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MMO Bans Men Playing As Women

CmdrTaco posted about 7 years ago | from the nice-legs-bob dept.

Censorship 616

jkcity writes "In a bizarre move Aurora Technology the owners of the King of the World MMORPG has taken the unusual step of banning men who play women characters but the ban itself does not stretch to women playing men. If you want to play as a woman now in game you have to prove you are a women via web cam. This is something that people ask for in many mmorpgs I myself have seen people say people who play women in EVE online as being some kind of degenerate but how long can a policy of verification by web cam last since its so easy to get around it doesn't seem to solve much and is an insult to many."

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So that means... (5, Insightful)

fistfullast33l (819270) | about 7 years ago | (#20756451)

no role playing in a Role Playing Game?

Re:So that means... (5, Funny)

djdavetrouble (442175) | about 7 years ago | (#20756475)

That means one of the admins found out his online girlfriend was a 50 year old guy from Brooklyn.

Re:So that means... (4, Funny)

Kazymyr (190114) | about 7 years ago | (#20756599)

50-year-old guys from Brooklyn can be pretty tasty.

Re:So that means... (4, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | about 7 years ago | (#20756727)

That means one of the admins found out his online girlfriend was a 50 year old guy from Brooklyn.

Hey c'mon, how was I supposed to know that Slutzilla was a man!?

Re:So that means... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756657)

No powergamers either. Min/maxers pick girl characters (assuming no stat drop) because:

*You can get free stuff with minimal effort.
*You don't spend 30+ hours a week staring at the cartoon picture of a guy's ass.

Re:So that means... (5, Funny)

icyslush (1162497) | about 7 years ago | (#20756777)

...and in related news, Blizzard has announced that players will now have to prove they are Orcs before being allowed to play one in World of Warcraft.

Re:So that means... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756837)

Sure ... if you're a woman ... for now.

More proposed rules:
  - only black people may have black avatars
  - only elves may play elves
  - if you want STR over 10 you have to bench press 100lbs on webcam
  - if you wish your character to speak another language, you must submit a request in writing, in that language, to the admins
  - if your CHA is over 15 you can pretty much do what you want, after you seduce one of our admins

Re:So that means... (2, Funny)

metrometro (1092237) | about 7 years ago | (#20756875)

You can't fight in here - this is the War Room!

Re:So that means... (5, Insightful)

gzerphey (1006177) | about 7 years ago | (#20756903)

I tend to play female characters in the RPGs because it is my perception that the programmers put special twists in to try and get more of the female market. I don't know if I'm just deluded or not, but it seems to be true.

At any rate, what is to stop me, or anyone with a girlfriend or wife, from a quick substitution for the webcam. My wife would think this rule is ridiculous and do it in a heartbeat.

More to the point though, I have to agree with the Parent here... Its a FREAKING RPG. Let people Role Play in the Game as they see fit.

There's only one solution to this... (5, Funny)

Hanners1979 (959741) | about 7 years ago | (#20756485)

Time to become a transsexual.

Re:There's only one solution to this... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756603)

Let us know if you pull it off.

Re:There's only one solution to this... (5, Funny)

Hanners1979 (959741) | about 7 years ago | (#20756675)

I've been told it's a little more complicated than just doing that.

Re:There's only one solution to this... (1, Offtopic)

Kierthos (225954) | about 7 years ago | (#20756729)

The one time I'm without mod points....

Re:There's only one solution to this... (0, Flamebait)

Tuoqui (1091447) | about 7 years ago | (#20756631)

Mod Parent up, its funny!

Of course I'd expect something like this coming from the Chinese. Simply means that most non-Chinese will not be playing this game and maybe even some Chinese will pass on it too.

finally (0, Flamebait)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | about 7 years ago | (#20756487)

Everyone knows that 99% of female players in any game are just sneaky little greedy losers who like to find some little 14 year old and charm him into giving her all kinds of free stuff. I've seen it in 3 different games I've played. But it's kinda stupid cuz the actual females playing as females do that too.

Re:finally (0, Flamebait)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | about 7 years ago | (#20756733)

Everyone knows that 99% of female players in any game are just sneaky little greedy losers who like to find some little 14 year old and charm him into giving her all kinds of free stuff. I've seen it in 3 different games I've played. But it's kinda stupid cuz the actual females playing as females do that too.

