February 3rd, 2006

Ranty Time!


[Edit: Slashdot link is now fixed. Somehow a space crept in there where it wasn't supposed to be, sorry about that...]

Here's just one more reason why Blizzard is on my shit list. First there was the bnetd stupidity, and now this...

From Slashdot: No Same Sex Marriage in World of Warcraft?

Make sure you Read All the F*king Articles, especially this one and this one. I know /. often misrepresents things, but reading some of the links, I'm not sure that's the case this time...

Yes, I think people might be overreacting a little bit, but I also think "people" includes Blizzard. I see no reason why frank discussions about sensitive topics (including gay marriage) should not take place, in any medium.

I've never played Wow (and at this point, I'm even less likely to), but it seems to me that it's a communication medium like any other. As a provider of such a medium, I think Blizzard has a responsibility to permit the frank and open exchange of information. Period.

So people occasionally get offended. So what? If you are intelligent and mature enough to be dealing with the rest of the world, you are intelligent and mature enough to filter input for yourself. You are mature enough to choose your reaction to something, and whether or not you are offended or "harassed" by it. If you don't like what you're seeing/hearing, go somewhere else.

-- Des