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WoW Insider's Cataclysm Launch Giveaway: GeForce GTX 470 graphics card {WoW}

Dec 8th 2010 1:22PM I heartily endorse this product or service.

Noblegarden: Sexy or Sexist? {WoW}

May 1st 2009 2:21PM "Without a doubt, putting the ears only on female characters and having them be the equivalent of legal age to pose nude is a reference to Playboy."

It's a REFERENCE to Playboy. You're creating a false argument; nobody said it indicates willingness or desire to be in Playboy. That's you.

But it's an obvious reference to Playboy, and to say otherwise means you're either incredibly naive or incredibly disingenuous. Easter did not create bunny ears. Playboy did.

Whether the reference is appropriate or not is the discussion.

Noblegarden: Sexy or Sexist? {WoW}

May 1st 2009 2:18PM Kimberly's right. I'm not sure if the racial analogy works completely, but it's a fair comparison.

And feminism is inherently gender-biased; women are a historically oppressed minority. Men are not, and the "Bro's Before Ho-Ho-Ho's" achievement doesn't reflect any real-world discrimination.

But there IS real world discrimination against women, and many feminists would (correctly, I think) argue that perpetuating such things in the online environment is inappropriate. It would have been easy enough for Blizz to make this gender neutral (put bunny ears on everyone for the achievement), and maybe next year it should be.

Sexism doesn't only occur because of a conscious effort to discriminate against or degrade women. I'm sure Blizz made no such effort. But when you're a corporation that deals with millions of people, you need to think such things through better.

The Martin Fury scandal: Karatechop reveals all {WoW}

Apr 30th 2009 8:22PM This.

He kept saying "we just thought it was funny" because it clearly was an error. If he had just bought WOW last month, I could see just cause for thinking it was a semi-legitimate "gesture" by the Blizz team.

But the guy has been playing for 4 years. He knows that's not a real thing. We all know it's not an in-game reward. It makes no sense and it's completely disingenuous for him to imply that they thought it was legit. They knew better, just like you'd know better if the bank gave you $10k instead of $1k. You use that windfall at your own risk.

Breakfast Topic: If you could add game mechanic to WoW what would it be {WoW}

Apr 28th 2009 1:49PM Blizz has commented that having 90% of the player population running around in black armor is not what they want, and is the likely result of dye-able armor. Rogues, I'm looking at you.

I'm not sure that's what would REALLY happen, but it's a legit concern. And, it's tough to test it out because you can't really un-ring that bell; if you give people dye abilities, and it becomes World of Ninjas, Blizz is stuck.

Engadget's recession antidote: win a Roku Netflix Player! {Engadget}

Feb 17th 2009 7:26PM Count me in, muchachos.

Officers betting against the raid {WoW}

Jun 8th 2008 11:57PM Slightly off topic, but I find it utterly unhelpful when y'all hyperlink "Supremus" and "Illidan" but only lead to WOWInsider articles on those topics.

The "Supremus" link, for instance, leads to three articles, none of which give any info on Supremus whatsoever.

Sort of defeats the purpose, doesn't it? I think a link to wowwiki or even wowhead would be much more useful.

Feral druid range bug and graphical issues {WoW}

Nov 26th 2007 2:51PM Yeah, I'm a fan of feral PVP now. I can stealth in, Pounce, Mangle, Mangle, etc. then Rip and Bear form as soon as my health starts dropping.

Add a mix of bear tank armor and kitty DPS, and I usually outlast my opponents--and any healing I get guarantees it. Really frustrating for the other side, as it often gives my teammates plenty of time to reinforce.

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