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Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:17PM (Unverified) said

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"Rather healing, buffing, and support..."

Wow, sexist much?

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:28PM postman said

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lol

i was thinking the same thing. so according to DCUO women only heal and buff? wow good job guys. fire your PR guy and get a new marketing firm. comments like that are not the way to reach out to a gender minority playerbase.

some of the most accomplished pvp combatants that i have met in my MMO career have been females.
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Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:24PM (Unverified) said

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To #1, Yea, that's what I was thinking.

Are they planning on reaching out to minorities with Landscaping and Dry Cleaning next?

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:26PM (Unverified) said

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HIlariously off-target there. I blogged about it

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:42PM (Unverified) said

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WTF kind of comment was that? So females are just for buffing and healing in his and SOE's mind? I'll bet I would clean his clock in any PvP combat game. What an idiotic comment.

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:44PM Zal said

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I read the title and thought "Oh that's good." then read the article and had to shudder. That's sexist as hell! It's ridiculous to think women would rather heal while men would rather do damage. I think if anything with that line they've put off their target audience rather than reel more fans in.

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:47PM Snow Leopard said

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The article assumes that women like to heal and play support roles rather than kicking ass. Tell that to my girlfriend who rushes head first into combat with a big two-handed warhammer

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:55PM (Unverified) said

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Ya, I sent this to my wife (who plays DPS and Tanks only) and she laughed saying "engaging heals".

GG SOE.


"Women will like our heals b/c you use bunnies and kittens for support. Plus, you can craft cakes and laundry"

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 4:56PM Thac0 said

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That's messed up. We should wright to some woman's rights group and have them go nuts on SOE's ass for being so sexist.

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:00PM (Unverified) said

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This was linked to me by a male mmo counterpart, who asked my opinion. I am a female gamer who enjoys playing the big dps classes.

The first thing i quoted out of the article was the initial statement you all have picked up on. What a rather sexiest and biased statement. How dare they lump female gamers into the healers and buffers category. Maybe I am the minority female gamer of female gamers.

But then again, it is the inherent nature of the female (as much as we hate to admit it) to be nurturing, suggesting these support classes are more like females in general. I don't agree with the way they presented it, making assumptions that all females prefer to play support classes.

I sounds more like they are trying to attract females into the gaming industry, and for that I applaud them (I think). Just stop marketing it like this. Remember, we don't like to admit we are of the nurturing type.



Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:07PM foomchee said

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uhh..... tell that to my pvp dps nuking girlfriend. Rofl even when she does alt around with classes that can heal good luck getting a heal out of her.

I guess add this statement to Sony's never ending list of "wtf they say!?!" :/

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:21PM (Unverified) said

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So my healer class makes me a "girly man"?

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:41PM (Unverified) said

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This is so sexist that it caught me off guard...and I'm a guy.

James Egan, get a clue man, its not the 19th century. Incredible.

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:44PM (Unverified) said

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Sorry, not James Egan...didn't mean to shoot the messenger. More like SOE and the frat boys who apparently work on DCUO. Wow. Maybe the game will be good with such apparent nerds with no social skills running it and thinking women are into healing, buffing, etc.

My wife's rogue and warlock on WoW would like a word.
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Posted: Feb 11th 2009 6:05PM (Unverified) said

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@ T

No worries. The only view of my own even *remotely* expressed in this post is the first sentence. The rest of the post is what I drew right from the source, the MTV Multiplayer interview.

Keep in mind this post is really a very brief summary of a longer interview with the DCUO guys conducted by Tracey John, so I'd recommend reading the source for the full story.
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Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:51PM Heraclea said

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And here I was, anticipating a game that might actually have comic book Amazons and the real Paradise Island in it. . . .

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:54PM MrGutts said

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Michael Z, once you get moved over to SOE. You let this dumb dumb have it!!!

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 5:58PM (Unverified) said

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My warrior, rogue, warlock, magus, witch hunter and witch elf would all like a moment of your time, Mr. Andersen.

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 7:11PM Minofan said

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Bwa ha ha ; that one should be going in the all-time MMO hype blooper reel for sure.

I was also impressed that having KOs instead of deaths is lady friendly, and that character creation will even allow female characters a choice of cute, motherly or sexy - just leave plain, stern, moody, scary, muscular, crazy, freaky, monstrous and so-forth to the men-folk.

* crosses fingers hoping they'll announce player housing with working vacuum cleaners "for the ladies" *

Posted: Feb 11th 2009 7:26PM wjowski said

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Ha! What else can you expect from the genre that that brought us 'Women In Refrigerators'?

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