November 13th, 2008


Why Women Sometimes Feel Unwelcome in Online Games, Example #572

I log my bank character onto World of Warcraft in order to check my auctions.  As I'm standing by the mailbox reading through what's there, this happens.

Celathus whispers: vagina
Celathus whispers: l
Celathus whispers: boobs
You whisper to Celathus: ignore

I mean...seriously, what's going through the head of someone initiating an exchange like that? What's the point? Is it to see if they can get a rise out of me? Or do they expect me to start whispering back obscenities so they can get off? They don't even know who's behind the character, just that there's a faceless human being somewhere controlling it. Why bother?