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Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 9:32AM Commenters, I am disappoint.

The correct response is, "Wow, maybe there is a problem in how Blizzard, WoW players, and the culture generally. What should we do now to make sure we foster inclusion and acceptance both inside and outside the game?"

Arguing over semantics, "it means cigarette" and "victim culture" is just an evasive way for you to say "I don't think this is a problem and even if I did I wouldn't care."

Blizzard announces World of Warcraft Annual Pass {WoW}

Oct 21st 2011 2:44PM OTOH, starting an optional 12-month contract model and giving a way a free game isn't a ringing endorsement of the next 12 months of content. Strictly from an incentive basis.

WoW Moviewatch: The Edge of Glory {WoW}

Jul 19th 2011 12:26PM Edge of Glory was the Big Man's valedictory sax solo. I will love it if for no other reaso. RIP Clarence!

The Queue: Digital aspirin {WoW}

Apr 4th 2011 3:07PM Rick, as a person your age I highly suggest eating a messy cupcake and having a kitten lick the frosting off your face. It might change your opinion about the possibilities of love.

Out of curiosity, do you play a warlock?

Patch 4.1 PTR notes updated for March 30 {WoW}

Mar 31st 2011 7:41AM It's not "dumbing down." The maze isn't fun no matter how intelligent you are. People want challenging content, but only where the challenge can be overcome by the player's skills.

The Lawbringer: Glider's Neverending Story {WoW}

Dec 25th 2010 9:12PM No, this case doesn't make suingg for copyright infringement harder.this case just said, "Based on existing copyright law, which we aren't changing here, this decision was improper."

This case doesn't define what you need for copyright infringement, it just demonstrates one of an infinite number of situations where it is improper.

The Lawbringer: Glider's Neverending Story {WoW}

Dec 25th 2010 9:05PM DMCA is about protecting intangible property in digital forms. Software is (controversially) protected by copyright (the prevailing wisdom was "How can you copyright an algorithm?" for many years). The DMCA specifically protects property owners abilities to protect themselves. The DMCA doesn't care if you grind up and snort your wow install disc because that doesn't impact anyone's ownership rights.

The twisted copyright you speak of is the same property right you speak of as well. Copyright isn't just the protection once the intangible property is created, it's also a main incentive to create the property, and an economic provision which affects pricing and the creators ability to wholesale.

Know Your Lore: Shadowfang Keep {WoW}

Dec 15th 2010 1:30PM Google returns only 188 other hits for the use of the word "lackspittle." On the entire Internet.

Sexual dimorphism in Cataclysm {WoW}

Dec 13th 2010 6:40PM You're doing it wrong. Your observations are only applicable to humans assuming a hunter/gatherer relationship that is largely mythical. This isn't the forum to elaborate on why the "hunter/gatherer" model is incorrect: after all, humans distinguished themselves by being primarily agrarian. But that's neither here nor there because that argument misses the point.

The point isn't "Oh, we have sexual dimorphism in WoW, how nifty." The point is that dimorphism is accomplished by making the females more sexy and the males more brawny. In any instance where the developers needed to show a difference between sexes, the females were given slimmer frames, breasts, and longer legs (ever wonder if orcs and draenei breastfeed?). Likewise, the men were given huger everything.

The draenei could have their sexes distinguished in some other way, like color, intensity or pattern of color, absence or presence of a tail, stripes, anything—I mean, they're aliens following some other species' arbitrarily evolved sexual dimorphic traits just because.

It's not only uncreative, but harmful to our ideas of what sex and bodies "ought to be" and the way our society constructs these ideas.

Call for Submissions: Cataclysm tips and tricks {WoW}

Dec 11th 2010 9:15PM IANALB but AOL wants to make sure they're legally in the clear when you waive your copyright over the property you just created (your healing tips) and sent to them without compensation, assigning them the right to republish it however they see fit. AOL's (American) lawyers know how to defend that process in American law. Probably not so much in a court of chancery or a non-common law system abroad.