference was that the men were in leather bikini briefs and loincloths with strapping muscle-bound bare chests. Look at pulp era and 60s era fantasy: the men are even skimpier than the women, and done as wild manly barbarians.

Fantasy art was always 'sexy' - it became 'sexist' with D&D.

The same can be said of race. Before D&D, it was mostly humans and demonic monsters or dragons. When D&D came around, you got Orcs modeled off of 19th century propaganda against Native Americans during the Indian wars (unlike WoW's Orcs that seem inspired by Klingons) - dark elves who became dark for the same reason slave era southern preachers said African slaves were made black, and assorted dark magical races modeled off of propaganda against Chinese and Japanese before and during WWII...

You can literally go to a library and look up 'race war' propaganda from those various eras and place it on a table side by side with some key D&D books and it looks the same.

D&D was great for fantasy and games, and inspired the video game industry... but it also became a 'last bastion' as certain notions of race and gender became no longer tolerable in public society.
- and this baggage persists at times.

But the core reason I personally joined WoW, as a Native American, was that while its races were still inspired by assorted stereotypes, this wasn't used to define them as evil, but to help show why cultural mistrust kept wars alive way past their due-dates.

Server maintenance extended to 3:00 p.m. PDT {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 5:41PM Hoping it makes it before 6pm PST.

My alliance tanks are finally ready for DS, and I've finally got a tank spot reserved for me, and its looking like enough people signed up for once, and horde side I just finished main-tanking the place last week... So really itching to see how my alliance guild stacks up against my horde guild on the same content - hopefully before it gets nerfed any more.

Why is Blizzard still OK with gender inequality in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 5:35PM You think its a non-issue. Many more feel otherwise.

If you want it to be a non-issue, lets make all that platemail armor male toons wear into bikinis.

Then it will be a non-issue.

Why is Blizzard still OK with gender inequality in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 5:26PM Experienced it just the other day.

Male player here, all female toons. And they're mostly tauren and worgen BTW. Not a single blood elf, and only one night elf (my original toon, made Christmas day 2006, and still not max level despite me having 10 level 85 raid geared toons).
- ie: Not playing female toons for the 'posterior view'.

I actually started playing them as a teen in the 80s in a D&D game after seeing another guy I respected play one, and then on my first attempt having the 'dungeon master' force an explicit assault on my character with a 'magic sword' as the implement... I was so outraged I ended my real-life friendship with the guy on the spot, and have played female toons ever since, in 'protest' at first, and eventually because I just couldn't relate to a male toon anytime I tried it...

Just the other day had somebody whisper me a 'your cute, can I pet you' comment... And I just thought to myself "its a cartoon on your screen boozoo..."

But the last time I had to deal with 'ERP' in WoW was a few months back in a combo vent/guild chat session where two female guildies decided to 'talk each other up' and then got mad that I made no responding comment to them... (one of those "how can you not react to this, its so hot" sorts of things. I ignored it for a few minutes and then logged out, not returning until two months later when I'd noticed they were no longer in the guild - I'm like: child my mother is gay, I don't need your immature stupidity to fulfill some misinformed fantasy when you're young enough to be my grandchild...).

- An example I give just to note that the dynamic among the players can work both ways with the 'improper conduct'...

Why is Blizzard still OK with gender inequality in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 5:14PM "(My own grandfather has"

- Gramps... As in, last century...

I agree with the article. All those plate bikinis - they need to be bikinis when worn by male toons too.

And creepy NPC guy, needs to be creepy across the board.

This is not just a gender issue though. The same thing pops up when it comes to race.

The days when these games could be made for white-males are long gone. They were never really here to begin with. Video games have always been international, the industry was held up by sales into Asia long before it became viable in North America and/or Europe. And women have been there all along.

And walk into the studios that make this stuff, and its largely gender mixed, and full of people who are Asian, South Asian, and Caucasian...

So its just really baffling...

Server maintenance extended to 3:00 p.m. PDT {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 5:04PM Somebody trip over the power cord at Blizzard?

Shifting Perspectives: The joy of panic {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 3:40PM There's another angle to that story: People these days see a paladin and auto-assume that's the main tank with all the aggro... even if somebody else is doing all the work.

Thanks Wrath/3.0...

We're still living that patch down.

(One reason Paladin is the only tank class where I've got just 1 tank at 85 - 3.0 put way too much easy-button on Paladin, and I had to retire my paladin for an entire Xpac. Cata was more dynamic, but still not interesting... Bear, as straightforward as it may be, is still more dynamic than paladin. Leveled my Horde paladin from 70-85 when cata hit, but couldn't force myself to be that bored twice.)

Shifting Perspectives: The joy of panic {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 3:26PM Its pretty heavy.

But if you played paladin tank in BC, when patch 3.0 hit; that was a complete rewrite.

This is a heavy alteration - but still recognizable on the other end.

That said... Blizzard seems to like to really mess around with the tanks with every Xpac. Why?

They're frustrated at the low popularity of tanking.

But like true techies, they don't get it.

They think its a mechanical problem you fix by playing with the digits. Throw some 1s and 0s at it and tanks will be popular.

But tanking is unpopular due to a social issue. The very role, its presence in a group dynamic; is a tough pill for many folks to swallow.

- The tank holds all the aggro, not from the mobs mind you, but from other players. Its the most focal position in the WoW group dynamic.

Until they can find a 1 or 0 that can make it so nobody pays attention to tanks, till they can disappear into the middle of a pack of raiders and nobody know who they are - they will remain unpopular.

Some of us like being in the spotlight (I personally -love- public speaking, and in my 20s was the person who would get up on an empty dance floor and do the wildest routine I could to try and get every eye on me)...
- we're tanks.

Others can't stand it.

You can't patch that - no matter what you do.

But techies will never understand this. They don't think in terms of social dynamics. So we just have to get used to them messing with our role every Xpac. Roll our eyes at Blizzard, and learn the new 1s and 0s again...