For those of you who don’t know, World of Warcraft is a MMO, or Massively Multiplayer Online, computer game. The game is set in a fantasy world equipped with orcs, humans, elves, dwarves, etc. Players level up a character class such as a Druid, Hunter, or Paladin from level one to eighty (soon to be eighty-five in the expansion).
The gist of the game is simple, you level up by completing quests or killing “mobs” for experience while collecting gear and weapons for your character. While the game itself is not necessiarly an environment conducive to promoting green ideas, if your son plays a class that is more aligned with nature–e.g. Druid or Shaman, then he may (and I use the term lightly) gain a better appreciation for the environment. However, it’s highly unlikely the game will do anything more than be a distraction from schoolwork or other activities.
Fun Fact: Stanford Professor Byron Reeves thinks that WOW can actually save the environment. For more information on this topic, please refer to the following link.
Strictly speaking, probably not. But once in a while, the game may turn out really interesting incidents like this one. Basically, players who battled a monster called Hakkar were exposed to a curse which could be passed to other people, causing damage and even death. Essentially, because the game developers did not limit the area in which the curse could operate, it became an unexpected epidemic that spread to many players.
As one of the players mentioned, “Not only does it present an in-game dynamic that was not expected by players or Blizzard developers, it reminds us that even in seemingly controlled online atmospheres unexpected consequences can occur.” To bring this back into the context of your question, I would say that games can sometimes act as simulators for real life situations. In this case, it’s important to quarantine infections before it becomes a huge problem.
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