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Breakfast Topic: How are your characters coping with moral dilemmas in game?

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Cairne Bloodhoof is dead. We all know this as players, but what about players who play tauren characters? How do you deal with getting praise from Garrosh and having him tell you what to do, looking at him and knowing he killed your beloved leader?

Personally, I am talking to the screen, telling Garrosh off and saying that I am throwing his rewards back in his face -- but the game itself won't allow me to denounce him in front of his council, much less refuse to do those quest chains, because they are necessary to move into some of the new zones. Are you as a player frustrated with the inability to express your contempt of Garrosh or perhaps another NPC?

Trolls should not be very happy with Garrosh either, given that Vol'jin basically promised Garrosh that he would put an arrow in his heart. Are you having issues dealing with that level of contempt between your leader and the Horde leader? What do you want to do about it?

Then we come to one of my favorite NPCs on the Horde side, Sylvanas. She is strong, she threw off the hold of the Lich King, and as many of us saw when running Halls of Reflection, she stood up to Arthas, going toe to toe with him. She is someone to be admired ... but what she is doing now disturbs me greatly. Personally, this fills my main with horror, wondering if we are becoming the monsters that the Alliance accuses us of being. How do you feel about the idea of more sentient beings being forced to bear the curse of undeath, especially if you are undead yourself?

The story lines are fascinating, and I am enjoying them greatly, but my characters are having some severe moral conflicts with the current state of affairs. What about you?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

Drama Mamas: Spearheading morality

Drama Mamas Lisa Poisso and Robin Torres are experienced gamers and real-life mamas -- and just as we don't want our precious babies to be the ones kicking and wailing on the floor of the checkout lane next to the candy, neither do we want you to become known as That Guy on your realm.

I strongly believe that your fun should stop when it starts to infringe upon the fun of another. However, the behavior of funsuckers is not something we can control. Sure, we can report the blatant offenders to Blizzard. Yes, we can put them on ignore. But no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to make them change their ways. The question is: Does it hurt to try?
Dear Drama Mamas,

Recently, I've taken a more active role in trying to combat the rampant immorality and indecency that has taken hold on the WoW community. I used to be content with ignoring it, and I even left trade chat in an attempt to isolate myself from the more concentrated locations. However, I couldn't just sit by while the problem gets worse each day. It's gotten so bad on my realm that people are actually cheering at people who ninja, troll or gank. I have been brought up right: instilled with values by my parents to make moral choices in my life. I had hoped to reach out and bring some of this awareness to others, but so far it's only lost in the flood or so bashed that people simply laugh at my efforts now.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Drama Mamas

15 Minutes of Fame: Philosophically speaking

15 Minutes of Fame is's look at World of Warcraft players of all shapes and sizes -- from the renowned to the relatively anonymous, from the remarkable to the player next door. Tip us off to players you'd like to hear more about.

Whoa ... Was that a book on WoW and philosophy on that display rack? Why yes, it was. World of Warcraft and Philosophy, edited by Luke Cuddy and John Nordlinger, has been attracting double-takes in bookstores since last fall. With selections by philosophers from all over the globe, the book covers issues topics such as ethics, economics, gender identity and metaphysics through WoW-tinted lenses. But this is no dusty, academic tome. Roleplaying, cybersex and the infamous Corrupted Blood plague are all on the menu in this lively, readable tome targeted at fans of WoW.

Editor John Nordlinger is just the sort of guy you'd expect to find behind such an eclectic project. The former senior research program manager at Microsoft is California-bound, moving from work in high-tech education to studying film production at USC. We visited with John while he was in transition about some of the realities behind World of Warcraft and Philosophy.

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Filed under: WoW Social Conventions, Features, Interviews, 15 Minutes of Fame

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