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Sex doesn’t sell in Trade chat


He was offering a free lap dance in trade channel.   He was the leader of our Pug RBG team and he was recruiting for another healer.

“Lap dance by an AUSSIE chick”   he amended his trade advertisement.

In vent I was like.  “Huh.. wait..”

How do you respond? Righteously indignantly?  /leave party?  giggle?  coo “you wish…”?

I did  say  ” you’ve just stuffed up getting a decent player responding” and completely embarrassed me in front of the rest of the people I had been trying to do serious rated bgs with.

Sex does not sell well in Trade chat.

Sexy beefy guy with water background…

They use sex to sell games  ( just look at the  marketing stunts for Saints Row 3 where “scantily clad women gave away free petrol” in Sydney  as seen on their youtube here  and there is certainly is sexual overtones within game. We also can’t deny that some class  dances,  wiggle, shimmy, shake., crouch grabs and a very ‘sexy’ way.

Besides Lap dances being offered to potential healers to try to get them to join the  RBG’s,   there are on occasion people who advertise in trade,  who will RP for gold,  will table dance/ strip/ pretend to be your girlfriend / offer to send you pics . Even this weekend a prolific glyph seller in trade chat changed their  lets say,  marketing strategy to include a sexual offer. ,

They are never taken seriously in trade, even if they were genuine offers, they get trolled,  ridiculed or  Ignored.

Yes there is a difference in selling sex, and using sex to sell, but neither works in-game.

Services for sale are ignored and the person who  offers to cook their buff food in a lovely purple dress,  enchant their gear in under daks,  doesn’t get any more trade business.

I think there are a couple of reasons why using sex as marketing within Wow trade doesn’t work.

1. Virtual goods

Your not selling a real loaf of bread /energy drink.  You are selling Pixels within a pixel world, that may have an influence on the game ” Like buff food or enchants”   but you cannot hold, and feel the goods.

2. Virtual experience

The lap dance would not be real  It’s not that exciting to have toon ‘standing’ on your lap dancing their racial dance. We don’t have control over our Avatars to the point where realistic interaction could happen.  Avatars as sex objects well that’s a whole other line – we are well aware of RP in Wow,  but taking your toon and simulating certain acts using your avatars  – each to his/her own.  A lot of people are very uncomfortable about this idea.

3. Your not a real girl.

There has to be more boys pretending to be girls and asking for free stuff and hand outs than girls who ask for free stuff and hand outs, and most people know this.  There are no girls on the internet anyway, so even if you did take up that offer  for whatever reason  you have no idea who is actually climbing in your lap.

4. We are desensitized to sexy imagery in-game.

( though to give people their due,  while wandering round SW looking for examples the worst I saw was cleavage and naval) and we also ignore the casual semi nudity of the person running around in the  ugly brown  ( or blue)  underwear that most classes seem to have. Your not special in any way because your removed your pants.

( I did try to design a better bra –  not sure how well it would take off though. )

This isn’t meant to be a post against sexy santa outfits,  yes my toon has it, and my warrior wore her metal g with pride and much amusement. and my hunter really likes her red little mail number.

But using sex to sell doesn’t seem to be a valid way of marketing your goods in trade chat to fellow players. It might get your noticed, but if it’s for stuff like recruitment for a raid, or a Rated BG than anyone who is half way serious will think less of you,  and if it’s for goods we are not picking your service or trade goods because it comes with something extra.

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In Cahoots

One of the new features coming out is to allow people to form a raid group with people through real ID cross servers for Battlegrounds, classic dungeons and raids, as well as LFR. You can join x-server 5 mans in LFR  through real ID now,  but the change will let you bring more people along,

It’s natural to have some form of favoritism to people you know,  like, want to impress, want them to like you. Even when trying to be fair on the 5 man dungeon levels when there are people from the same guild  running it they might look out for each other more, heal more often, be more forgiving of stupid stuff, encourage silly stuff – eg I’ve been instances where I have had to heal 2 tanks because the two people who knew each other thought it would be funny to try to compete with each other over who the tank was going to be.  When I asked who was tanking I was told it was my job to heal. When crap goes down, and people are dying you may heal your friends a little more than the random.  You might be more attentive of the healers mana if the healer is your friend, defend your friend when the group wants to kick him because he has dc’d. You also might give your friend that piece of loot that they need/want .

