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

Apr 3rd 2012 6:24PM It doesn't creep me out as much as it does in real life, but that's purely because I don't have to worry about an NPC trying to follow me home, or corner me somewhere, or slipping something into my drink because for some reason I trusted him. He doesn't have a camera phone to try to angle up my skirt (which has actually happened to me, and the perpetrator LAUGHED when I slapped him because violating me is apparently FUNNY).

It bothers me more when players do it, because it pisses me off that people still think harassing women is funny. That calling women names based on their display of sexual attributes or lack thereof is funny. That treating women like they're just there to be eye candy is funny.

Still not as much as real life though, because I can ignore people to my hearts content in-game, and they don't know anything about me besides that I play x character in x guild. I avoid guilds that tolerate harassment. If I remember rightly, when Battletags goes live I'll be able to ignore people by battletag rather than character name, so they won't even be able to hop characters to harass me more. I can report misogyny and sexual harassment to GMs and have something done about it.

I only wish I had those options in real life. I've had authority figures tell me that it's just a compliment, I'm being too sensitive, it's no big deal, and I can type /ignore (real life person's name) as much as I want to, they still will come up to me. They'll still yell at me on the street. They'll still make me feel like they could hurt me. I'll still be afraid to walk alone at night and I'll still be carrying my keys in one hand and my phone in the other and I'll still be wearing sensible shoes so that I can run away if I need to. I'll still have to get my own drinks and keep them covered at parties, I'll still need to keep an eye out for my friends to make sure nobody's creeping on them.

Ultimately, Jin Firepaw's dialogue doesn't bother me because of the sexism. It bothers me because it reminds me of all the assholes who have harassed me, made me feel like I have to do all this to stay safe, and have the balls to say 'It's a compliment! You shouldn't be so sensitive'. Yeah. I'll get right on stopping being so sensitive when I don't feel like I have to watch mine and my friends' backs because even guys we thought were SAFE turn out not to be.

Blue Posts: Ghostcrawler returns saying no to warlock tanking spec {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 11:50PM Seeing as my warlock is still at level 11 and has been since...Like...A month after Cata went live, I'm not overly fussed about whether or not warlocks would be main-tanking.

I'm just now grumpy that Ghostcrawler had to remind me about those cups. Curse you, AM/PM, and your lack of Canadian locations! >=(

Breakfast Topic: 'Every female WoW player has healed at least once' {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 6:09PM I have healed exactly twice in dungeons, and one in a BG, and every time I'm pretty sure my heart rate was somewhere astronomical from the stress.

I'll stick with DPS in the long run. My unholy DKs never let me down.

The case for cross-faction Real ID raiding {WoW}

Feb 28th 2012 9:59PM I would be all for this. It doesn't presently affect me much - I've got 85s on both factions now - but back when realID grouping was first being talking about, I had one 85 on Alliance, a smattering of lower Alliance characters, and three Horde, the highest of whom was 64. And at that time, the majority of my friends were playing Horde.

Actually, the majority still are, but I've mostly been playing my Horde characters in recent history.

In any case, as long as it's solely made up of realID-connected people, I see no reason not to do this.

Breakfast Topic: What is your class theme song? {WoW}

Feb 14th 2012 2:20PM Well, it probably doesn't fit most of the class terribly well, but my blood elf DK's theme song is Invincible by Pat Benetar.

Can I resell Blizzard promotional ampm cups? {WoW}

Feb 10th 2012 4:10PM The cheapest I can find is around 20 bucks. For a set of four. All I want is an Arthas cup and I can't afford to shell out nearly thirty including shipping at the moment.

Maybe I can find out if any of my friends live near one and paypal them the cost of the cup and shipping the cup...

Breakfast Topic: How and why did you leave your previous guild? {WoW}

Feb 8th 2012 5:20PM The last guild I left on any of my characters, I left because there was frequently nobody on but me. It felt rather lonely. So I left.

The one before that was the one a friend and I tried to start up. I suck at recruiting - too damn shy to do it, by and large - and he kept doing things like faction-changing the character I'd set to the second-in-command rank without even telling me beforehand. Eventually I just said 'screw this', cleaned out the guild bank of the mats and BoEs that I'd contributed all of, and disbanded - at this point all his characters that had been in the guild had either been faction-changed or deleted.

Breakfast Topic: How did you get started? {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2012 4:56PM It was 2009. I didn't have a lot of experience with video games beyond Mario Kart, Mario Party, Soul Calibur, Pokemon Snap, and the Sims. I was a devoted roleplaying nerd. I knew my friends played WoW, but I barely knew anything about it beyond what the media had told me, and the media hadn't told me anything that made me want to play.

One day, they managed to coerce me into giving it a try on one of their accounts. I spent fifteen minutes with my first character, a Draenei hunter. I was hooked. One of them sent me a RAF, and I got started with a Night Elf hunter. By a month later, having hit 60 and thus the limit for RAF leveling benefits at that time, we decided to roll DKs. My friends wound up deleting theirs later on. I kept mine. She's my main, my absolute favourite even when I'm neglecting her in favour of leveling up another on a different server.

I may not have been playing for 7 years, but I still sit back and think 'It's already been a couple years? Wow. And I'm not tired of this. Brilliant'.

What makes a bad word bad? {WoW}

Feb 2nd 2012 3:56AM I tend to take the stance that I don't care what you call ME - most of the slurs for women I will stand up and own them, and the ones I won't I will correct you without missing a beat.

I am not all women. I am not all of my race, my sexuality, my religion. I am not all of humanity, if someone turns around and calls someone else the same words they called me and that person is offended, not only is it their right to be offended but I will damn well stand up for their right to not be called those things, regardless of whether anyone believes there really is such a right. I also believe I don't have the right to dictate what offends people, and neither does anyone else.

It's not so much about whether a word should be offensive as it is about respecting people, and that includes not passing off their taking offense as them needing a thicker skin without taking a second thought as to WHY they're offended.

Lichborne: 5 common death knight mistakes {WoW}

Jan 31st 2012 11:43PM This is probably less a common mistake and more just something that exemplifies how little I knew about my chosen class/spec for a long time.

If you are unholy:

Make sure you have Dark Transformation in your tree, on your bars, and that you are hitting it as often as you can.

I had in my tree for months before I looked around when there were other unholy in dungeons and wondered why their ghoul changed and mine didn't. When I realized why, I may have spent some time introducing my face to my desk. My DPS went up. I was happy.

This is also an excellent example of why you should actually read what talents do before speccing into them.