Thursday, November 20, 2008

WoW and the office of the President

President-elect Barack Obama appointed Kevin Werbach and Susan Crawford as his FCC transition co-chairs. Aside from being a professor of legal studies and business ethics, he also happens to be one of the Horde:

What does this tell us about him, as a person, as a gamer, as a government official? I will attempt to translate all the dorkese.

Every player in WoW belongs to one of two warring factions, Alliance or Horde. Werbach is Horde. Children often choose to be Alliance because they perceive them as "the good guys", but students of history (both ours and Azeroth's) recognize that Alliance culture is based on medieval European culture and Horde culture is based on the indigenous cultures that were supplanted by the West.

Werbach is a Tauren (a minotaur), which basically makes him a Native Kalimdorian. The Tauren revere nature, living in wigwams near giant totem poles. As a Shaman (see below), he could also have chosen a troll (blue-skinned Jamaican-like monster) or an orc (green-skinned Klingon-like monster), so there must be something about the cow-man that appeals to his liberal guilt.

From the Boingboing.


Galspanic said...

I was so effing tickled to find out about this when I was reading the CNN yesterday. Even more now that I read that he's a Fucking Tauren Shaman! Listen up non WoW people; this motherfucker knows what its like when doves cry!

Galspanic said...

Holy fuck, he's resto as well! I can't believe that's really his char, he's gonna get mobbed worse than that porn star.

Fugu said...

Hopefully this isn't his alt, and his main some human pally or something. But since he's still only 70, he's probably deathknighting it.

...I thought resto shammys rocked the casbah?

Galspanic said...

I dunno, the gameboard as been reset. But before the Lick King Resto was really the only alternative for a shammy. The mana ratio was terrible. The Burning ruined the awesome that once was shaman class. There was just no way to make up for what was lost in Vanilla WoW. Who knows now? Do you???