I understand wanting to help someone more than wanting to ‘hurt’ them

Why should I give a crap about  the Mage that told the Tank to suck his appendage because he pulled before the tank and got called on it,   Not only was he rude, he wasn’t playing by the ‘rules’.  He could iceblock, and then it becomes the tanks job to fix his mistake,  Then an  offtank who convince the raid to kick *such and such* because of low dps  ( when it was the main tank he wanted kicked)   I can only imagine that his motivations where to get the main tank position and possibly roll on the loot the tank would have ( main tank had been a DK too)  Or maybe he just didn’t like him.

You get a lot more power as a group then you do as an individual.

When it’s 3 rogues and 2 druids from the same guild and server, trying to kick half the raid in a LFR  you can see that there might some under-tow of interest, and that they at least know each other because they are all in the same guild. They were found out, and people started clicking no to the raid kicks.

Its gets a little difficult when it’s  people on the same realm, but different guilds,  and you need to look closer at interactions to determine if they know each other.

But when you add different server, and different guild, and they aren’t shouting greetings in raid chat ” Oh Hai, fancy meeting you here”  then you have no idea who is in cahoots with each other.

And the conspiracy to hoard and swap gear, or kick people they don’t want in the guild  is less transparent.

The upside is you will never know.

The downside is you don’t then have the choice to leave,  take the 30 min debuff  and chance it with another group.

N*pple V Circle v C0ndom

Does N*pple make this post NSFW? If So I’m Sorry – I’ve stuck a * instead of an I just in case.  I might be overtly paranoid but better to be safe then earn the wrath of workplace filters.

On LK H Mode attempts the other night.  Someones mod was overwriting the raid icons for the Valks –  someone mentioned this – and I said on vent ”  N*pple keeps disappearing”

What you call things can be a matter of who you have raided with, and what they have called the marks – and what becomes ‘socially acceptable’

Was I trying to be sexual by using that word in a raid situation,  no.  I did not have any motive behind the use of that word bar saying effectively. Circle kept dropping off.  That I did not think what word I used when I said it made me think. ” Oh..  where did that come from?”

I’ve been in raids where the circle is called n*pple , and in raids where it is called a condom, and others where it is ‘that orange mark’ or even simply circle.

There’s ongoing debate about another word of note, and I will say that changing the developing  gamer speak  / culture on the use of words while gaming is not only  with not using them yourselves, but also telling other people its inappropriateness, or even being aware its inappropriate.

There is no need to call it anything other than circle.  All three variations  have two syllables. It doesn’t make it shorter communication

So is me worrying about this  being too political correct? I mean it’s not often I ever have to refer to the circle in an WOW situation, and I think it was the first time I have ever said it outloud. Circle is not too often used as a primary marker,  it’s rather unpopular

I can’t even tell you what was going through my brain when searching for the right term to use. But it was the first word that came to my brain when identifying the raid Mark – have I heard it used so often that it’s become ‘normal’?

Whats the 1st thing that comes to your head?

Have I been brainwashed that its ok to think about raid icons having sexual meaning

Is n*pple actually sexual considering it could be gender neutral – but more often refered to as being part of other female ‘assets’

I think when I first heard that reference I was amused.   I guess I had never looked at it in that way, and of the some of the things over the years I have heard it’s quite tame.

But I am going to double think what word I use next time if only because I think I should.

Raging Warrior

Introducing a new blogger, a raiding fury spec’d warrior with a tanking offspec

Raging Warrior

And also  so I can show off a new banner he was willing to subject himself to my creative interpretation

Wow Model Viewer, Gimp, and InteractImage  for the text 

While we are on topic of Warriors

Because I didn’t always have a Warrior on tap for advise,   I found www.wowpopular.com  very handy.

It breaks down the most popular Talents, Glyphs, Gear, Enchants, and Gems by class and spec

I was unsure about picking up Glyph of Revenge for my warrior ( I had a slow weapon so wasn’t using heroic strike too often) but now I have a faster weapon, I’m generating rage quicker so really don’t care that my heroic strikes are free after a revenge.  So I picked up sunder armor instead.

Their Sister Site  www.epicenchants.com is also pretty awesome for finding the right enchants for your gear as well – the filters are simple to use, and you can do it by stats  (this was especially important when aiming for defence cap – and was /still am relying on chants and gems to get you there)

New toys for me!

