disrespect

Blizzard never rests … getting worse

Topic: reserved character names.
The unimaginative self-victimizing spineless whiners who would call reserving a character name using an idle char “passive griefing” to claim it is against the rules have won. As usual. But it might not even be directly this pathetic personality trait that was the reason. At the core, Blizzard cares about profits, and gamemasters having to manually deal with requests cost money, so now instead of acting mature and setting a standard, they cater to that mindset that is so close to their own by automating the process. And automation means it is being done. And the conditions are appalling:

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https://eu.battle.net/support/en/article/requesting-a-name-be-released-for-reuse

“Requesting a Name be Released for Reuse

We often receive requests from players to free up a character name. Customer Support will no longer assist with releasing names. Instead, names will automatically become available if the account that holds the name has remained inactive for the past two expansions.

For example, if an account has been inactive since before the Cataclysm expansion, all names on that account will be made available when the Warlords of Draenor expansion launches.

If you are an active player, there is no need to worry that your character names will be changed, even if you have been playing other characters for a while.
Updated: 27-Jul-2015
Article ID: 200790 ”

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Notice how it doesn’t say anything about character level. So if you found an awesome name that you can identify with, leveled the char to 85, got tons of achievements and rep and stuff, then stopped playing, and are now coming back to Warlords of Draenor, you might find your level 85 character has had its name taken away and given on a silver plate to a brat with a bloated sense of entitlement. Because that’s the target audience Blizzard caters to and always has. Some people just don’t understand that Blizzard doesn’t respect them, despite their best efforts to make that clear, like said case. If you are inactive for a longer time, you just don’t matter to them. Even though they lost tons of subscribers lately. They have given up and don’t expect you to return to the game anyway, so don’t be a fool and even consider it if you have any self-respect. They fully focus on the “whales” (rich and/or addicted) now. Supporting such a business has negative consequences for all of humankind and the world.

The nail in the coffin for my WoW subscription years ago was actually because of more automation and ensuing disrespect when a game master eventually talked total bullshit to me (as people usually do when reason collides with lowly motivations).

Any temptation there might have been for me to re-sub has been thoroughly averted by my self-respect. And preserving my self-respect even under severe pressure is an actual achievement.

Sidenote: RP is supposed to nourish creativity, but WoW isn’t really what role playing games used to be. People who complain that “all the good names are in use” are too stubborn to not have it 100% their way. They should just practice some creativity, which would work if the will was there.

I am probably the gold standard, because I have a hard time coming up with character names that are not unique, haha. xD

The racist implications of subtitling because of accent

I couldn’t find information about the history of subtitling, so here is a thought about what might have happened.

Since TV is mass entertainment and mass entertainment is sensitive towards audience displeasure, people complaining about weird accents might have been the reason why we now see that habit of adding subtitles to people speaking in a familiar language but with an accent. Often the accent doesn’t really make it more difficult to understand, yet there are subtitles anyway, which can seem insulting.

And since I have studied people’s behavior a lot, what I could imagine is that this was caused by people who simply don’t WANT to understand. There might have been racists or just general pricks who went like: “What’s that Asian guy mumbling about there? I can’t understand a word of that gibberish!” while they could have understood perfectly well if they hadn’t been an ass. And then the entertainment business got afraid that this might harm the audience appeal of the product, so they better added subtitles, just to be on the safe side.
And as is so often the case when people act out of fear, they do a disservice, and to themselves, too.

Again, such things are often merely about willingness to make an effort, even if just a small one, and many people are not willing. It’s the same issue with people speaking foreign words the wrong way just because they want to signal disrespect; are not willing and don’t care enough to make a little effort.
When people admire that I am good at speaking certain foreign words, it gives me mixed feelings, because all they’re really admiring is that I make a little effort and they don’t even try. Many things are damn easy if only you can get yourself to have a bit of interest. And thus, interest is what paves the way to excellence.
If you think “Nobody likes to have a speech impediment.”, you’re wrong. Many of them are even proud of their self-made one; created with the power of the mind.

See this video for a humorous (yet with a deeply serious core) look on the issue:

This doesn’t even cover the more extreme degrees of the issue, like phonetic mistranslations. One example of that that made me facepalm for years is cherries named Schattenmorellen in Germany. Schatten? Did they grow in the shade? And what the hell are morells? Nope, they were originally called “Chateau de Morel” (after Castle Morel), but someone decided that making themselves look like an idiot/jerk by doing this crude phonetic translation was a good idea.

Beef jerky is another example of an equally dumb phonetic translation. That product was apparently named by and after knee-jerks.

UPDATE 2018-12-26: The Wall Street Journal managed to go far beyond this in what one has to assume is politically motivated racism, and the contained cynical self-parody (subtitled Chinese perp vs. non-subtitled Israeli victim) could also be interpreted as antisemitic, ha-ha:

You are dissed by Youtubers and maybe don’t even realize it

I sometimes see Youtubers writing in their video descriptions or saying in their videos things like “Remember to like, comment and subscribe” or “Don’t forget to like”. This is disrespectful. It implies that there is no reason whatsoever why someone might not do that. They might very well not have forgotten, but consciously decided not to. It’s only natural, makes perfect sense and happens way more often than the alternative. It can even feel a little arrogant at times. Imagine you watched a video, closed the page and the channel owner approached you: “Whoops, hey buddy, looks like you forgot to give me a rating there.” It is a mindset that doesn’t signal accepting the fact that the viewer has and should have a choice in the matter; is an individual and not just a means for the channel owner to gain popularity.

It’s worse in the case of asking for comments, because this is even more clearly about raising a video’s ranking through comment activity. A Youtuber should be interested in hearing what his audience has to say, not to get them to comment even if they don’t really have anything to say. And then there’s an even more severe version of this when a Youtuber might even state that he’s mostly just active on Twitter or such, or maybe not really responding at all, usually getting so many comments on videos that he could not possibly read even a fraction of them, but is still asking people to comment. That is slightly deceptive, asking people to spend their time doing something in the belief that the guy asking for comments would read them and/or actually care.

Another thing a Youtuber could do wrong at this point then is to spend video time and thus watcher time complaining and moaning about a minority of people giving negative unconstructive feedback, thus dissing not only the well-meaning watchers and commenters by not dedicating an appropriate percentage of his time to them, but also the negative-intentioned commenters for first basically asking them to always comment and then not liking what they have to say when urged to do so.

What I myself AM doing is asking people to consider giving feedback, as a reminder that support like that is very much appreciated. This in part is fueled by a repeated experience of people telling me how greatly they appreciate a comment I made, but didn’t give it an upvote. Kinda detracts a bit from the quality of their supposed appreciation. Reminding people of an option is a different thing than what I talked about above.