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The Queue: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 2:30PM I actually intended to include a joke in there somewhere differentiating plant people from fungus people but I totally forgot about it by the time I finished.

The Queue: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 2:30PM You're right, no two-handed maces. However, I stand by Dal'Rend's!

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

Apr 3rd 2012 6:15PM You're right, body image is an issue for men -- which is why it's important that both genders take these issues seriously when they arise. Helping one will, in the long term, help the other. If men only go to bat for men and vice versa, things will never improve for either side (or anything that falls in between.)

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

Apr 3rd 2012 6:12PM "Most people do that most of the time."

But they shouldn't.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 5:49PM Gameplay experiences have absolutely nothing to do with the integrity of the gameworld. One gender simply should not have a worse (or even different!) experience than the other gender.

The inequalities here have nothing to do with the integrity of Azeroth and everything to do with how the real world writers choose to treat their real world players.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 5:44PM Except this isn't just an aspect of sexuality in fiction. It's a lopsided presentation of sexuality that provides one gender an inequal, lesser experience. As bad as books can be about gender issues sometimes, at least everybody reading it is going to read the same words. That isn't the case here. The text is custom tailored to provide women (or woman characters) a worse experience.

And Garrosh calling Sylvanas a bitch actually did quite a bit of attention, though you're right, I don't think WoW Insider addressed that when it released. It's still a relatively shameful line of dialogue that never should've gone live.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 5:32PM He is not Horde liaison when you meet him. There is no war effort yet. He's just a guy that starts flirting with you in the middle of the street.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 5:10PM "If you don't want to get harassed, just don't talk!"

Does that seem right to you? Why should someone need to deal with that based on nothing but the way they were born?

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

Apr 3rd 2012 4:46PM Then they should pick one. It doesn't necessarily need to be about women being creeped on -- I feel it's more about gender inequality. Your gameplay should not be impacted by your gender or the gender of your character.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 4:32PM I've been playing World of Warcraft since I was 17. I've always played female characters. When I was younger (and still a minor!), I came across as much more feminine than I do now -- and so many people assumed I was a woman. I never pretended to be one, it was just assumed. Over the course of a year, a dozen or so men whispered me in private asking if they could suck on my toes.

It isn't grossly exaggerated. Different people have different experiences. Many people have spent most of their World of Warcraft game time being harassed for being who they are -- and Blizzard shouldn't make that a part of the game experience.