Playing over 70 lines of dialogue
Developer Blizzard’s cleanup continues world of Warcraft, removing the many risky jokes and bubbly lines of dialogue from the game.
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The changes now appear to be live on the Public Testing Area, or PTR, (as seen in wow head) and come as part of the 9.1.5 patch. The lines removed are almost all of a sexual nature, although some were also racially or culturally insensitive.
Examples of deleted dialogue include a female dwarf’s “No they’re not real, but thanks for noticing”, a male orc’s “That armor looks good on you. It would look even better on my floor”, a The female Blood Elf’s “Is this a mana wyrm in your pocket, or are you glad to see me?”, and a Nightborn male’s “Mmm, I want to tap that lay line”.
Other deleted lines include derogatory references to dreadlocks, and a “joke” that references teepees and wigwams. In total, more than 70 lines of dialogue have been stripped from the game.
At least one of the changes is more deeply tied to the game’s progress and mechanics, however, with a slang-filled rant from a defeated King Ymiron was also removed entirely, even though the swear words Was censored to begin with.
The changes come in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and “frat boy culture” at parent company Activision Blizzard, and lawsuits brought by Fair Housing and Employment of California. The ongoing issues have also seen a string of high-profile departures from the company, including Blizzard chairman J. Alan Brack, Senior Vice President of HR Jesse Meschuk, and a number of senior developers and designers are at work. Diablo IV And world of Warcraft.
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