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Posted October 4, 2012 by Amy in News
 
 

World of Warcraft: A Political Tool?

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Colleen Lachowicz is a Democrat candidate for Maine State Senate. In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.

That my friends, is a direct quote taken from an entire website set up for the sole purpose of discrediting a political candidate on the premise that their online computer games will have a direct effect on their performance in office. If that whole idea sounds completely surreal to you, welcome to the world we live in. If you run for public office, anything and everything you’ve ever done is fair game to be used against you.

 

The Colleen’s World website has been set up as a way to prove that Colleen Lachowicz is not a suitable candidate for Maine’s state senate because she enjoys World of Warcraft. If that entire sentence made you stop and go “Whaaaa?”, then you aren’t the only one, but their premise is this: Colleen is high level on WoW, and that takes a lot of time, so she just won’t be able to fit all that senatoring into her busy schedule. Their other zinger is taking comments that Colleen has made about the game, and trying to show that they prove she’s a bad person. For instance, when Colleen says how much she enjoys poisoning imaginary people in a fictional online world, that obviously means she’s some sort of psychopath who should be locked up for her own safety.

 

As ridiculous as all this sounds, there are people who will be swayed by this type of campaigning, particularly those who are unfamiliar with MMO’s, or even video games at all. I, for one, would much rather hear about her political goals than her level on a video game, but sadly, that isn’t always the case.

 

Source: Kotaku


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)