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Posted: Sep 12th 2008 7:15PM Softserve said

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This is only somewhat related, but I'm always surprised by how many MMORPGs don't allow you to have a darker skin tone.

Posted: Sep 12th 2008 8:02PM (Unverified) said

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As a black player, I do find that i'm waiting for the racial slurs to start in a global channel at any given moment. Although rare, I know that at any moment, someone, somewhere can use the global pulpit to spew hate. It is a shock to the heart (and thereby fixed in your memory) when you do see them scroll by on your screen. I can count all the times that it has actually happened (three times in Barrens chat (does barrens chat count?), once from a WoW guildmate, once in Lotro global lff, once when it was my fault by bringing race into kinship chat, and once from someone in fellowship chat). I tend to turn off the global channel or remove myself from the situation when it starts.

Posted: Sep 12th 2008 8:30PM aboutblank77 said

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A friend of mine was making jokes like this a couple weeks ago. We all laughed at first, haha. I always thought what we were laughing at was how ridiculous these opinions sounded. Whether it's racism or sexism or what have you, the idea of such a generalized hatred always seemed so ludicrous to me that it was funny.

Then one day he wouldn't stop. Nobody was laughing anymore, we were all looking at each other nervously waiting for a punchline that never came. Afterward I had to talk to one of my other friends to ask him if he thought friend A was being serious. He wondered the same thing, and this is what I proposed:

Maybe he's just impressionable.

What if there are people who come in to these atmospheres and don't get the joke, and they actually take on these opinions. Maybe our relatively harmless (if crude and tasteless) humor is creating these people.

I try not to think about it too hard, I didn't really like that guy much anyway.

Posted: Sep 13th 2008 12:46AM (Unverified) said

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Had a boss like that once. An erudite and educated man. Everyone's sitting down exhausted, and elated, a half hour after our tiny startup has shipped its first product.

There's talk about hiring someone to take care of stuff that we're still too short-handed to get done in a timely way. Stuff that's piling up.

He gestures with his glass and says "Don't hire anyone [color omitted]. You can't trust them. Filthy little devils. Always skiving off and trying to steal."

We were astonished. Shocked, even. We'd had no idea that he felt this way, and none of us could even conceive that race, color or creed would even make a *difference*. It was bizarre and shocking to hear.

And he didn't stop.

A few of us talked about it, baffled how anyone could feel that way. We just didn't understand and didn't know what to do. By the end of the week, we'd all left the company.
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Posted: Sep 13th 2008 1:27AM (Unverified) said

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In game now and it's not just racism. Sexism is even more rampant. I'm apt to believe that there are more women players than we believe (closer to the 50% figure we are seeing in recent research -many of the women I talk with say they got involved because it was a losing battle trying to compete with the time a significant other spent ingame.). There have been gaming nights on teamspeak where it was me and four women only. I hope they have ooc off.

We need to add this to the list of things gamers need to stop doing:

1) Stop getting excited about unreleased products
2) Stop being a Greater Internet Fuckwad

Posted: Sep 13th 2008 4:41PM (Unverified) said

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A few months back I had to quit a guild I was part of in SWG due to a leader making anti racists remarks that he really meant. I left silently and found myself black listed from the big guilds on my server.

At the same time the sexist remarks to female members of this guild went unchecked as well resulting in female members leaving the guild and even the game.

I am just going to say it like it is. Anyone who isn't white in North America and doesn't have a penis gets a lot of crap from other gamers who blatantly get away with sexual harassment and racists remarks. -

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