Todd you ready to join the fray and enter world of warcraft? We could all go on adventures together.
Where do I begin?
There are few things more perplexing to me than people's fascination with MMORPG. I'm referring to computer games like World of Warcraft that create virtual worlds where people sit down and pretend to be wizards or trolls or nymphs or whatever for HOURS and HOURS and HOURS at time.
Don't believe me? Check out this TV news piece about an Australian kid with a WoW addiction. My brother-in-law Dan had a guy in his office quit his $300k/year job so that he and his wife could play the game full time. Ridiculous!
Now don't get me wrong, I love computer games. I've been know to play Call of Duty, Halo, or Command and Conquer for hours at a time. But that's all in the name of family emergency preparedness. I mean, won't Katie be glad that I know how to defend our house against Nazis or aliens when one of those two groups decides to invade suburban Austin?
What bothers me the most about these fantasy games is just that: they're fantasy. I never really got in to the whole magic/fantasy thing as a kid. I never played Zelda on Nintendo, I never watched Dungeons and Dragons cartoons, I never wore a cape around school or pretended I could fly. In fact, I spent most of my time making fun of the kids that did that stuff. Even now I can't stand the Harry Potter craze, and really only got into Lord of the Rings because it's epic and an unparalleled piece of fimmaking.
It also really concerns me that so many people spend so much time in the virtual world, that they're contribution to the real world disappears. I don't mean that in an ethical way, although that's true as well. I'm talking about economics. It's already scary enough that the Information Age relies so heavily on ones and zeros (think about it: YouTube sold for $1.65 Billion dollars. That much money just so we could watch funny video clips). Now you've got millions of people paying monthly subscription fees to effectively live in a world that outputs no goods or services (unless you consider sweatshops and child labor a good thing).
Now, if I were to play World of Warcraft, I'd infiltrate a group of players working together, and just as they finalize their plans to lauch a major mission, I'd pull a Leroy Jenkins (a few colorful words, but trust me, it's worth it):
This clip has been viewed millions of times and has spawned a few hillarious parodies:
Even Toyota recently released a WoW-related ad: