Friends and I have been discussing the various choices made by blizzard and race/class combinations in general. We’ve come to the conclusion, nearly unanimously, that restricting a player’s choice of race and class combination is probably not good, inclusive, or socially conscious.
To be clear, I don’t claim to be part of the woke movement. That said, the restrictions on certain races from certain classes reinforces a bit of a racist position that “certain people” can’t be certain things based only on their race.
Our characters are a reflection of our agency within the world. If we can justify and identify with a character, shouldn’t that be enough to make it valid and viable? Isn’t one of the hallmark qualities of heroes that they challenge stereotypes, break the mold, and take the conversation in a new direction?
In real life, one wouldn’t dare say that members of a certain race can’t be a police officer, or a baseball star, or a lawyer - at least not someone who wanted to be seen as something other than a bigoted, ignorant person. So, why do we let Blizzard tell us that some races are too fat to be rogues, or some races are “too savage” to be paladins? It’s not OK and it reinforces an ignorant position held by some in real life.
I firmly believe that it’s time to put race/class restrictions to bed. In light of the current problems of unity facing many societies and groups of people around the world, gamers should be the ones breaking molds and setting examples.
Thanks for your time. Let’s see where this goes.