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

Apr 3rd 2012 9:13PM Agreed, it's a bit of a troll. (See my analysis below).

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

Apr 3rd 2012 9:12PM I have a few issues with this article. Your argument is far too imbalanced. I'd like to spend a moment defending Blizzard here.

Firstly, Blizzard has moved away from the skimpy armour models, the last time I saw anything skimpy was in TBC - specifically Hellfire quest rewards. Looking the most recent tier and newest dungeon rewards it's clear that the female characters are than covered up like their male counterparts. Honestly, some people (women included) will always want to play in the skimpy armour, we've seem women in these comments that like too. Look at the way teenagers are dressing these days (I'm nearly 40), denim shorts so small the pockets hang out of the bottoms. Should we be telling them to stop? To empower themselves and cover up? Where will that stop? It's all about choice.

Secondly, I can see your point about how Ji regards the male characters strong etc. and the female characters pretty, it's a little bit lame. However, listen to your female friends when they meet each other, they'll often say to each other how great, amazing or beautiful they look; as in "You look amazing in that dress" or "I love your hair, you look beautiful!". How often do guys say that sort of thing to each other? We don't, but sometimes we do give compliments to women. Perhaps not as creepy as Ji, but I'll often compliment a colleague on her new hair style or clothes. I'm not trying to be creepy.

Finally, I don't think you can blame Blizzard for any sexism you encounter in the game. There are clearly ways to report players that are guilty of outright sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia and so on. I have 90% female characters, I am male. I prefer the animations and generally find people treat my better in PUGS if I am a female character. Nobody has ever asked me for a private chat. I think most players assume that most female characters are played by a male player anyway. So the times I have screwed up and pulled adds or whatever, the insults in PUGS aren't directed at my characters sex they are directed at my class i.e. "YOU STUPID MAGE!" or "IT WAS THE STUPID SHAMAN THAT PULLED!" Or they will assume I am male and call me "bro" or "man". I don't think Blizzard can police the ~5% of 14yr old boys that are rude, sexist or racist without the help of the community.

I don't really understand your argument for taken a stance against discrimination by rolling all female characters. So you are rolling characters that wear skimpy armour to empower women? Shouldn't you just be rolling a male character and refusing to play a bikini clad warrior until they change they armour models? It's a very confusing argument you've presented.

Whilst I agree with the sentiment of your post, I can't fully agree with the way you've presented your argument.

100,000 beta invites on their way for Annual Pass subscribers {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 1:51AM I got D3 this morning too, interesting.... I'll check BNET when I get home....

100,000 beta invites on their way for Annual Pass subscribers {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 1:50AM I'm an annual pass holder, but weirdly enough I just got a Diablo III beta invite this morning... I'm not going to have any time on my hands! D3 is out soon anyway though.

Can playing WoW improve your brain power? {WoW}

Mar 29th 2012 8:47PM As long as you get outside to exercise as well... then probably.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 9:27PM I have a bit of a problem with the new Valor changes because I don't raid. I just hope it means I'm not stuck in the same "upgraded" Heroic blues for 2 years until the 3 end of expansion 5-mans are released.

Justice and Valor are a way for casual players to gradually gear up over time (not a short time either) and to make us feel like there is still something to play for. I would also think -considering the new LFR loot changes - that Valor is a way to gear up your off-spec as well. I read on the official forums that somebody was asking to be allowed to spend Valor on white transmog gear. I think that would be nice for casual players as well. A chance to transmog our blue heroic gear into something trendy.

Blood Pact: Don't sell your soul for a warlock tanking spec quite yet {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 1:52AM I understand your argument, although I don't totally agree. Mages are popular, my main was a mage for a long time and I still go back to her a fair bit, mostly for achievements, however I'm finding her less fun and more pew, pew, every time I go back. They just aren't as interesting as some of the other classes anymore. They have nice toys, like teleports and invisibility but it doesn't detract from the boring rotations. Frost is quite good in PVP, fire is probably more enjoyable than Arcane, but apart from that the gameplay isn't all that engaging.

Mists of Pandaria: Female pandaren emotes and animation {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 10:41PM I was thinking the same thing about the Worgen yesterday. Stupid walks, put me off too. Also I can't imagine ever wanting to do the starting zone again... same goes for the goblin. I need a bit more freedom to get out and quest elsewhere...

Red Panda's have tails...

Mists of Pandaria: Female pandaren emotes and animation {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 10:41PM I was thinking the same thing about the Worgen yesterday. Stupid walks, put me off too. Also I can't imagine ever wanting to do the starting zone again... same goes for the goblin. I need a bit more freedom to get out and quest elsewhere...