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

Apr 3rd 2012 6:14PM I am honestly offended by this article.

As a male who plays female characters as well, I feel demeaned by the insinuation that because I find female characters to be more aesthetically pleasing (from behind) than males, I am some kind of teenaged troll.

I agree that there is an issue with not enough sexy under-clothed male armor sets, but I don't believe this is because "Blizzard is OK with gender inequality," as the writer asserts, but that this is more an issue that the artists don't find it easy to make something that is sexy, male, and that they are proud to produce. I'm sure many people will agree that, regardless of sexual orientation, there is clothing that is sexy on women and creepy on men (but less that is sexy on men and creepy on women). What about the Corsair's Overshirt? Yes, it's revealing on women, but it's revealing (and sexy) on men as well! And the Tuxedo Jacket? The problem is not that Blizzard is not including sexy male clothing, the problem is that society does not find skimpily dressed males attractive. Don't leave this at some poor artist's door, or malign the corporation.

On that note, the fact that Ji Firepaw has a personality does not mean that Blizzard as a corporation, or even the writer who gave him that dialogue, is misogynistic. I think his cheeky, flirtatious attitude makes him seem easy-going and suave, but a bit hot-headed. I do not find his comment creepy. True, he's not trying desperately to conform to the (new) societal norm of sterility and asexuality, but that doesn't mean Blizzard (or the writer) is being unfair or misogynistic. That means he's a character. And honestly he's an archetype that I find attractive.

Finally, I am disappointed that one of the writers for this site would write such a divisive, inflammatory article without delicately handling it in a way to keep everyone's (read:my) feelings from getting hurt (like the Drama Mamas do in cases of LGBTQ articles, for example). I honestly feel as though this article was written for the sole purpose of trying to make me (and others like me) feel bad about ourselves for being males on WoW, and the fact that it was written by a man does not make me feel better about it. (On a side note, why does everyone assume that "gender inequality = misogyny" and "gender equality = fairness"? If any character hits on a male or female character, it's always objectifying women? Why does the vocal minority hate sexuality like this?)

Please be more careful in the future about what you write and how it might make people feel. Just because you see something as hurtful does not mean everyone else will and vice-versa.

The Queue: So let's talk for a minute, East Coast ... {WoW}

Aug 25th 2011 12:04PM Q4tq:

I've been assuming that the functionality for the raid-finder will dovetail nicely with the cross-server friend grouping feature to allow people to essentially join other server raid groups without transferring. Is this a safe assumption? Also, is there any news on how loot handouts might be handled with the raid finder? Customarily, raids use some variation or other of Master Looter, but in cross-server pugging this seems like it might be a bad idea for various reasons. Have either of these questions been answered by devs anywhere?

The Queue: Combo breaker {WoW}

Jun 17th 2011 2:06PM In my opinion, the biggest problem with boss fire immunity isn't forcing mages to change specs, it's with shamans. If you think about it, of the three possible specs for shamans, the only one that could possibly raid versus a fire immune boss is restoration, and if your raid doesn't have a healing spot available for all its shamans, somebody is out of luck.

This is why I'm very glad Blizzard is never bringing back boss elemental immunities, and I hope they never change their minds.

Ask the Devs Round 9 mitigates your tanking questions {WoW}

Jun 9th 2011 2:13AM I agree. Innervate as a bear? For some reason, I tend to see the 60 or so rage I have as slightly more important than less than one spell's worth of mana.

Honestly, however, I've never noticed a rage problem on my bear since I macroed together Enrage and Feral Charge. Now that Enrage doesn't have a detriment, this seems to be a very valid solution to early-fight bear threat.

Win an Assault on Icecrown Citadel Four-Player Game from WoW Insider {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 6:00PM Sounds cool. I'd love a chance.

Blizzard strikes gold sellers with Paypal notices {WoW}

Feb 1st 2011 10:02AM If you did research to determine this, the proper thing to do is to link your sources. Then, we can get out of the realm of simply arguing with no proof and into a discussion about real data. If you say that "actual research" is how you got your information, please, enlighten us. Otherwise, I think Xantenise's common sense is much more likely to be correct than yours, which simply seems to be unsupported opinion.

Totem Talk: Understanding the enhancement shaman priority system {WoW}

Jan 24th 2011 12:06AM One thing I've found myself adding to my priority system has to do with following certain spells with other spells. As I'm sure many others have noticed, the enhancement shaman priority queue becomes a LOT easier when you simply don't have two buttons coming off cooldown at the same time. Because of this, I've found myself trying not to use Stormstrike immediately after Lava Lash or a Shock immediately after Stormstrike in order to keep myself with fewer empty GCDs. I would totally appreciate any suggestions or (constructive) comments regarding the pros and cons of such a system.