Apr 3rd 2012 6:06PM I realize this is a touchy topic for some, and being a gay guy, I'm not stranger to how damaging discrimination on sexuality can be....that being said, I really don't think this is that big of a deal in WoW (except for the "get back in the kitchen" trade trolls, but they obviously don't count).
I've played both female characters and male characters all throughout my time in online fantasy games, and except for the rare creeper trying to flirt with me (who even my straight guy friends will think is creepy when I tell them about it), I really am not treated that differently because I play female toons. I've gotten raged at, complimented, cheered at and ripped apart in BGs just as much on my female toons as I have on my male toons.
I've also been in guilds with female officers leading raids (hell, one of them was the GM), and aside from the occasional gender joke that nobody took seriously, we never had any problems with sexism. Again, there have been a few raids where a girl talks on vent and everybody oohs and ahhs...but I've been in just as many where a girl is talking on vent and nobody seems to care.
I won't deny that sexism exists....but I don't think it's as much of a problem as people make it out to be. That's just my anecdotal/personal experience, of course; YMMV.
But I do agree that they need to start putting chain mail bikinis on males ASAP.
Apr 3rd 2012 3:20PM Given how much hate I've seen for DK tanks throughout Cataclysm, I can't help but think that MoP tanking is gonna be a real *%!$storm if they try to adopt that model for all the tanks.
I'm kind of worried that tanks are gonna have to go through the same thing in MoP that healers did in Cataclysm. Granted, some of that was because the tuning for instances in early Cataclysm was quite harsh, and to be fair, I think healing turned out for the better after the growing pains were gone...but this doesn't seem to bode well for the future. As if tank queues for 5-mans aren't already long enough...
Let's hope Blizzard listens to some of this feedback, instead of getting tunnel vision like they did in the early days of Cataclysm.
Apr 3rd 2012 11:18AM Don't forget that a lot of folks signing up for the annual pass mainly did it because you get Diablo 3 for FREE, and all you have to do is keep paying your WoW subscription for a year, which lots of folks (including myself) probably would have done regardless. The mount and beta access are just icing on the cake for us.
Me, I might mess around with the beta a little bit (whenever I get it), but not having to pay $60 for an incredibly awesome new game was the main motivator for me.
Mar 31st 2012 11:30AM Oh, you know you want to.
Once upon a time, the Hair Gel king of Stormwind, Varian Wrynn, was sailing on his ship, the Pride of Onyxia's Epic Head, when suddenly an orcish warship came out of the fog! "Battle stations!" the king ordered. "We will not let them take the stolen Blood Elf male concubines [what? Illidan had them too!]!" Two troll hunters fired arrows at Varian, narrowly missing his chin. "By Lothar's ghost! That was close," Varian swooned.
Garrosh Hellscream, warchief of the Horde, ran out onto the deck of his ship, the Draenosh's Annoyance. "Varian, you cowardly Holstein Milk Cow! Come face me, and feel the might of my Mag'har Man Juice!" Garrosh lunged forward and, with the grace of a pink plainstrider, landed on Varian's ship. The two fought until the rudder was red with nipples.
Suddenly, Chen Stormstout appeared in a puff of Strawberry Daiquiri. "Stop this at once! Your battle has cut off shipments of the ingredients to my prized new ale, Sexy Tundra Spring Stout! If this continues, we will never have enough for Brewfest!" Varian and Garrosh looked at each other's love-struck faces and agreed that this fighting was pointless. "Garrosh, what do you say we let bygones be bygones and have OVER NINE THOUSAND drinks together at Brewfest?" "A true warchief partners with puppies!"
Mar 30th 2012 4:57PM Couldn't agree more. Cataclysm did an absolutely awesome job of revamping the 1-60 experience, but everything else about it was just so...meh.
Maybe that's just because I didn't connect with DW as a villain much...he felt like one of those James Bond style bosses that sends endless waves at mooks at us as he watches from afar, cackling about how eeeeevil he is. Yeah, I know he has some interesting lore behind him and that he was in WC2 or whatever...but I just didn't feel a strong connection with him as a character the way I did with Arthas and, to a lesser extent, Illidan.
I know some people thought it was cheesy, but I actually preferred the Lich King popping up constantly in Wrath, since every time I saw him randomly appear in a zone or quest, it just made me want to kill him even more. I think that's why my first thought after defeating the Lich King the summer before Cata came out was, "Wow, that was epic! I'm gonna remember this one for a long time!" For DW, it was just, "Thank goodness, Cataclysm is over...hurry up and get here, MoP."
Here's to hoping Blizz can bring that magic back in MoP. Even as a Hordie, I'm looking forward to schooling Garrosh. =)
Mar 29th 2012 11:43AM The other way that works is just toggle friendly nameplates on (default is Shift-V) and click on the questgiver's nameplate.
Mar 29th 2012 10:53AM Despite the downvotes, he does have a point. GoblinVendorFilter allows you to sort by item slot, the stats you want, item quality, etc....but perhaps Blizzard is just starting out with the basics and may improve on the built-in vendor filters in the future. They do that with lots of new features based on addons (ie, built-in raid frames)
Still, I'll probably be sticking with GVF, assuming it still works in MoP.
Mar 26th 2012 3:31PM Ah, nevermind, Robin already posted it. My bad...(damn ADD)
Mar 26th 2012 12:42PM I'm with Xan on this one. As long as guildies aren't sticking their noses where they don't belong, I don't really think they care. A lot of people join guilds now just for the perks, anyways...which is kind of sad, but hey, that came from Blizzard, not us.
Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much about it, OP. Chances are your guildies don't care nearly as much about this as you do.
Also, take this from an ex-people pleaser: don't worry so much about what other people think of you. Chances are they'll actually like you more if you don't =)
Mar 26th 2012 12:35PM I always love quoting Eleanor Roosevelt. My favorite one is, "Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."