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Discrimination In World Of Warcraft?
8:01 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

A few internet gaming blogs have reported on a press release claiming non-English speaking players, particularly those from China, are experiencing a form of discrimination in Blizzard Entertainment's popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. The press release asserts that English speaking players are requiring other players to type an understandable phrase in English before being allowed to join a party. This tactic is said to arise from the commonly held belief that many accounts used for the purpose of gathering gold for sale in the real world, an activity known as "gold farming", are controlled by players not fluent in the English language.

From the press release:

Mark MacKay an avid World of Warcraft player and owner of World of Warcraft Gold Price List Guide web site said this language bias makes no sense when you look at the statistics. He refers to Blizzards statistic that over 1.5 million World of Warcraft players are from China alone, with the majority of these players being non-English. While their has been recent publicity about the gold farm factories in China, it by no means justifies thinking that every Chinese or non-English speaking player is a gold farmer.

Mark states that he does not know how to stop this racial discrimination, but believes if people could just try to keep a more open mind and trust people a little more; this would go along way to bring some racial harmony to World of Warcraft and the World in general.
It is interesting to note that the press release was authored by the owner of a WoW price list for gold. Whether or not any widespread discrimination exists in the game will no doubt be a subject for debate. To read it and decide for yourself click the link below.

PRWeb: WoW Discrimination
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