Secure your account

So, glancing over the GW2 forums today, there definitely seems to be a spike in account hacking, if the large number of threads on the subject are in any way an indication.

Most of what the hacks have in common is that the owner did not secure their account with two-factor authentication.  If you haven’t set this up, I suggest you get cracking on it right away.  It’s nice that ANet is apparently doing rollbacks for some accounts, but it’d be nicer if one never got hacked in the first place.  WTF is with your information security, ANet?


alphalewolf:

Those women are doing a public service, Chris.

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Sorry for blogging shirtless Chris Evans to the wrong blog. Or should I put it back here?


isriana:

Asura Elementalist WIP

isriana:

Asura Elementalist WIP

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virtue-of-justice:

happily-hunyya:

fangos:

So just got out of pvp and then got bombarded with these. Sad thing is these are not keyboard spam. Some of these could be hacked accounts :(

They are :c

Yeah I got like 9 yesterday also, all “normal” names so I really hope those people get their accounts back. :/

I don’t understand why ANet can’t put in a feature where you’d only get whispers from people you are mutually friended with.  How many resources would it take to code that?You would then only get whispers from people you are mutual friends with, ending nasty behavior and gold sellers in an instant. An option that can be toggled off and on as a player sees fit.  Why not?

virtue-of-justice:

happily-hunyya:

fangos:

So just got out of pvp and then got bombarded with these. Sad thing is these are not keyboard spam. Some of these could be hacked accounts :(

They are :c

Yeah I got like 9 yesterday also, all “normal” names so I really hope those people get their accounts back. :/

I don’t understand why ANet can’t put in a feature where you’d only get whispers from people you are mutually friended with. How many resources would it take to code that?

You would then only get whispers from people you are mutual friends with, ending nasty behavior and gold sellers in an instant. An option that can be toggled off and on as a player sees fit. Why not?

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I just can't play a female human in this game.

sanguinaryincolor:

buns-of-men:

I deleted my most recent attempt last night. I just don’t like the aesthetics of the human females were given by ANet. I’m not talking about the boob plate or revealing clothes. I can like that if tweaked right. No, the reason I can’t play one is the goddamned idling animation.

Human female…

To be a bit honest here, I think that GW2 human females aren’t automatically sex objects just because of that idle pose animation. In fact, I think it’s the most trivial part of the perceived objectification of human females.

I’m assuming you’re referring to the idle pose on the one in which the human female tilts her head up and swings her hips casually from one side to another. You’re probably also referring to other idling poses that the female humans have.

I understand that you’re a bit put off as the idle pose appears to make the PC look ‘sexy’, ‘slutty’, ‘whore ish’, etc etc, But to be honest, that pose is not what makes female humans off-putting in terms of sexual objectification. You mention that the female humans you take seriously are the ones that are played by people you know personally. So why don’t you view their characters as off-putting sex objects? 

Their idle pose doesn’t define what kind of character they are, their general aesthetic look does, to a certain extent (hair, physique, armor, pretty colours) and the personality of this character (if they RP). I feel as if it’s a bit unfair to say that GW2 human females are instantly sex toys once they are created just because of this idle pose. Sexual objectification is the act of treating a person merely as an instrument of sexual pleasure, making them a "sex object". Designing human females to act in a way that some perceive to be over sexual is not making them a sexual object. I can be a female that likes to be openly sexual in terms of behavior and how I present myself, but that doesn’t mean that I’m an instrument of sexual pleasure. Similarly, just because your character swings her hips and pushes her boobs out, doesn’t mean that she’s only for the drooling dudes at their screen with their 2 inches out.

TLDR: Claiming that female humans in GW2 are sex objects and are the victims of sexism in ANet because of their idle pose is a bit unfair. I totally understand if it puts you off, everyone to their own tastes, but it is not because of sexism, or that human females are treated as a sex toy.

EDIT: I want to acknowledge here that I’m also not satisfied with the human females in GW2. Personally, I don’t like how their faces look. But that’s my personal tastes. Does it mean that ANet is sexist for not making mature, weathered looking female warriors? No. 

Just an opinion here, feel free to try to offer another POV, I’m open to different perspectives :)

I’m on mobile at the moment so I can’t address this as broadly as I want to. I hate typing on an iPhone. You have good, valid points, and I’ll address at least one.

For you, the idling animation is a trivial offense among many. For me, it’s a big fucking deal.

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t mind revealing armor that much, I just wish there was more parity between genders and races (female asura and charr really get the short end of the stick here). I can dress human females to where even the FLDS would approve of the lack of skin showing. Or I can make a human female look like she’s auditioning for a role as a Jubilee showgirl. I can go either extreme but I cannot ever get away from that, “Lemme do this sexy stretch!” animation.

