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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:15PM Thac0 said

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I almost always play female characters, i guess i'd just quit MMOs if i lived in China.

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:57PM Anatidae said

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I don't mind you playing female characters, I just wish you would hit on my male characters so much.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 5:04PM Thac0 said

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I promise Brian; I will try to hit on you more. I'm sorry that I'm not giving you enough attention.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:18PM Seraphina Brennan said

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Yeah, this news makes me wanna punch someone in China.

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 6:23PM (Unverified) said

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Pretty much all China-related news makes me want to punch someone in China.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2009 12:55AM (Unverified) said

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Acturally you want to punch the Chinese Government. What your saying is pretty much the same as punching a bum in the US because of Iraq.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 11:01PM (Unverified) said

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^This
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 11:11PM (Unverified) said

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Ok, I've got a fair idea WHY they do this.

Many Chinese MMOs are marketed more as online dating services than actual games. They do everything they can to lure in the female players, and that brings in the male players chasing the female players.

I've seen stacks of competitions over here for female players to send in photos of themselves, which are then put up on the website with links to their characters. Oddly enough pretty much all of these female players are young and good looking. I can only assume that less nubile and possibly older women simply don't play the game.

Most of these games thus enforce the rule that you HAVE to play a character appropriate to your gender, since, well, think about it from a marketing point of view...

So that's pretty much it. It's just marketing. Pretty much the most evil force you will find anywhere in the world today.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2009 11:29PM (Unverified) said

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I heard that the male to female ratio in China is two to one.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:20PM ed anger said

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wouldnt be the first time someone crossdressed for a webcam

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:28PM (Unverified) said

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yea was thinking the same :D cant be that hard to fool the camera, a clean shave and a wigg and your all set :P

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 5:01PM (Unverified) said

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Don't forget to tuck the tackle between the legs...
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:28PM (Unverified) said

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This is utterly ridiculous. You should be able to play any gender you want in a game. It's a game. Not a dating service.

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:29PM Scuffles said

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you ever get the feeling like one of the company higher ups started to get all romantic with a female "player" only to find out it was guy later on?

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:43PM (Unverified) said

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Or more likely it was a government official that got caught hitting up a guy.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:30PM dudes said

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Damn, there goes staring at hot girl pixel ass in my face if it happens over here in the west.

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 3:35PM (Unverified) said

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Do they also have to be of the same race as their avatar? orc, tauren, goblin, gnome, troll, elf.........

Posted: Oct 27th 2009 4:36PM Thac0 said

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THIS! I wnat them to prove they are trolls before they can play one!
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 5:57PM LaughingTarget said

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That's easy, all they need is a screenshot of them making charged statements on the official message board.
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Posted: Oct 27th 2009 6:19PM RogueJedi86 said

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I'm sure there's a slight difference in the 2 sides of your comparison. Orcs, Tauren, Goblins, Gnomes, Trolls, and Elves don't exist in real life at all, which makes it physically impossible for someone to be those in real life. Women do exist in real life, despite what the internet misconceptions would lead us to believe.
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