Stay tuned as one of our intrepid reporters (actually it’s just Monava, but she will be carrying around a big stick and her laptop) brings you news from the road as she braves the perils of “Internet Access” from hotels, the homes of relatives, and q
uestionable internet cafes while trying to login to WoW and even, dare we even hope?!, playing a little during a two week trip in the US and Canada.
Can she do it? Will she get past the login screen? What new heights in game lag (bet you didn’t know the little computer could go purple, did you?) will be achieved? Who will she discover playing at 4.30 am game
time claiming to have insomnia?
Shell’s note: This is the first post here in a week due to useless “editors” and we apologise, you may slap me in-game.
I don’t know about you but I’ve been seeing a suspiciously high number of female Draenei wandering around late
ly. They all seem to be in my guild as well. And my guild consists of mostly male players. So what’s with this boys who like being girls thing? I feel like I can make this outrageously sexist comment because I rarely see a female player putting her toon through a sex change operation—and if she does it’s to go from being a male toon to a female toon.
Gender selection is not a new topic in virtual/online games research. I suspect for academics who were curious about “What we do” in games, they found this ability to preselect our gender a very interesting aspect of a virtual game/world/culture that prompted questions. Are we curious about exploring other bodies? Are there desires for other-genderedness that we can only really explore in a virtual environment? Does it let us safely explore what may be forbidden or impossible otherwise?
Quirks of WoW will explore often-overlooked but quite frankly strange phenomena in the World of Warcraft, from cross-dressing to all-out sexchanges.
Men’s Obsession With Clothes in WoW
Dear Men of WoW,
Yes, they are clothes.
You are wearing them on your body. Ok, so they are made from chain mail or steel or leather, but they are clothes nonetheless. You even have rings on and a necklace. It’s a very pretty necklace despite the fact that it’s called the Jagged Neck Splicer of Doom. And that trinket looks like a sparkly little dangly brooch. Something Great Aunt Thelma willed to you.