On a strictly personal level, I find it mildly immersion-breaking. A human female I’m playing may be on a battlefield, or a scene of great death and suffering (like LA right now) and then she does her idling loop and I’m thinking, “She’s not taking this seriously.”

That, to a degree, also effects how I look at GW2 human females on an interpersonal level. My perception of them as having been designed to appeal to a particular segment of the player base colors the way I look at them. That’s a personal problem. Knowing a player behind the avatar lets me overlook that. Again, a personal problem.

I would love to see this change, but I’m not betting on it. Until then, I’m not going to even try making another human female. I have Marcella for my bank mule and dress-up doll and that’s good enough for me.

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guild-guardian:

Me and 5 other Elementalists had some time to kill in Heart of the mists so we tried to summon pumpkin infinity. Credit goes to Master Ryoki, Fiery chedder Balls, Frazar Scarfire, Caskadea and Phillip Podscale.

guild-guardian:

Me and 5 other Elementalists had some time to kill in Heart of the mists so we tried to summon pumpkin infinity. Credit goes to Master Ryoki, Fiery chedder Balls, Frazar Scarfire, Caskadea and Phillip Podscale.

Reblogged from endless-ammunition


I just can’t play a female human in this game.

I deleted my most recent attempt last night.  I just don’t like the aesthetics of the human females were given by ANet. I’m not talking about the boob plate or revealing clothes.  I can like that if tweaked right.  No, the reason I can’t play one is the goddamned idling animation.

Human female idling: “Look at my boobs!  LET ME PUT MY HANDS ON MY HIPS AND PUSH MY BOOBS OUT.  STRETTTTCH, LOOK AT MY PRETTY BOOBS. Shake ‘em, shake ‘em, shake ‘em.  Watch me play with my hair, play with my hair, play with my hair! STRETTTCH LOOK AT MY BOOBS.”

It’s annoying, and its not something you see on a female of any other race.  This issue never seems to be brought up whenever people discuss sexism and gender in GW2, even though it’s been screamingly obvious since betas.  It makes it hard for me to take any GW2 female human seriously, regardless if they’re a PC or an NPC, and about the only ones I do take seriously are the ones played by people I know personally.

IMO, GW2 human females are designed to be sex objects from the moment a player chooses that gender and race combo at creation because of that idling animation.  And that sucks.


Working on this guy, trying to find a look I like.


mogruith:

I got my flashy thing! I am a part of the Legendary club now!


Wooo, congrats!

mogruith:

I got my flashy thing! I am a part of the Legendary club now!

Wooo, congrats!

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cirquescape:

alhonthepaladin:

Oh WOW. Guild Wars 2 Tier 3 Norn cultural armor.

by Kamui Cosplay if anyone was curious :)

cirquescape:

alhonthepaladin:

Oh WOW. Guild Wars 2 Tier 3 Norn cultural armor.

by Kamui Cosplay if anyone was curious :)

Reblogged from gamerrazmus


elianaofshiverpeaks:

Haha. Do you mean to tell me gold sellers are actually making an effort to name themselves now?

Well Gsswegsd didn’t get the memo. Awkward.

It’s entirely possible that’s a hacked account. Some actual thought was involved in creating that name, unlike the other guy. Gold sellers using hijacked accounts to push their product isn’t new, but I hadn’t seen any since the game launch.

It might be time for another round of password changing. Just sayin’.

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Hoku, asura warrior.

Hoku, asura warrior.


"You’re told that you’re in your head too much, a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Or maybe there’s another word for such people: thinkers."

- Susan Cain, Quiet (via larmoyante)

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I wasn’t even clocked in yet.

As usual this morning I swung by 7-11 to pick up a little extra lunch for today at work.

And as I walked in, there was this woman by the coffee makers, chatting (loudly) on her cell phone:

"You have three hours before your flight. You can just call the airline and tell them he messed in his pants and they’ll get your suitcase back from the plane for you!"

I was in uniform, of course, with my airport badge dangling around my neck. And my thoughts immediately were, “Just act natural, I’m not here, don’t look at me,” etc. She never saw me, thankfully.

Because if she had, I’d have probably given her a truthful answer: most airlines do not consider messing in one’s pants a dire enough emergency to pull a single bag out of the THOUSANDS that have already been sorted and processed. This guy will either fly with a mess in his pants or he won’t fly.

Sometimes there are exceptions, but only very few sometimes. Like if this were a small regional airport, they might have a better chance. And thankfully, I didn’t have to be the one to tell her that. I just bought what I needed and got the fuck out.


Patterns from Subtle Patterns (Subtle Patterns) / CC BY-SA 3.0