Henchy – He groped me. It was clear that I would never be respected as a fighter. To TANK, I was nothing more than a play thing. I was a trophy to feed his ego. That’s when I left. I hope other henchmen follow my lead. We don’t deserve to be mistreated like this.
Photics – What are you doing now to make ends meet?
Henchy – I hunt Charr for steel. It’s a very lucrative business.
Photics – Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Henchy – Thanks for having me.
(TANK was not available for comment)
The purpose of this rather unorthodox article is not to make light of a serious issue. Sexual harassment is a very real problem. That’s exactly the point. The purpose of this article is to illustrate how real world issues can collide with a fantasy game. Have the new emotes created a Pandora’s box of rude behavior? Do you want to see a Warrior gyrating his pelvis like that? Can you be sexually harassed in an MMORPG?
I’m not personally offended by some of the new emotes, but I do find some of them out of place. I can see a Mesmer doing a jig, but I don’t think some of the other dance emotes fall into character. More importantly, should ArenaNet be concerned how mischievous behavior can result from the current environment? It doesn’t take a social engineer to figure out what happens when you combine an underwear donning female Elementalist with a thrusting Warrior.
I wrote this article to present the issue to the community. How does the rest of the Guild Wars community feel about the emotes? Do you think emotes should be censored, to discourage sexual connotations, or should they be left as is? Have you ever felt uncomfortable when other players flagrantly used the emotes for deviant means?
All else aside… while I love the new emotes, TANK just can’t dance. Perhaps this is an inside joke from ArenaNet, to take a shot at the dance emotes from other MMORPGs? This is beta after all, and ArenaNet is known for making jokes. So… how do you think the Guild Wars emotes compare to other MMORPGs?