Bunny pride!

It’s that time of the year again, where my Everquest 2 characters get some cute new familiars as part of Everquest 2’s support for Pride Month. As with previous years there are three new multi-coloured familiars available for free all month, Baghpuss has a post up with the details of the new bunnies.

My husband and I have encountered our share of ill-informed or outright hostile language in the many years we’ve been MMO gaming, even if it wasn’t specifically aimed at either us. I’d like to say it’s less an issue in 2021, but I fear recent political trends in my own country and others has rowed back on progress made. It feels like Pride is more important now than ever.

My Shadowknight is my de facto pride character in Everquest 2. He remains all year round in his slightly garish but fabulous ‘transmog’ and always has one of the bunnies out as his appearance familiar. I love that this game allows us to choose a different appearance or disguise for our non-combat pet (and also the mount!). Although it is not a concern in World of Warcraft, in some MMOs the pet also gives utility or stat boosts to your character so it is great to be able to choose what it should look like without ‘nerfing’ your character’s combat potential.

Other characters will keep their chosen bunny out as they race across Norrath for the month to show their own support!

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1 Response to Bunny pride!

  1. bhagpuss says:

    Mrs Bhagpuss would defintely share your feelings on how recent political events have set things back, both in the UK and the US. I lean to the view that it’s been more akin to the casting of a mass Reveal Alignment spell, where we get to see what people really think. A lot of people were paying lip service to things they didn’t believe and now we can all see who those people are. Where that takes us next is another question but I remain confident the long cultural drift towards greater acceptance and understanding of difference will continue. It’s not going to be a smooth journey, though, that’s for sure.

    As for mmorpgs specifically, it’s certainly not all hugs and bunnies all the time but honestly it was so much worse when I started. I remember people fairly routinely making characters with hateful names specifically to log into mmos to rant hate speech. The GMs had their work cut out keeping on top of it. Less spectacularly but more perniciously, lower-level slurs and hateful comments would often go unchallenged or would receive affirmation and support. These days not only are those comments rarer but they almost always meet with a barrage of opposition and little or no support at all. It’s not perfect by any means but it is better.

    Of course, that’s only my personal experience. And I never play in peak US hours. And I play games that have something of a fluffy reputation. So, anecdotal evidence. Take it for what it’s worth!

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