[Spoiler Warning: Goblin Starting Area]
I love you World of Warcraft, I really do. The addition of the new Goblin race in Cataclysm has made me squeeeee with joy. The starting area is so lighthearted, well done, hilarious in parts, and clever. However, one particular quest has been a bit annoyed.
In the Goblin starting area, one of the big things that happens is that you prepare for a party. You go entertain the guests, then the party gets overrun with pirates. Before you attend the party, there are a number of things that you have to do in order to get ready for it. Apparently one of them is make sure you’re dressing “super fine” for your boyfriend, a goblin named Chip Endale. Here’s the quest text:
“Yo, baby. Wassup? You ready for the party?
No?! You know I love you, so I don’t know how to say this, but check it…I think you need to swing into town to buy a new outfit for the party.
Don’t look at me like that, you want to look gooood, right? Don’t you want to look super fine for me? I am your boyfriend after all!
Swing by the bank first and pull out plenty of macaroons. You don’t want to buy any of that cheap stuff!”
Come on Blizzard, you have some of the best quest writers in the business working for you. This is what they came up with? I ‘need’ to dress appropriately to make sure I’m looking “fine” for my boyfriend? Because it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m impressing him out in public, since “after all” he is my boyfriend? Sightastic.
I wanted to see what happened if I had been a male Goblin instead and found out that instead of a male NPC giving out the quest, it’s a female NPC named Candy Cane. The quest text is nearly identical, except instead of looking “super fine” you are supposed to want to “look good”. So, that’s great – at least they’re equally as offensive to both males and females. However, my perception as a female was that this quest was tailored for my female avatar and I was more than a bit put off by experiencing a controlling boyfriend telling me what to wear in the Goblin newbie zone.
I’ve personally dealt in the past with a significant other who acted like it was my responsibility to be exactly what he wanted in public. It sucked. I don’t want it in my favorite MMO.