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World of Warcraft Character Becomes Campaign Issue 381

Dr. Gamera writes "Maine state senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays World of Warcraft. The opposing party in Maine has issued a press release attacking her for her Level 85 Orc Assassination Rogue. From the article: 'In an unusual press release issued Thursday, the Maine GOP attacked Lachowicz for a “bizarre double life” in which she’s a devotee of the hugely popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft. In the game, she’s “Santiaga,” an "orc assassination rogue" with green skin, fangs, a Mohawk and pointy ears.' Her incumbent, much to his credit, rejects the attack as 'mudslinging politics.'"
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World of Warcraft Character Becomes Campaign Issue

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  • Re:Not surprising (Score:3, Informative)

    by zaibazu ( 976612 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @07:34PM (#41554167)
    Actually over the years WoW went from the go-to MMORPG to a cause of massive eye rolling in geek circles.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 04, 2012 @07:36PM (#41554175)

    From TFS, "Her incumbent, much to his credit, rejects the attack as 'mudslinging politics.'"

  • by Anne_Nonymous ( 313852 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @08:10PM (#41554387) Homepage Journal

    >> There are jerks of every ilk.

    Don't get me started on the people who play as ilk.

  • Level 85? (Score:4, Informative)

    by SuperMog2002 ( 702837 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @09:26PM (#41554833)

    She's a devotee of the hugely popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft

    She's still level 85. She's clearly not that devoted.

  • by SydShamino ( 547793 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @09:28PM (#41554845)

    See the Colbert Show episodes where he hands control over his super PAC to John Stewart for just what is "legal".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 04, 2012 @10:07PM (#41555009)

    Her comeback to this should be, "I KNOW the difference between fantasy and reality. Apparently, my opponent does not."

    No, it should not be, that would be as dumb and misinformed as the party's statement:

    "Martin said he was unaware of the state Republican Party’s press release or Lachowicz’s hobby until contacted by POLITICO. He said he’s met his opponent once so far and she “seemed like a nice lady.” He said he deplores “mudslinging politics.” ... “Somebody’s personal life is their personal life. What you do in society and in the community is what matters."


  • Lying creep (Score:5, Informative)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @11:02PM (#41555255) Journal

    Her incumbent, much to his credit, rejects the attack as 'mudslinging politics.'"

    Credit my ass.

    Is there still anyone in America who doesn't realize that when the party apparatus slings mud and the candidate then "distances" himself from the remarks that it's all bullshit?

    It's like the fiction of SuperPACs and campaigns not coordinating their efforts.

    It's like those fuckers are laughing at us.

    I have to say that I'm impressed with the American people's willingness to overlook this kind of stuff and suffer silently. If it were up to me, there would be pikes around capital buildings with the heads of politicians who lied on them. Of course, we'd have to ramp up pike manufacturing, but that's heavy industry and would be good for the economy.

    Tell me most Americans wouldn't feel better to see some politicians' heads on pikes. It improves my consumer confidence just thinking about it.

  • Re:I bet.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Z34107 ( 925136 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @11:49PM (#41555491)

    You may be surprised to learn that the Libertarian party agrees with you 100%.

  • Re:I bet.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anubis IV ( 1279820 ) on Friday October 05, 2012 @02:42AM (#41556085)

    No taxes? Last time I visited Azeroth (admittedly, a few years ago), they imposed a levy on every transaction via the (government-owned and monopolized) auction house, and because my work (raiding) provided benefits, the government effectively forced me to share my hard-earned wealth with the lower and middle-classes of Azeroth. They didn't call it "taxes" in that case, however. Instead, they called it things like mandatory "repair bills" and "reagent costs" that were the result of them working in collusion with private sector members who got kickbacks like prime real estate in capital cities. And that's hardly the least of their sins.

    Rather than leaving the private sector alone to manage itself, as they should, they went on that "Burning Crusade" reform campaign while I was visiting, during which they imposed stricter limits on the number of people allowed to work on a job at any given time. That, in turn, forced my company to eliminate 15 paid positions on their raid team, leaving me destitute and begging for scraps.

    And no police? As if! Not only do they have police (who they refer to as "guards", for some strange reason), but the police habitually discriminate against foreigners, even going so far as to physically assault them for doing nothing more than being in the vicinity of a city. I can't tell you how many times I invited friends to visit me, only to have the guards insist that my friend was most unwelcome.

    The public transportation system is a hodge-podge as well. The privatized zeppelin transportation seemed to be doing fine, but the publicly-funded tram system was regularly plagued by...odd problems [bitnexus.net].

  • Re:I bet.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by NeutronCowboy ( 896098 ) on Friday October 05, 2012 @11:00AM (#41558791)

    Funny. And, living on a PvP server, I am pretty sure that the results are very similar to what you would get in a libertarian world: don't venture outside unless you have a max-level PvP-geared killer on call (whether via an Alt or a guildie), gathering materials frequently involves killing off the competition, and then guarding the spawn points with your friends, your own city gets raided for shits and giggles, at which point everyone who isn't a max-level character can just log off or hide somewhere in the lesser-traveled regions, etc.
    Then again, being fully-geared, fully-leveled is kinda fun when you run into some lower levels. Unless, of course, they call in their guild, and proceed to corpse camp you.

    Yay libertarian paradise!

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