It was a poorly written piece of dialogue that should have been redone. It's as simple as that. If you're attempting to make a cool, flirtatious character, you don't want to write him like a twelve year old making his first attempt at picking up girls, which is how he came across. The fact that they didn't remove any of the rest of his flirting is proof that this wasn't about feminism or being prude. (Though it has brought out some seriously misplaced and irrational hatred it seems.) It's about a piece of dialogue that didn't do the job that was intended. If it was really about sexism, his character would have been rewritten. Instead, just a single poorly crafted paragraph was redone.
If you were reading a book about James Bond, the classic cool dude with a thing for the ladies, and you came upon "Hey, sweetness, you're looking really cute tonight," the removal of that sentence wouldn't be about making Bond less flirty, but about making him not seem lame when doing it.
Maturity and realizing that other people's feelings matter has no place here.if some poor girl had problems at work for example, or even a worst past of sexual violence against her, you could understand why she might be sensitive about it right? she has a right to voice her displeasure, Blizzard obviously deemed her point valid and sided with her. it's not as if they risked controversy by keeping it in, they decided to err on the side of caution which is fine with me.
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I'll be honest, I thought it was kinda cute. It's sad it's been changed, but it's not the end of the world... of warcraft.
“The first thing I remember about the world — and I pray that it may be the last — is that I was a stranger in it.” - Malcolm Muggeridge, Apologia pro vita sua (1968)
Blizzard seems intent on eliminating all possible kinds of personality from their characters recently. Sure that guy was creepy, but guess what - it was part of his personality. Now he's another bland, emotionless, faceless NPC. Eugh.
Originally Posted by Chen StormstoutOriginally Posted by TotalBiscuit
Do they want "buff food" and alcohol removed from WoW?
I echo Alenarien's resolute 'no'.
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"You should only install Warlords on your master hard drive. They will never be slaves." - @CM_Lore
I'm expecting 7.0 revealed at Blizzcon. They want yearly expansions after all. If they don't reveal it, I'll be happy as it means Quality is still before Quantity in Irving.
"We've decided that all of the violence and killing over the past 7 years is offensive to too many people. So the war between the Horde and Alliance is officially over. The next big raid will be Around the Campfire. Players of both factions will join hands and sing kumbaya."
Yes, part of maturity is realizing that when you cause someone pain or anxiety, even if you don't understand why, and you gain virtually nothing for doing so, you should opt to stop. I'm sure that, though you may not realize it, some things that you're afraid of or that bother you seem stupid to other people. That doesn't mean that your feelings aren't valid.Maturity is realizing that not the entire world needs to bend because something boo-hoo-horrible has happened to you. Life goes on, nothing changes.
quick edit - why not keep the line in, and have him later apologise to female players for his earlier attitude? have him learn something, everyone wins.
Were you people also on the bandwagon when it rolled through proclaiming that Blizz was racist due to "Worgen spelled backwards" and "dropping watermelons?"
It bordered on some mild sexual connotation in what he said. There are sensative people across the world that don't want to feel emasculated by another, and thats exactly what the line entailed.
Yes, the alteration of one line of dialogue out of hundreds eliminated his entire personality.but guess what - it was part of his personality. Now he's another bland, emotionless, faceless NPC. Eugh.
Did you know that the first line of the first Sherlock Holmes story started out with Holmes saying, "Sometimes I tire of this world where things are far more evident to me than to everyone else." That line got removed for being too lame, which is why today Sherlock Holmes is known for being a bland, faceless protagonist with no personality.