So I haven’t posted in a while. This is due, in no small part, to my apparent addiction to World of Warcraft. It is funny how addiction works, and even funnier when it is related to a video game. It sounds pathetic, I know, but I can assure you it is quite real, and affects a lot of people. My recent bender regarding World of Warcraft started at the launch of the latest expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.
I recently decided to undertake a unique challenge in leadership, a challege which most people will deem silly and pointless, to lead my own raiding guild in the game World of Warcraft. Before I get into the meat of this post, I recognize that WoW is just a game, and as such most people dismiss the fact that it has any real world value whatsoever. This I will agree with as it is, just a game. However, I do feel that real world value can be taken from it.
Just like in the days of forts and treehouses, it seems a lot of World of Warcraft guilds have adopted a “No Girls Allowed” policy. The reasons might not be the same as they were back when little boys thought girls were yucky, and didn’t want to play with their barbie dolls, though.
Imagine a world where everyone was on time and fully prepared to do their job to the absolute peak of their ability each and every day. Imagine a world where people made excuses to their friends and family to get out of social activities just so they would not miss a day of work. Imagine a world where people worked countless hours of overtime, seven days a week, just so they could do their job better. Imagine a world where all of your co-workers help you, no matter what, to better yourself.
I recently had a conversation with one of my friends about the realm of professional gaming. Now, I don’t think that at this point anyone can argue against the fact that gaming professionally is actually becoming a viable way to make money, however, I often wonder where some people priorities are.