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Patch 4.3: New color-blind accessibility mode {WoW}

Sep 29th 2011 4:55PM Sorry, I think I misplaced a decimal point. Deuteranomalous women are .4% of the population, not .04%. That means 48,000 of us in WOW.

See, even we underestimate our numbers!

Patch 4.3: New color-blind accessibility mode {WoW}

Sep 29th 2011 4:49PM Another colorblind player checking in - specifically deuteranomalous (my green reception is a little weak for those of you going "huh?" - the Feralas I see has more yellow and blue in it than what the norm sees, but I can still perceive very bright greens). I am so happy Bliz has done this. And totally blown away that they have actually gone to the effort to accommodate NINE DIFFERENT TYPES of colorblindness. I have never known a program aimed at the mainstream to go to such effort. Heck, most computer things aimed at the *colorblind* don't go to such effort.

I am fortunate that, for the most part, my different color perceptions haven't impeded me much, but any time the game scenery goes heavily to green (such as in Feralas) I'm at risk of having problems. Sometimes, a green effect for you will look blue or yellow to me instead so I might spend precious time looking for something green I'll never see (much like the gentleman's comments about needing to know the *shape* of raid markers rather than color).

It doesn't help that, once I'm in vent, my fellow players discover I'm a woman - yes, there ARE colorblind women, yes we are exceedingly rare, but in a player base of 12 million statistics say there should be about 4,800 deuteranomalous women such as myself (.04% of 12 million). Round it off to about 10% of the overall player base (male and female combined) having some sort of colorblindness and that's 1,200,000 colorblind players. Let me spell that out for you - one million two hundred thousand WOW players are colorblind. That's a *lot* of people in absolute numbers, even if percentage wise they're a minority.

Now, think about it - where do you think I'm more likely to spend my money, at a company that accommodates my visual weirdness or one that doesn't care? Really, why don't MORE video games do this? My money may not *look* green to ME but I'm assured it really is as green as anyone else's.

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 8:18AM It's a terrible idea. No, not everyone has Facebook or MySpace or Twitters - I don't because I choose not to. Between employers who want to use a person's personal life against them to internet stalkers to just wanting to escape into Azeroth from time to time to get away from the real world and the crap I have to deal with there, NO, I DON'T WANT SOCIAL NETWORKING IN MY LIFE!

As an opt-in feature - hey, it's great. But being FORCED into this? TERRIBLE idea!

Official forum changes, real life names to be displayed {WoW}

Jul 6th 2010 4:40PM Ishammel said:
"Although, granted, it is an incredibly bold move to make, I still fail to understand the hesitation from people to give away their name."

A number of years ago I had an "internet stalker" who then moved out in to the real world. He called my place of work and attempted to spread lies. He called the places where I went for my hobbies on the weekend and attempted to spread lies. He finally called a government agency and said I was breaking the law.

Now, I got that all cleared up, but it took some time and was VERY unpleasant (especially in regards to the government agency). I NEVER want to go through that again.

So I will NOT be using the Blizzard forums if I am forced to use my real name on line.

Does my real name appear on the Internet? As a matter of fact, it does - in a professional context. Outside of that (and when dealing with entities such as my bank where a legal name is required) everything I do on the internet is under an alias. For my safety.