|Yeah, I probably wouldn't want to be friends with him either|
This not only made for a very lonely experience, but also made leveling up a slow and painful ordeal since no one would help him. So Shawn decided to do a little social experiment. In this game, people who are linked as "friends" could use the same house as a base for storing and sharing equipment. Therefore, he made 4 new login names and created 4 very attractive (aka sexy) female characters. Then he would go around typing newbie phrases like "I'm new to this game, can someone help me?" and add a few winks and smiley faces for good measure.
|Yes, it's exactly what it looks like: a harem of elves|
And what do you know, all the guys swarmed to help him! "Let me show you how to use your spells." "Come join our team, we're about to go on a raid." "Here, have some of this extra level 15 armor I have lying around." After accepting their generous offerings, Shawn would teleport to his home base to dump off the loot, and then would log back in as his main character to sell everything for ludicrous amounts of gold. His thief character really was like a digital pimp!
|Welcome to Shawn's house of ill repute!|
While K hasn't gone as far in exploiting the system, he knows at least ten other guys who have, and he did note that it was easier to find people to join his team in Monster Hunter Tri when he used a female character. What do you think? Is it wrong to deliberately choose a female character because you know you'll have greater favor among the majority male population in online gaming? Have you ever done it yourself?