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Games As the Great Unifier 104

Posted by Zonk
from the all-are-one-under-the-azeroth-sun dept.
OGX writes "In this racially divided world, who or what can step up and bridge the gap among people? Oddly enough, the answer comes from pop videogame technology. The anonymity of online gaming has made personal characteristics secondary to a game skill set. Michelle Dalrymple explores how online gaming vaults the issue of race in this editorial at OGX." From the article: "The computer/video console acts as a filter, extracting out any issues of race and placing emphasis on how quickly one can respond by selecting the correct button. Let's take a look at how this plays out in the online gaming world. As with any MMOG - character selection is core to the game play, and while one may have a skin color choice, usually appearance is tied to some imaginary 'race,' an arbitrary figure generator pulled from fantasy and folklore. It gives the idea of race a whole new meaning. What do fellow gamers care what race you the player really are, as long as your elf ranger or human mage can complete the task?"
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  • by Skynet (37427) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @02:43PM (#16155608) Homepage
    I had a Human Warrior in WoW named "Rick James" (after my favorite musician), and everyone kept calling me "bitch." :(
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21, 2006 @02:50PM (#16155670)
    I can't stand the smell of Orcs.
  • by charlesbakerharris (623282) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @02:52PM (#16155684)
    Totally right. Games take people without jobs and/or friends and elevate them, by the simple mechanism of "spend all day playing" to the status of powerfully equipped demigods, near-unassailable by the common man, whereas the successful, busy real-life person is relegated to a lifetime of mere mediocrity, looking up through the windows of Naxxramas at something they will never attain. Yes, gaming is the great equalizer! The mighty are brought down, and the weak are exalted.

    Disclaimers:

    • Yes, I play WoW.
    • No, I am not a hard core raider.
    • Yes, I have a real job.
    • Yes, I have a significant other.
    • No, she does not weight 250 lbs.
    • No, I don't care that I don't have any Tier 2 set pieces.
    • No, I do not live in my mother's basement. In fact, I own my own house.
    • Yes, I exercise.
    • No, I don't play a girl in-game despite being a guy in RL.
    • Yes, my alts are still levelling.
    • No, I do not subsist on pizza and chinese food.
    • Yes, I can spell.
    • No, I did not repeat any grades in middle school.
    • Yes, I know that "ur" really means "you are" and not "your".
    • No, I did not purchase any of my characters.
    • No, I did not eBay any gold.
    • Yes, I hate reputation grinding, but...
    • No, I don't hate them as much as you do - I never played Everquest.
    • No, I do not feel it my responsibility to tell people about (a) the trash greens I find while killing trolls in Arathi or (b) my life, over Ventrilo.
    • Yes, I bathe at least once a day. With soap. Real soap. Not like from Fight Club.
  • by charlesbakerharris (623282) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @02:59PM (#16155740)
    There also seem to be a disproportionate amount of schoolgirls...

    Yeah... about those schoolgirls... I met one of them in RL. Jimmy "The Iron Brick" Hoskins is now one of my closest friends - nice gal and all, but she didn't look anything like I expected.

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