World Of Warcraft Becomes Issue In Maine State Senate Election
Everyone knows the anonymity of the internet can drive people to do strange things. But does taking out dwarves and mages as part of your Assassin’s Guild mean that you might take up similar behavior IRL? One Maine State Senate candidate is facing such accusations, suffering for the sins of her online avatar in World of Warcraft.
Democrat Colleen Lachowicz is a social worker by day; but online, she becomes Santiaga, a bold Orc warrior. Republican incumbent Tom Martin goes past finding fault in gaming itself or the violence depicted there in, instead accusing Lachowicz of existing in a fantasy world that makes her unfit for office.
Martin’s campaign even set up a whole website dedicated to Lachowicz’s game play as well as her frequent comments on the liberal blog The Daily Kos. It opens with this statement:
Colleen Lachowicz is a Democrat candidate for Maine State Senate. In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.
Lachowicz responded in her own statement, defending gaming as a popular hobby among diverse Americans, and questioning why Republicans would attack her leisure activities instead of discussing policy.
Lachowicz asks, “ What’s next? Will I be ostracized for playing Angry Birds or Words with Friends?”
What do you think? Are gamers unfairly targeted or stereotyped?
[via BBC News]