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The Soapbox: Why inclusion matters in games {Massively}

May 10th 2011 4:01PM @Lolzor69 Yes and no; I mean, on one hand, I do see the appeal of logging in and just "being a person", rather than (in my case) a female player. On the other hand, I think it would be nice to see more diversity in games without broadcasting it. For example-- there are quests here and there in WoW in which you help someone find their spouse, or take something to their spouse, etcetera. Just change that up slightly to where you're running an errand from Male NPC #1 who wants you to bring this Box of Goods to his husband who's on a trip to the next town over.

Now, one way in which "just be people" isn't necessarily going to happen is on RP realms (again, I speak of WoW because it's my main game). Why? Because there are always people who have their own idea of what society the setting/cultures are based on, and their own perception of what that society believes in regard to matters like homosexuality, or gender equality, etcetera. In the matter of homosexuality especially, Blizzard is mum in regard to how it's viewed in Azeroth/etc.

There was a forum thread recently about this, with some people thinking that Azeroth would be completely intolerant as they believe it's medieval (a very human-centric attitude, that disregards the tech that exists in-game). Others mused on how they felt different cultures would view it, and there were different opinions. I myself have my own opinion, and no one is specifically right though some certainly seem to believe they Know Everything, despite having no actual evidence from game Lore to support their position, only RL-based assumptions.

Say you have Gay Player A, whose character is a gay male orc warrior; he plays his character as facing no discrimination because whatever his private life, he displays the orcish values of strength and honor, and does his part for the Horde. He doesn't "proclaim his gayness" as some might say, but he does enjoy a good meal at the tavern with his romantic partner. But then they're confronted by Player B, who insists up and down that orcs would hate gay people no matter what (because they believe the society is stereotypically testosterone-driven) and makes their sexuality much more of an issue than they themselves are; it may start bearing an uncomfortable resemblance to RL attitudes, and at least partly diminishes the notion of "just being people."

The Queue: Dark Phoenix Alchemy Lab {WoW}

Apr 17th 2011 3:43PM Indeed! And another trait of BPAL scents are they do smell a bit differently on your skin, too, especially after they've been there a few minutes. So something that may not be your favorite in the bottle may be heavenly once it's been on for a bit. It also varies between people; a scent may smell one way on me, but be a good bit different on my mother, even.

The Queue: Dark Phoenix Alchemy Lab {WoW}

Apr 17th 2011 3:31PM BPAL! I love love love BPAL scents. Sorry, moment of fangirlish squee there. My mother is sending me a bottle of Paladin. 'Cthulhu' is one of my favorites, as are 'Morgause', 'Black Dahlia' (which has been discontinued now), and 'Virginia'.

'Dragon's Blood' smells nice on my husband, though he's only tried it on once. A friend's husband sometimes wears 'Calico Jack'. (Just saying, since BPAL doesn't have to be just for the ladies. Lots of nice 'manly' scents to be found there.)

World of WarCrafts: A custom bathroom fit for a Warchief {WoW}

Jan 20th 2011 5:48PM *Throws out the ThoBro gangsign...whatever it is.*

Breakfast Topic: Has Cataclysm let you down? {WoW}

Jan 11th 2011 10:28AM Retpallies can learn Repentance. If you didn't spec a point into that, you don't really have room to complain about not having cc. :)

15 Minutes of Fame: Player RP campaign inspires goblin NPC {WoW}

Dec 16th 2010 8:48AM @Kylenne: I love you.

Seriously, I'm always glad to see you comment, especially in matters like this, because you manage to say what I'm often thinking and usually in a better way than I can; I just wanted to say I totally agree with you, yet again. :)

The Daily Grind: Are you upset with how MMOs handle women? {Massively}

Oct 27th 2010 9:04AM While I roll my eyes at female armor in many cases, it wouldn't bother me so much if there weren't such an extreme dichotomy between male and female in so many games, especially in armor. My plate-wearing paladin does not want to show her midriff; she is not asking Arthas to rub her belly. My Outlands-travelling caster does not want to run around in panties and thigh-highs because that's the best armor she has available for her level. But, I can deal with them...

...Except the fact that these exact same armor pieces are full-coverage for male models. Seriously. There've been various cartoons drawn making light of this fact, but it's incredibly annoying when it's shoved in your face time and time again. If you want scantily-clad female toons, then fine; but make it equal-opportunity, make the men just as scantily-clad. There ARE mostly-naked men in fantasy settings, after all. Put some more of those in games, if you don't want to get rid of skin-baring ladies.

So while I wouldn't say I'm "upset" with how MMOs handle women, because there are indeed strong female characters in some (though I wish they'd do more with some of 'em in WoW...where's my Maiev, damnit?), I do get pretty sick and tired of seeing these same strong women also have the requirement of being eye candy, and these days there's no better way to keep me from trying out a new game than blatantly one-sided objectification.

At least I have some hope, thanks to Moira Bronzebeard Thaurissan making a reappearance in Cataclysm. Hopefully they don't fritter away her potential.

Breakfast Topic: Has playing WoW changed your life? {WoW}

Oct 14th 2010 9:39AM I've mentioned in comments in the past that I met my now-husband in WoW. I was in Tennessee, he was in Ontario. We met when his character (we're on a roleplaying server) just randomly happened by mine in the Ruins of Lordaeron in February '07, and he struck up a conversation in-character. A few IC conversations later we started chatting a bit more OOC, getting to know each other better.
I took a chance and visited him in ON, because we'd tentatively approached the idea of a relationship; I was still pretty skittish and told myself I wasn't interested "that way" after the visit, but we stayed friends. He was pretty patient; I had some RL issues to work through and he was a constant, always a friend and there for me even though he'd just about given up on anything romantic. Then the romance thing started nudging its way up again, and I realized I really DID care for him "that way", and things started moving again. He visited me in TN, the relationship got stronger, then I finally went back up to ON in March '09 for a longer-term visit (to see how we did living together versus just visiting)...and except for one visit south, I haven't left! He proposed, we got married a few months later, just celebrated our one year anniversary last month. :)
I told him that after living with him and getting to know his habits/tendencies better, I was really surprised that he initiated conversation with me in the first place-- he's not the most social fellow, IC or OOC. I suppose it was just meant to be. :D

The Queue: Welcome to arf {WoW}

Oct 11th 2010 7:50PM THPPT to you, my dwarf female is LOVELY. What we need are more goodlooking male models out there. Getting tired of the whole hot chick/doofy guy trope that you see in most races...and the one race in which the males ARE goodlooking is the one where lots of people like to say, "LOLZ NO SUCH THING AS BELF MAN THERE ALL GURLZ" (misspellings intentional).