Blizzard of GLBT gaming policy questions

Popular maker of online game World of Warcraft cites a gamer for harassment for using the term 'GLBT'; other gay guilds request clarification.
Source: In Newsweekly

In other words, stay in the closet. And keep your Real Life (RL) out of the game world.

Comments (4)

LKM:
And keep your Real Life (RL) out of the game world.

It's not really about real life, it's about roleplaying.

Does a game like WoW not allow for its characters to be gay? I mean, couldn't I, as a non-gay male, want to play a lesbian elf? That's what roleplaying is all about, after all.

And if a gay person wants to play a gay character, why shouldn't he be able to? Who in his right mind is offended by the mere fact that gay people exist?

I don't think Ken has a problem with the gay people in the game, he's saying keep it out of the game itself. It doesn't belong when your goal is to slaughter Dragon X in world Y. Play the game for what it is. People take the MMOs way too far, and this is what happens.

Indeed, I was just being sarcastic. But there is a lot of hate in online games. This is a sad truth. I do not see why a GLBT group cannot enjoy a MMO. And if they want to invite others with the same sexual preference, I do not see why not.

But LKM, people get offended by the littlest things online, and GLBT is not a small thing.

The problem here is that Blizzard is performing some preventive maintenance if you will. They sent the letter to this woman because it might insight problems. Not because it did already.

That I find a little nuts. Sounds to me like Blizzard does not want to confront the very real issue here.

LKM:
I don't think Ken has a problem with the gay people in the game, he's saying keep it out of the game itself. It doesn't belong when your goal is to slaughter Dragon X in world Y.

Ah, but the point of an online RPG is not to slaughter Dragons. The point is to roleplay. You assume a role online. You can play an elf, even though you're a human in RL. You can play a female character, even though you're male. You can play a thief, even though you're honest in RL. Why shouldn't you be able to play a gay character?


Indeed, I was just being sarcastic. But there is a lot of hate in online games. This is a sad truth. I do not see why a GLBT group cannot enjoy a MMO. And if they want to invite others with the same sexual preference, I do not see why not.
But LKM, people get offended by the littlest things online, and GLBT is not a small thing.

You're right. Buf if Blizzard wanted to do anything about that, they'd do something against all these morons who use "gay" or "fag" as insults. How can they tolerate people who insult gays by using their sexual preference as a swear word, while banning gays from soliciting members for their groups - because homophobic people could be insulted?

That's pretty much the wrong way around. It's okay to insult gays, but it's not okay to do something which might insult those who insult gays?

Now, clearly, there are a lot more homophobic morons than there are gays, so it probably makes sense for Blizzard to act like this, business-wise. That doesn't change the fact that they're doing exactly the wrong thing.

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