If you're like me, you may be wondering why I'm even bothering to write this article. "Of course no one is going to rape someone's character without being absolutely, positively sure it's okay with them," you may be thinking. "Right?" Wrong. Throughout my years of gaming experience I've heard continual stories of players' characters being raped when it really, really wasn't even remotely okay at all — I've even been there for a couple such incidents — and I think it's an important enough issue that it ought to be addressed in clear, certain terms. I also think there are a lot of peripheral issues that aren't immediately considered when we discuss rape in gaming, and I'm going to try to address all of them here.Go read the whole thing. It was thought-provoking, to say the least.
UPDATE: Get this. Blizzard "bleeps out" the word "rape" on their forums. I'm trying to decide how fucked up that is right now.
UPDATE II: I cross-posted some of this on the WoW forums, and Loteno responded with this:
Actually, there was something ressembling that in the WoW beta.
Back when Undead could understand common, a neat little "game" surfaced on some PvP servers. It was called "Strip or Die". I'm sure you can figure out the rules. Of course, they'd pick on the lowbies - and corpse-camped them for good measure if they refused, too. Naturally, lude comments were made if someone did strip.
This led to forum debates about whether or not it was possible to "take advantage" of someone online. There was a lovely, and oh-so-creepy article about what some called the first internet (well, that word will get censored anyway, so...) that happened in a MUD, through the use of some kind of "voodoo doll" program that you could use to make actions under a different person's name.
The whole "Strip or Die" thing was really, really creepy, really, really sad, really, really disturbing, and really, really didn't belong in the game.
Yup - and that's why the Undead can't speak common. It wasn't just "trash talking" - oh no.