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Blizzard Cracks Down Erotic Role-Playing in WoW

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 58 comments

Blizzard's customer service will be patrolling the Goldshire Inn on a World of Warcraft server.

Earlier this week, Blizzard's Customer Service team announced that it will be patrolling World of Warcraft's Moon Guard server and its Goldshire Inn for any erotic role-playing. For the uninitiated, this particular virtual establishment is notorious for naughtiness, however now it's come under scrutiny thanks to a father canceling his son's account based on the Goldshire's adult festivities.

"Tonight, he had some friends over for the night," the father wrote of his son here on the Blizzard Customer Support forums. "When it came time to wrap it up, I went into the comp room to find my son and his friends huddled over the monitor, laughing like school boys will. Apparently, they had heard about and discovered Goldshire Inn on Moon Guard. I myself had heard of it's reputation, but after scrolling up and reading the chat, I never thought it was as bad as I was reading."

"I cannot begin to tell you how displeased I am with the absolute lack of server/ToS follow up regarding this abominable server," he goes on to say. "Line after line, having absolutely NOTHING to do with RP: sexual emotes, gay bashing, racial comments....I sat there speechless."

After numerous replies to the father's post, an assumed Blizzard customer service representative named Arrestide responded and admitted that the Goldshire Inn is one of the game's "hotspots." Arrestide said that Blizzard isn't turning a blind eye by not sweeping in with "a crack of lightning and a mighty hammer."

"It's our goal (and in our interests, obviously), to present a safe and accessible environment for play," the reply reads. "While defining "offensive" behavior can be subjective, the policy linked above [referring to the In-Game Harassment Policy] reflects our working definition, and our intent to keep certain types of offensive behavior from affecting the play experience."

The post goes on to report that Customer Service will actively patrol the Goldshire Inn on Moon Guard on a regular basis, and take appropriate action for gamers violating the Harassment Policy. "Note that this pertains primarily to public messages (/say, /yell, General) and unsolicited whispers," Arrestide added. "We won't be showing up with that mythical crack of lightning-- we'll just be watching silently for any rule-breaking language and following up privately with the player[s] in question."

Guess that means if you have any naughtiness going on, keep it private.

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    ecnovaec , August 6, 2010 6:18 PM
    oh come on it's the closest anyone playing that game will ever get to the real thing, leave them alone!
  • 16 Hide
    sliem , August 6, 2010 6:43 PM
    I take off my helmet and my cloak...
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    skevil , August 6, 2010 7:01 PM
    "Line after line, having absolutely NOTHING to do with RP: sexual emotes, gay bashing, racial comments...."

    So it's basically like 90% of the comments posted on YouTube? Welcome to the internet, cheers!
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    kelemvor4 , August 6, 2010 6:14 PM
    All they really need to do is decom the roleplaying aka cybersex servers.
  • 31 Hide
    ecnovaec , August 6, 2010 6:18 PM
    oh come on it's the closest anyone playing that game will ever get to the real thing, leave them alone!
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    insider3 , August 6, 2010 6:18 PM
    Freaks
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    Fetal , August 6, 2010 6:19 PM
    SICK SICK SICK hahaha nice :D 
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    nforce4max , August 6, 2010 6:19 PM
    Well there isn't much proof needed that Blizzard has no Mojo.
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    mrmotion , August 6, 2010 6:23 PM
    yeah cause they wont just go to a different server...
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    eklipz330 , August 6, 2010 6:23 PM


    i hope u don't get banned for putting up such a filthy link.
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    kelemvor4 , August 6, 2010 6:26 PM
    And you can't close the damn window, either. I hope an admin removes the link.
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    tsk_cable , August 6, 2010 6:26 PM
    -1 for nerd sex
  • 3 Hide
    Hupiscratch , August 6, 2010 6:27 PM
    All these people need is real sex.
  • 4 Hide
    the_krasno , August 6, 2010 6:28 PM

    Rule 35. If there isn't a rule 34 application, you must do it.

    XKCD.com
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    Honis , August 6, 2010 6:28 PM
    Players can't report this through an in game GM service?

    Not that the kiddies are going to report the teehee moments but in many MMOs the more mature community does an OK job of reporting ToS violations if they're given an easy enough method.
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    zachary k , August 6, 2010 6:31 PM
    looks like there are going to be some new, and very weird, privet servers.
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    grieve , August 6, 2010 6:32 PM

    lol how did you ever come across that webpage... what do you google LOL!

    I think Bliz should get some balls and ban people, sexual comments have no place in a game with SO many children. Rasism doesnt have a place anywhere with anyone... Ban these people already!
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    djackson_dba , August 6, 2010 6:40 PM
    I wonder if Blizzards original business plan read something like...
    "As 25% of the world is totally undatable, and therefore unlikely to have sex involving another person, our projected first year revenue figures..."
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    sliem , August 6, 2010 6:43 PM
    I take off my helmet and my cloak...
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    dark_lord69 , August 6, 2010 6:45 PM
    Wow... Erotic...
    Words? lol
    I'm sorry I am not offended by any words and there is nothing you can type that would make me think that is etric. Erotic to me means NUDE and VERY sexually explicit.
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    hufnagel , August 6, 2010 6:46 PM
    Why not just card individuals for age before they enter the Inn.

    Seems easy enough for users to prove their age when starting an account. Then their account can be tagged with the user's actual age.
    The virtual environment can then be set up with areas that are 18+ or 21+ only.
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    eyemaster , August 6, 2010 6:57 PM
    All anyone have to do is go on almost any forums on the internet and you'll get much worse.

    That "Dad" needs to go to Urban Dictionary just for the fun of it...
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    thebigt42 , August 6, 2010 6:59 PM
    hufnagelWhy not just card individuals for age before they enter the Inn.Seems easy enough for users to prove their age when starting an account. Then their account can be tagged with the user's actual age.The virtual environment can then be set up with areas that are 18+ or 21+ only.

    Then the player can take off all there armor and \dance
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