Characters can't have sex in wow, other than via ERP and that's not limited to... anything really. So it's not that.
Yeah, the women in wow are attractive but I assume the men are too? They're certainly buff. Is it the difference in armor that's the problem? Maybe that's it.
Or is it that few if any NPCs are openly gay? I mean, they aren't openly straight either, but maybe everybody just assumes they are? Who can tell whether the Innkeeper is straight or gay? The cook in the Inn? The stable master? Heck I don't know, but maybe it's a problem?
Star Trek (for example) is famous for pushing controversial topics on society, and maybe people think WoW and/or video games in general should be too?
All I do know is that I don't buy or play games that beat me over the head with anything - anything at all - because my entertainment money is for just that - my entertainment. I also don't see movies with messages, normally. Same reason. I'll watch 'em on Netflix streaming but I won't go out of my way to have a DVD of them sent to me and I certainly won't see them in theaters. Your message may be important and that's fine, but you should then be spending your money to share your message with me, vs. me spending my money in order to receive your message from you.
I will ask my gay friends their point of view on this but even then it's not like a few people represent 15% of the population. Still, it'll be interesting.
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Rob Pardo actually apologised for selecting Jay Wilson (who later resigned) to head the design team for Diablo 3 given he was the executive producer of the project, hence his name being associated with the outcome of the game.
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You have no clue how a game studio like Blizzard runs.
What more probable is that the marketing team which came out with the idea of the choppers decided to use the most recognizable faces at Blizz, which are Sam and Chris.
If you think Chris Metzen spend his worj time finding new business strategy to make more money instead of making a good game. Youcare just wrong.
As for the topic: I think that whatever really happened, it's a huge hit to Blizz future success.
I disagree. A CCOs vision matters, but it's ultimately a collaborative position. It's also potentially beneficial to shake up a creative culture every now and then.
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RIOT: please hire this guy immediately.
I don't believe for a second that he doesn't know what he's doing next, he totally has an exit strategy and a new job lined up.
This news has shocked me. It's amazing how many people have answered and seem blasé about this, this IS the biggest departure from Wow since its start and it's a very very bad sign. This guy was a large part of the game's inception and was part of the heights this game reached when it was actually good. You can't replace people like that. It's like having a hit book or series of books, then someone else comes in and tries to write more but it's not the same. Last two expansions have felt like that though, it's just not the same.
Also, it's staggering how many people don't understand the meaning of hyperbole. And then you have people agreeing with the people that don't understand its meaning. No wonder this site has such a bad reputation.
Sad to see him go, I had high hopes seeing him back on the team for WOD after how lacking some of the expansions he hadn't worked on felt compared to those he had.
I'm not super into the lore, but as far as I'm aware there's not THAT many characters that are explicitly hetero, you have Thrall with a kid, but for the most part characters seem relatively asexual in their activities.
Which is probably how I like it.
I really don't care what 99% of lore characters do in their bedroom and they can keep their sex life to themselves - it rarely, if ever, seems to make for interesting story telling and in a game with regular activities being saving the world from old gods or world ending dragons, your sexual orientation seems pretty minor and not something I was a player want to have thrust at me by the story, it's petty in scope.
Contrary to cheesy US movies, when your life and world is on the line, sexuality is (or rather should be) one of the last things in your mind.
Humping the queen comes AFTER you save the world and since in Warcraft a new menace arises instantly whenever you've put one down, that poor queen will have to exercise a lot of patience.
I'm sorry, but I work right next to Marketing folks and I overhear most of their projects and initiatives. The minute I saw the Chopper thing, it smacked of a marketing push.
A Farewell to Pre-Cataclysm Azeroth (video)
How about not trying to imply gay people are merely sexual entities. How about the mere mention of a wife is, in most cases, an explicit description of heterosexuality. Oh, no married couples in wow? No hetero consorts? Right.
It's pretty amazing how numb straight white kids are to the realities of the world abd just how much of your experience is explicitly tied to your way of life at the expense of others.
The question is not if there has to be a homosexual in the game...the question is why there is none. Why is it even a topic? Why didn't they come up with one yet? I mean, what would be the problem about letting little androgyne Anduin Wrynn, the dedicated future hero, be gay? Or why not having a gay dragon(I mean, they are aspects...they shouldn't have to be sexual at all...but they are straight!). Sylvanas would have made an interesting homosexual as well. The question is not "why?", it's "why not?". How can it be normal if we still have to discuss about it in freaking games?
I mean, nobody expects Blizz to let Thrall explore his homosexual side(tho that would be a strong statement against public clichés)....but it wouldn't hurt them to throw a bone to the LGBT-people.
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You are delusional if you think he was fired - he is irreplaceable. For example, Rob Perdo is primarily responsible for greenlighting Hearthstone at Blizzard. Someone of his experience and success can choose to work where-ever he wants, and he simply doesn't want to work at Blizzard anymore.