Not too long ago, Apple Cider Mage reported a slimy and disturbing bit of dialogue by Ji Firepaw – a major Lore figure for Pandaren – toward female Pandaren. It was gross, it was creepy, it brought back memories of pretty much any time some neckbeard found out I was a woman online.
As of yesterday, she reports that it has been changed to something far less creeptastic (yes I am slow on the uptake).
I say, “Good on you, Blizzard!” It’s these small changes that make us all feel like Blizzard actually listens to us. That’s important, that’s something that all game companies should be doing — listening. Is a segment of your audience feeling really uncomfortable with something (a segment that is not the majority because, chances are, they’re not going to see the issue)? Listen. Make changes.
Naturally, the neckbeards are not happy and are whining about the change and how it makes them feel, I don’t know, like Ji doesn’t represent them anymore, because I guess they were really proud to have a slimy horrible snippet of dialogue and they’re all sexist douchebags, too? Who knows. Anyway, they’re doing exactly what they said we were — you know, complaining about “nothing”.
Hey dudebros: You aren’t the only ones that play this game.
Anyway, that’s that. Now, maybe they’ll eventually make Boss Mida the Trade QUEEN and not screw that character up… or maybe the Warchief.
A gal can hope, yeah?