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From the depths of the World of Warcraft forums comes this little tidbit from one of Blizzard’s very own:
“As many players have noticed, we have made a slight change to the male Blood Elf character models. In response to concerns that the Blood Elf male appeared to be too feminine, and after reviewing the model from a visual and conceptual standpoint, the decision was made to increase the body mass to give them a more substantial, masculine feel. It was also important that as members of the Horde that the Blood Elves gave the impression of strength and a more menacing presence.”
That made me so mad that I decided to post this immediately (even though I’m only on the second day of my new job and trying to lay low for a bit)!! Thank you, Jimmy, for bringing this to my attention. I simply cannot believe that the developers for WoW would bow to pressure from homophobic teenagers (and several close-minded adults). What ‘concerns’ are they addressing? That the Blood Elves looks as feminine as they act? That they may look, GASP, too gay because gay is bad? I cry “Foul!” ...besides, the slender models look better! What do you people think?
Re: Bloodelf Screenshots from Beta: UPDATE #2 [WoW Forums]
UPDATE: Kotaku’s Eliza found us this straight-up comparison: