Had it not been for the fact that she takes her clothes off for a living1, Mia Rose’s World of Warcraft account banning might not have even made the WoW forums, let alone that paragon of journalism par excellence2, Kotaku. But she does, and so the story, likely influenced by some sort of memish fluffer, got pretty big. And then it got nasty. Well, nastier.
Oh it didn’t get nasty about the banning. The banning just became part of the lead, sort of like “Mia Rose’s account got banned BECAUSE SHE’S A WHORE!” A comment left at Broken Toys sums up the general nastiness rather succinctly:
“Giving porn actresses respect will just make them even more stuck up bitches than they already are.”
It’s nice to see the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory is still in effect.
Mia herself admits she didn’t handle the sudden torent of vitriol—most of it not even related to the banning—very well. “Argh. That’s pretty much all I can say. I mean, I shouldn’t have responded at all,” she told me in an email. Her lash back only fed the flames to the point where the story—remember the story?—was completely lost.
I exchanged a series of emails with Mia, and we talked about…you know…girl stuff. Then we did each others’ hair, Ron Jeremy came over for some scrapbooking, and then…alright, actually we just talked about the whole banning fiasco. More after the jump.
1 There might be a little more to it than that. I’m told.
2 I almost kept a straight face when I said that!
Note: Some of the images linked below should be considered NSFW. For that reason, they’re all linked instead of displayed in the main text.
Amber: Last weekend Blizzard banned your account from the World of Warcraft. Can you describe the events that led up to the first 2-day ban?
Mia: I was suspended for two days because someone posted my X-rated website in a public trade chat channel. Then somebody else commented on my nose. Not “noise,” as it was initially said in the Kotaku story. I didn’t want anyone to get into trouble, so I responsed by suggesting my (non-X-rated) MySpace site instead. I know a lot of the forum trolls like to say I spam my site in public game channels, but this is not true. Does anyone have screenshots of this? No? I didn’t think so.
Soon after that, I got a message from a GM saying that my account was to be suspended, and to check my mail regarding the issue. Then they kicked me from the game. After a full day, I had yet to receive the email from Blizzard. So I sent them an email asking what the deal was. I didn’t receive a response for 3 days. Then my suspension was lifted and I was able to play for 2 more days.
Amber: After that, Blizzard decided to ban your account permanently. What was the reason given for the permanent ban?
Mia: Four days after all of this happened, I tried to login but was unable to. Then I discovered that I FINALLY had an email from Blizzard saying “sorry, your account info is wrong.” They closed my account but gave me the option of getting the owner to fill out paperwork, get it notarized, and then fax it back to them.
I technically don’t own the account, at least the way that Blizzard sees it. A year and a half ago, “Dez” (the owner of Whorecraft) talked Craven “Cory” Moorehead, a director for Peter North, into giving WoW a try. He played it to level 3, decided the game wasn’t for him, and asked if I wanted to take over the account so I wouldn’t have to buy my own copy. I loved the game—obviously, 70 levels later! lol!
I have “owned” the account ever since. Not in Blizzard’s eyes, of course. But I deleted his level 3 character and played “Mia” for the next year and a half. I payed for the account myself and have the statements to prove it. Some months ago I changed the contact info but was unable to change the name (Cory’s) to mine. I was told if I didn’t get an email regarding my suspension, the information on the account must have been wrong. But I know the email address was correct because I’ve reported some kids for harassment before. (Some examples: “you deserve to die of AIDS,” “whores don’t play WoW,” etc, etc.) I always got email from Blizzard saying they had received the complaints, so I’m still a bit confused as to why I didn’t receive the suspension email.
But the bottom line is that I was banned for a legitimate reason. Although the Terms of Service used to state that trading, giving, or selling an account was okay as long as you had the CD’s to prove you owned it. But the TOS was changed because of gold farmers and power levelers who profit from selling accounts. This fucks Blizzard out of money that is rightfully theirs.
Amber: Any hope of Blizzard reversing the ban, or have you exhausted all avenues of appeal?
Amber: Why name your character “Miarose?” Given your connection to Whorecraft did it occur to you that something like this might happen?
Mia: I started playing WoW before I did Whorecraft (which is now Whorelore.com). The guy who started Whorecraft wanted me to see where he got some of his ideas, and because I’m a gamer and really into RPG’s, it didn’t take much convincing. So I had to pick a name. I didn’t think I would become well known in the adult industry or the gaming community, and “Miarose” seemed simple enough at the time. Then I went on Howard Stern, presented two awards with Ron Jeremy at AVN in Las Vegas, and then Whorecraft got INSANE amounts of attention. I went on to People Magazine in Australia, Penthouse Magazine, G4 TV, Playboy Radio, and others. I had no idea the sheer amount of people that actually interact the way they do.
After months of gaming and many many levels later, I would be walking around or post something for trade and someone would make a comment to someone else, and then the chats would start up. “Hey Mia Rose!,” “who’s Mia?,” “she’s a porn star that did that Warcraft porn!,” “omg there’s Warcraft porn?!,” “yeah she’s a whore!” I never deny what I do if I’m asked, but this doesn’t mean I go around saying “hey look at me, look at me and my ass.” Honestly. And not once did I say that I don’t like the attention. Because it’s obvious that I love it. I think you need to in my line of work. But the outbursts from these people I have never met that are degrading, hurtful, and childish are 100% uncalled for. I am human, and I will defend myself. Call it spamming if you will, but ask yourself how you would deal with this if you were in my position?
