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15 Minutes of Fame: Tamzin on being a girl gamer, movies, music {WoW}

Jun 5th 2008 5:07PM TL:DR version:
It's disingenuous to complain about women in games being singled out, and then consistently and purposely single out women, every chance you get, by asking them "What's it like to be singled out as a woman?"

"Her reply was in direct response to a question about gender."

That's part of the point I was making. If it was truly JUST a piece about a gamer, that question would not have been asked. A similar question about gender and games would PROBABLY not have been asked of a male subject.

But I don't feel that it was a piece about "a gamer who happens to be a woman". It was another small homage to the "gamer girl" media circus that makes the rounds on game related sites every few weeks.

"That's worthy of an entire article, frankly, let alone a mere 239 of 4,282 words.".

I really don't think so, but if people must continue to beat that horse, then so be it. Again, I don't feel that the issue has anything whatsoever to do with her work as it pertains to games and WoW in particular.

Additionally, I'm wondering how much of a "hot-button" issue this would really be, if game news/blog sites weren't dragging the issue into the street every week.

If we're going to drag any horses out, I'd much prefer the racism horse. It's a much more entertaining and colorful (no pun intended) debate. (I wonder what color that horse is BTW. Hmmm...) Of course, I'm sure these equestrian thrashing sessions don't hurt the ad revenue. Huh? Amirite? *wink *wink

But it's all good. It's just an opinion. No, not an opinion, more of an observation. I'm just "throwing it out there"...

15 Minutes of Fame: Tamzin on being a girl gamer, movies, music {WoW}

Jun 5th 2008 3:00PM Until I see more articles about people who play games and happen to also be women, instead of these "girl gamer" pieces, I can only conclude that they are publicity oriented. Either that, or they are intended to fan the flames of the "gamer girlz" issue.

No one cares that you have "teh bewbs". And if they do, then they're an idiot and we really don't need to hear about it all that often because, quite frankly, they're probably causing EVERYONE ELSE alot of grief too. Idiots tend to do that.

"Girls" are harassed by "boys" all the time. It's pretty much been that way since the beginning of time. How is it different now that the venue has changed?

Additionally, it's interesting to take note of how many people in the comments section banter back and forth about "boys" and "girls". I generally talk about "men" and "women". I tend to expect bad behavior from "boys" and "girls". Very telling indeed...

ANyway, now that we've gotten that out of the way:

"I hated it when they took even the first-ever attunements out or nerfed them. I think they should be hard, rather than simply time-consuming like "Jump through this hoop; now jump through this hoop; now jump through this one," etc."

I don't understand this statement. I can't recall ANY skill based attunements. Because of this, there's absolutely NO reason to pretend that the attunements, as implemented by BC, were anything other than a time sink. They're no different than the daily quests. One of the closest things we have to a skill based attunement is POSSIBLY the speed run aspect of some of the dungeons like ZA. In that instance, teh bear would be your "attunement". Even that's questionable though because quite a few people are buying the bears. Of course, the fact that people are trivially "monetize" some of the content by selling runs, etc, speaks to how little "skill" is involved in SOME of these encounters. Skill is not the same as figuring out a gimmick.

"So why not have really hard five-man instance, just give the really skilled players one place they can have as a non-boring five-man run to truly test their skills? Make a really nice drop at the end of it, so it's like a mark of honor because you managed to do that five-man run, something maybe only a handful of people on each realm can do. That would be cool."

Now THAT is a very good idea. I'd love to see something like that. Anything to bring an aspect of skill (not gear which, again, seems to be more a function of TIME), outside of the Arenas (which, for the record is a poor excuse for a...whatever it's supposed to be) is a VERY welcome change of pace.

The rest of the article was pretty much "fluff" personal content. Some people might be interested, but again, I don't care about her bewbs or her job.

I did like THIS gem:

"I'll be surprised if I buy Lich King. It will just be more of the same, copy and paste with stats bumped up a notch or two, the usual thing they do. And it will break PvP even more because of the balancing nightmare it will only aggravate, as new abilities are added to each class. I'm tempted to go back to Eve Online, if AoC or Warhammer doesn't click with me."

Shouldn't this entire article have been "voted down" like most comments that express this same sentiment? Come on guys (and gals). You've got to stay on your toes. You folks are losing your edge. You've got to pay closer attention than that...Can't let the dissenting voice be heard. WoW is the best thing since sliced bread, and no one is allowed to say otherwise.

Come to think of it, maybe that comment is what got everyone's panties in to a bunch (sorry, I HAD to) and not her bewbs after all.

Cheers!

BigBearButt on finding your WoW cheese {WoW}

Jun 5th 2008 11:26AM I've read that book before. Worst.Book.Evar!

It's like 20 pages long and all the print is THIS BIG! Plus it was written at like a 6th - 8th grade level. I was almost insulted that my management gave EVERYONE a copy.

