"Forced Castration" Coming to Age of Wushu

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"Forced Castration" Coming to Age of Wushu

The free-to-play MMO Age of Wushu has added a new mechanic that will take more than just your breath away.

"Ganking the noobs" is about to take on a whole new meaning in Age of Wushu, a free-to-play martial arts action MMO inspired by the lore of medieval China. Among the new factions and schools being added to the game is the "Rootless Clan," and they're not rootless because they're nomadic: It's a clan made up primarily of eunuchs.

There are three ways a player can become part of the clan, which in case it needs to be said is designated as an "evil" faction. Male characters who train the "Sunflower Manual" to level 25 will automatically be sent an invitation; players may obtain a "recommendation staff" which will allow them to enter the clan as long as they're willing to undergo castration first; or they can be forcefully castrated by a gang of Rootless Clan members.

It sounds incredibly bizarre (and disturbing) but according to MMO Culture, it's completely true. The site actually reported on the new faction and its unique initiation rite earlier this month and, apparently in the face of some disbelief, confirmed it today. The process begins with a special daily quest that's available only to Rootless Clan members of a certain fame level. Five eligible players must form a party and then find a suitable victim, who actually can't be a newbie but must instead be a powerful player of sufficiently high level.

The castration process lasts for two minutes, during which time random "good" NPCs will try to intervene and the player being attacked may also seek help, and even when the process is complete the likelihood of success is low; the player may only suffer "significant damage" rather than the full chop. But if the process is successful, the player will be officially castrated and will then receive an invitation to join the clan.

That may be the strangest part of the whole thing. Cutting off a dude's virtual junk, even without a graphic depiction, is disturbing but hardly the worst thing most of us have done in videogames - especially if you've played Soldier of Fortune. But slicing a guy up and then asking him if he wants to join the club? That's just weird, man.

Source: MMO Culture

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I DON'T APPRECIATE THIS TURN OF EVENTS.

Seriously, what the heeeeeeeelllllllll. Causing a permanent change to a character is just something you don't want to do without them wanting to.

I'd be "scared as dick" if a gang of eunuchs wanted to chop my manly bits off.
I need better jokes.

OT:
While this is strange as hell, it adds an awesome new mechanic to the MMO world. Track down and enemy, maim him without killing him, then releasing him with an invite to your clan? That's actually quite fantastic. Props to the guy(s) who thought of it.

Kinda gives a whole new meaning to "I'll kill your dick," eh?

1. As long as it virtual castration, OK. Don't want to hear a story about real life MMO guild going round cutting each others junk off.

2. Apart from maybe a little lore/immersion boost(and lets face it it's an MMO), what purpose does it serve? I don't know much about the game, but as far as I can tell it's not a sex/rape sim, so what's the point?

That's hilarious. Although I can tell you I'd be starting a new character if it happened to me, progress be damned.

Rootless? Gah ow ew gross not in a million years sick twisted no putting a blade near there...

sorry I'm rambling, I just..can't think straight in an article about wang chopping (that is, chopping off a guy's wang, not chopping wang unless a guy named wang is getting cut in which case you're chopping wang's wang)

Even my grammar is failing me at this point, thanks Andy you have blown my mind.

Sounds like it's meant to be more of a punishment or a way to get revenge. Although virtual, it would be effective just by the responses of the forum goers. Who'd still brag about their e-peen if they don't have one anymore?

lacktheknack:

D:

I DON'T APPRECIATE THIS TURN OF EVENTS.

Seriously, what the heeeeeeeelllllllll. Causing a permanent change to a character is just something you don't want to do without them wanting to.

I actually love this sort of thing. (The forced changes and events, not so much getting your parts chopped off)

I always felt the MMO's need to actually have weight, make your character an actual part of the world and not on a ride.

Though this is....odd.

This is actually kind of funny. I imagine all the griefing potential of grabbing 5-6 e-friends and going around cutting peoples dicks off while they rage in chat.

Although it begs the question: what if you play as a female character?

Oh god what no that's not... AAAAAAAAH!

If I ever play Age Of Wushu I will DEFINITELY make a female character.

Saviordd1:

lacktheknack:

D:

I DON'T APPRECIATE THIS TURN OF EVENTS.

Seriously, what the heeeeeeeelllllllll. Causing a permanent change to a character is just something you don't want to do without them wanting to.

I actually love this sort of thing. (The forced changes and events, not so much getting your parts chopped off)

I always felt the MMO's need to actually have weight, make your character an actual part of the world and not on a ride.

Though this is....odd.

Yeah, but I always feel that with enough work, you should be able to undo any event. Even if your $20000 EVE Online ship explodes, at least you can theoretically buy a new one.

