May 14th 2008 10:07AM How sad is it that the first thing I noticed was the white-haired wizard chick copping a feel? I gotta get out more.
Apr 30th 2008 10:46AM Comments like some of the above are the best reason for the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This type of legislation allows those who might otherwise be marginalized by a lack of access to services or workplaces to overcome a disability and function as members of a society that would previously have warehoused them (or supported them exclusively through welfare or other social aid programs). The fact that WoW can provide a forum for people with debilitating medical conditions speaks to the inclusiveness of the social framework, despite the ignorant bigotry displayed by some of that frameworks lesser members. I enjoy being part of a game that allows those who otherwise would have limited opprotunities for social interactions to find a medium for interpersonal connection. The fact that some feel the need to attack (and there is always someone who will attack whatever the subject- I believe the social scientists call them tools or 'assholes') is a regrettable consequence of inclusiveness. If you let everyone in, you have to let in people you don't like.
Gaming has been (in my lifetime at least- and I'm 32) at the forefront of social development. Systems like WoW are where the rubber meets the road and the ideas tried here will lead (I believe inevitably) to a greater world where those who are disabled or housebound or whatever will have access to opprotunities and just plain fun that would have been inconceivable even when I was a child. It really is a brave new world and I, for one, think that cannot help but be a good thing.
For those of you who want to attack me I will admit up front- I have no credentials in any of the things I've said. I just read books and think about things. You're welcome to try it (it can be fun). Feel free to disregard my opinion as many have done in the past.
*Steps off soapbox and walks off whistling.
Mar 24th 2008 1:04PM Also, was that a Brummski attack? BE dancers beware!
Mar 12th 2008 5:50PM It's my opinion that El Colbert's legendary fear of the ursine menace led him to quaver at the thought of fighting one even in tiny carboard proxy. Discuss.
Sep 17th 2007 3:08PM Having tired of the chicken, Horace decided to catch his next 'date'. (With thanks to #1)