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Apr 3rd 2012 5:33PM And once again, my point is that you have the choice. If you don't like it don't do it.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:31PM I agree with you on some level. It amuses me that Josh is attempting to speak against sexism, but engages in objectifying females himself by choosing a female character's ass to stare at. By admitting to preferring to look at your female character's ass, you are indirectly approving of how Blizzard designs the form of the female characters.
Why the hell are you looking at the ass of your character anyways? Remind me to not invite you to raids. Or dungeons. Or PvP.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:26PM If you want creepy, read "The Touch of the Banshee" in Acherus. Now that is some creepy shit.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:20PM @ All: Let's see here: Ysera and Alexstraza...dragonladies
Sylvanas...undead high elf banshee queen
Alleria and Vareesa...high elven ranger badasses
In the world Blizzard created, they dress like that. They are not a modern business woman running a Fortune 500 company. They are...in...a...video...game.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:10PM Well put.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:02PM I really think that NPCs comments are being blown way out of proportion. Is it weird to us? Sure it is. But I think it is because we are reading our own values and interpretations into it.
I think that they are trying to portray a character who is a jolly yet somewhat awkward person. Instead of seeing that, we are evaluating his comments with our own societal and cultural biases.
If an American male said those comments to an American female or male, it would be creepy. However, he is not speaking to an American. He is speaking to a freaking panda. Maybe it is not creepy to them. FFS it is just a game.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:53PM Do men objectify women? They sure do. Do women objectify themselves? They sure do. I refuse to take the blame for this shit just because I am a man. No one forces ladies to wear what they wear.
Do women in revealing clothing get more attention and perceived advantages? Probably. However, the same can be said for bald men vs. non-bald men (look up the stats).
Blizzard does a fine job at giving people what they want. In real life, you have an option to wear what you want. I see no problem with that in WoW. I think you are making a bigger deal out of this than it really is. Maybe it is just my male perspective, but I do not recall any tier or PvP gear, which are worn the most in this game, that are objectifying or revealing. Sure, there are bikinis and whatnot available, but I think that it is far less common seeing someone wear them. I'm looking at Stormwind right now and I do not see one piece of revealing clothing.
One thing that has *some* merit is that the lore figures are depicted as the stereotypical fantasy model. I agree with this sentiment--just look at Sylvanas and Jaina--but I don't think that it takes anything away from their characters.
What surprises me is that you (the author of this article) appear to have just come to this revelation of sensuality in a fantasy game. Yeah that has been around for a long time and Blizzard takes a FAR more conservative stance than many game companies do. The fantasy genre has always featured scantily-clad women and men who look like Arnold's Conan the Barbarian.
I see this as 2 separate but related issues: 1. How characters are designed (body types, customization options for playable characters) and 2. What gear they are wearing. The latter is what the Josh is referring to here with allusions to the former. I see #2 as a much bigger issue than #1, especially regarding WoW.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:34PM Not only that, but plenty of women seem to be fine with embracing that idea. If revealing clothing was not being worn in real life, it would not exist in a video game. Don't give me this BS that there are no non-revealing options for armor. Just like in real life, people have a choice on what to wear.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:29PM That, not at. Stupid comment system...