Republicans Nominate World of Warcraft Gamer for Connecticut State House

May 28, 2008 -

Can the skills which enabled you to reach level 70 in World of Warcraft help make you an effective legislator?

We may find out, as the Connecticut Republican Party has nominated attorney - and WoW player - Jeanne Stevens (left) to challenge for a seat in the State House of Representatives. As reported by the Shore Line Times, the former Manhattan prosecutor enjoys playing WoW. Unfortunately, no info is provided on her in-game avatar.

Stevens, also a member of the Republican Town Committee in Madison, commented:

I'm a bit of a bulldog once you tell me I can't do something... I have nothing to lose.

 GP: We wonder whether it's harder to defeat a political boss or a raid boss?


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Re: Republicans Nominate World of Warcraft Gamer for ...

not surprised. this game played by everyone.  Most people or by araç kiralama 

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But majority araba kiralama of their outrage araç kiralama stems from what it could DO TO children, not the content itself.  Talk to one of these people and you'll find they don't think any books kiralık araba should be banned from children.  Mention American Psycho and they talk about kiralık araç the redeeming value of using imagination to construct a story.  Reading, no matter what the content, is largely viewed as a consequenceless activity for people of any age.  The reason why I mention American Psycho is because of the content itself.  Gaming never has and likely never will have any scenes where someone has sex with a severed head.  Not gonna happen.  Yet despite this, they'll fight tooth and nail to protect their children from two boys kissing in Bully but whatever they read is harmless... yeah.

The entire arguement is kiralık oto based upon a social normality inflicted by luddites who can't figure out the controls for Halo so it's frightening and terrifying and obviously the cause of youth violence on the rise even though, in reality, it's in decline (which is actually a HUGE suprise given minibüs kiralama the economies status).  In  a perfect world, we would have parents that actually parent.  The idea of sales restrictions on media on oto kiralama any form to accomidate parental unwillingness to get involved with their child's life is the real problem to me.  Here I am, 32 years old, and being held up at a self-scan rent a car needing to show ID before I can buy a $10 M rated game all because Soccer Momthra can't be bothered to look at the crap Billy Genericallystupidson does in his free time.  It's too hard for her, so I have to suffer?

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I actually feel sad for her at this point. I will not poke fun at her anymore. It is so obvious that McCain picked her because she fit the template of what he was looking for on the surface, yet she is clearly not ready for this position, and even the slightest amount of vetting would have proven that. I really see her as having been exploited by the republican party. After seeing her level of confidence, I am sure she thought she was up to the challenge, so there was no way she would turn down this opportunity. I think McCain owes the entire Palin family, as well as the American people, an apology for such a reckless and destructive political ruse.

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Re: Republicans Nominate World of Warcraft Gamer for

Huh -- Joe Lieberman's state.  Go figure.

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Now we just need an EvE Online player who plays a rediculously harsh pirate in nullsec; and an Age of Conan assassin that has no problems killing anyone he or she comes across on the road.

---- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

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She's a Republican so you KNOW she rolls Ally. She probably has a Human Paladin and belongs to a guild that occupies Orgrimmar and talks about how it's "hard work" but they're "makin' progress" in spite of the fact that guild members are constantly taken out by traps laid by Tauren Shaman.

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Wether her WoW skills influence her legeslation skills remains to be seen.

I does look like she has some solid backround, and has been around the block a time or two, but isn't only motivated policly - meaning - it looks like she really does have some issues she wants to deal with besides her own promotion, which is a rarity among polititions.

 

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That reminds me of another article that GP looked at on how WoW Leadership might closely model a "coming wave in leadership styles"

www.gamepolitics.com/2008/05/06/harvard-biz-review-looks-at-wow-leadership-model

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Here's hoping she doesn't pull any aggro with the media.

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I wonder if this means there will be a Connecticut tax on WoW gold? 

-Loudspeaker
"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

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No, but she may try to tax gold resellers into oblivion.

E. Zachary Knight
www.editorialgames.com

 

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Now THAT would be awesome!

-Loudspeaker
"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: Republicans Nominate World of Warcraft Gamer for

If lovin' orcs is wrong, I don't wana be right.

/sigh

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Sweet, we need more diversity in our State house in CT, Republican Gov + Democrat house/senate =  fiscal irresponsibility

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Indeed, despite being overly unimpressed with the Republican Party as of late, Reil has been doing a pretty good job of Connecticut as of late, though her veto'ing the min. wage increase recently had a few people I work with upset. Gas here is over $4/gal and a lot of us are stretching pretty thin on what we make.

