September 27, 2007

ATTN men: don't play a female avatar or we'll kickban your ass to next tuesday

So we've covered gender and sexuality politics in MMORPGs before, and this was too weird to pass up:

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.

What? How do I prove my biological sex via webcam? Long hair? Earrings? Makeup? General chick-ish looks? Or am I going to have to get right in there and hump the webcam: HEY L00K NO PENIS LOLZ!!!1

Via slashdot.


aurora said...

That's...special. Do they also plan on banning elves who can't prove that they're not just humans who want to play elves?

Seriously, though. In most these games, you spend hours running around and watching your avatar's little butt wag in front of you on the screen. Why would anyone want to play a guy?

garçon-fille said...

I don't understand what the deal is with this... if there are guys playing gals who are abusing it or being offensive, why not just ban those specific characters/players? I thought the whole point of an RPG is to play out the role of a fictional character (often so one can 'experience' or do things one wouldn't be able to in real life). One of my best friends growing up always played female characters even though he is male. Maybe he just liked to accessorize his character's outfits, but whatever it was about playing a girl made him really happy.

emily0 said...

That's ridiculous. I mean, what's the point of playing a MMORPG - or any kind of game - if you are restricted by anything other than your imagination...

So stupid.