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WoW: Patch 9.1.5 was not the end of the Sexy Purge - John Hight in interview

The big sexy purge of patch 9.1.5 for WoW was not the end of "offensive" adjustments. In patch 9.2 and beyond, the developers also want to pay attention to these things and collect feedback from the community when it comes to content that can be perceived as sexist, racist or inappropriate in other ways. Executive producer John Hight assured us of this in an interview.

During the interview, Hight points out that "unlike many other forms of entertainment, ongoing games like World of Warcraft (buy now €14.99 ) can be changed to reflect the values that have evolved over WoW's nearly 17-year development. The player community includes a wide range of different opinions and viewpoints of players, which the developers strive to create a place where everyone can play together without prejudice. This underscores the reasons for some changes, not all of which were removed, such as the addition of male variants in Karazhan."

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how offensive content will be handled in the future and why, for example, they changed the Maximilian of Nordhain quest series, which was actually a harmless parody, Hight


"I think we've learned from the fact that we have a game that's been played on people's PCs for 17 years. I mean, we were building communities before Facebook even existed, and the ideals and the language that people used then are very different than they are now.

And I think if we're going to run a live service in a universe that we hope will exist for many years and beyond, we need to be open to the idea that we change content to better fit and reflect the ideals of our community. And we want this to be a community where everyone, regardless of gender or ethnicity, can come together in play and have fun with each other and understand each other's perspective. And we believe that we can help heal a lot of the wounds that society is struggling with just by playing together.

We have a medium that is unlike any other. Our predecessors couldn't do that. I mean, think about movies and children's books, for example, that once the page is printed, once the movie is made, they can never change and can be a little embarrassing to later and more advanced cultures and give you a glimpse into the mindset of people in those times. But we change, we grow. That's the nature of WoW. So will we change in the future? Yes, I hope so. Because we humans change in the future, and that's reflected in us.

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