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Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006, 09:00 am

God, I wish I could make this shit up - Whores of Warcraft - You can probably guess that the url alone isn't worksafe but there's bugger all on the page at the moment anyway, just two.... stars dressed as .. god knows, ones an elf, the other is some kind of belt... warrior thing. I've heard it mentioned that they claim to be cosplayers. I don't think I've ever mentioned this before but I have a bit of a phobia regarding cosplayers.
Still, wait for this one to be big news once it opens, Warcraft has millions of kids playing so I reckon the media should have some fun making sure EVERYONE in the WORLD knows all about how horrid it is and exactly what the URL is and how much of an OUTRAGE it is.

Edit: By "cosplayers freaking me out" I of course mean the extreme end of the spectrum - folks who want to put on a helmet and hit each other in the woods are grand, larpers who pull on a suit and chat away I have no problem with. People who obsess about their favourite kids TV character to the point where they dress up in whatever improbably costume they wear - freak me out.

Edit #2: Via Boingboing.net. The best site on the internet for strange and wonderful news as well as occasional uneducated knee jerk criticisms of Google.

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
specky_ie

I am VERY intrigued by the "elf".

She's obviously not a woodland elf judging by those tights and I'd be disinclined to want her on my side in a fight judging by her knife handling; but what really has me fascinated are those ears. My god! I know there's a tendency to exagerate the object of attention in all fetishes, but jeepers! You'd have to watch yourself if you ever went visiting Elf City if the whole place were populated with similarly endowed folk. Eye protection would be a "must".

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

You've never played WoW have you? :) Shes decidedly over-dressed for an elf.
I'm thinking shes meant to be a Blood Elf (a race that'll be out in the expansion and are an accepted part of the game background, they're magic addicted elves) based on the skin colour but part of me thinks shes more of a "cheaply made up softcore porn star on the internet because some entrepeneur got the notion that nerds wanted nerd porn". I suspect they were right but I hope they were wrong.

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 09:47 am (UTC)
caturah

Shes decidedly over-dressed for an elf.

Oh lord can I vouch for that! My level 21 elf just got her hands on some uber trousers of defense! My current image? I now have a pair or red knickers and a couple of leg flaps.. I really don't get armour that doesn't actually cover the essentially like arteries, and major muscle groups and the like...

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Thats pretty common under the L30 range for some reason. Top level stuff is pretty conservative and sensible as a general rule but someone saw fit to make it so that every character seems to have to go through a stage when the best equipment they possess looks like hotpants and a boob tube. This goes for the men too.

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
leftoftheedge

Vile, perverted, outrageous filth!

The elf's cute though.

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Given the choice between "Angry caucasian orc woman who will gutpunch you" and "Ms I can't hold a knife by either end" I would definitely feel safer in her company also. Still, it is the next logical step. Hypothetical WoW nerd can play WoW when he gets home from work, can drink WoW Cola while he plays. When his internet connection dies he can play the WoW CCG. It makes sense therefore when hypothetical nerd engages in self abuse that it be to elf ladies.

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

WoW! Cola... now why didn't I think of that

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I find that not being paid insane amounts of cash stifles my creativity but adding crack to heroin should've occured to me too.

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
spod

Edit #2: Via Boingboing.net. The best site on the internet for strange and wonderful news as well as occasional uneducated knee jerk criticisms of Google.

So what about Cory Doctorow? He bugs me so much I've stopped reading the boingboing site and only read it in my feed reader where I can filter out all his posts.

http://ldopa.net/2006/06/04/cory-doctorow-visits-a-radio-shack/
is pretty much spot on...

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

See, I agree with the core of some of his points - the RIAA and MPAA are overly zealous in their pursuit of pirates and their business model is outdated and I too resent the implications of the pre movie "you're all pirates and if you try to pirate anything we'll sue you... pirates!" screen but he seems to take it to the extreme where these guys don't actually have the moral authority to protect their property. The "I don't have the right to do this so I am morally entitled to break the law" thing is inherently nonsense and nothing more than a flimsy excuse to let you kid yourself that what you are doing is ethical. Almost all his arguments fall to pieces once you apply them to the real world. In his version, not liking the terms of a contract entitles you to sign it and then not adhere to any of the elements of it. In his world I can buy a house and then turn it into a bar.

Its like the radio shack thing you mentioned, I can't help but wonder if the dude goes into McDonalds and demands that the staff replace his fries with McNuggets and then goes behind the counter and does it himself when they say it can't happen before whinging incessantly about how their outdated business model prevents him from having exactly what he wants and how his experience as a keynote speaker and blogger and whateverthehellelseitishedoesthatqualifieshimtospeakonsuchmatters gives him the moral and intellectual authority to ignore. Tantrums are thrown, toys are chucked from prams.

Tue, Aug. 22nd, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
etherealfionna: Cosplay

People who obsess about their favourite kids TV character to the point where they dress up in whatever improbably costume they wear - freak me out.

My weekend would have made you cry, then. Finncon was paired with Animecon again, and there were a couple of thousand of teenagers dressed up - mainly in pretty decent costumes, too, although there were a tragic few who *almost* got there but missed.

The number of them stressed me, the fact of their dressing up was just entertainment.

Tue, Aug. 22nd, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: Cosplay

Maybe not cry - its more like my relationship with non venomous snakes. I'm not terrified of them but they give me the heebie jeebies. It sort of makes me wonder if the object of their obsession was a real person would they be writing their names on that person's lawn in petrol kinda thing.
Naturally, the greater the difference on the "size/hairyness/masculinity VS femininity of costume" scale the more it affects me.

Sat, Sep. 2nd, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
washedoutvampir

Larpers are ok in small enough numbers that you can get someone to translate when you don't speak the lingo. Larpers in groups of any more than 3 I now refuse to have anything to do with as I got sick of being excluded and treated like I had no right to exist all night. And while I'm open to having a go and trying to learn the lingo, I don't want to go play with an established group as I can't see any of them behaving any differently at an event.
On the plus side, it is funny to watch other patrons reactions to a bunch of grown men and women sitting about the pub having serious discussions about opening portals, time teleportation, and how difficult wraiths are to kill. It's only bettered by said patrons reactions to statements such as 'So chaps, this weekend we gruesomely and hilariously massacred 48 people, aren't we fantastic?!'