Monday, October 11, 2004

Blizzard Entertainment recently instituted a policy in their online fantasy game, World of Warcraft, stating that all character names had to be reasonably fantasy-sounding and that other names would be changed by game moderators. One player posted the following on their forum:

My character used to be named Indica which basically means of or relating to India, which is possibly my favorite place on earth. I log on today after school and find out my name has been changed to Omilan. What in the world is going on? I page a GM and explain my problem and get told that because there is a strain of cannabis that happens to be cannabis indica, my name is therefore a drug reference and was changed. My name is not a drug reference. My name is a culture reference: India. Suddenly an entire culture is narrowed down to a single plant? This is massively insulting.

If somebody can roll up an entire culture, an entire continental region and everything native to it, and throw it out the window, ignoring everything but a single plant that grows there and call every bit of it a 'drug reference,' I am outraged. I will not ask to get my name changed. It will be a testament to pure ignorance and abuse of policy.

To which a Blizzard rep replied:

The part that I seem to have the most problem understanding in this is the following... You had another character name changed at the same time named "Kindbud". I am sure this had to do with being a gardener of some sort as well.

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