WoW Classic begins testing fresh start servers as Blizzard yanks iffy joke and flirt soundbites

    
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Fine, whatever.

Blizzard giveth, and Blizzard taketh away. In this case, the studio is giving fresh start Classic servers while taking several character joke and flirt soundbites out of the game.

The first week for WoW Classic’s “Season of Mastery” beta kicked off yesterday with a level cap of 30 and a buff to quest XP gain. The studio said that it will be testing other areas in future weeks, such as buff limits, raid boss health and mechanics, the end of world buffs for instances, nerfs to character boosting, and the conversion of meeting stones to summoning stones.

However, in retail WoW, Blizzard is continuing its odd campaign of cleaning up anything in the game even possibly suggestive or offensive. In this case, it’s putting an end to a slew of vocal emotes that took place when players used the joke or flirt emotes. Wowhead has a summary of the specific emotes that are being changed, so you can check out that list to pay your respects.

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Dankey Kang

What even is this game anymore?

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Danny Smith

A factory farm for whales and raiders in low income countries milking said whales to make more in rmt boosting than working at their local fast food joint or amazon warehouse.

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Grimalkin

What a bunch of hypocrites

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Estranged

Called it. I don’t know why, but this is the final step for me. It’s been a good run.

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kody

It’s pretty painful to see what the EverQuest crew circa 2012 is doing to WoW. They certainly have interesting priorities.

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Sixuality

They’ve really gone all the way from over-compensating to self-flagellation now. It’s becoming embarrassing to watch, and slightly uncomfortable. It’s like watching a colleague playfully slap his own hand in acknowledgement that he did something wrong… only then he keeps doing it… over and over again… with a weird smile on his face…

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styopa

Whew! Now I can finally believe Blizzard is a wonderful place with decent managers and no toxic behaviors. Surely the State of CA will abandon its case.

“Yes, ma’am, I know there was a lot of creepy, rapey, misogynistic stuff going on but clearly they’ve turned over a completely new leaf.”

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Bryan Correll

Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?

I have a sneaking suspicion this blood elf male joke was removed because China.

So you mean I’m stuck with this hair color?!

I’ve looked at this blood elf female joke from every angle I can think of and can’t see a way this would be offensive to anyone. It’s also not funny, but that doesn’t seem to be the reasoning for removing any of the jokes.

I give myself a Dutch oven pedicure every night. I’ve got no foot fungus at all. My toes are pristine.

Okay, this Dwarf female joke has a certain ewwww factor. But offensive? Everybody farts Blizz.

I used to be a ten, but then I upgraded to an eleven.

Mechagnome female flirt, but all I can see is a Spinal Tap reference.

I could go one, but you get the picture.
Most of the flirts removed are a bit risque. More variations on the “is that a _____” in your pocket line than I’d realized. But….what do they think flirts are for? Why not remove flirts altogether when you’re taking this route?

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Greaterdivinity

Why not remove flirts altogether when you’re taking this route?

Don’t tempt them to add the popup window to “consent” to being kissed that was doing the rounds on Reddit for a hot second before it was batted down as fake.

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Bruno Brito

WoW patchnotes 10.0.1:

Classes:
– Hunter:

– When shooting, the Hunter will first ask if the target is ok with being shot, then ask them to put their hands up first.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, in isolation all these things are small. Even together all these things are small. I’m of no illusion that the WoW team thinks this solves the problems at ATVI but like…how much are we going to infantilize this game now?

Are some of them childish? Absolutely. Vulgar? Not explicitly so, but implicitly so. In poor taste? A few, yeah. Funny? Some. Unfunny? Also, some. Offensive or terribly objectionable? Well…no, not really.

None of this will alter any player behavior in-game, which is where work needs to be done to address toxicity and negative player experiences that they seem to want to address. This just comes off like, grossly missing the point and being that Simpsons character shouting “I’m helping!” while not really doing anything.

It’s a bad look IMO, and it almost makes me believe the “ess jay dubs” exist within Blizzard and are trying to retroactively baby-proof the game of sorts…just not any of the actually bad stuff like…yaknow, the game being a mass-murder simulator, a lot of the awful topics that pop up throughout the stories including genocide, slavery, mind control and far more.

But hey, my paladin can’t emote that she farts in the tub anymore. TOXICITY ELIMINATED AND MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! ROLL OUT THE BANNER ON THIS AIRCRAFT CARRIER, MY FLIGHT SUIT IS ZIPPED UP AND READY TO GO!

And I think that’s about all the emotion/energy I have for this topic : /

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Can you fart in the flight suit?

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IronSalamander8 .

Ok, some of those I can see, but most of them were fine. I loved that female troll 80 times flirt. And so many of the fun female goblin ones are getting cut? Sorry Actizard but the main problem is still your internal culture, changing these isn’t going to actually fix that.

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Jiminy Smegit

This is like a serial killer changing his t-shirt that had an offensive slogan on it. The t-shirt is completely irrelevant, it is the killer that needs to be dealt with.