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December 13, 2013

AFR #270 – Points of view

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — wowafr @ 11:01 AM

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It’s a useful exercise to take the things people say about one gender and try flipping them to the other.  I’m sorry to say that all of the arguments the ladies are making fun of above are things I’ve seen people actually say in response to the controversy over the paucity of female characters in Warlords of Draenor.  I wonder what they would say to the gender-reversed versions of their own arguments.

It’s fair to say that we haven’t seen the completed expansion so we don’t yet know what kind of representation female characters will actually have.  Blizzard has a decent track record of making interesting female characters, both minor characters and major plot drivers.  We can live in hope that despite the wibbly-wobbly blast-from-the-hypermasculine-past nature of the expansion there will be room for more good female character development.  The thing is: we shouldn’t have to live in hope.  In this day and age when the representation of women in gaming is such a public cause, it was startlingly tone-deaf of Blizzard not to pay more attention to the issue in how they rolled out the new expansion at Blizzcon.  Calling the new expansion a “boys’ trip” may just be Metzen being Metzen, but it also betrays a real failure to think about how Blizzard’s presentation of itself and its games comes across to half the player base.  (Sadly, not a first for Metzen.)

8 Comments »

  1. *cheers* *confetti* Awesome job, as always!

    Comment by ayshela — December 14, 2013 @ 1:49 PM

    • Thank you, glad to be appreciated. :)

      Comment by wowafr — December 14, 2013 @ 2:13 PM

  2. Considering I know more women who play WoW at this point then men, I think they are really missing the mark.

    Comment by Dana W — December 18, 2013 @ 1:14 AM

    • I think it’s about fifty-fifty among the people I know. Female gamers are definitely a major share of Blizzard’s customer base, whatever the numbers.

      Comment by wowafr — December 18, 2013 @ 9:46 AM

  3. The Draenei version of Joan of Arc will hopefully will turn out cool, and with all the macho male Orcs, I suspect they’re going to be a shooting gallery, minus Durotan. There’s no way those big name Orc heroes (despite that these are different people) are going to go back to the regular Horde and follow Vol’jin, which means they’ll go away at the end (at least that’s my guess).

    Comment by SneaksyRanger — December 18, 2013 @ 1:28 AM

    • There are solid grounds for hope, I agree, but like I said above, we should have more than hope at this point.

      Comment by wowafr — December 18, 2013 @ 9:47 AM

  4. Seriously Metzens comment was supposed to be Thrall to Aggra and their child. He doesn’t want them in tow. I wouldn’t either. I think it also was his way of telling people who hate her shes out of the picture this time, as some see her as Blizzards Jar Jar binks.

    Comment by She who walks alone — December 22, 2013 @ 1:20 PM

    • Indeed, if there are good character and story reasons for leaving Aggra out of this expansion, then that’s what Metzen should have said rather than making it a gender issue.

      Comment by wowafr — December 23, 2013 @ 12:48 PM


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