I saw a post come across my dash which the main point discussed the images of two women kissing in front of an anti-LGBT protest. They were counter protesting, and it was making it’s way around the Internet. Lo and behold, it turns out the two women were straight, which for some meant the images became invalid. Most of this was coming from one user, whom I will refrain from mentioning here (it’s the in the list of those who posted), who seemed appalled that two straight women would attempt to derail and take credit for pro-LGBT side of things.
the-real-seebs put up a pretty good rant on it, but added as well into the fact that the person who asked the question why two straight people suddenly get a lot of credit, that the-real-seebs checked their about information and found they support Blizzard Entertainment and play WoW. I couldn’t find that when I went to check out their page, so they may have taken that down since then, however…
Now, personally, WoW can take a mighty leap from a tall bridge and I’d never blink an eye. I tried playing the game and find it… really dull. Also, incredibly unhelpful within the community, especially for someone just getting into it. So, I never darkened that door again. Which I guess is why I do like Guild Wars 2. They actually make it rewarding to help people.
Faceplant? No problem, someone will get you up. Crafting materials? Don’t worry, that guy’s not stealing it, ‘cause you can still mine it while he’s doing so and you’re not stealing from him. Kill Stealing? No, it’s actually helpful to join the fight. Plus the forums that are around for GW2 are very helpful.
I know that Blizzard got slapped hard when they played a video that harassed someone, And it wasn’t until there was a complete backlash in the media about it that they finally apologized. I’m not 100% certain what ArenaNet and NCSoft’s position is on LGBT rights. I guess I could look it up. Give me a minute…
The only thing I could find was from City of Heroes website which held a Gay Prom in Paragon City a while back. Here’s the text.
Gay.com is covering a recent LGBT prom night - Rainbow Prom - that was held in Paragon City. They take a good look at the positive LGBT community in City of Heroes, and report that attendees had a blast at the prom.
From the article:
Rainbow Prom may have been the first virtual LGBT prom ever. Hundreds of super-powered lesbians and gays let their magical hair down at a new LGBT prom recently. They danced, flirted, elected a prom king and (drag) queen, played outdoors in their underwear at a mountain ski resort, and levitated with robotic boots and angels’ wings until they crashed the server. Yes, they were in a virtual online world called “City of Heroes.”
Gay.com is also working with NCsoft to provide 14-day free trial memberships.
Read the full article here.
Now, I have seen a lot of promotion for LGBT friendly guilds in Guild Wars 2, and no one really gives them any flack (when they promote themselves in zone chat). As for ArenaNet…
It seems ArenaNet has gone on the offensive against offensive speech in game, going so far as to setup a Reddit thread which explains to users why they were banned. From a Forbes article:
Here’s how it’s currently working: Redditors have posted to the thread asking to know exactly why they’ve been suspended, and ArenaNet has researched and responded.
Redditor gamer_vice, whose in-game name is Vice, was banned for “not OK” chat. gamer_vice had told another player, “shut the fuck up with non-english, geez >.< ”
Redditor Clouce wrote, “
Hi, my in game name is Clouce and I was banned for inappropriate behavior. I think its because I said boner… but I am not sure.” ArenaNet let him–and all of Reddit–know that it was because Clouce wrote, “Oh I am gonna break dance on your anal intercorse.”
Redditor MolestingSandwich also wanted to know why he was banned. ArenaNet posted the offensive language: “he probably was gay so they banned him due to gay.” (In one of the Internet’s funnier disses, Redditor Jegorex was quick to point out, “Looks like you got yourself banned due to ‘gay.’”)
Of course, a lot of Reddit gamers have taken offense to this, stating that ArenaNet’s policies aren’t clear. However…
To explain it plainly, Redditor Fleshgrinder wrote, “This is a very simple concept… ‘[F]uck’ is fine. ‘Fuck you!’ however is not.’”
There’s flaws in the system, but it’s only been a few months. But it looks as though they want to create a safe environment for everyone with their game.
There’s probably other stories about NCSoft and ArenaNet and their policies on LGBT rights, but it’s Sunday morning and I’m kinda lazy.
I’ve had some time to play Guild Wars 2.
Over a month, in fact. I have a human thief at level 70, a human mesmer at level 30 and a charr engineer at level 25.
I do like how dynamic the game play feels, even when you’re exploring solo, you’re never really alone. There’s always the chance that if you find yourself in trouble, you can always feel as though someone will come and help you. Even with the open field of players in a zone, you never have to worry about kill stealing. It’s changed the way a player can look at a game. Instead of someone being accused of kill stealing, people are helping to take down a mob, and are given reward accordingly. People don’t ignore you if you’ve fallen, because you also get rewards for resuscitating people. A small amount of experience and perks toward a title (Shani, my thief, has brought back nearly 1,000 fallen allies from the brink).
It’s fantasy, with a little taste of steampunk in there. And maybe even a bit of science fiction. No other fantasy setting has swords and sorcery that combines with flintlocks and musket rifles, and then enter an area where inside the buildings are hovering computer screens and mechanical golems built with speech patterns that seem to come from computer if/then statements.
It’s also nice that you never really outlevel an area, as it automatically sets your level without removing skills to the level of that area. You happen to be level 70 in a level 15 area? No problem, you’re still going to find it a challenge and you’ll still get rewards accordingly.
My first play through (not complete) was with my thief. I like the speed of the thief, plus the ability to hide quickly and draw enemies away and confuse them. Plus, having the ability to switch from dual daggers to dual pistols (or a mix thereof) is really fun.
The mesmer was a bit of a challenge to get used to, and seeing how they have an odd array of weapon choices, but once I got past that it was kind of easy. Mesmers can wield a scepter, staff, pistol, longsword or a greatsword (have yet to try that as of this moment). Plus, many of the abilities can create copies of yourself so it’s like a small army of you. That happen to smash into butterflies once combat is done.
My third high level character is a charr engineer. The charr are feline like creatures that were at one time at war with the humans. Now, they’ve set aside differences and are working on a peace treaty with the humans. 250 years after the charr reclaimed their old home of Ascalon. My first charr is named Flintlock Burnfur, an engineer. The engineer profession took a little getting used to, but it definitely has some major versatility. Rifle turrets, healing turrets, grenade satchels, tool kit, and much more. No weapon swapping, unfortunately. This is mostly due in part to the fact engineers have so much versatility. Though you can choose rifle, dual pistols or pistol and shield. It was a bit difficult at first to play, as poor Flintlock kept face planting a lot. She still has some difficulty, but now she has the skill Flamethrower, and it chews through enemies quite nicely. There’s an Avatar the Last Airbender parallel in there: Everything changed the day Flintlock got a flamethrower.
One other thing I do like about the game is the visualization. And this points to how gender is represented in the game and how characters are created. There’s A LOT of female NPCs that your character will interact with. A LOT! Especially with the charr. Which is also something rather nice regarding races.
Often in a game, whenever a female character is created, it seems that they are made more for titillation and eye candy. In Guild Wars 2, charr females look nice, but they look like charr. They don’t look like feline heads on human bodies with huge breasts. Charr male and female characters have similar builds. The same can be said for the Asura, which appear like very small creatures, rather pudgy, large ears and large eyes. Norn are just large humans, but even the women are muscular.
This is my ranger, Fadra Englen, together in a cut scene with GW2 main NPC for the Norn, Eir Stegalkin.