Tag: transphobia

Real World Matters In-Game

There has been much heated discussion about the recent Blizzard PR debacle stemming from an incident in which a player was reprimanded by a GM for advertising for her gay-friendly guild in a general chat channel. The discussion expanded to debate the “visibility” of a player’s and/or a character’s sexual orientation in-game. The debate has been frustrating at times. Particularly…

Lambda Legal Gets All Up in Blizzard’s Grill

Lambda Legal has issued a letter to Blizzard (full text posted on Kotaku): Although Blizzard is well within its rights to insist that players avoid referring to other gamers in an “insulting manner,” Blizzard cannot issue a blanket ban on any mention of sexual orientation or gender identity. There is nothing “insulting” about identifying oneself as gay, lesbian or transgender,…

Player Seeks Clarification on Blizzard’s Harassment Policies

I found a post containing a player’s commuications with Blizzard regarding the LGBT issue. The player sent emails requesting clarification on sexual orientation and role-playing situations. The gist of the communications seems to be that, if anyone in the game takes offense to the actions of a player, Blizzard may take action. Merely referring to your significant other on a…

Blizzard: We Like Gays, Just Don’t Talk About Them

GamesIndustry.biz has an official statement from Blizzard Entertainment regarding their position on the issue of in-game recruiting for gay-friendly guilds. Blizzard states that polarising issues like religion, politics, and sexuality tend to result in conversations that result in harassment. Therefore all such “sensitive real-world” topics are banned from conversation in general chat channels in the game. Apparently, openly recruiting for…