Comic Mischief

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Rape in DayZ.

The blog entry I found today is several months old now, and talks about a female’s experience in DayZ where two male players assaulted and roleplayed raping her character.

There are a few issues to consider here, as there always has been when thinking on even a slightly deeper level about being a female who also happens to play video games. While I could go into many of them at great length, that’s not what I want to look at tonight.

I’m going to stay pretty neutral on the blog entry in question and its author, because that’s not what this entry is about.

However, reading a related blog entry had me hung up on this particular quote:

“a player having to endure two other players verbally pretending to rape her character”

I take issue with this. Okay, the male players in question were arguably jerks. I am not, for a second, trying to say what they did was a good or nice move. I’m not arguing in favour of what they did.

However. At no point can someone truly force you to do something in a game like DayZ. Unlike a real life rape situation, you are not physically held against your will. You are not pinned or restrained. Yes, your in-game character can be handcuffed. Yes, they can command you to do things and shoot your character if you disobey.

The difference is, though, you can disobey. You can take some control of the situation back. Had I been in her situation, I would have stood up and left my computer, pulled my headphones off, or Alt-F4ed. In the game – unlike real life – I still had some control, even if I had two guys giving me orders.

I don’t want to turn this into a feminist ramble about the difficulties of female gaming. I avoid 99% of people I encounter in any video game ever even guessing at my gender, but that’s a personal choice borne from wanting to avoid getting any attention simply due to my gender. I like to game in peace, without flirtatious whispers from people I will possibly never speak to again.

But when I do happen to reveal my gender, I think it’s important to keep hold of some control in the situation if things go downhill. For the person whose character  was roleplay-raped, I would have loved to see her come out of that at the end with a sense of “Screw you guys, I took back some control”, and not only “I’m upset”.

Be upset, but recognise you maintained (or could have maintained) some control in the situation. Recognise it’s a game, and internet anonymity has always spurred jerks. In particular, recognise it’s a fairly highly strung survival game that’s meant to be tough and sees people betraying new friends, lying, baiting and just all around being jerks.

Again – I’m not saying the roleplay rape was a pleasant, necessary or non-asshole thing to do – but as with most games, you do not have to endure anything. The log off button is always  there, whether someone is griefing you in WoW or taking it to new, darker extremes. If an in-game situation is truly upsetting you, abort game. Take a break. Tell them to f*ck off first, if you want – as would be well and truly justified in the rape case – but just remember you always have some element of control.


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Well, I think I am an adult?

Not that it matters, I guess, but sometimes things happen in my social life that leave me thinking the same thing: “I will never be accepted here.”

One of those things happened recently, listening to a group of females discuss their partners and their video game habits.

I don’t let him play video games. He needs to be an adult now.

Are you saying I’m not really an adult?

Conversations like this lead to long stretches of silence from me. I simply don’t know what to say. I disagree, completely, with the anti-video game crowd. Yes, of course video games can have a negative impact on a person. So can drinking, or watching TV, or going out nighclubbing. But for whatever reason, for parents and non-gaming folk alike, these other hobbies are somehow always more accepted.

Turn that video game off! You’ve been playing for hours!

Was a regular comment while I was growing up. Said by someone who had been doing nothing but watching TV for double the time I’d been playing a video game. If I switched the game off and watched TV with them, though, that was completely fine.

But when a group of females in my demographic start complaining about people who play video games and sympathetically clucking tongues when discussing a partner who games, I just kind of clam up. Mr PJ and I sometimes have differences of opinions with video games, but we also have a kind of system happening.

Relationships that include blocking what is arguably a fairly harmless hobby make me nervous. That, and nobody wants to hear from the “adult aged” female who regularly spends her weekends completing pixel objectives. I’m not a normal person whose opinion counts, just an abnormality that they don’t “get”.

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WoW 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations

Seriously, just wow. Blizzard have outdone themselves with the 10 year celebrations announced today.

At this point I don’t even know what to say except “holy awesome!”

So here’s what we’re getting:

  • Tarren Mill Vs. Southshore – The Rematch

If you engaged in PvP early on in WoW, you might have fond memories of—and perhaps a few scars from—the endless tug-of-war between Horde and Alliance players at Tarren Mill and Southshore. To recapture that feeling, we’ll be opening a Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on that timeless struggle. However, unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, there will be a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat.

YES. YES I DID PARTICIPATE IN THE ENDLESS BATTLES IN TARREN MILL VS. SOUTHSHORE. I can’t wait for this. Oh man. This is going to be epic. Looks like this is only going to be around for the duration of the anniversary, but they are considering bringing it back each year.

  • Molten Core – LFR Version

Molten Core provided many WoW players with their first taste of WoW raiding. For the anniversary celebration, max-level players will be able to participate in a special 40-player Raid Finder version to relive the experience of hunting down Ragnaros and his minions within his fiery lair. Downing the Firelord will earn you an Achievement and a special Core Hound mount reward (fireproof leg armor not included).

Yep, Molten Core was the first raid I ever stepped foot in, and I was terrified of screwing up. I got extra lucky and got my first level 60 epic in there on one of my first runs too, the old Arcanist Mantle. Still have it too. 🙂

omgomgomg Corehound Mount!

omgomgomg Corehound Mount!


  • Corgi Pet!

Anyone who logs in during the 10-year anniversary event will also be able to claim a feisty, fiery new pet: the Molten Corgi! Just think of the corgi-parade potential when you and your friends summon these wee waddling balls of fire for a walk.




In summary: HELL YEAH!

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The Worst Things I Ever Did in Azeroth

I’ve been hanging out in Azeroth for nearly a decade now, and I’ve mostly been a model citizen.


I found myself thinking about the rotten things I’ve done in my time wandering Azeroth, and one thing comes to mind.


