'Runescape' Is Having a Pride Event, and Players Plan on Rioting

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Judging from Reddit, a huge chunk of players of the medieval fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game Old School Runescape take the "old school" thing so seriously that they're embracing medieval ideas of exclusion.

Yesterday "Mod Wolf, "Sell RS Gold, a QA analyst for Runescape at Jagex, took to Twitter to announce "a small holiday event of mine will be coming to [Old School Runescape] this Thursday to celebrate #Pride2017. " Aside from an image showing the pixelated rainbow, Mod Wolf said nothing else about the occasion.

The internet quickly filled in its own conclusions. Within minutes, someone tweeted back "Does this really belong in medieval children's mmorpg? " and amassed almost as many likes as Mod Wolf's initial tweet. The fire spread to Reddit and the Jagex official forums, both of which soon got plastered with topics like "This is not a dating site" and "Gay Pride, I quit" and "I'm with regard to equality, but a video game is not the place to push your political opinions. " Some gamers simply asked why Jagex is including such an event when the chat log still censors the word "gay. "

There was even a call for an all-day in-game "riot" that claimed to not be "a riot against the LGBT+ community, inch but a riot "against Jagex sanctioning holiday events for every social/political cause under the sun. "

I spoke with Mathew Kemp, Jagex's senior product manager, and Neil McClarty, Jagex's acting vice president associated with publishing, to learn some of the background surrounding the event. What's this calamitous, earth-shaking Pride function that has seemingly thousands of players up in arms, judging from upvotes?

"The event is very simple and straightforward, " Kemp told me. "Players have to collect pieces of any rainbow that's scattered around the world, and they put them together and create some sort of rainbow-colored scarf. inches

"It's something that ties in with the values of Old School Runescape and Jagex and it was very easy to code and develop, " Kemp said. "The way we see it, the Old School Runescape community is this big, inclusive community of wonderful people and we just wanted to spread more love and support for some of our LGBT local community. There is a lot of unfortunate noise right now, which I'd rather not have, but everyone at Jagex is behind it and the vast majority of players is going to be behind it. very well

Similarly, despite the huge numbers of posts, McClarty says he's not discouraged.

"I think we always take what we read on Reddit with a pinch regarding salt, " he said. "I don't think it really represents the entire community. With everything that's going on in the world at the, moment, why not just get together and let people from any creed and any kind of race just get together and enjoy Runescape? micron

Neil asserts that the event isn't political in "any way, shape, or form"—a Reddit post along with 6, 000 upvotes argues the contrary—and points out that major game publishers such as EA and Sony have embraced LGBT players.

"It's just a bit of fun, in McClarty said "We are a very inclusive company made up of lots of different nationalities and both sexes,Deadman Gold, and we have LGBT people working across the company and we wholeheartedly support them and the wider LGBT community. "

Kemp says Jagex doesn't plan on banning anyone who shows up to the aforementioned riots, that he imagines will consist of players merely showing up and spamming the screen together with text.
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