Long live the corporate machine!!!

Racism in arena names {WoW}

May 13th 2008 6:03PM If you recall, Dave Chappelle actually stopped making his show, in part, because he realized that there were more people laughing AT his jokes than laughing WITH him and his jokes.

Smart people heard his jokes and thought they were funny because they realized how absurd racist behavior is. Other people laughed at the jokes because they thought/think black people are funny...like clowns, jesters, or buffoons...all black people. That's why he stopped making the show.

Additionally, I'd agree that the team name ITSELF isn't racist. I'm just offended that some (I would assume) Caucasian kid from the suburbs has completely trivialized that fact that my grandmother was spat upon as a child because she was a "Dirty Negro". She also had to use the "colored" water fountain. These people are also trivializing that fact that my black father could have very well been killed for dating and eventually marrying my Caucasian mother. But it's OK because they were just kidding, right? Or because they didn't know any better. Or because they're rebelling against being "PC". Riiight...

Yeah, it might not be "racist", but it's hard to deny that it's very insensitive and childish.

Totem Talk: Resto questing {WoW}

May 1st 2008 4:05PM Interesting. I've never played anything other than Elemental, but from what I can tell, the Resto tactics are the same ones I use as an Elemental except for:

-You guys have earth shield, I have to use continuous water shield and heal myself after the fights. (Still no mana breaks though)

-Apparently, it takes you guys longer to wear the mobs down.

Other than that, it's an almost identical strat.

About the Bloggers: moo Money {WoW}

May 1st 2008 1:33PM The Artists:

The Notorious M.O.O.
Junior Moo-fia
Moo-Pac Shakur

The Hit Songs:

"Moo Money, Moo Problems"
"One More Moo"
"Hyp-Moo-tize"
"What's Beef?"
"I Love the Dough (Moo-lah)"

Apparently rappers are "For The Horde!"...and they all rolled Tauren. (for the +Stam and "Stomp" ability. Of course, the boost to herbalism seems awfully fitting as well :)

Build Shop: Shaman 18/43/0 {WoW}

Apr 30th 2008 11:58AM Wow, it's so nice to see all the pleasant people from the Shaman forums have shown up here...

Anyway, thanks for the writeup. I've been thinking about trying a build like this myself since I hear lots of loud talking and finger pointing, and not alot of actual first hand testing.

As for the Elitist Jerks", although they do SEEM to have all their duck in a row as far as the math goes, you always have to remember that they are truly elitist. They work with top gear in the top levels of PvP and in end game content. That means that alot of their "advice" doesn't apply to me in my scrub gear: A salad of mixed greens, blues, and purples. Besides, they say themselves that they're a bunch of jerks, so I can't argue with that.

The weakness I see in the cookie cutter builds is that you get into this mindset of limiting your play style: caster vs melee vs healer. I like to mix things up alot more so I don't fall asleep at the keyboard.

For instance, while doing dailies or grinding on mobs, I like to soften them up from long range with a few lightning bolts, and then finish them off once they get within melee range. You can't play that way effectively ina cookie cutter build without switching up either your equipment or your talents. And, at least for me, it's alot easier to change my talents around than to find two more "Axes of the Whispering Mongoose" or whatever it is I would need.

Some people might enjoy watching bars and numbers scroll past, but I actually enjoy nuking stuff and getting all "face melty" on people much more. Different strokes I guess.

Officers' Quarters: Casual raiding that works {WoW}

Apr 28th 2008 7:01PM Asking people to regularly commit both of their weekend days is a little steep.

Granted, we haven't gotten our raiding group together (yet!) but my buddies and I have, for the most part, committed to playing SOMETHING together on Friday nights for the past couple of years. So far it's worked well on the Xbox, and it seems to work rather well in WoW. At least at t he 3-5 man level.

That makes it alot easier to do things as a group. We've committed to Fridays unless overruled by RL, so it's regular, dedicated time that we can rely on.

If we decide to do something on a Saturday or Sunday here and there, then it's a bonus.

Officers' Quarters: Casual raiding that works {WoW}

Apr 28th 2008 5:20PM "(and wtf is it with Fri and Sat night raids?? Helloooo... some of us go out drinking with friends!)"

And some of have young children and jobs and can't commit large chunks of time in the evening during the week. So Fri and Sat are all we got.

L2Procreate!

Sign My Charter, a new community build around charter signing {WoW}

Apr 22nd 2008 2:36PM I tried that and had no less than 6 people with low level alts:

-Leave their guild
-Sign my charter
-Take my money (I advertised 1 or 2 Gold but actually gave 3)
-Re-join their guild

I was completely polite as well, so that couldn't have been it (Please and Thank You)

Yeah, I've given up on the guild thing for the time being. I actually felt bad that day. It had been a while since I've been THAT disappointed in the integrity of "most people".

I started playing PvP more after that. Coincidence???