Apr 3rd 2012 4:43PM Eh, I guess it's just like "why can't female pandaren look strong too?" - why is the comment toward the female something purely superficial, while the male character's is a compliment about their prowess as a fighter/monk?
I'll be honest, if I guy said that to me IRL I'd be creeped out. In game I don't have such a problem with it, but I can see why some people might.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:40PM Yeah... different experiences for different folks, I guess. I once logged onto a vent for a raid and I'd literally just said "Hello," and they started calling me "slut" and stuff like that. My character wasn't scantily clad either. I've had many guys over the years more concerned with flirting with me than actually doing what they're supposed to be doing in raids or even just as a fellow guildie or friend. I once changed my holiday plans because a guy I knew lived where I was going to go and said we should meet up and have sex.
I'll be honest, I'm not too terribly bothered by sexism in game - it's no worse than the casual kind most women get day-to-day, and I've learned to ignore it for the most part. But, that doesn't mean that I don't think things could be better for female players.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:34PM I have that calendar too - seriously WTB Tyrande in that - I thought she was like the face of WoW or something, isn't she on the box?
Apr 3rd 2012 4:31PM Eh... I guess it depends on your view and your experiences. Having been on the receiving end of this kind of flirting, let me tell you, it's not "cute" or "innocent" in person - it's just really creepy. So maybe for the guys playing female pandaren they go "ahahaha dorky guy who can't flirt properly lololololol," while the girls go "ugh... what a creep."
Apr 3rd 2012 4:28PM @Xantenise - okay, but I guess my response to that would be there's lots of pieces that DO cover females. The actual problem I have with the bikini situation is not that the pieces don't cover women, but that they DO cover men. If the armorkinis were equally exposing across the gender-scape, I'd be a happy camper.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:25PM Honestly, the sexism in-game doesn't bother me so much as the sexism between players. And maybe that sexism is a product of the in-game stuff, but really. If I log into a vent server to do a PUG raid, and they immediately start to call me slut/whore/bitch/whatever... it's just not cool. I mean, if that's part of your gendered banter in your group, whatever, but to start doing that to a stranger? Not classy. Not classy at all.
(And I'll just give a side note that I don't object to gendered banter between friends - I do it within my own group - it's just the derogatory comments right off the bat really threw me in that situation)
Apr 3rd 2012 4:17PM Odd, maybe you made it really obvious from the get-go that you were actually a guy? Even then, though, a friend of mine who always plays girl characters gets called "gay" - or something more derogatory that I'm not going to write - all the time because he plays female characters.
Probably just haven't run into those kind of people - lucky you.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:15PM Agreed - I'm also a female, and I'm currently collecting pieces for a mail bikini set for my female shaman. She's going to look ~awesome~. I honestly do wish they had a few more sexy male pieces - the best you can usually do is have a chest piece that doesn't actually cover much of the chest. Or something that looks ridiculous like the Embersilk Dress thing.
Apr 3rd 2012 9:55AM The part about "standing around" was a hypothetical tanking model, in which threat is easy to maintain and there are no short cooldowns. Thus, tanks "stand around" (ie, press random attacks, or press their highest dps attacks or whatever), and only have to actually do something "tanky" when they're pressing their long CDs.
Apr 3rd 2012 3:57AM Sort of an unfortunate truth of bear tanking through the ages. I've always felt bear tanks are kind of "warrior-lite" tanks, although I do enjoy playing mine. I'm kind of hoping that splitting the feral tree will allow bears to be less affected by cat PvP concerns, and maybe we'll see some changes. Ghostcrawler's response seems kind of dismissive of the original topic, but I guess it doesn't mean they aren't thinking about some of these issues behind the scenes.