Change Proposal/ References
Online, on the Wyrmrest Accord server of World of Warcraft.
Weekday and weeknight evenings.
I will create a roleplay character on WoW and infiltrate a notoriously racist, elitist, and misogynistic guild on my server. I will then document all the things I see them doing (through chat screenshots and transcribing them) as a sort of anthropological “study” on these people.
I will infiltrate the guild by creating a character (a male human priest) and pretending to be a roleplayer who shares their values, and wants to join their guild. As part of their guild, I will try to be as active as I can at all their roleplaying functions, and document all I see and hear.
From this, I hope to learn why exactly this guild behaves as they do, through what they say in-character and out-of-character, and create a sort of anthropological study of why these (largely) white male cis roleplayers behave in these ways. These sorts of players are common in any Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMO), but roleplaying guilds full of them are rarer, as RP guilds tend to be composed of the more accepting people among players. This is an environment that I am quite active in, and the toxic climate generated by these kinds of players is something I want to learn how to change – if I can better study how these people operate, then I can learn how to approach projects in the future for changing this climate. I would like to turn all the information that I glean into a cleanly and easily read documentation, that I can reference for future use and also release online for other artists and online activists. The first step to changing any group’s views is to understand why they think the way they do, and I want to be able to accomplish this first step – and make it available for anyone to use.
The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft
An intervention by Angela Washko in the MMORPG World of Warcraft where she creates discussions with players on how they respond to the term “feminism” and how their online communities think of women.
Washko interviewed Roosh V, an anti-feminist and anti-progressive author. She conducted her interview to complicate the narrative surrounding Pick Up Artists.