World of Warcraft continues to cut abusive emotes in upcoming update

    
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Don't call me Kyle right now.

Even as World of Warcraft players grapple with the high drama that is PictureGate, there’s another part of the game that’s being phased out as well: emotes. Blizzard announced that it has plans to retire a group of gesture slash commands that have been linked to toxic behavior.

In Patch 9.1.5, the studio is retiring such emotes as “kick,” “moan,” and “stink,” while changing a few others so that they can’t be used while targeting specific players. A few new emotes (huzzah, magnificent, impressed, and wince) are being introduced in their stead. So get your jollies spitting on people now, because those heady days are about to end.

“Some of these emotes seem to have harmless intentions at a glance,” Blizzard said, “but when used while targeting another player, their intentions can turn unexpectedly suggestive or intrusive. We’ve made adjustments to these emotes with negative connotations towards another player, while also adding a few new ones.”

Some other changes that have landed on the test realms include the glowy hands for Nightborne characters that we mentioned yesterday, a reduced cost for ultimate battle-training stones, and an increase in the drop rate for ore and some other materials.

Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial company in the MMO and gaming space owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In the summer of 2021, the company was sued by the state of California for fostering a work environment riddled with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which has further compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. As of fall 2021, multiple state and federal agencies are currently investigating the company.
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Estranged

The new world order, no imagination or sense of humor allowed. George Carlin foretold this.

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kody

Are they going to retcon the mass genocide performed by Sylvanas while they’re at it?

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Neurotic

I seem to recall various incidents in the past in which deliberately racist, toxic, and abusive players have used certain emotes to promote hateful agendas in-game. So, I don’t doubt that this is a good move. Now, if only they could do something about their IRL emoting…

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Malvious

World of Wokecraft….

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Hydlide S

Ridiculous. Who even asked for this? Why not just make it so when you block a player it mutes their emotes?

They just don’t want to deter people from buying cash shop crap and people mistreating them I guess.

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wjowski

Call me when you get rid of the factions.

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SmiteDoctor

Lets make the game less fun to play I guess lol, nothing like taking away things in a game that barely produces content worthy of a subscription. Seriously why are we being punished because BlizzBros can’t keep it in THEIR PANTS.

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Greaterdivinity

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/23730894/the-evolution-of-creative-content-in-world-of-warcraft

Expanded blog post on this topic. The most relevant bit to me…

An example of a post-9.1.5 improvement is the creation of an incubus demon, which we can add to places where succubus models currently appear. We’re also planning to make the incubus a glyphable option for Warlocks when they summon that classification of demon.

FUCK YEAH BLIZZARD! EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FANSERVICE IS THE BEST FANSERVICE! These are the kinds of steps towards equality that will make a REAL difference. I love this.

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Stefan

I was hoping it was an april fools joke honestly.

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SmiteDoctor

That’s worth taking away the emotes.

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Utakata

o.O

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Greaterdivinity

The lack of gnomish/goblin succubi/incubi with pink pigtails should be the next thing they fix : P

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Utakata

…I come across enough manga with enough loli/shota demons to realize that this is not a recommended idea. So no thanks! >.<

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Estranged

This is what will revive my dead inscription business. Not.

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Atokad2887

World of Peacecraft

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Paragon Lost

How about you focus more on your internal operations at the studios instead. Don’t get me wrong, reducing the nastiness of player on player crap is good and all. It just seems like these changes fit under the “look over here and not over there” scenario.

Meaning that you all aren’t doing enough to correct things for your employees and instead are distracting us (the paying players) with changes and improvements to the game.

Sorry Blizzard, we’ve seen behind the curtain and what we saw is not amusing us, actually a great many of us are quite disgusted with what we saw. Fix that first. All the things you’re throwing into WoW are just nothing more than a distraction and won’t get me back.