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The Queue: Yaks are cool, I guess {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2012 12:50PM @ the question about Thrall & Aggra - if you read "Rise of the Horde" which describes the meeting and union of Thrall's parents, then it's probably safe to assume that orc relations can occur pretty spontaneously and permanently. One good hunt is all they need apparently!

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

Jan 25th 2012 1:33PM As a gay player, I do have to say that I encounter this situation more times than I would like in WoW. Especially in pugs, when someone calls another player (myself or otherwise) a "fag", I make a point of saying I'm gay and that I don't appreciate the use of that word as an insult, whether it's meant to be homophobic or not. My responses are twofold - half the players amp up their use of the word, and the other half tells me to chill out and not take what they say out of context.

I say bull. Growing up with that word flung at me on a regular basis (and this was even before I hit puberty, let alone before I came out), it still hurt and the message was just as vicious then as it is today - that somehow being outside the norm, being "weak" (however you define it), by not playing to the highest skill possible, by making mistakes, that you're somehow less of a man, or even less of a person and you don't deserve to be cared about.

You may think I'm reading too much into this, or I'm overly sensitive. And truthfully I wouldn't want to live in a world that is completely PC because that does take the fun out of life. But there are some words that just should not be used in public conversation (and at this point WoW's population is indeed large enough to be considered public). Nobody would say boo when Blizzard censors racial slurs, and most players would be adverse to using them as insults even in WoW. It's a damn shame that sexual slurs aren't censored in the same manner while actual terminology for LGBT individuals is censored.

Breakfast Topic: Have you ever won the Fishing Tournament? {WoW}

Jan 21st 2012 11:46AM No, what's really unfair about the whole Fishing Tournament for me is the time they are both scheduled for. Saturday and Sunday afternoon? I've got crap to do on the weekends - if I'm not at work, then I'm cleaning around the house and being social. That's why I advocate for having at least one tournament on the weekdays - give us weekend workers a decent shot at it.

Breakfast Topic: Are you a WoW cross-dresser? {WoW}

Jan 7th 2012 1:16PM My main is a male (tauren shaman), but my alts are pretty evenly split between male and female. My two tanks (tauren pally, goblin DK) are both female because I like the idea of a strong woman at the head of the fight. My other alts (I have one of almost every class) are pretty split between male and female. And as a gay male, I'm not one to focus on character design in rolling my female toons (though I think troll females are much better looking than male trolls).

And as your remark about not knowing any man without a female alt, this is true in the West but if you go to China, it's actually an insult for a male player to have a female toon. They're called "ladyboy" - an insult saying they are a transvestite or transsexual - for rolling a female toon, so most Chinese male WoW-players actively avoid rolling female alts. Interesting, no?

WoW Rookie: How to pick a good name when all the good ones are taken {WoW}

Nov 3rd 2011 6:28PM My naming philosophy? I'm a big fan of mythology, and even though the classic "god" names are taken or unusable in WoW, there are tons of obscure deities and spirits that I can draw from. My main, Tammuz, is a tauren shaman. Tammuz in mythology is a bull-headed deity from Sumeria, the consort of Ishtar/Innana.

If the race I play is completely fictional (like orcs or draenei), I pull from fictional mythology from different games. My goblin death knight, for example, is named for a goblin "goddess" called Kikanuti, whereas my orc rogue I used to play was named for the orc DnD deity Shargaas.

Patch 4.3 PTR: Replica items bring back classic looks {WoW}

Oct 14th 2011 12:19AM I'm still hoping against hope for the 0.5 tier sets and off tier sets, particularly Ironweave Regalia, to come back, since most of the pieces to those sets are tied to now inaccessible dungeon set bosses. Please Blizzard make it happen!

The Queue: Hero class {WoW}

Aug 29th 2011 1:32PM Another Moggin' question since I haven't seen it answered: Say I like the look of an heirloom set. Can I transmog current armor to look like heirlooms?

The Queue: Dwarves! {WoW}

Jul 10th 2011 6:49PM Q for the Q: For the achievement "The Fiery Lords of Sethira's Roost", you don't get credit for the achievement unless you're in the group that tags it first, but you can help in combat and share the loot. This seems nonsensical to me. Is there any word on if Blizzard is intending to fix this so that everybody who participates in the kill, grouped or otherwise, gets credit for the kill?

The Queue: Kettlebells and personal hells {WoW}

Jun 8th 2011 12:56PM Question for the Queue:

So I like how the daily dungeon rewards count as first seven per week instead of the old "first per day" style. Can we forsee Blizzard doling out the same for battlegrounds? I'd like to be able to do all my weekly BGs in one sitting when I have the time, because most days I don't.

The Queue: Hey Minnesota Twins, let's chat for a second {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2011 11:51AM Question for the queue: I've been working on archaeology, and I've noticed something a tad odd. In the projects page there are symbols for ten races, but only nine races can be surveyed. What's the last symbol (the one by the Vrykul) stand for and how/does it become unlocked?