Jan 14th 2011 10:15PM Kylenne speaks true! I don't think I could have said it any better! I will just add that I think that for some people WoW can be the one constant, predictable source of social connection, especially in the case of disability or anyone who may be going through a particularly difficult role transition, like moving away from all social support to a new city etc. And that stability is what really anchors them through whatever it is they might be going through.
Nov 11th 2010 3:04PM @Litchee: Agreed. Being able to see Laura's perspective is refreshing because it is so close to what I love about video games. :) Not to mention I was sold with this quote from the Blood Elf Druid video:
I really like plants
I'm friends with a lot of turtles
Walk Tooga home and never kill Kresh
Explore the world outside
Tooga is the bomb. That is all.
Aug 27th 2010 11:26AM I'm a female with three level 80s, a restoration druid, a protection paladin, and a melee dps death knight. The druid is my main and I definitely prefer healing. Tanking is an interesting experience for me. I enjoy the leadership aspect of tanking, but at the same time, the responsibility I feel is somewhat uncomfortable for me, whereas the healing role is extremely comfortable for me. I think this conflict that I experience is something I also experience RL in terms of the preferences of roles I like to take IRL, whether in my job or in my relationships with others. I like to nurture, but I do know how to take control of a situation if need be, I'm just more comfortable with one than the other. When I initially chose these two classes, I actually chose them for their flexibility as hybrid classes... so I'm not sure what that says. However, the classes that I experimented with and will likely never touch again happen to be warrior and rogue. I thought the DK was fun and so I stuck with it! :) If a class is fun, I will play it!
My fiance prefers pure DPS on his shadow priest. He has dabbled in healing, but always says that if at all possible he will just stick to DPS.
I always think this kind of information is really interesting and I think that there is a wealth of research out there for social science researchers to pump out simply by gleaning all this WoW data. Thanks for the article!
Jul 20th 2010 7:43AM ((I have never tried RP, but am looking forward to giving it a try tonight!:) )
Jul 19th 2010 4:41PM I was also going to recommend the 'Sandwich' technique for constructive criticism, but I'm happy to see Azizrael beat me to it. Laying on a compliment or a positive comment prior to a more constructive one tends to soften the blow a bit and also encourages the other person to be more receptive to the feedback you have to offer.
Jun 24th 2010 3:10PM Congrats and Happy Anniversary!
My fiance also introduced me to WoW and now we spend countless hours having fun together, despite quite a distance between us. I'm so glad that he encouraged me to play, I enjoy it so much. We can also relate to using down time in raids to enjoy other things... ;)
It was so neat seeing everyone's stories in the comments. Thanks for sharing all!
Jun 4th 2010 12:03PM Congratulations! I'm so glad that things like this can happen in WoW. Despite the many bad experiences that can and do happen because people can get away with being rude and mean over the internet, there are people out there who genuinely care. Your story is beautiful! Best wishes!
Apr 16th 2010 8:02PM I really want to second, Kylenne's point. For me, it isn't about giving this issue special treatment and blowing it all out of proportion just because the couple is gay. I think that everything the Drama Mama's mentioned applies to both gay and straight couples equally. For me personally, the ability to disregard the LGBT variable in and of itself is a privilege, which is why I believe that it deserves at the very least acknowledgment and respect for the possibility that there may be subtle differences in this situation, differences that hetero individuals raised in a hetero society don't have the faintest hope of understanding.