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

Apr 3rd 2012 7:00PM I think my issue with the whole "plate-kini" debate is the underlying assumption that serious women shouldn't enjoy being beautiful or sexy. Dressing like a nun does nothing to increase my character's skill, it simply plays into the idea that you can be powerful or pretty, never both.

I have two characters: a worgan hunter and a human paladin. My worgan is decidedly unglamourous in her tier 13: she shows no skin, covers her face with a dragon skull, and wears its wings as hulking shoulderpads. She's ferocious, not pretty, and no one has ever remarked about her gender.
My paladin also wears tier 13, which means revealing her stomach. Apparently, this is a big deal. People who are used to my hunter find the contrast jarring, because it changes the way I present myself. The assumption is that I can either be a liberated woman who doesn't care about looking pretty or I can be a flirt who shows off my digital assets. There is no middle ground.

In my opinion, the assumption that racy transmogs are sexist is in itself a form of sexism. It is entirely possible to show skin without crying for male attention and it's superficial to play a Plain Jane character so that people show you respect.

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

Apr 3rd 2012 4:46PM I assumed it was a play on the "lecherous old man" archetype. My first reaction was to laugh. Maybe I've been watching too much anime?

Drama Mamas: Should a WoW widow become a WoW player? {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 7:34PM The other side of this may be a family that feels their mother/wife is using work to ignore them. Her husband may feel that she would rather pick up second shift than spend a night at home with him and react accordingly.

Know Your Lore: The curious dissonance of Alliance leveling {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 6:46AM More specifically, the Alliance looters in Camp Taurajo are prison conscripts taken from the Stockade who defected. The Alliance forces are spread so thin that they're accepting criminals criminals with a known history of rebellion into their ranks. That speaks volumes in itself.

The Horde had the benefit of 5 years of relative peace and prosperity after the Third War with Thrall at the helm. The Alliance, on the other hand, had 5 years of Onyxia's meddling. Resources were already sparse back in Vanilla. Humans spent the first four zones helping out local militias because Stormwind refused to send troops to the surrounding towns. Eventually Varian came back and killed Onyxia, but he never had time to fix any problems she had created before the Alliance forces had to be sent to Northrend. There, the Alliance suffered heavy losses versus the Horde and the Scourge.

That's why you have the situation you do in Alliance zones: the Alliance has been holding itself together through a decade of mismanagement and taxing battles. It lacks the resources to both fix and defend itself, and the Horde (specifically Garrosh and Sylvannas) have exploited that fact as much as possible.

This is the most bizarre and entertaining Dave Kosak interview ever {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 5:59AM I assume they meant an in-game holiday, but if not that's pretty crazy. :)

Breakfast Topic: How would you redesign the old character models? {WoW}

Mar 29th 2012 2:00PM I disagree. I love that Night Elf women are muscular: these are warrior women who spend their days roaming the forest on the back of a giant panther. They're not gentle housewives or delicate casters. If Blizzard ever adds a body slider, then by all means add curvy Blood Elves to the game, but otherwise leave Night Elf women as they are.

Now Night Elf men, on the other hand could use a bit of updating. They share the human male's giant hand problem (read twice the size of their heads) and the seem to scowl perpetually.

Breakfast Topic: How would you redesign the old character models? {WoW}

Mar 29th 2012 1:38PM Just when you thought human males couldn't get any worse...

Two Bosses Enter: Murozond vs. Queen Azshara {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 12:17AM Yes, Murozond is a former aspect but Azshara was one of the most powerful mages in the history of Azeroth and Murozond seems to be in a weakened state. I'm sure that she can figure out how to dodge and hit the hourglass, meaning that she can resurrect her 9 companions 5 times. The real question is whether she'd be willing to dirty her hands and tank with her immunity bubble.

Does Garrosh Hellscream deserve to die? {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2012 2:38PM He has wreaked havoc on our ancient forests and murdered our children. His negligence has allowed the forsaken spawn of Highborne traitors to massacre our allies and turn them into undead abominations. By the Goddess's guiding light, we will bring him to justice: a shadowy glaive and a forgotten grave will be his end.

~Sentinel Shadda Starsong

As difficult as it is to explain from a Horde perspective, the Alliance are perfectly justified in wanting Garrosh dead.

Does the Annual Pass guarantee instant beta access? {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2012 1:56PM Well, I didn't get instant Beta, so clearly it doesn't. :D
Move along, folks. Nothin' to see here.