Where's the escapism? Why would they waste their time doing that in a game when they do it every day in real life?

Re:finally (5, Insightful)

I'm Don Giovanni (598558) | about 7 years ago | (#20756807)

"But it's kinda stupid cuz the actual females playing as females do that too."

Well, that's what females do in real life; use their feminine wiles to their advantage. ;)

But your complaint is absurd. If one is unable to resist the feminine wiles of an online-character, then it's his own fault, not fault of the the person playing the female character.

I've known many that have played characters of the player's opposite sex (both men playing as women and women playing as men), and I see no problem with it. The whole point of playing RPGs (either multi-player or single-player) is to get to assume a role you could never assume in real life. The ability to choose your character's gender, ethnicity, etc, goes along with that.

This business of requiring webcams for anyone playing as a woman is the stupidest thing I've heard of in a long time.

Why? (5, Insightful)

corsec67 (627446) | about 7 years ago | (#20756493)

If I am playing a MMORPG, I am going to be spending a lot of time looking at my avatar. Why can't my avatar be something I like looking at?

Re:Why? (1)

Zxeses (236430) | about 7 years ago | (#20756703)

Very well said. I don't want to spend 8 hours a day starring at some MALE avatars butt. To each his own, but I play a female because I'm /not/ deviant and because I'm not a gay man.

When I first explained this to my friends, and they realized they have spent days upon days looking at a male characters butt, they switched as well.

Re:Why? (1)

IcyNeko (891749) | about 7 years ago | (#20756753)

Seriously. I spent a lot of time making her look attractive, and as long as I'm not flirting with other players, what's the big deal? I find more problems with guys who enjoy staring at the rear end of a muscular male character they created (in WoW) for hours on end. Either they believe themselves to be that character... or they get some closeted pleasure out of it. :P

Re:Why? (3, Interesting)

Firethorn (177587) | about 7 years ago | (#20756897)

You speak truth. Of course, I guess it depends on how much you identify with your character.

I've found that I'm generally a step further away than some people - I don't identify the character as myself, or myself as my character. I'm more like the controller types you see in some advanced military movies. You know, where there's a guy sitting in a trailor/room somewhere with a bunch of video and status screens sending directions to the soldier who's actually in the field.

Interesting excuse ... (5, Insightful)

miller60 (554835) | about 7 years ago | (#20756495)

... for the Aurora guys to look at gamer girls on their webcams.

Re:Interesting excuse ... (4, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | about 7 years ago | (#20756567)

[excuse] for the Aurora guys to look at gamer girls on their webcams.

what gamer girls? :)

Re:Interesting excuse ... (4, Funny)

jandrese (485) | about 7 years ago | (#20756587)

I think that plan might backfire when they realize a great many "gamer girls" are hambeasts. Seriously, were they expecting their own private version of GamerGirlz or whatever?

Re:Interesting excuse ... (5, Funny)

fyoder (857358) | about 7 years ago | (#20756595)

Seriously, that does sound a bit pervy. "Ok, now, take off your shirt and bra, we need to be sure they're real. Ok, now stand up and take off the rest, then turn about real slow like... yah, that's it, yes, we are becoming convinced."

Re:Interesting excuse ... (2, Funny)

mh1997 (1065630) | about 7 years ago | (#20756617)

... for the Aurora guys to look at gamer girls on their webcams
what are they asking to see? There is only one part of the body that can prove sex - although in my case, you would need better resolution than a webcam for proof.

Re:Interesting excuse ... (2, Funny)

nwf (25607) | about 7 years ago | (#20756641)

That was my first thought.

However, since I know I've met a good deal of people whose gender I couldn't determine, I'm wondering just what one needs to show on a web cam. Perhaps this is really a way for the Aurora guys to find dates who aren't 45 year old divorced males.

Is this not a ripe opportunity for a "special" quote from SNL's Pat?

Re:Interesting excuse ... (1)

someone1234 (830754) | about 7 years ago | (#20756821)

If there are gamer girls, chances are they are just as nerdy looking as gamer boys.
At least, the chances of spotting a real good looking girl are very slim.
If they want that, they better go to a sex site.

Umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756501)

Is this really a good idea, especially from a marketing perspective? A lot of adolescent male players buy these games so that they can dress up as a hot chick! Do you think Everquest would have sold as many copies if it wasn't for the hot she-elf on the cover of the game?

Re:Umm... (1)

Seumas (6865) | about 7 years ago | (#20756815)

This whole story has already been discounted, according to Joystiq. Slashdot is a couple days behind.

Ridiculous (5, Insightful)

bahwi (43111) | about 7 years ago | (#20756503)

I've played male and female chars in mmo's and have had no problems. It depends on the person playing, if they are going to cause trouble they are going to cause trouble no matter what gender.

Also, no matter how hard you beg the developer, that hot elven chick just won't be that way in real life. And this step doesn't get you closer to that.

Just watch... (5, Insightful)

The Orange Mage (1057436) | about 7 years ago | (#20756513)

...as suddenly, the in-game populations turn to about 80% male, 20% female.

And that's a conservative guess...I bet most would skew it even more towards male players.

Re:Just watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756557)

Or people just get a girl to stand in front of their webcam.

Oh, wait. MMORPG players don't know any girls...

Re:Just watch... (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | about 7 years ago | (#20756685)

As a female geek (but a non-gaming geek) I am pretty sure that we are nearly as rare as hen's teeth in these MMORPGs. I have met exactly two women gamers in my entire life, and I know quite a lot of people.

Re:Just watch... (1)

achilles777033 (1090811) | about 7 years ago | (#20756877)

I personally have met (both in and out of game) over a half dozen women who play WoW. I'm dating one of them. (and I don't know that many people) Seriously, watch one of the blizzcon videos. Female Gamers are rare, but not THAT rare.

If you were in the subculture, you might have a better view of the demographic.

More and more women are logging in all the time. I suspect (just my opinion, I have no proof whatsoever) that the female contingent of gamers is growing faster than gaming in general.

Re:Just watch... (5, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | about 7 years ago | (#20756689)

I would guess it will trend toward 99.999% male. What geek-girl that you know of would go through the hassle of letting some anonymous geek-admin see her real face just to have the honor of logging in with a female avatar, then becoming the target of cyber-sexual harassment because the perps _know_ you're female? They'd be better off just removing female avatars.

Re:Just watch... (2, Insightful)

metrometro (1092237) | about 7 years ago | (#20756841)

Exactly. How this is going to improve anyone's gaming experience is beyond me. If you were the elusive female gamer, would you advertise that with a female character? I sure as hell wouldn't.

Punctuation is your friend (2, Funny)

jayhawk88 (160512) | about 7 years ago | (#20756519)

This is something that people ask for in many mmorpgs I myself have seen people say people who play women in EVE online as being some kind of degenerate but how long can a policy of verification by web cam last since its so easy to get around it doesn't seem to solve much and is an insult to many.

Maybe the mods are to blame for that, but wow.

Mom is a woman! Easy fix... (5, Insightful)

dontspitconfetti (1153473) | about 7 years ago | (#20756521)

If it's just a one-time webcam thing, the people who are really desperate can have their mom or sister appear on the webcam for them. Even Grandma Nana counts as a woman!

Re:Mom is a woman! Easy fix... (2, Funny)

Krazy_in_Normal (589743) | about 7 years ago | (#20756581)

Even Nana Visitor counts as a woman. /fixed

Re:Mom is a woman! Easy fix... (1)

Shivetya (243324) | about 7 years ago | (#20756851)

Yeah, like mom is going to set foot in the basement!

let alone your sister ever be caught in your company.

Re:Mom is a woman! Easy fix... (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | about 7 years ago | (#20756887)

and it would be rather easy to fake a web cam feed anyways. I'm sure I could find a youtube female that would be up to the task.

Idiotic (3, Interesting)

gweihir (88907) | about 7 years ago | (#20756525)

This is a role playing game. One of the attributes of a role is gender. And you get to choose. I play WoW and I have both male and female chars. This is quite normal IMO. You fond out the true gender of somebody when having them in voice chat. You can be friends with them and adventure together before/without that.

