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Author: DopSillypant

Tera - Overly Sexualized?

Posted by DopSillypant Friday March 23 2012 at 12:47PM
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The release of Tera is right around the corner, and one of the most discussed issues surrounding Tera has been the sexualized nature of the player models and clothing. One of the greatest risks to Tera is rejection by the North American gaming community due to this subject matter.

North Americans take pride in enlightenment of sexual equality, demeaning acts or speech towards women can result in the loss of money, respect, and employment. When players were exposed to the highly sexualized female clothing designs in Tera, disgust and ridicule poured out in protest against depicting women in such ways. “The armors do not cover enough to be protective,” we said. “Fighting in high heels and lingerie is impractical,” we said. “The women’s figures were impossible,” we said.

Yet for all of this touting of equality, women in North America still make less money than men, still sit at lower levels of the corporate ladder, and are expected to tend to their appearance and figure much more than men are.

The real problem here is not Tera’s depiction of women. The real problem is our delusional sense of sexual equality; Tera smacks us in the face with an overstated, hyperbolic representation of our real sexual dimorphism, and we, believing ourselves to be well past that, are stunned that we are not.

The Power of the Open Mind

Posted by DopSillypant Wednesday March 21 2012 at 6:15PM
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If you read anything on the internet that is remotely related to MMOs, no doubt you have experienced the fanatics, the trolls, and of course the incoherent, oftentimes all neatly packaged into a single person.

What drives much of the flaming and trolling on MMO forums is the close-mindedness of the people. The close-minded fear new ideas that they don't understand, much as young children fear the unknown of darkness. They fear new challenges, because new challenges carry the risk of incompetence and failure.

Some close-minded people are perfectly happy and content with what they've got [insert their current MMO] perfectly willing to stay at their current level of enjoyment because to seek greater levels of fun, to try new games, is to risk dissatisfaction, wasted money, and time.

To have an open mind is to understand that our judgment of a game, no matter how well informed, does not reflect the actual experience, too many variables are involved, too many factors, and too many unknowns, no one is capable of perfectly predicting how they will feel about a game prior to experiencing it.

We don't often see open minded people posting in comments and in the forums, because they understand that they do not have perfect, universal, objective judgment on the topic. No one does.

Taking It Easy with Your MMOs

Posted by DopSillypant Tuesday March 20 2012 at 11:42AM
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Everyone runs into MMO lulls here and there, when old games fall out of favour and new ones are still in development. A large number of players continue with their de facto game regardless of their obvious lack of interest, whether this is by habit, lack of self awareness, or peer factors.

Take it easy with your MMOs, re-evaluate once in a while the reason why you're still playing. Often we get into such schedule and repetition that we fail to notice if we are even having FUN when we log in. If a game stops being fun, leave. The unsubscribe button doesn't bite your head off, regardless of what the companies tell you.