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Posted: Mar 25th 2008 3:25PM (Unverified) said

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Just having Easter dinner with the family, I got to listen to my batch of 15-year-old cousins talk about how great it is to gank lowbies in WoW. Listening to their horrific hazing stories while they cackle just reminds me that young kids have a totally different idea of fun than I do. When they found out you can't gank lowbies in City of Heroes (my game of choice), they looked at me with this confusion of "Well then, what do you do for fun?"

It was a pretty interesting conversation.

Posted: Mar 25th 2008 3:32PM Scopique said

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You know, most of the time I get a chuckle out of creative naming, but after the first few seconds, I realize that this person is introducing him or herself to the world at large in a very juvenile way. Power to em if they like to crack jokes, but this is an on-going joke that they live with every day, and which preceeds them everywhere they go. While it's not so much about immersion, it just reminds me that I'm surrounded by people who probably spend a good chunk of their day picking their noses and thinking up fart jokes.

As far as interpersonal interaction goes, I think there's a bigger issue. I remember the Good Ole' Days of UO, where there was no way to turn off PvP. Griefers would do ANYTHING to get you to attack them, or to frustrate people who just wanted to play. Because people can hide behind their accounts, there's less incentive to actually behave themselves, and if someone had a bad day at work (or is just an ass in general), there's nothing stopping them from taking their bad day out on people they don't know or will never meet. That's entirely unacceptable.

Posted: Mar 25th 2008 4:49PM (Unverified) said

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I can understand the urge to name a lowbie bank alt something silly or immersion-breaking, but I have to admit I just don't get it when I come across a level 60+ named Plussizewang or something. I think I'd be tempted to report my own name at that point.

Posted: Mar 26th 2008 11:56AM (Unverified) said

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I personally dont report names that violate Terms of Use because I cant be bothered. The offending name will be off my screen soon enough anyway. But if someone feels strongly about it they should file a ticket. The ToU exist for a reason and if you violate it be prepared for the consequences.

Posted: Mar 31st 2008 9:16AM Waxil said

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You are assuming people actually read the ELA and TOU, it is plainly obvious that the majority of players (especially WoW players) do not. Blizzard could change the TOU in any given patch to say somewhere in the middle of it "You hereby agree that your credit card will be billed for an additional $500 this month", and no one would ever notice until the bill came.

Another issue is that with 20 000 or so characters per server people run out of creativity VERY quickly. Does it really matter? I would argue yes, small details make certain genres almost impossible (a horror mmo for example can't really happen as you will get PrincessBush running up to you saying "^_^HIHI LFG RAID PLZ!!! LRN2PLAYNOOB!"').

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