Losing your nads? I don't think you can recover from that.

lacktheknack:

Saviordd1:

lacktheknack:

D:

I DON'T APPRECIATE THIS TURN OF EVENTS.

Seriously, what the heeeeeeeelllllllll. Causing a permanent change to a character is just something you don't want to do without them wanting to.

I actually love this sort of thing. (The forced changes and events, not so much getting your parts chopped off)

I always felt the MMO's need to actually have weight, make your character an actual part of the world and not on a ride.

Though this is....odd.

Yeah, but I always feel that with enough work, you should be able to undo any event. Even if your $20000 EVE Online ship explodes, at least you can theoretically buy a new one.

Losing your nads? I don't think you can recover from that.

You could visit an ancient chinese wizard and make him conjure you one from the spirit world maybe?

This is equal parts horrifying and equal parts awesome. If this seriously takes off it might change the way people behave, simply out of fear of being jumped people will stop travelling alone or will avoid dark alleys and such. It's almost like a real MMO rather than a themepark with things to kill in it.

Yeah, what? This seems like controversy just to attract attention.

Phrozenflame500:
This is actually kind of funny. I imagine all the griefing potential of grabbing 5-6 e-friends and going around cutting peoples dicks off while they rage in chat.

Although it begs the question: what if you play as a female character?

Maybe they just send you an invite by default.

Pretty disturbing stuff, not really into sexual violence in my MMOs.

Non-consensual sexual violence.. That's.. Some very bad moral ground right there. I'm quite against this in any game, the force part anyway, the whole having to decide to join them and chopping your junk off is interesting dilema, but else..

Lets just say,
I hope this part of the game...

-Puts on sunglasses.-

Gets cut.

cpatcha: Less is more.
You creepy fucker.

ShirowShirow:
Oh god what no that's not... AAAAAAAAH!

If I ever play Age Of Wushu I will DEFINITELY make a female character.

You sure? It's also got a mechanic for kidnapping female chars and selling them into sex slavery. This is one [email protected]$#ed up MMO.

lacktheknack:

D:

I DON'T APPRECIATE THIS TURN OF EVENTS.

Seriously, what the heeeeeeeelllllllll. Causing a permanent change to a character is just something you don't want to do without them wanting to.

I would imagine that it is largely symbolic. Meaning if you don't join the clan there is no mention of you being "rootless" after the event. Of course I could be wrong and even if the game acted like you still had your root you would always know what they had done to you...

So you can run around as Kung-Fu Lord Varys? I'm diggin' it.

oldtaku:

ShirowShirow:
Oh god what no that's not... AAAAAAAAH!

If I ever play Age Of Wushu I will DEFINITELY make a female character.

You sure? It's also got a mechanic for kidnapping female chars and selling them into sex slavery. This is one [email protected]$#ed up MMO.

Well ancient Chinese history ain't exactly a parade of sunshine and happiness. Doing shit like this is small potatoes compared to some of the horrors that went down then.

For all you people saying Awesome-I wonder How you would react if the gender were swapped?

My guess there would be a huge outcry and anyone supporting the game would be called a misogynist but because It's a guy I guess it ok.

Don't get me wrong I think it's a cool idea regardless of the gender if it happened to a female avatar I would like the idea just as much.

I'm just pointing the hypocritical double standard is all.

Well first, do the male character models actually COME with genitals? If not then there isn't really much difference now is there, unless they modified all the pants to not have a bulge.

Elate:
Non-consensual sexual violence.. That's.. Some very bad moral ground right there. I'm quite against this in any game, the force part anyway, the whole having to decide to join them and chopping your junk off is interesting dilema, but else..

As to the non-consensual ACTUAL violence? Yes I get your point but is this REALLY that different then shoving a sword through a guy's chest?

oldtaku:

ShirowShirow:
Oh god what no that's not... AAAAAAAAH!

If I ever play Age Of Wushu I will DEFINITELY make a female character.

You sure? It's also got a mechanic for kidnapping female chars and selling them into sex slavery. This is one [email protected]$#ed up MMO.

Wait...are you serious?

oldtaku:

ShirowShirow:
Oh god what no that's not... AAAAAAAAH!

If I ever play Age Of Wushu I will DEFINITELY make a female character.

You sure? It's also got a mechanic for kidnapping female chars and selling them into sex slavery. This is one [email protected]$#ed up MMO.

You call it fucked up, I call it experimental/adventurous. At least the developers have the balls (no pun intended) to put whatever mechanic they feel like in their game without fear of getting swamped by the "omg this offends us" brigade :)

If it ultimately fits the game's theme/gameplay and turns out to be a fun mechanic, the game will succeed. Fantasy is fantasy, fun is fun, no matter how fucked up. Criticism revolving solely around "well this is fucked up" will fall flat, because there are games where you can walk around the streets brutally murdering people with household objects and that didn't stop the game becoming a massive hit (Manhunt).

