Jul 6th 2010 7:15PM 1) Thanks for giving instructions to would-be stalkers. :P
2) There are significant risks to participating in public venues, whether you're in meatspace or cyberspace.
3) Someone can knife you in an alley, take your things, and run up your credit while you bleed to death. Does that mean don't leave the house? Does that mean live under an assumed name?
Jul 6th 2010 1:12PM ... you're not supposed to be playing on someone else's account, Tina.
Jul 6th 2010 12:26PM I'm a fan.
While there are privacy concerns related to using your real name online, there are also commonly-known precautions a person can take. Losing the ability to hide behind an avatar will definitely change the tone, and in concert with post-ranking, I'll expect to see a positive change in the comments.
There was a time, very long ago, when the internet really wasn't anonymous. And people treated one another with more consideration and respect.
It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't the WoW forums. Any improvement will be welcome.
Jun 16th 2010 12:52PM I'm happy and honored to be part of an L/G/B/T-friendly guild like Taint. Is it perfect? Of course not! But it's a place where people can argue about Armor Penetration and profession min/maxing, instead of whether it's appropriate for LGBT people to be visible in the world. Thanks for the mention, Fox, even though I'm disappointed that you deleted my incredibly clever, on-point, insightful comment earlier ;P.
Aug 12th 2009 6:40PM @firestyle Saying L2P is a fast track to irrelevance. PuGs are a fact of life, and to get content done, certain variables have to be removed. You can sit in your ivory tower and say what you want, but at the end of the day, in BC I was competent but couldn't get anything done if only *one* person in my group wasn't. Today I get my heroics done -- even though there are *still* people who seem hellbent on failure. I'll take modest success over epic failure any day. Back to your regularly scheduled adrenaline addiction.
Aug 12th 2009 6:35PM I don't miss crowd control in instances. If you're with a group you know and trust, and want to use your entire toolboxes, it's fine, and can even be fun and entertaining. However, if you have to rely on PuGs and you cant gauge the skill/knowledge of players, it's awful to have to depend on CC just to get a daily done.
Jul 21st 2009 9:01PM Because this thread so closely resembles the last thread regarding ant-gay bias in MMORPGs, I wanted to quickly challenge some misconceptions I see displayed here often re: gay issues:
1. You can call something "gay" without referring to homosexuality.
It's so commonly understood that "gay" means "homosexual" that to try to weasel out of the issue by saying, "Well, I didn't mean it THAT way," is just a little too slippery. We all know that gay people refer to themselves as gay (or queer, or bi), and that to see the larger community equating "gay" with "bad" or "stupid" sends a pretty clear message.
2. Mentioning anything having to do with gay issues is "shoving it in our faces".
Straight people mention their girlfriends, boyfriends and spouses in casual conversation all the time, in and out of game. We all see it in party chat, guild chat, raid chat, and trade chat. People with same-sex affections have as much right to talk about who they are as straight people do.
3. Talking about being gay = talking about sex.
It's hard to explain this to people who aren't in the know, but a gay identity is not primarily sexual, anymore than a straight identity is primarily sexual. Being straight or gay has to do with physical affection, sure, but it's more about who we have a capacity to love. If I say, "My boyfriend and I saw a movie," that isn't a sexual statement, anymore than it is for a straight person to say, "My wife and I saw a movie."
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LGBT players pay the same money straight players pay each month to play WoW. We should (AND DO) abide by the same rules as everyone else. In return, we should have equal access. Our sexual orientation is a small part of who we are, and frankly, I think it's blown out of proportion not by us but by bias on the part of uncomfortable straight people. We all want to feel comfortable being who we are in-game, and to do that, it helps to realize that we can't re-shape the world as we see fit. But that cuts both ways. We can't stamp out bias and anti-gay slurs. But the people with the bias who are spouting anti-gay slurs can't stamp us out, either.
Jun 18th 2009 5:36PM Awarding Ulduar-level badges for heroic content won't kill progression. People aren't in there for badges. They're there for drops, for company, and for prestige. They're there for the enjoyment of raiding.
Allowing non-raiders to run heroics and gear up is Blizzard's way of saying, "If you don't have time for progression raiding, you can still better yourself by doing what you can do each day."
One might say, "But where are the special rewards for raiders?" The special reward is: you get to be there. You get boss drops. You get to play.
Jun 12th 2009 10:02AM RT @kuschkusch: People who hate Twitter are the same people who talk on the phone about mowing the lawn and sales on Gardettos at Wal-Mart.
Jun 5th 2009 9:50AM I hate hearing people talk about what drops they're going to get in an instance before we've even done the first pull. I like the actual mechanics of each fight more than I give a crap about gear. Listening to them talk about what they're going to need on, and listening to them ask, "Can I have X if it drops?" makes me question whether they're skilled players or not. Usually, my suspicions are justified.