Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges.
Blizzard Activision is taking yet another step to address some of the issues plaguing the company as of late. No. They haven’t fired anyone in the last few days (at least that we know of), and there aren’t any new statements about what they’ll be doing to make the company a more welcoming place to work, but as reported by NME, they are removing a couple of jokes from the game.
Admittedly, the jokes are sexual/sexist puns. So, they probably shouldn't have been included in a game intended for a wide audience in the first place. In this case, both jokes are the names of achievements. The first is earned when a player first equips a “gigantique” bag from the Haris Pilton (Paris Hilton) vendor – “My Sack is Gigantique.” The second is the “Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s” achievement earned when using mistletoe on NPCs with “brother” in their names. Once the 9.1.5 update hits, they will be renamed to “My Storage is Gigantique” and “Holiday Bromance” respectively.
These changes are on par with changing the names of some of Blizzard’s characters that were named after some of the accused developers and Blizzard staff.
On a related note – in that it’s happening in WoW, NME also reports that the WoW Classic guild ‘APES’, known for being the first group to clear the Molten Core in WoW Classic in 2019, is no longer a guild thanks to their leader Maitoz leaving. Maitoz announced his departure in a livestream on September 9, stating that he feels the game has become a “money factory for boosters”. He also added that there’s no real PvP and that the magic of the game has died as “it became industrialized at a bad scale”.
The end result is that APES is no longer a guild, although some players may continue to play together under another banner.
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