Or as the rule goes in Japan, "everyone is free to indulge in whatever fantasy they like - as long it doesn't affect anyone around them negatively, and doesn't break the law". Sounds like heaven for artists/developers to basically go nuts, no wonder we get crazy awesome devs like Suda51 out of that country and nowhere else :)

Seriously though, while this is definitely kinda messed up, I do have to applaud a certain level of experimental daring. People always talk about wanting to see games push certain boundaries. Well, here's one being pushed. Probably not the one we had in mind, but still, it's something.

Though I do have to wonder if characters can go on a wang-restoring quest of some kind?

Jaegerwolf:
Well first, do the male character models actually COME with genitals? If not then there isn't really much difference now is there, unless they modified all the pants to not have a bulge.

Elate:
Non-consensual sexual violence.. That's.. Some very bad moral ground right there. I'm quite against this in any game, the force part anyway, the whole having to decide to join them and chopping your junk off is interesting dilema, but else..

As to the non-consensual ACTUAL violence? Yes I get your point but is this REALLY that different then shoving a sword through a guy's chest?

Both getting your bits chopped off and getting a sword through your chest are awful, but the sword through the chest is just violence with a quick stab stab done. whereas the castration is borderline and probably crossing over into torture territory. And it takes a pretty eh..."Different" kind of mind to torture someone compared to just killing them.

How it works in an MMO I guess we'll see. Although if somebody ever told me castration was a mechanic in an MMO I'd probably look for a reason to politely get to the other side of the room as fast as possible.

Ummmm... no thanks. I could play a game where my life is at stake, I could be sliced open and gutted, my eye ripped from their sockets and my flesh burnt like bad KFC... but having my junk be under attack crosses the line for me.

Well I suppose people won't get "raped" as hard in pvp anymore (huehuehue) but yeah, pass for me, though the idea of this kind of addition to a game could be interesting in a more story driven rpg rather than an mmorpg.

Two thoughts went through my mind while reading this article.

1. "Why would they do this?"
2. "I guess they can forget about teabagging him afterwards."

Was this actually a big thing in China back in the day? I'm curious as to if they can at least try to hang onto the pretense of "historical accuracy", or if this is just some weird take on the "nutshots" in Combat Arms.

Every MMO has to have it's "thing" to attract new players, I guess it's this game's to remove it....

The Rogue Wolf:
Two thoughts went through my mind while reading this article.

1. "Why would they do this?"
2. "I guess they can forget about teabagging him afterwards."

Was this actually a big thing in China back in the day? I'm curious as to if they can at least try to hang onto the pretense of "historical accuracy", or if this is just some weird take on the "nutshots" in Combat Arms.

Oh yes. Household guards and some generals too. Being castrated was sort of like... marrying the Emperor as a dude. It was the ultimate pledge of loyalty and trust.

An Emperor liked the idea of castrated generals because it meant a coup in an attempt to establish their on dynasty was essentially impossible. This allowed for generals to be granted incredible powers and responsibility without the concern of revolt.

I actually find the idea of a guild/faction comprised of eunuchs to be a pretty awesome idea, considering the games setting.
Why are they automatically an "evil" group though aside from the castration tactics(which I admit I could do without. Just give me an androgynous master swords man to run around with)

I know this sounds weird but this seems more like a homage to a famous wuxia novel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smiling,_Proud_Wanderer) where there exists this forbidden swordplay skill that required castration before you can proceed training. Few of the characters secretly did it and managed to become really powerful, but got kind of messed up (in the head) in the process.

Not sure about the forced part though...

Well, that does sound like the kind of thing that might happen in some of the martial arts novels I've read while practicing my Mandarin...

Still, what sort of things did you do in Soldier of Fortune? I remember literally nothing except the egregious loading times.

So, I assume there's a reason for this, some lore or ancient tradition that explains why this is in?
Would be nice if the article covered it, instead of going "Kotaku" on it.

ycc:
I know this sounds weird but this seems more like a homage to a famous wuxia novel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smiling,_Proud_Wanderer) where there exists this forbidden swordplay skill that required castration before you can proceed training. Few of the characters secretly did it and managed to become really powerful, but got kind of messed up (in the head) in the process.

Not sure about the forced part though...

Oh I missed the fact that the skill is called "Sunflower Manual" so yeah this is a direct homage to the novel. You can just google "sunflower manual" if you want some lore. Had to do with the fact that it was written by an eunuch or something like that.

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