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Jace Hall tackles media coverage of WoW addiction

Jace Hall is well-known for his comedy videos, but apparently he can also be a pretty serious dude when he wants to be. In a recent blog entry, the internet funnyman talks about a recent piece on "internet addiction" by CNN personality Campbell Brown.

Addiction is a tough topic, and WoW is an easy sell as a scapegoat. Like any activity you love, if you feel passionately about it, you should fight for its proper representation. Jace certainly is.

His stance on addiction:
"It is my opinion that human beings are capable of creating destructive relationships and associations with almost anything. Seeking pleasure and avoiding pain is a fundamental trait of the human condition. This trait can occasionally direct people toward the use of escapism. Sometimes this can be a necessary mode of survival and very healthy – other times is can lead to counterproductive personal and social behavior.

What that means is that, YES, someone can get so involved in watching movies, or reading books, or tweaking their myspace page, or surfing, or playing games, or swimming or drinking, or using drugs, or having sex, or ANYTHING THAT THEY FIND USEFUL TO ESCAPE WITH, that they actually begin to ignore other important aspects of their lives and it becomes a real problem."
Hall laments that news organizations and personalities seem eager to paint activities they're unfamiliar with or don't understand, like WoW, as unique and dangerous forces in addiction then countless other activities. Among those with addictive personalities or social difficulties, any activity can become addictive, and this particular report, he says, is pure fear-mongering "based ultimately on conjecture."

My personal opinion on these matters is that it's difficult to pin "WoW addiction" on any particular source, and that usually, like Jace says in his article, there are circumstances that extend far outside of the game that can cause these problems.

Filed under: News items

15 Minutes of Fame: Jace Hall Show producer Todd Roy

15 Minutes of Fame is WoW.com's look at World of Warcraft personalities of all shapes and sizes -- from the renowned to the relatively anonymous, from the remarkable to the player next door. Tip us off to players you'd like to hear more about.

Behind every successful star stands a savvy, creative, inspired producer. In the case of TV and video game producer Jace Hall (The Jace Hall Show), that producer is Todd Roy. Todd pretty much epitomizes today's casual yet completely gung-ho WoW player -- only he does it from a perspective that includes rubbing elbows with some of the most well known figures in gaming and geekdom today. We talked to Todd about finding time for WoW while working a Hollywood-paced schedule, cracking up over Stan Lee's infectious laugh and whether or not Olivia Munn really is that hot in person ... All after the break.

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Filed under: Interviews, 15 Minutes of Fame

Jace Hall raps in music video 'I Play W.O.W."

Work Warning: While there's no nudity in this video, there's certainly a great deal of scenes featuring scantily clad dancers. (And maybe a dancer or two that we'd all really appreciate being a bit more cladded.)

Jace Hall has managed to level up the genre of Belf Rap videos with his musical creation, I Play W.O.W. (Although, he does admit to playing a blood elf paladin.) The four minute video contains about four dozen common references that all of us WoW fanatics should be able to identify with, right down to no one understanding our MMO obsession. Hopefully not too many of us can empathize with Mr. Hall's mom, though.

The song is actually incredibly catchy, and I'm almost a little ashamed to admit I'm going to have it stuck in my head for a while. Jace Hall does a great impression of both the stereotypical angry rapper, while still immediately fading into that excited, giddy gamer who's excited to be around his fellows.

The slight send up of Felicia Day was a little funny, my favorite part was the guy cruising around in the orc mask. This video has certainly made me put Jace Hall on my YouTube subscription.

Filed under: News items

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