After some discussion in the BA Chat (specifically, people mentioning that Siha has a really nice voice), I remembered that I had been intending to write a blog post about this for some time now. I guess it just slipped my mind!
We all know that VoIP software is great for raiding. It makes co ordination that much simpler, and is wonderful for people like me who are super slow typers (and have a bad habit of deleting whole sentences when they notice a typo waaaaaaaaay back at the start). However, sometimes I think that using software like Vent does have some, ahem, detrimental effects.
Unfortunately, the first thing people notice about me when I speak is my accent. Well, I guess they register ‘female’ at the same time as ‘accent’, and it can derail whatever is going on significantly. The first thing I notice is several tells pounding me all at once “Ooooh, accent, where ya from?”, or my favourite “Are you from – insert randomly guessed nation here -”. Some of those guesses have included England, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. Oddly enough, very few people guess Australia! Now, I really don’t mind these discussions. They can often be quite fun, and people seem to find it exciting that they are about to run something with a foreigner.
I guess the issue I have is that it can derail whatever is going on at the time in the raid, and it can distract people from something important. There are various ways that I deal with this – where I have been pugged into a raid, I ensure that I say ‘thanks for the invite’ as soon as I am on vent, so that I do not distract anybody when we are doing something important. It just makes it easier for myself and the rest of the raid to get the accent related conversation knocked over before we start to discuss strats and the like. If I do not get the opportunity to do this, I avoid speaking on Vent until the end of the raid, when I thank everyone for having me along. I really hate the thought that my nationality could potentially cause a wipe – talk about bad international relations!
Of course, there is the other issue – people asking me out on dates! This one has confounded me many times. How can you tell what I am like as a person by me saying ‘Thanks for the invite!’ over Vent? Did the fact that I live several hundreds of thousands of kilometres away from you not occur to you? Generally it is amusing, and it is all meant in good humour, but some people are serious! Scary stuff people, scary stuff.
Finally, in a gender related aside: The other day people were indulging in some criticism of another player in guild chat. Someone commented “Maybe it is just the guild leader’s noob wife, and that’s how they got there”. Why does it have to be a noob wife? Why can’t it be a noob husband? I am sure there are some noob husbands out there! :)Tags: Girl Gamer, Ventrilo, WoW