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Wed, Feb. 8th, 2006, 09:49 am

A few weeks back there was a big deal about a very very friendly World of Warcraft Guild. This very very friendly Guild had the nerve to be friendly towards *everyone* including Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered folks. Well, some of the people at Blizzard didn't like that one little bit and put a warning on some accounts to say something along the lines of "Stop advertising your very very friendly guild, it's promoting sexual discrimination and stuff!"

After much "WTF?-ing" a clarification was issued that explained the reasoning behind the warning. It (and this is what I suspected at the time) was that Blizzard felt that advertising such a guild would lead to a situation where "OMFG! you fags!" would be a commonly seen phrase on public channels, never mind the abuse that would be sent via private messages from the elite twelve year old boys who were playing Night Elf women.

Happily this has been resolved and made clear that it is not official blizzard policy to hold a group liable for the potential unpleasant response of people who dislike their perfectly legitimate behaviour. The guild leader had this to say.

" Blizzard Apoligizes to GLBT Friendly Guild!!! That's right! I have received an email from the head of Global Customer Service which included an apology for the way that their staff characterized my conduct, and that it was an unfortunate interpretation of their policy. They have removed the warning from my account. I will be posting the letter that Blizzard sent me on the guild website sometime this week so that you can see that advertising for your glbt friendly guild is NOT violating the TOS!!!

However, they say that their current policy (which I actually DIDN'T violate, thank you very much) is under review. What this means. . . we don't know. Are they reviewing it with their employees to make sure they don't make this awful mistake again? Are they reviewing and re-writing it? Whatever the case, Lambda Legal has sent them a letter offering to assist them in making sure the policy stays glbt friendly. "

All pretty cool, now everyone can get back to complaining constantly about how Blizzard hate their class, race, class/race combination, how they're constantly favouring one class over all the others, how the high level item sets are tilted in favour of certain classes and how the last four patches have done nothing but introduce new high level raid dungeons instead of anything a player could do on their own.
That last one is my own favourite, I'm starting to find the idea of spending four hours trudging through a dungeon with only a marginal chance of getting anything useful to be a bit dull.

Wed, Feb. 8th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji: It's called positive discrimination

And to be honest I think blizzard were right to come down hard on these guys in the same way they'd be right to come down hard on a White Supremacist Friendly guild. Being militantly gay and in people's faces about it is just as bad. Ok so you're a transgender night elf, big deal, is this the time or place to be discussing it?

WoW is a 12+ game (I know of several players who are 8 or 9 years old) and if I was a parent there are certain issues I would prefer they didn't have to deal with until thair mid-teens at least.

In fact, I know it's become a light hearted issue but I think any tosser found cybering in Goldshire and not using /w should have their account suspended. Either that or else just create an 18+ server

Wed, Feb. 8th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: It's called positive discrimination

Meh, they have the right to be militantly gay and I have the right to /ignore the lot of them if they get on my nerves. Doing it on an RP server is a different matter (and I admit I have no idea what server this is on) but regular servers are simply an extension of one's real life into a fantasy realm. I didn't get the impression it was discriminatory though, simply that the guild was LGBT *friendly*, ie you should be able to feel comfortable discussing their issues on the guild channels and that a heterosexual bloke could just as easily join as a homosexual one.
With complete and total strangers.
While inevitably drawing the "OMFG! U fag!!!" comments
While probably convincing those who disagree with alternative sexualities to start their own hate guild and spark a whole new argument.

...as opposed to the white supremacists who would presumably have a rule against letting non whites in the guild (discriminatory and thus banned)


I wish life had a /ignore button sometimes

I'm with you on the cybering thing however. It don't happen often but I don't think kids should be exposed to the kinda of crap that occasionally gets sent to a general channel by mistake.