As you stand in Dalaran   ” I think I broke it”  broadcasts itself in stereo – Blizzard developers surely would have perfected the art of pet noises, and actions by now  – I mean XT would only be the most annoying pet of all time for a purpose.

What purpose?  – It’s a brilliant marketing tactic.

Forget the shiny pony’s that run past you in the main street looking like horses with chicken wings attached.  They become as dismissible  as every person riding on a Raven lord or spectral tiger.  It’s just another mount in the myriad available.

Lil Xt isn’t so easy to dismiss. He is noisy – loud – you don’t need to be looking at him to know he is there,

and how is this a marketing strategy?

Your thinking about Lil XT. Every time you hear him.  Stereo.  Why is he different to the other pets – that his voice is almost an announcement on a PA system.   It’s so everyone knows he is there, and you knowing he is there means your thinking more about him, and your thinking how much you want him,  and how cool it is that he can touch his toes,  and makes so many loud noises.

Just a theory

New Armory update – and a rehash on an old one.

Well WordPress doesn’t like my armory code, so I can’t embed it to show you, so you will have to go play with your own armory if you haven’t already.

You need to sign in and copy that thing  the big red arrow points to

Opps.. Busted

I was blowing kisses..

If you click on the funny symbol above it,  you get taken to a cleaner version of your characters screen,  and you can change the background of it, and your emotes  so you can be  blowing  a raspberry with the horde Av Background…   Sif I would be so disrespectful.  Yes I did.. ! Only once!

 

The only thing I hadn’t really paid attention to,  and according to their update page,  happened way back in December 8th – is the character feeds, giving you detailed information as to your activities and you can RSS them!   Thats a little weird..   I mean why would anyone but me,  want to know when I cleared Ahn’Kahet for the 17th time. ( and I already know cause I was there… )    I swear I have done it more than that

I added my Rss to my reader and this is what it looks like,  (for my vanity  and in experiment for the purpose of this post) who would want to know what I am killing?  You can probably deduce what I got up to on my Toon   – I completed Ahn’kahet,   only killed Falric on HOR because we lost too many people. I did the raid weekly ( Patch)  I DID NOT KILL THE CAT.   Someone else did..   /cry and so on…

But why would anyone care?  I could probably think of one or two guilds you might want to stalk – eg top world guild members so you can be alerted when they get a piece of new gear.  But for the plebs  other players  there does not seem much point.   

 

 

Wow Progress  has an event tracker too which lists the guilds you joined and left,  the loot you acquired, and any build changes you make which seems a little more purposeful than a feed telling me I cleared a heroic  ( mine from back on my old realm)   Yeah I got around a little there….

So while the activity list is kinda nifty,  I can’t see it being useful – unless it’s your boss or GF/BF doing the stalking – So..   you said you were studying….

Shackling: The Chains are back

Did you hear?   Shackling is now back in fashion!!!

There is lots of undead things in ICC and  the new Instances – and shackling as crowd control has made a little bit of a come back.

In Halls of Reflection I shackle the Hunter Mob, the Tortured Rifleman so he stops shooting at us  with his ice shot and iceblocking us.

In ICC  10 man, when doing several trash farming runs – ( a girl has to get her rep somehow when she isn’t guaranteed a spot in a raid – so honoured now!) and the 10 man Icc runs I’ve managed to do full runs on we  were shackling the Spiders to reduce the webs immobilizing people,  they also have a tendency to stand back  away from the rest of the trash so easier to keep separate from the Aoe.  I’ve not done the pull on 25 – as I was only in for the last 2 bosses on a 25 so I am not sure how finicky a well geared 25 group is on those pulls.

In Pit of Saron the two pulls straight after Krick and Ick ( the second boss)  are the hardest to heal in any fight/instance I have done so far. Ymirjar Flamebearers doing a  magic fire debuff, and the Ymirjar Wrathbringers casting blight – a disease  – so it’s heal – dispel,  cleanse, heal ect.

 After that are two pulls with  Wrathbone Coldwraith’s – and Melee always fail at getting out of the frost circle. I was doing Pit of Saron the other day with a DK tank who asked me ( as healer) to shackle one of the Coldwraiths.   Which made it so much easier to heal that pull. Less circle failing.

 


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