I played World of Warcraft for quite a few years. For a couple of weeks we actually managed to stop the “war” part of it on my server, until the company that owns the game decided that wasn’t quite what they’d had in mind for it and asked us politely to stop, but that’s a story for another day.
Point is, you could color me pretty excited when this tweet popped up from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:
A government salary to play World of Warcraft? Sign me up!
Catch is, you’ve got to be old and possibly demented to get that sweet, sweet taxpayer lewtz. Cantor was referring to a study at North Carolina State University (full article behind a paywall, but you can read a non-scientific summary here) that looked at the effects of regular computer gaming — in the study, World of Warcraft — on seniors’ cognitive abilities.
(If you were curious, the results suggested that games like Warcraft helped the people that needed it most — those that scored low on cognitive tests before a few weeks of gaming improved significantly, while those who’d scored high in the first place showed little improvement post-Warcraft).
But I think what Cantor’s missing, more than the fact that yeah this is useful medical research and shut up asshole (but that too), is the possibility that maybe spending a couple million on WoW players wouldn’t be such a bad investment for the country. Nationalize the gold farming industry! Let’s get some gamers set up in a bunker somewhere grinding out phat lewtz for Uncle Sam!
I suppose that’s dirty socialism, though. Cantor would prefer to let private industry regulate the gold farmers, amirite?
Say…Eric Cantor is pro-Chinese gold farmers! You heard it here first!
And this is how internet rumors get started.