Also would this one-sided policy not directly violate anti-discrimination laws? Seems to me it does.

Re:Idiotic (1, Insightful)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | about 7 years ago | (#20756577)

Any MMO where there is an ounce of roleplay would have a total of twelve players, max.

Go play a MU* if you want roleplay.

Re:Idiotic (1)

Llywelyn (531070) | about 7 years ago | (#20756723)

Oh please.

First, how do you explain Second Life? Sure, not everyone there roleplays, but it does have more than an "ounce" of it. Particularly in certain zones.

Second, roleplay is prevalent in many of these games. Just because you don't do it or that it is optional doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Perverted admins (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | about 7 years ago | (#20756535)

Yah sure, they want webcams for all the female characters to "verify their gender". What you missed in your article is the fine print:

Webcam rules:

1.) Webcam image quality must be sufficient to see subject clearly.
2.) No objects should be placed so as to obstruct at least the top half of the body.
3.) Subject should be nude.
4.) No fatties.

Re:Perverted admins (5, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about 7 years ago | (#20756767)

Is #4 to defeat the man-8oobs issue?

Re:Perverted admins (1)

GoblinJuice (1090149) | about 7 years ago | (#20756843)

4.) No fatties.

There goes 90% of the "girl gamers".

No, really! (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | about 7 years ago | (#20756541)

I /do/ look like Lucy Lawless!

Doesn't work... (2, Insightful)

prxp (1023979) | about 7 years ago | (#20756543)

If you want to play as a woman now in game you have to prove you are a women via web cam.
Do they get to see the vagina? It won't work otherwise.

It's not too hard for a men to disguise as a women, specially under a webcam feed. Really motivated (and weird) dudes will certainly keep playing as women if they want to.

Re:Doesn't work... (4, Funny)

Soporific (595477) | about 7 years ago | (#20756579)

How bad is the PR going to be when they peg an ugly woman for a guy? ;)

~S

Re:Doesn't work... (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 7 years ago | (#20756849)

It could be enough to drive away both of their remaining players.

In other news.. (1)

nlitement (1098451) | about 7 years ago | (#20756545)

And in other news, all female characters disappear from King of the World. :)

The real bizarre move (1)

SleepyHappyDoc (813919) | about 7 years ago | (#20756553)

is the final link in the summary.

Oh man, now I can't fake being smart (4, Interesting)

stewbacca (1033764) | about 7 years ago | (#20756559)

So can I not be a 400 year-old wise mage, when I'm neither old, nor wise?

Greater crowds than ever... (4, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | about 7 years ago | (#20756561)

And all of a sudden, female avatars started gathering more male players than ever before trying to get them into their multiplayer party, and harass them with guild recruitments. :-p

Re:Greater crowds than ever... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756829)

Very true. If guys KNOW that every girl is a girl, they will get harassed. Right now everyone jokes that the guys are guys and so are the girls, so if a girl did want to play they won't have any stereotypes attached to their avatar (other then they are really 40 year old guys living in a basement).

Two words: CLOTH. ARMOR. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756573)

When playing a game that requires a huge time commitment, I'd rather oggle at the backside of a female with revealing cloth armor for hours on end than the backside of a male.

No, you can't sleep with my Blood Elf. (1)

CommandoCody (1154955) | about 7 years ago | (#20756575)

If my avatar online is female, what difference does does it make whether the player behind it is male or female unless you're only online to try to have sex with me?

I really can't see any good reason that this is bothering anyone other than slightly creepy people. (Which I guess includes the game company running that MMO.)

I get this all the time... (2, Funny)

pchoppin (864344) | about 7 years ago | (#20756589)

...at online chat rooms. Everyone seems to think I need to verify my gender. It's getting to be where a guy can't pose as a female anywhere anymore.

Sheesh!

Street Fighter (3, Funny)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 7 years ago | (#20756593)

So there was something unaccepatble about me playing as Chun Li in SF2 so many years ago?

Re:Street Fighter (2, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about 7 years ago | (#20756819)

Yes, because that head-jumping thing was just like cheating. You should play a real challenge like Zangeif. Spinning Piledriver!

so... (1)

cosmocain (1060326) | about 7 years ago | (#20756597)

...if i were a woman, i would have to buy a webcam to play a woman in a game? yeah, sounds... kinda idiotic.

