Colleen Lachowicz, AKA Santiaga, is a gamer in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft (WoW), which takes place in the make-believe land Azeroth. Today, Colleen/Santiaga is an orc assassination rogue playing at level 85–the highest level one can attain. She and the members of her “Wreck List Guild”—Colleen/Santiaga’s WoW online alliance—post comments to each other on liberal online forums including the Daily Kos, where they discuss politics, military policies, and WoW battle tactics.
Studies have found the average WoW gamer is 28, and spends 22.7 hours a week playing in Azeroth.
I don't know Santiaga or Colleen and I certainly don't live in Maine. I don't know that I'd agree with her political stances or that I would vote for based on her policies. That's not what this is about.
What I do know is that using the fact that she plays World of Warcraft against her in a political campaign is absurdly pathetic. This site infantilizes Colleen by using denigrating descriptions like "make-believe land Azeroth" and apparently suggesting that "the average WoW gamer" is an immature 28 year old who spends too much of his or her free time playing World of Warcraft.
Stereotypes aside, playing World of Warcraft does not inherently make someone a jobless, basement-dwelling, Mountain Dew-swilling Dorito fiend (not that there's anything wrong with that). It does not make someone unfit to be a politician.
In fact, a recent study found that playing MMOs hones very important workplace skills: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2012/09/27/research-playing-mmos-improves-important-workplace-skills
On other points that this site is trying to use to bash Colleen, being young (apparently 28 is young or something?) or having hobbies dominated by young people does not disqualify someone from being a politican either.
And 22.7 hours per week playing WoW? The average American spends 28 hours per week watching television.
Her political opinion aside, I, for one, do not think playing World of Warcraft should be used against someone in a political campaign. I think it makes the person using it as a negative look petty and desperate. In fact, I encourage Colleen to embrace it (as I believe she will) and run with it.
Anyway, I post this for two reasons:
One, I find the site hilariously out of touch with reality and worth looking at and making fun of. But I also think we, as gamers and WoW players, should seriously look at it as an attack on our choice of hobby.
Two, I want Santiaga/Colleen to know that WoW players and gamers alike are not ashamed of their hobby, and we won't stand by as some out-of-touch knuckle-draggers use WoW and gaming to make someone look bad.
Also, I actually think being an Orc Assassination Rogue is great preparation for diving into American politics.