It took a lot of hard work, but it’s finally paying off.
It’s been years in the making. Personally, I thought it could never, EVER possibly happen.
But it did.
There’s a new skank in town… and they call her a female Worgen.
I think it’s a little sad, but it doesn’t affect my play intentions in any way. I guess I shouldn’t feel sad, because I have no idea how women who play the game view the new female Worgen dance except for what Larísa had to say.
I hadn’t intended to play a female Worgen, I’m going to change my Druid race to male Worgen when they open it up.
As far as the dances go, I feel that most of the female dances in WoW are… charming. The female Night Elf ‘pole dance’ grind is an exception, of course, but I’ve always thought of that as an aberration. A relic of the old days, when everybody bought into the ‘cave dwelling socially inept internet porn gamer geek’ cliche stereotype.
You know, before everybody with a clue accepted that there are millions of living, breathing, intelligent, talented women who are also gamers.
And the female Night Elf dance does go hand in hand with the, err, umm, ‘suggestiveness’ of the male Gnome.
Ah, the male Gnome dance. The great equalizer.
I’m sure there are some folks who are going to be amused by the Lady GaGa dance moves of the Worgen, but when I watched the video, my reaction wasn’t amusement. Not even a ‘watching Punk’d or Jackass’ type of amusement.
No, my reaction was more along the lines of; “Really? I mean, really? This is what you came up with. Really?”
But hey, I wasn’t gonna play one anyway. No skin off my snout, right?
What makes me sad is thinking of all those millions of intelligent, fun loving talented female geeks out there that love to play the game, and who (in my imagination) were looking forward to a new character race, and will now be mildly annoyed to have that as the dance move for when they’re chillin’ with their guildies.
I might be totally off base, but whereas fun loving, flirtatious, free wheeling and adventurous dances are all great, there’s a fine line between flirtatious and skanky.
This? This hops right over that line wearing a bunnytail leotard. Do the skanky hop. Hop hop hop!
I really did think that, after the first iteration of WoW design, we’d moved past that kind of team programming decision, but hey. I AM a real old bear. I probably just don’t get it.
Now, I’m assuming a lot here. I’m assuming you’ve seen the video, because it was on MMO Champion. Just in case, I’ll post it here. The dance is from Lady GaGa’s video ‘Poker Face’.
Now, it’s all really pretty silly. It’s not a big deal. It’s just a dance, after all.
How much is each races’ personality flavored by their associated dances? You’ll see them all the time, in the events you take part in, the machinima you watch, the mailboxes you use, all over the place. Going forward, your mental image of the female Worgen will inevitably include that dance as part of their… flavor.
What flavor? Why, tart of course. :)
What I think is the MOST amusing part of this entire situation is how this is just one more example that Blizzard needs to sit all their folks i one room and figure out where they want to go with the game. What is appropriate and funny and cool, and what ain’t?
It’s a big company, but you should expect a certain amount of consistency in the stuff they include as in-jokes or fun, and what gets excluded as inappropriate.
The female Worgen dance didn’t get done by some lone guy in a garage working on a Mac saying “hur hur hur”, it came out of a team meeting where options were discussed, debated, and decided on. It represents a decision made internally by a team. As such, it shows what that team considered appropriate for the game in terms of source material used, target audience, and entertainment value. And, as it’s the brand new race for the brand new revitalizing expansion, it’s presumably going to have a big presence in the game for, oh, the next three years or more.
Programming that dance, with all of it’s choreographed moves, was not a simple task. It took quite a lot of time to complete. Time spent coding equals money equals resources. That dance cost Blizzard quite a bit in terms of those resources that they can’t afford to spend on individual class quests.
Ooops, sorry. Slipped on a snark.
Okay, so, no big deal. I personally think it’s kinda lame, using the dance from a Lady GaGa video.
