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

Apr 3rd 2012 5:27PM What is scary to me is some day it's possible someone this article might actually work for Blizzard. The sad amount of reality used in this article, plus the terrible logic by Adam, makes me hope Blizzard will never hire anyone so shallow minded as to think Blizzard is actually to blame for the creeps in the world.

At least girls have the option to transmog. I'm constantly reminded of how fat my Tauren is every time I get on a mount. I seriously can't fit through most doorways. I see you normal people riding their mounts in to places like the A.H. before it auto dismounts you and I cry. I can't do that. Why do they have to make me so big? Does Blizzard really hate fat people so much?

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

Apr 3rd 2012 5:09PM @emberdione -

A) I've never seen this in any raid group
B) I've never seen this in any 5 man
C) I know plenty of girls who play and have never once had issues.
D) "relegated to support roles" - Obvious exaggeration is obvious. Be honest.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 4:59PM @loop_not_defined said...
"You're seriously comparing *fiction* (demons!) to real harassment experienced by real women in the real world? You couldn't be more disconnected from this topic."

First, that's your opinion, there are plenty who would disagree with you. And yes, I'm comparing the two.

I'm not saying harassment doesn't happen, I'm saying I don't believe it's Blizzard's fault. If people are mistreating you because your voice (Alex) might come off as feminine, while that is important and I'm not devaluing that experience, I am saying it shouldn't be contributed to Blizzard or WoW. Creepy people are creepy, but they exist regardless. I don't believe Blizzard to be encouraging, promoting or condoning that behavior through game design.

Again, I'm not saying harassment doesn't happen, but I don't think this article is being fair. On one hand you're saying that game developers could be contributing to harassment, while on the other hand, you frequently fight the idea that violence in-game promotes violence out of game. You can't have it both ways.

I'm not saying you guys haven't had bad experiences, but I know plenty of people who haven't. The problem isn't game developers promoting gender inequality, it's creepy people being creepy. WoW could do everything you propose and I promise that you'll still have the same number of perv's who are harassing people.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 4:53PM @loop_not_defined said...
"You're seriously comparing *fiction* (demons!) to real harassment experienced by real women in the real world? You couldn't be more disconnected from this topic."

First, that's your opinion, there are plenty who would disagree with you. And yes, I'm comparing the two.

I'm not saying harassment doesn't happen, I'm saying I don't believe it's Blizzard's fault. If people are mistreating you because your voice (Alex) might come off as feminine, while that is important and I'm not devaluing that experience, I am saying it shouldn't be contributed to Blizzard or WoW. Creepy people are creepy, but they exist regardless. I don't believe Blizzard to be encouraging, promoting or condoning that behavior through game design.

Again, I'm not saying harassment doesn't happen, but I don't think this article is being fair. On one hand you're saying that game developers could be contributing to harassment, while on the other hand, you frequently fight the idea that violence in-game promotes violence out of game. You can't have it both ways.

I'm not saying you guys haven't had bad experiences, but I know plenty of people who haven't. The problem isn't game developers promoting gender inequality, it's creepy people being creepy. WoW could do everything you propose and I promise that you'll still have the same number of perv's who are harassing people.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 4:20PM Oh my gosh, seriously. Why do games like WoW openly embrace and encourage interest in satan and demons? What kind of message does this send? Why do games like WoW encourage and embrace people killing each other for fun?

Really guys? We're going to bring that much real world into this now? We're going to make sure it's totally socially acceptable at all costs. It's a freakin game. In real life, I think demons are kind of a bad thing. That being said, you don't hear me askin blizzard "Please remove as this is a serious issue". Why do I care? It's not real!

Also, you're description of what it's like to play a female character is either grossly exaggerated or you're some sort of crazy anomaly. In my early career with MMO's (including WoW), I had female characters as my main. The number of times I've had crude comments or hormone driven comments from creepy boys is very little. I actually think in the last 10-15 years I've had maybe a handful. It's was never every day and honestly the most general reaction was people were more polite. A buddy of mine intentionally played female characters for a time for that reason alone; people would literally pass on equipment because they were being polite. I know there are pervs and creeps out there, but while minding my own business, I've yet to have any real issues. I've run into way more jerks on my male character than I ever have on any female characters.

Oh and while I am a guy and could be seen as bias, my wife plays and has yet to ever complain. She's also never had any issues with people treating her poorly because she's a girl or plays a female character.

Blizzard layoffs could mean many things {WoW}

Mar 2nd 2012 1:38PM You hit the nail on the head here. WoW is doomed to die any day now. Heck, they're only 10 million subscribers ahead of the next most successful MMO. I can't even figure out how they're keeping the lights on with that. And then there's the horribly successful StarCraft, which is just bleeding money into their accounts. And Diablo 3? That game will be so successful they'll probably have to file for bankruptcy.

Man, too bad they didn't listen to guys like us. They might be a recognizable brand by now...

Mega Bloks wants fans to channel their inner Thrall {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2012 9:38PM Haaaahahahaha, that made me laugh so loud.....

Mega Bloks wants fans to channel their inner Thrall {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2012 9:37PM Is it just me or does Thrall look like someone just depants him?

Mega Bloks wants fans to channel their inner Thrall {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2012 9:36PM Is it just me or does Thrall look like someone just depants him?

Encrypted Text: Rogue poisons dramatically redesigned in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2012 11:47AM @thebl4ckd0g -

Or not....check out the new Rogue talents for MoP.

Middle Column, first on the top:

Subterfuge -
Your stealth breaks 3 seconds after dealing or receiving hostile actions, rather than doing so immediately.