As for the political boss or raid boss, frankly politics is like running a guild or PUG, it's all about dealing with the stupid little things that impair you from making progress. Reading about the things that go on in state and federal Congress, it must be tough for lawmakers to gather the support to pass the things we need in this country, and it's pretty similar to getting the right people with the right equipment to take on a raid boss in WoW, being unprepared or missing a detail leads to defeat.

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Remind the people you work with that Minimum Wage does not always mean "More money for all," but sometimes "More money for all, except for the least qualified individuals who get fired." Unemployment rate increases follow min wage increases (all else being equal).

 

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Most places around here hire for above min. wage anyway, it's just they're saying if min. wage raises they have to raise with it in order to be fair. Actually I have to somewhat agree and disagree with her veto, agree because the additional strain on businesses would be adverse in this poor economy. I have to disagree because we are strained pretty hard as is, for those of us not rich like some towns are, or working for insurance giants, etc. More money means we can afford more things, which in turns helps the economy. Bush simply throwing money at us isn't going to solve all the problems, hell, mine went to paying a medical bill, so much for spending it into the economy.

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@ Delta

Out of curiosity what district you in, 2nd for me.  As for the minimum wage thing The only people I know of personally who work at minimum wage work for small busniesses or are new hires.  Granted a raise seems nice but it would more than likely cost more jobs (on a larger issue why is it the governemnts job to tell me what I have to work for? But that is a tangent for another day...or site, unless they make Wage Warfare: The Game...) regardless business here is overtaxed and so are the people but despite this our loyal public servants have still found a way to run a debt. 

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Orc-loving, Hordie scum IMO.... or a dirty, disgusting Gnome....

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I feel like a nitpicky jerk for writing this. But "GP: We wonder whether it's harder to defeat a political boss or a raid boss?" shouldn't have a question mark at the end. It's a statement.

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Nitpicky jerk...

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Probably goes without saying here, but I think the best thing about having a WoW-playing politician is not that WoW teaches tactics or communication skills to make a person a better bureaucrat. It's that there is one more politician who understands games well enough to appreciate them properly as a medium for expression.

It's certainly not the most demanding game out there, but to get any enjoyment out of WoW at all you need to understand the premise and context of fantasy battle and interactive narrative, which makes you far, far less likely to fall for the"hurry and save our kids from these evil brainwashing videogame contraptions before it's too late" arguments made by anti-game activists.

But does being an effective legislator make you better at WoW?

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 GP: We wonder whether it's harder to defeat a political boss or a raid boss?

Political Boss, hands down.  Real world politicking is so convoluted that dealing with the annoying murloc adds in SSC's Tidewalker fight, or the DPS and run tactics of TK's Voidreaver event must be relaxing in comparision.

Consider this:  The Sunwell Plateau raid zone was patched in only a few short months ago and the elite guilds are already downing the final boss, Kil'Jaeden.  In real-world politics, one of the elite 'guilds' can't even decide (with 4 times as long spent on it) on who they want to run against their opposition in 6 months.

Also, political bosses are PVP, which is definitely trickier than a scripted event.

~~All Knowledge is Worth Having~~

~~All Knowledge is Worth Having~~

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Hey, make sure you fix the title. Nominate is misspelled as "Nominat". This makes it impossible to correctly get to the article from the main page. I had to get here by fixing the typo in my browser address bar.

As for the article and the topic, I feel that they are unrelated. Being a good or bad WoW player has nothing to do with ones abilities to be a politician. One may do whatever hobbies one chooses. Perhaps the social interaction and tactical thinking would help in some respects, such as communications and interaction with the public, or making negotiations with other politicians. But again, WoW isn't quite a "training ground" for these sorts of things. Though I don't doubt that any social experience is at least some experience.

MMOs FTW.

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I'm not gonna lie, playing WoW makes me LESS likely to vote for somebody.  I've seen what that game does to people's social lives, and am scared to think what it would do to a legislator.  If they played Simcity on the other hand...

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So speak I, some random guy.

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A lot of WoW addicts that don't know how to prioritize their online time simply have poor time management.  I don't see someone that can go as far as becoming congressman (or woman) would have a problem with managing their time.

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Yea. WoW addicts have problems getting out of the house. If you've streamlined your gameplay enough that you can be a politician and raid at the same time, you probably don't have a problem.

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Andrew EisenFirst of all, ONE person in the Shout box suggested an obligation to call harassers out on their harassing but only after YOU brought it up. Plus, Techno said "when you see it happening." If you don't see it, you're not under any obligation.09/21/2014 - 1:02am
Sleaker@Craig R. - at this point I don't even know what the hashtags are suppsed to be in support of. what does GamerGate actually signify.09/21/2014 - 12:21am
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