Chinese MMORPG’s Attempt to Solve the “Crying Game” Problem

by Joey deVilla on September 25, 2007

A hot avatar and the fat nerd behind her.

Wired News reports that the vendor behind the Chinese MMORPG King of the World is cracking down on male players who choose to use female avatars in-game. None of the reports on the web state what the rationale behind this policy is, but I suspect that it’s meant to prevent incidents like the following one, taken from a Family Guy episode:

Peter: If you could be stranded on a desert island with any woman in the world, who would it be?
Quagmire: Taylor Hanson.
Joe Swanson: Taylor Hanson is a guy.
Quagmire: [Laughs] You guys are yankin’ me. “Hey, let’s put one over on Quagmire.”
Peter: No, he’s actually a guy, Quagmire.
Quagmire: What? That’s insane. That’s impossible.
[Pause]
Quagmire: Oh God. Oh my God. I’ve got all these magazines. Oh God.

According to Wired, anyone who wants to play a female character in King of the World must now confirm that they are female via webcam. The article points out that such a system is easy to work around: just ask anyone who’s ever asked an older friend to buy beer for them.

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