Who cares? It's a rinkydink MMO in China. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756613)

If this were happening on WoW or Everquest in a civilized First World nation, it might be news. That it's happening in a totally fouled-up place like China is just not very interesting at all.

So how do you "role play" this? (3, Insightful)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | about 7 years ago | (#20756619)

Like, there are going to be some existing male-as-female players, and to bring them in line with the policy, you'd have to make the female avatar male. Doesn't an RPG have to have some storyline reason for this?

(If they're planning to "grandfather" ["grandmother?"] existing male-as-female avatars, that'll probably create even more problems for them.)

Oh noes! (1)

LMacG (118321) | about 7 years ago | (#20756621)

And I was just getting into Metroid Prime 3.

On the next Maury (1)

rambag (961763) | about 7 years ago | (#20756627)

"My virtual wife is a real man" we'll speak you gamers whose online marriages were a sham.

Workaround (1)

Kazymyr (190114) | about 7 years ago | (#20756635)

There's nothing that a wig and a little make-up won't fix.

It does get kind of creepy (5, Funny)

Flipao (903929) | about 7 years ago | (#20756655)

When Sexybabe88, the Night Elf Priestess, gets on vent and sounds like the guy from "Saw"... my heart breaks a little every time it happens :(

Grr.. (1)

Cajun Hell (725246) | about 7 years ago | (#20756659)

One of my favorite MUD characters was a Pratchett-style dwarven woman (I'm a man). I had such a blast enjoying peoples' double-takes, whenever they'd see me stroking my beard in thought.

At least let men play female dwarves. They're practically male anyway.

It would be great... (1)

dingleberrie (545813) | about 7 years ago | (#20756669)

...if they only let single hotties in too. And your username must include your dimensions.

Why is that "degenerate"? (3, Interesting)

TheLink (130905) | about 7 years ago | (#20756679)

AFAIK there's not significant roleplaying in most MMORPGs.

So, say you're a straight guy and not into role playing. Why would you prefer looking at a male character for hours? Usually the camera position in such games would be _behind_ the character, so you'd be staring at the male character's ugly back or butt for hours ;).

While the male characters are unlikely to be as bad as goatse.cx, given the larger numbers of males in the game developing industry - I'm sure the female characters are going to look better than the male ones ;).

If I control an animal, robot, car or vehicle in a game, I sure don't expect it to resemble me.

Hey look... (5, Insightful)

Sheik Yerbouti (96423) | about 7 years ago | (#20756683)

A little known MMO that I have never heard of has pulled a publicity stunt and gotten some free coverage from Slashdot. What what what? Slashdot is there target demographic. Congratulations sirs PT Barnum would be proud.

 

How much evidence is needed? (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | about 7 years ago | (#20756691)

Do they require the full sheila-na-gig? Because anyone can dress like a female. And I've seen masculine looking women, who really ought to talk to an endocrinologist, or at least a beautician.

Also, incontrovertible webcam proof can run them afoul of child pornography laws if they don't have extremely robust age verification in place. (Credit card age verification is not enough since kids sometimes "borrow" their parents' credit cards)

No man butt (1)

Taulin (569009) | about 7 years ago | (#20756693)

Any straight man who enjoys staring another man's arse for X hours a day is not straight. THAT is why I play a woman in MMORPGs.

Re:No man butt (0, Flamebait)

Boronx (228853) | about 7 years ago | (#20756907)

Any straight man who enjoys playing acting a woman for X hours a day is not straight. Therefore, no straight man plays MMORPGS.

I don't care how much of a basement dweller he is (1)

Joe Tie. (567096) | about 7 years ago | (#20756709)

There can't be anyone who couldn't get a female to pop onto the cam for a minute in order to spoof the system. Not even difficult enough to act as a preventative measure. The only point I could see is as a way of making sure that players 'know' it's part of the TOS, and for free advertising.

Question (1)

Joseph1337 (1146047) | about 7 years ago | (#20756731)

Do I need to chop people with a sword/knife/hammer in real to play the warrior class? Reply ASAP because they got this cool looking knife sellout...

Hobgoblins: "Let's Talk Women" (3, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | about 7 years ago | (#20756755)

Crow T. Robot: Aaaah, women. Women, women, women, women, women, women, women. Ha-ha-ha-ha. For you young fellows, fresh on the cusp of a blooming manhood, the questions are abound: What are women like? What do women want? How should I treat a women[sp!]? Perhaps the thorniest problem facing any young man is finding a woman in the first place! It turns out to be... nearly impossible! This reporter spent countless hours searching for a woman, like these pictured here:

[clips of Hobgoblins, with Amy and Daphne in them]

Crow T. Robot: ...to no avail. The nearest we came during a tense stakeout was this fellow:

[a clip of Mike Nelson biting into a sandwich,]

Crow T. Robot: ...who experts believe, is not a woman. We begin to wonder, where are all the women? The over-heated references in poetry, the images that dominate our media, is it all an elaborate fraud? This grainy photograph is the only direct evidence we have of a woman in her natural environment:

[A black and white, Bigfoot-like photo of a large woman in a forest]

Crow T. Robot: The longer hair, the gentle and nurturing demeanor are typical of how witnesses describe their supposed encounters with women. This footprint...

[Crow stands beside a clay model of a huge Bigfoot-sized footprint]

Crow T. Robot: ...while possibly the work of jokesters, is another piece of the puzzle! And it is hard to discount this man's terrifying story!

Mustachioed Crow T. Robot: Then... uh... this woman - I think it was a woman... she... uh... married me.

Crow T. Robot: [off-screen as interviewer] Did you have any children, sir?

Mustachioed Crow T. Robot: I don't remember!

Crow T. Robot: Some day perhaps, an actual woman will emerge, and they will no longer exist only in the realm of myth and maybe. Thank You.

Absolutely nutty policy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756771)

In EVE Online you can't get out of your ship anyway! What difference could it possibly make?

I had both male and female toons in WoW also. I don't see what's the big deal.

Reminds me of Turkmenistan... (1)

analog_line (465182) | about 7 years ago | (#20756773)

Apparently the recently deceased whackjob of a supreme leader, Saparmurat Niyazov (AKA Serdar Turkmenbashi, "Leader of All Turkmen") banned male TV news anchors from wearing makeup because he mistook one for a woman. I wonder if that will be the next step in King of the World's plan.

Simple fix (3, Insightful)

Spy der Mann (805235) | about 7 years ago | (#20756785)

Sex: M/F
Real-life sex: M/F

My Prediction (1)

l4m3z0r (799504) | about 7 years ago | (#20756791)

I predict this will last until a woman does the webcam thing and the person on the other end says "no way you look too much like a dude to play a girl character". She sues and this retarded policy is amended.

sort of ridiculous (1)

mrpeebles (853978) | about 7 years ago | (#20756793)

I am male. So for me to spend hours a day sitting at my computer desk, clicking away on a mouse and keyboard, making-believe that I am a hulking, heroic barbarian that battles dragons and saves worlds is all perfectly OK, but making-believe that I am a FEMALE hulking, heroir barbarian that battles dragons and saves worlds is silly, degenerate, etc? This doesn't make any sense to me.

Yes, it's really me! (1)

RockMFR (1022315) | about 7 years ago | (#20756795)

Of course this is me in this webcam! Huh, you think it's odd that I'm erotically stripping? That's what I always do! I can prove that this is really me - see, I just put a shoe on my head [ytmnd.com] !

Will have to veryify via webcam (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | about 7 years ago | (#20756797)

So, if you're a guy, especially with a big beard and a deep voice verify anyway.

"But you're a guy"
"How dare you sir!"
"But you have a beard"
"And I'm a little sensitive about it. I'd rather you didn't mention it"
"And a deep voice"
"Yes. A lot of people comment on that."
"I'm not convinced you're a woman"
"I'll strip naked for you to prove it if you prefer"
"Yikes! No. That won't be neccesary. Thankyou for verifying you gender. Have a nice day, maam".

Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756801)

Is like a day behind on this "news" and apparently hasn't noticed the part about it not being even kinda true. Typical.