I’ll be honest, I really like her as a performer, and I’ve purchased several of her songs (sue me, I like dance music, and I really like Bad Romance). But I have no illusions concerning her relevance or potential longevity. Lady GaGa is the poster child for “Live fast, get some singles, love the fame, then vanish into VH1 history”. She’s an internet fad driven by controversial behavior and media saturation as much as anything else. She’s good, but she’s not exactly Britney Spears or Madonna in terms of recognition or staying power on the pop charts.
The most awesome part of all of this is the part where you just have to step back and ask yourself, “Do they even talk to each other over at Blizzard HQ?” See, this got revealed within days of something else that, to me, portrayed a completely different attitude.
I know it’s unfair of me to quote people’s actual words in context, but hey… if you don’t MEAN it, or you don’t know exactly what you’re talking about, DON’T SAY IT.
Saying “I don’t know”, when true, is a perfectly acceptable answer to me. Saying “I don’t want to tell you why we make our decisions because you’re all just going to whine about it later on the internet” is ALSO a perfectly valid answer to me. I can respect honesty.
I’m talking about the Blizzard response to why they changed the name of the Feral Druid Talent “Nom Nom Nom” to “Blood in the Water” in 4.0.1 for Cataclysm.
The reason why they made this change, and I quote from the BlizzCon 2010 Class Q & A panel, is;
It’s an internet meme that will be less funny in a year, and will embarrass us in 3 years.
That was their reason, in their words, for why they changed the name of a Talent that, as far as I know, was met with universal enjoyment when first rumored to exist, let alone the joy when it was really found to be in the game. A Kitty Talent called Nom Nom Nom? Are you freaking serious? Awesome! Bravo, Blizzard.
And then of course they changed their minds. They changed it before it went live, first to Feast of Flesh, and then to Blood in the Water.
You know, I’m not a shark, I don’t have a shark form, it looks more like a manatee to me. I’m from South Florida, so maybe that’s just me, but I think of it as my “hippo of the sea” form. And even if it was a shark, I don’t fight in that form. Blood in the Water? As a replacement for Nom Nom Nom? Just, no.
Now, maybe the truth is somebody somewhere copyrighted the phrase Nom Nom Nom, so legally they can’t use it. I can see that. I’ve seen weirder, that’s for sure.
But they didn’t SAY that when asked in a Class Q & A panel. And you’d hope they tried to give the person a good answer, right? Not just throwing out some bullshit, or mocking the person for being stupid, or blowing them off. They gave a serious answer because they respect that somebody waited in line to get a response for their question. Someone who presumably spent a great deal of money just for the priviledge of attending a celebration of Blizzard’s games, is a paying customer of Blizzard, and who cared enough to wait in line in the hopes of getting their question answered for themselves and their community.
The serious response to his question was, It’s an internet meme that will be less funny in a year, and will embarrass us in 3 years.
And then we get the female Worgen dance? Oh yes, that is just the FUNNIEST dance, not just now, but three years from now. Oh yes, the relevance and flavor of that dance will certainly live long and prosper.
I’m not upset, or ranting, or irritated, or anything except IMMENSELY amused.
It’s like, “Left hand, this is right hand. Umm, dude. I’d like to have a meeting with you, maybe over some bubble tea? ‘Cause I’m hearing things about what you’ve been up to over there, I’m not naming any names, but I just don’t know what in the HECK you do over there anymore. I think we need to touch base and get this stuff nailed down. I’m getting some word that you guys are doing some funky shit, and maybe didn’t get the memo that, we’re Blizzard, We’ve got 12 million subscribers over here. This is serious business.”
I was a little disappointed in Blizzard when they dropped the awesomeness of Nom Nom Nom. Honestly, when I first heard that was the name of a new Feral Druid Talent, my first thought was, “Wow, I really didn’t think Blizzard’s devs were that cool and ballsy to go for that. I’m impressed with them. Rock on!”
I’m INCREDIBLY surprised at the Lady GaGa female Worgen dance. That just makes no sense to me, stylistically, thematically OR in keeping with consistency.
But what the hey, none of it matters, but damn is it funny in comparison.