Amber: After all of this, do you plan on getting a new account and playing again, or are you done with World of Warcraft?
Mia: If I’m not able to get my account back (and we’ll see in the next few days) I’m going to remove WoW from my PC. I <3 the game, but I have to be honest. It took me way too damned long to get where I was. A ban is enough to make any person go nuts, lol. If I do get my account back then expect to see me for a long time. The game is a lot of fun, even with the people who flame me. :/ And to those who do flame me: you should get to know me before you judge me. I was a nerd before I was a porn star.
Amber: There’s a saying that ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity. ‘ Has anything good come from this ordeal?
Mia: Well…yes and no. The saying is very true but I don’t care if I get more traffic or signups to my site or not. Really. I just want my account back. But I have made a new friend/fan…when I got the email saying he was a fan, and his guild talks about me, I was beyond excited! He is the priest class leader of the top guild in the WORLD. Out of the 9 million people that play, and out of countless guilds, they are number one: Nihilum.
Heres a screen shot he took for me in the Black Temple, and gave me permission to post it. W00t!
Amber: Are there any other computer games you play, particularly MMO’s? Any other titles you’d consider playing?
Mia: I actually started gaming on a PC with Warcraft. I haven’t really explored any other PC games. I’ve played a lot of RPG’s, with all the Zelda’s and Final Fantasy’s. Halo 2 is the only first person shooter I played, and I was addicted to it. I guess I should try more games, but it’s hard. When I find that I like a game, even a little, I spend a lot of time trying to learn everything about it. I hate being considered “newbish.” I don’t know if anyone else noticed but no one was flaming my playing skills. Woot!
I’ve seen some info on Final Fantasy IX and a lot of my friends have spoken highly of it. So if there’s any other PC game I would try, that would probably be it.
Amber: As someone in the adult entertainment business, do you have any thoughts on how or if the industry will be looking at more crossover products such as Whorecraft? Is there a real market for these kinds of endeavors?
Mia: When people saw Whorecraft, no matter who they were, they did a double-take. As nerdy and silly as it was, you just had to laugh. Let’s be honest, it was incredibly erotic to see something other than the normal adult movie fare. Although, in my opinion, I think the industry will have a tough time changing their ways. There is a HUGE market outside what we deem “normal.” A few have tapped into this gold mine and have been successful. For example (and God I hate to promote this company) Digital Playground made something that no other adult company had done with any success, called Pirates. It was a porn movie that actually went on to sit on Blockbuster’s shelves (the soft-core verion, obviously).
Another example of a crossover: Evil Angel did Fashionistas. The movie starred the infamous (and my favorite to watch) Bella Donna. It’s gone on to make millions. And Evil Empire made an erotic musical out of Fashionistas, and it’s performed in Las Vegas to this day.
I can’t tell you if the industry will pick up on this new trend, but I prefer it this way. Not everyone is successful in everything, leaving gems like Pirates, Whorecraft, Fashionistas, etc.
Amber: Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you?
Mia: Just a couple of things. You can probably tell that Whorecraft started on zero budget. Every penny, as far as we were told, was put back into filming the next episode. None of the actors were paid for this, which is really rare in the industry. But shooting Whorecraft was a lot of fun. We got to ride on the back of these dirt bikes all over this “mini mountain” to shoot different parts of episode 2. And then we went down to the beach. I grew up in Alaska, and that shoot was my first time to the beach EVER! I can’t tell you how much fun I had running up and down the beach with my damn elf ears on. Here’s a couple pictures from that shoot; it was the happiest I had seen myself in a long time!
After that, we went up to Big Bear where it was freezing cold to shoot a fight scene with Shyla Stylez, who played a Hunter. She had a REAL grizzly bear as her pet! The guy who trained the bear was the same guy who did the tiger fight scenes in Gladiator. Mmmm…Russell Crowe… They went on to practice a sword fight for hours in a REAL castle rented in Hollywood Hills. It was the same set used as the original bat cave. So…whatever…it may seem like promotion but I don’t really talk to the owners too much anymore. I haven’t seen a dime, but that’s fine with me. It was the funnest movie series, and I’m glad I had a chance to be part of it.
Also, I’ve had the chance to help raise 12 seeing eye dogs for the blind. Some of them even went on to be police dogs. So if anyone out there is looking to get an animal, please please please go to the animal shelter. Why buy a pet when you can save a life?My Korean Jindo, Noah, was a rescue. (RIP) [IMAGE]
And here’s a picture of my new rescue, Alexander! [IMAGE]
I also love horseback riding. I try to go at least twice a month. Los Angeles isn’t the easiest place to go riding, but I love it nonetheless.
Amber: Thanks Mia, and best of luck to you working things out with Blizzard!
Mia: Thank you for the opportunity to get my side of the story out there.