1. The time I stole an Arcanite Ripper

Way back in Burning Crusade, we had a world event boss in Karazhan called Prince Tenris Mirkblood. Mr PJ and I formed a group to run Kara, and had pretty much one rule: “You can only roll on your main spec”.

I was a Holy Paladin.

The Arcanite Ripper dropped and I did something I’d never done before: I totally broke our own raid rules and rolled Need on something out of greed and/or vanity.

I won.

As soon as it landed in my bags, I realised what I’d done and cringed. The group was going to yell at me and disband, all because I’d had a minor fit of loot greed.

Nobody said a word. I guess at that stage we didn’t realise how rare the item would become, or that it would be removed.


That’s probably the only real dirtbag thing I’ve done. I’ve yelled at a couple of people and stuff, but mostly I’m not really a jerk, I don’t steal, and so on. Not a bad record for 10 years of playtime, I guess.

What’s the worst thing you’ve done in Azeroth?


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My Husband’s Mii is Kind of a Jerk

Both my husband and me have Miis that live happy little lives on my island in Tomodachi Life. I’ve set them as spouses in their Mii settings, but they’re not actually a couple yet.

Actually, come to think of it, I’ve tried a bunch of different things to get them to date (and – hopefully – eventually marry). Everytime another Mii suggests setting my husband’s Mii up with someone, I suggest my Mii instead. When they finally went on a “first date”, I thought I’d done it!

Sadly, though, they just didn’t click and aren’t even really friends yet.

Well, at least if you ask his Mii, who is turning out to be a bit of a jerk.

See, my Mii finally decided she liked him and to ask him out on the beach. The result?

He didn’t even show up…

Yep, my husband’s Mii is a jerk, and left my poor little Mii on the beach at night, all alone. No more orange juice (his favourite food) until you learn how to behave, Mister!

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Tomodachi Life Dating, Proposal and Baby Guide

Tomodachi Life is an amazing virtual world where your Miis can eat, play, work, have arguments, make friends – and fall in love!

The below guide will outline what input is needed from you for Miis to fall in love, stay together, get married and even have Mii-babies.

1. Getting your Miis to date 

Your Mii’s alert might be a heart icon – this means they need help with a love problem, and will ask your advice.

If they want to ask another Mii out, they’ll ask you a few questions – where should they ask them? Should they be romantic, desperate, impressive? Should they get changed first?

Once you’ve set the date up, your Mii will approach their love interest and use a line (based on your previous selections). The object of their affection will then agree to date them, or give them a simple “I’m sorry…”

If your Mii is successful, he/she will be super happy and give you a reward of some kind for your assistance. They will then have a “Special Someone” and the relationship will naturally progress from here. Sometimes they might ask for your opinion on the relationship, or have a fight.

If your Mii is rejected, he/she will be miserable. Their Happiness level will sink and they will be wallowing in misery until you cheer them up – using foods, baths, toys, gifts. (What seems to be a surefire way of cheering them up is a Travel Ticket, but those seem to be somewhat rare, so use carefully!)

2.  Getting Married

Your Mii might decide to pop the question – again you’ll receive the heart icon as their alert. They will say they want to propose. Once again you can help them out by choosing the setting, etc. They will also ask for even more help – to let them know when their partner is thinking of them.

This sounds VERY simple – you simply have to touch the Heart on the bottom screen when your Mii shows up in their partner’s thought bubble. In reality it ends up being a little trickier, though – the Mii will think about food, objects, and even other Miis. Often when the correct thought comes up, it’s very fleeting and will disappear almost as quickly as it appeared.

You only get a certain number of tries, and if you fail too many times, your Mii will give up and the proposal won’t happen that time. You will then need to wait until the Mii decides to try again – I failed twice with the same Mii couple and it took roughly over a week before they wanted to try a third time.

If you succeed and the Mii says yes, the marriage ceremony will take place there and then, and your couple will then move themselves into the Mii Homes. They still keep their individual apartments, though, and you will still need to look after their needs.

 Tips & Tricks for the Proposal Mini-Game

Be patient! This is the best tip – the first few thoughts seem to be the fastest, just take your time and relax. There’s no fixed time limit, so even if you spend a long time waiting for the right thoughts, you can still succeed.

I’ve seen some suggestions about using X and Y when the correct thought comes up – this takes a screenshot and “pauses” the game for a moment. I personally think this is slightly cheating and don’t use it, but I have read it’s ended up in success for others.

3. Starting a Family – Mii Babies!

Firstly, you need to make sure you have the “Babies” option switched on in your game. To do this, go into the Town Hall and check your Baby setting is switched ON.

Next you need to wait until one of your happily married Miis asks you about having a baby. If you say yes, and in a few days, your Miis will call you to let you know they’ve had a baby!

At this point they will ask you a few questions, so you can somewhat manipulate the way your Mii baby will turn out. (I personally choose to let “nature take its course” and let the Miis choose the name, etc, but of course it’s entirely up to you!)

The questions you will be asked include:

  • Were you hoping for a boy or girl?
  • How do you think they look?
  • Whose personality do you think they’ll have?
  • We were thinking of (name), what do you think?

You won’t be able to change the appearance and personality features until the baby has grown and is ready to move into their own apartment/go exploring, so choose carefully!

4.  Babysitting Duties

Sometimes the new parents will call and ask for your help. The baby won’t stop crying, so they may ask you to rock the baby gently, or play Peekaboo, or tickle the baby to help calm it down.

If you succeed, the parents will give you a present to say thank-you.

Enjoy your time with your Mii baby – they will only be young for roughly a week and then will be getting ready to move out on their own!

Sending a young Mii off to explore will unlock what is probably your final locked building!

Enjoy your Mii families! 🙂

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