First of all I’d like to say that this is not a rant against political correctness. I’m not one of those “It’s ok to say Merry Christmas to me” button wearers, although it IS ok to say Merry Christmas to me. It’s just that I find it funny how MMO developers take pains to hide behind political correctness so players can celebrate The Season ingame.
Quite honestly, I’m surprised that Turbine actually used the word “Christmas” in announcing their um… holiday gift for Lord of the Rings Online founders and lifetime account holders.
In World of Warcraft, every year they have a Feast of Winter Veil from mid-December till January, featuring Greatfather Winter and his reindeer (yes, including a red-nosed one!) and with enterprising goblins selling holiday treats - candy canes, gingerbread cookies, mistletoe, etc. But in spite of the familiar trappings, since the setting is fantasy, I suppose the sight of a decorated and lit-up evergreen tree prominently displayed in the center of Ironforge does not offend the easily-offended as much as it would if it were say, in a real town square.
So how is The Holiday celebrated in a futuristic sci-fi setting like Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa? Here’s an excerpt from the 12/11 patch notes:
Festive Seasonal Holiday Observance Flora have been placed in the following Secularly Oriented Locations…
You may find Secular Head Dressing placed underneath the Festive Seasonal Holiday Observance Flora as well. Seasons Greetings from the AFS.
I thought that was cute, so I took a picture of Trinity wearing a Secular Head Dressing and standing next to the Seasonal Holiday Observance Flora…