Apr 3rd 2012 11:44PM Several points.
1. People see what they want to see. In the statements made by the Npc (yes, they are phrased in a socially awkward manner), he makes a statement regarding the physical appearance of the toon, then a statement as to their probable social success with the opposite sex, then an overture of friendship. Weird? yes. unequal? no. 'Strong' in this instance does not speak to the skill of the male, or their battlefield success (can that Npc have much knowledge of that anyway at that point?), it's a description of a male. Should be complain that his intelligence is being denied or that the Npc is superficial?? Sorry, I'm not crazy about the dialog either, but its a poor example of gender inequality.
2. Blizzard deserves some credit before we go off the deep end here. Their version of skimpy and armorkinis have been pretty tame compared to most mmo's (lineage comes to mind among others as way more risque). Is there room for improvement? of course, not everyone wants to be pretty, but some do! now we have transmog so you can look how you want. I agree we should bring on the bro's and mankini's so that all the guys and girls can get their Conan look on. But consider this: in a genre dominated by scantily clad beautiful people, blizzard gave us the option NOT to be a Barbie doll. And quite a few at that. Seriously, from a marketing perspective, can you imagine the person who originally tried to sell us on women who are Cows??
3. Please stop quoting what works in reality and keep this in perspective. This is a fantasy game in a world that is thoroughly unreal. Does that mean you should disrespect someone interpersonally? no. But some people fantasize about being desirable and not just a combat monster. These themes have been popular in many games, is there a way to tell someone they are attractive universally without offending ANYONE? you know that isn't possible.
4. As stated earlier, don't like it? you can always vote with your participation if nothing else.
5. Josh. I'm sorry but I don't see anyone including yourself talking about all the social inequality or negative stereotyping facing men either. Do I honestly expect it? no. But I could start pointing out how most male models are so insanely muscular, 99% of males could never possibly achieve it. Are we promoting unrealistic body image for men? No one cares. We are the problem apparently, and never the victim. My point is that if you want an egalitarian environment, you aren't going about it in a very productive way.
6. Wow, Blizzard, life etc. can't be all things to all people. EVERY facet of this game has its detractors, that won't change. I agree that we have to try to be as equal as possible, but I don't agree that blizzard has been egregious in its treatment of women. Too often that is up to players themselves. Should they be more heavy handed then they already are about abuse? I'm not sure.
7. For those bringing the history of the oppression of women into the game. Its. a. game. Female toons are capable of doing EVERYTHING a male toon can. Make the same amount of gold, run their own guild, have access to all the same opportunities. I admit they are outnumbered in total population but only women can solve that. I don't mean to say that those concerns aren't valid, but this is WoW, not Croatia, or Afghanistan, or Sudan. Some of these arguments are inappropriate for this context in the extreme. We're all here to have fun, not to play "who's the most oppressed?" Check your baggage at the door.
Mar 23rd 2012 9:08PM The rogue set looks like he stole parts off of a sign for a chinese restaurant. I mean seriously? Blizzard should take a reality check on shoulders and helmets. The shaman shoulders remind me of that stupid Cars.com commercial where the guy has a head sprouting out of his back looking over his shoulder. Except the Sammy gets....two! Joy! The priest looks like he's going to crumble under the immense weight of his head and shoulders.
Love the pally except for the helmet.
Feb 24th 2012 6:36PM I would argue the 'needing-an-offset-upgrade' thing is still a big problem too. Just ask anyone who rolls against a greedy paladin or druid. The fact that they can literally need on anything (I know role bonus does limit some of this, it's true) makes the system weighted toward certain classes getting more than their share of loot. Lets face it, there are some people who really DO play their off spec quite a lot. But the majority will probably use it as a vehicle to get stuff they aren't going to use, are going to vendor, or are giving to someone else.
I sincerely agree with your points, I've just seen the greedy/OS need 99% more than someone trying to argue about which stats are better on their gear vs loot.
Feb 24th 2012 6:26PM @Noyou
Completely agree, LFR loot should be on the holiday gear system. You have it, you have no option to do anything. All gear should be untradable and unvendorable at the raid level. It would be nice if it can detect if you have received a tier token for the spec you're running, and if so, greed is your highest option. The game flags many other things about your toon for things like quests, gear, level, etc. Seems like this would be possible.
I've heard people make the argument that LFR isn't and shouldn't be about loot. I would ask those people what exactly it is about then? Once you've run through it once, you've seen the content. You aren't going to learn the fights for normal or H mode if you follow the tactics most common in LFR groups. So it actually is about gearing up people to either go into normal mode raiding, or it's the highest level non-raiding folks are going to get. Either way, the gear is important, even at this level to a great many people. The more Bliz manages to take the greed out of it, the better and less frustrating the game will be for the vast majority of those who play it.
Feb 21st 2012 9:52AM Maybe it's just me, but I completely do not understand the dwarf hunter idea from a logic and lore perspective. the hunter/ranger ideal of wide open spaces, running a lot, needing to be able to travel light and lean. This just doesn't say dwarf at all to me. it seems this is the realm of lanky races like trolls, belfs, nelfs, draenei, etc. not gnomes, goblins or dwarves.
Feb 7th 2012 1:56PM Nice pic of Vephriel. Just wanted to throw a shout out to one of the transmog goddesses!
Nov 14th 2008 10:05AM Entered!