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.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PissedComputerNerd May 10, 2008 at 8:56 am

That is just stupid – to stop these guys being girls (WHY?!) They creaters are going to perv at young girls that use the game! How the F**k are girls suppose to prove they are girls….Long Hair… Make Up… HELL NO cause guys can forge those things. The only way is to show thier ….. – Yep Thats really F*CKED UP!

2 Cherry May 12, 2008 at 12:29 am

WHO GIVES A F**K?! who the hell cares if the character is the real gender of the creator? Who the hell if bothers to care? It’s not like these games are bleeding dating sites!!!!!! I sure don’t give a f**k. Nearly all of them lie about their gender or their age anyway!

3 pissedcomputergeek May 20, 2008 at 3:49 pm

That is stupid! the whole point of a mmorpg is to have fun being someone you are not… next they will have you showing your whole body and force your character to be you exactly… people will fake it anyway so its just a big waste of time… and i bet it takes like a fucking month for them to confirm that its them…

4 Vladimir June 10, 2008 at 8:33 am

this is awsome, i fuckin hate it when im playin somethin like WoW and i get a female BE and it turns out to be some fag guy playing it wtf if a guy plays a female toon then they are fucked up in the head or are very gay

5 Flagshipped June 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Have to agree it matters very little to the actual players if all interaction is based around the game itself. But it’s the Chinese Government behind this move, far more about keeping their own control over these virtual worlds within their own than it is for the player’s sake.

6 femalegeek July 24, 2008 at 6:48 am

So… am I fucked up for playing a male toon?
Granted, I do this because it’s lots of fun to hear all the surprise on vent, and frankly, if guys can play girls, I can very well play a guy.

7 Deadspartan August 4, 2008 at 6:55 pm

what about on the diablo games? when you could only have a sorceress or a rogue as a female? were you faggots then? i don’t think so, like they said before, being in an MMo meanns you are being someone you are not, that’s half of the game is your character and how non-original it is.

8 Jon Flournoy, Jr. December 28, 2008 at 6:41 pm

have the reason people play games is so they can ejoy being something they r not. just, stop being retarded, and fucking sexists. and also realize that you shouldnt be retareded enough to visit a video game girl and think that a video game is a dating program, try hellocupid. etc also keep in mind that the user may in fact be attracted to the game just for the fact they can watch that digital tou`chee kick some dragons ass or et et et.

9 WonKers February 11, 2009 at 1:35 am

If in character creation you have to prove your gender via webcam… A mmorpg world filled with 95% male characters running around harassing the few female character with crude sexual comments as per the norm of lonely fat single men. Then the females would band together and create their own “female only” guilds. With group discussion and Yoga on tuesdays. Then they would be lobbying for women’s rights and censored chat lines. Madness people….Madness I say!

10 lol thats scary January 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

i feel bad for that guy, like really!

11 none of your business January 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Wait, I have to show my things to prove I’m a girl to play this stupid game?!
Is this for real?! o_O
Oh my god

12 JW March 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I know this guy. He has since lost weight and joined the Army. He is doing systems repair and integration for Uncle Sam with a high-level security clearance and making major bucks. He is now physically fit and at a healthy weight. He keeps a copy of this pic of himself for motivational purposes, though he is ashamed now to admit that it was him. He is inspiring.

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