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Prime World charges women less to play, 'protects' them in mixed groups [Updated] {Massively}

Apr 3rd 2012 10:02AM Just what I want in a pug... a buff that says "Look at me here I'm a real girl!"

I have to assume that they are aware this will deter girls who take their gaming seriously, and are simply hoping to attract guys who assume there will be girls playing the game.

Drama Mamas: The combustible combination of minors and romance {WoW}

Mar 4th 2011 5:58PM @ Saeadame

I'm not a parent either, but I'm wondering what your reasoning is.

I can see some advantages to having an older kid play MMOs. They get the social interaction. I could see how letting them join a low time commitment but high performance raiding guild could actually be good experience for them to learn how to meet other people's expectations in a low risk setting. (After all, getting kicked out of a guild doesn't get brought up in job interviews; getting fired does.)

On the other hand, while console games can be a fun activity together with your kid, the time spent together seems to be the biggest benefit. That and some improved hand-eye coordination and an introduction to common fantasy tropes that is.

Drama Mamas: The combustible combination of minors and romance {WoW}

Mar 4th 2011 5:49PM SlyFourroux: "Female guild leaders always, always bring more drama than necessary."

I hate comments like this. You're deliberately setting someone up for the fall. It goes something like this.

Jerk: "All females/blacks/Muslims/space aliens are uptight/cause drama/can't take a joke."

Member of Targeted Group: "Hey that's racist/sexist/offensive."

Jerk: "See! I told you so!"

Drama Mamas: The combustible combination of minors and romance {WoW}

Mar 4th 2011 5:40PM Would you say the same for teenage boys?

Drama Mamas: The combustible combination of minors and romance {WoW}

Mar 4th 2011 5:38PM The difference between your example and the original post is that in your example the parents are aware and are presumably requesting punitive action. It makes sense to assume that Blizzard would handle the situations differently.

Drama Mamas: The combustible combination of minors and romance {WoW}

Mar 4th 2011 5:36PM I think innocent is the wrong word to use here. A lot of teenagers are obnoxious and self-centered. However, a large part of their boneheaded behavior can be attributed to inexperience and raging hormones. While letting them learn from their mistakes can be helpful, most people are reluctant to either let them make mistakes with long-term consequences, or let other adults not afflicted by the inexperience and raging hormones to take advantage of these teens.

In contrast, while adults make equally bad decisions, usually the causes are reasons like thoughtlessness or ego getting the better of them. People have a lot less sympathy for these causes.

All the World's a Stage: Roleplaying Q&A {WoW}

Feb 14th 2011 12:29AM "By default, an ambassador is a representative of his respective race, and he is seeking to strengthen alliances, not weaken them. An ambassador is generally the best representative of his race, and as a result, someone who automatically doesn't trust or otherwise like the other races in the Horde wouldn't be chosen for that position."

I don't know about that. Diplomats throughout history have often engaged in espionage. Furthermore, leaders are more likely than not to pick diplomats whose political views (whether positive or negative) closely matches their own. An ambassador who is overly trusting of the other country/faction/race could make deals that are overly favorable to the other side on the assumption that the generosity would be reciprocated further down the line.

On the other hand, a skilled ambassador would surely never admit to any distrust. Any ambassador worth his salt ought to be very good at making people think he's saying what they want to hear, while never admitting to or promising anything.

The Queue: How much Keeffe is in this movie, anyway? {WoW}

Jan 30th 2011 3:45AM I feel like the real question here is if they'll ever move the vendor from Dalaran. That and the ink trader are a pain to get to.

The Lawbringer: Net neutrality and MMOs {WoW}

Jan 15th 2011 1:09AM Options in internet providers aren't a given even in urban areas. If you live in an apartment building (which if you are living in a highly populated urban area is a distinct possibility) then you only get the options your landlord provides. Which for me happens to be Comcast.

And as for Comcast not wanting to piss off its' customers, I see very little evidence that they care if they do. I live in the middle of a relatively large city and internet downtime in my "service area" is not insignificant. If they can't even bother to provide the obvious service, I have very little faith in them to deal with me fairly in matters which require research on my part to find evidence of wrongdoing.

Breakfast Topic: It was lag, I swear! {WoW}

Dec 24th 2010 1:43PM The day Patch 4.0 hit, I was not prepared for the nosedive my haste would take. Sure I had read about it, and I knew mentally it was coming. But that night when I went into a heroic LK attempt (never downed him, sigh) and started hitting buttons like I had before with a one second global cooldown. Except my GCD was suddenly not one second, and so buttons were getting hit too early. Then the spells I thought I should be casting weren't going off. My first reaction: "Guys, I'm getting some weird lag tonight I don't know what's going on."

Boy, I felt dumb once I realized what I was doing.