If I'm going to be staring at a virtual ass... (1)

jessecurry (820286) | about 7 years ago | (#20756803)

If I'm going to be staring at a virtual ass for 100's of hours I'd rather it be a female ass.
Not that I never play men in MMORPGs, but sometimes the character just works better as a woman. People who are actually trying to hit on someone based on their avatar need to get out more.

what about... (1)

lucky130 (267588) | about 7 years ago | (#20756805)

...if dude looks like a lady?

Re:what about... (1)

LSD-OBS (183415) | about 7 years ago | (#20756859)

Simple. We send his daughter either to battle insectoid extra-terrestrials, or to an earthbound asteroid. There will be no time for RPGs in these scenarios, although Hollywood execs would be smiling at the prospects.

TG's (4, Insightful)

LSD-OBS (183415) | about 7 years ago | (#20756823)

Erm, what about transgendered individuals, such as your mother?

obligatory (1)

to_kallon (778547) | about 7 years ago | (#20756833)

welcome to king of the world, where the men are men, the women are men, and the 12 year old girls are fbi agents...

No more metroid... (4, Insightful)

caesar-auf-nihil (513828) | about 7 years ago | (#20756847)

Guess I can't play Metroid any more or I'll be a degenerate. Guess I had better not accept Princess Peach as a randomly generated character in Mario Kart either. Better not accept any randomly generated Wii characters either.
What a load of crap. It's fantasy - a game for goodness sake. My guess is really some loser who runs the service just wants to look at pictures of the people playing women characters.

Ban ugly people from beautiful avatars (1)

athloi (1075845) | about 7 years ago | (#20756857)

These games are fantasy. People will use them for prurient ends, but that's the nature of most people. Trying to make these games like reality is probably appealing to those of you selling "virtual objects," but upon inspection, is probably a really bad idea.

Well, no chance I'll play that (1)

seebs (15766) | about 7 years ago | (#20756861)

What a fucked-up rule. I mean, it doesn't even make sense. Who cares?

And yes, I'm a guy who plays some female characters (and some male) in WoW. Not because I particularly look at them closely (I keep the camera way out), but just because it fits the character. Timi the tiny little warlock wouldn't be as FUNNY as a guy.

Quick poll. (1)

WK2 (1072560) | about 7 years ago | (#20756863)

Raise your hand if you think an admin/dev had chat sex with one of the "female" players, and then found out it was a guy.

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That's a hand, btw.

Fake Webcam... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756879)

Isnt there some fake webcam software that shows some stock video? Using this can get you play as a gurl.

Asking for a discrimination suit (1)

fishbowl (7759) | about 7 years ago | (#20756883)

This is a wide-open target for a discrimination suit. You simply aren't allowed to say "no men as women" and still allow "women as men".
It's not just a gender thing. You can't make a rule at your restaurant "No Goatees". You might get away with "No Beards".

First, the company needs to establish that it has the right to even demand to know the gender of its customer. (This in itself might be evidence of a discriminatory practice). Then the company needs to establish that it's unacceptable (actionable, legally) that the customer represented the opposite gender when made to disclose this.

They would be better off terminating accounts for "no reason at all" than to do it for something that's obviously discriminatory on a gender bias. I imagine their contract lets them terminate without breach. But once you give a reason -- and that reason is one of those hot potatoes like gender, ethnicity, or religion -- you run the risk of finding yourself in court, defending your decision against a very motivated plaintiff (even if their case seems completely ridiculous to you.)

Getting away from the legal considerations, there's another issue: It's a bad idea to piss off the gays. Ask Kathy Griffin; the gay crowd is a gold mine.

Aurora Technology announces compromise!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20756889)

Because of many complaints where male players prefering to have more attractive avatars, Aurora Technology has announced a compromise.

All players can continue to have female avatars, but unless they show themselves to be female in a webcam, the avatar must have a strap-on.

Wha...? (1)

Cleon (471197) | about 7 years ago | (#20756901)

What a strange, strange policy. I cannot for the life of me think of a reason why they would even consider spending time and effort enforcing such a silly rule. ...Unless a certain executive got cyber-naughty with a hot "babe," only to look up their user information and get a mild shock. :D
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