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Maine politician attacked for playing games

Maine politician attacked for playing games

Fri 05 Oct 2012 7:24pm GMT / 3:24pm EDT / 12:24pm PDT
Politics

State Republican party says World of Warcraft player's hobby reflects poorly on her work ethic, maturity

Maine state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays World of Warcraft, a fact her opposition thinks is good reason to not vote for her. The Maine Republican Party this week launched a website called Colleen's World, attacking the Democratic candidate's penchant for playing an orc assassin rogue in Blizzard Entertainment's MMORPG.

As the site states, "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." The website also includes a picture of her World of Warcraft character and excerpts from her personal blog, where she uses profanity, makes violent comments ("Now if you'll excuse me, I may have to go and hunt down Grover Norquist and drown HIM in my bathtub."), and jokes about her guild being socialist.

Maine GOP party spokesman David Sorenson defended the site to Politico, saying, "We think anyone making comments about drowning Grover Norquist and stabbing things shows a shocking level of immaturity and poor judgment that voters should know about. Certainly the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic and, again, her immaturity."

Lachowicz's actual opponent in the campaign, Republican state Senator Tom Martin, told Politico he was unaware of the site and disliked mudslinging in political campaigns.

In a response on her campaign site, Lachowicz said, "What's really weird is that the Republicans are going after my hobbies instead of talking about their record while they've been running Augusta for the last two years. Instead of talking about what they're doing for Maine people, they're making fun of me for playing video games. Did you know that more people over the age of 50 play video games than under the age of 18? As a gamer, I'm in good company with folks like Jodie Foster, Vin Diesel, Mike Myers, and Robin Williams. Maybe it's the Republican Party that is out of touch."

18 Comments

Tony Johns

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I would vote for a politician that plays Games.

Clearly the Republicans are going for a scare tactic that I just hope would backfire against them.

Because we need gamer politicians.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tony Johns on 6th October 2012 4:36am

Posted:A year ago

#1

Tony Johns

520 12 0.0
"What's really weird is that the Republicans are going after my hobbies instead of talking about their record while they've been running Augusta for the last two years. Instead of talking about what they're doing for Maine people, they're making fun of me for playing video games. Did you know that more people over the age of 50 play video games than under the age of 18? As a gamer, I'm in good company with folks like Jodie Foster, Vin Diesel, Mike Myers, and Robin Williams. Maybe it's the Republican Party that is out of touch."
That is a good comeback. Because you can only counter irrational statements with calm and honest statements with evidence to back it up.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,174 1,123 0.5
These dolts who hate gaming (and lots of other normal things) with such passion also want to erase funding for PBS, basically killing it off for good. Which would kill off Sesame Street, Ken Burns' excellent documentaries, science shows such as Nature and NOVA, a bunch of arts and news programming deemed as "too liberal" by the GOP and even Antiques Roadshow and Downton Abbey.

That's more than crazy - it borders on having a dictator as your landlord.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Keldon Alleyne
Handheld Developer

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Certainly the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic and, again, her immaturity.
How can you acceptingly attribute "something about her work ethic and, again, her immaturity" to the fact of "[spending] so much time on a video game" without lacking the necessary judgement required to objectively run a state?

Firstly "her immaturity" is a presupposition conjectured from an act that does not indicate any measure of maturity, whilst the phrase is deliberately being used to project the negative image of immaturity presumptuously to the public. Such manipulative uses of words do not indicate qualities of trustworthiness.

Secondly they seem to have personified the act of "playing a game" in order to introduce their opinion of Lachowicz as the unequivocal conclusion of an unnamed third party observer, obscuring the fact that those are actually their thoughts and not informed ideas. Yet another manipulative use of language.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 6th October 2012 2:28pm

Posted:A year ago

#4

Jessica Hyland
Character Artist

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Popular Comment
I only vote for Alliance players, frankly...

Jokes aside, this is just another example of the Republican party's amazing disconnect with reality. Lots of people play video games. Literally over ten million people, many of them Americans, many of them perfectly responsible adults, play WoW. Equating games with chilidish irresponsibility and violent urges is so 1995.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

830 1,068 1.3
I'm sure you'll be seeing them in all their glory once my pals over at Stainless pull their fingers out wrt carmagainageddon. Can't wait. :)

Posted:A year ago

#6

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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Pretty ridiculous. I wish we were past this point as an industry, but sometimes the Republicans seem to be living in 1982.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

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Whilst the playing WoW bit should be irrelevant in regards to standing for office, as long as she is not one of the people who let it get too far, (which there seems to be no evidence she is), it was possibly really ill advised for someone standing for political office to make a joke about drowning a political adversary in her bathtub.

I'm not saying it should affect her chances by any right, it was clearly meant as a light hearted joke in context, but it is the sort of flippant comment that someone standing for political office is better avoiding, lest it gets used by their opposition. The Maine Republican party may put an unfair spin on it, but that's what they do, and although she can argue context, she posted the phrase on a public blog, and can't deny she said it. At worst she can be spun as someone who thinks it's ok to make violent threats about Republicans (yes a stretch, but that's what spin doctors do), at best it looks immature. In theory everyone should be allowed a bit of immaturity, but not when you are trying to convince people who don't share your sense of humour to allow you to run the country.

As a further negative side effect, whilst playing games should not be a sign of unsuitability to run office, for those arguing it does, that joke may act as fuel to their fire. A lot of people have blogs, but politicians are not held to the same standards, and everything they write is going to be scrutinised and used against them, so making that sort of comment was always going to come back and bite her in the ass.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

558 607 1.1
She is playing Horde. She has my vote.

But honestly - is this any surprise? American politics is a mud slinging contest with little to no substance. Statements like this aside, if you actually hear a speech from Obama, Romney or any other american politician, then surely every educated person must realize that they speak a lot but don't really say anything at all. Facts and substance would be lost on the american public. Mud slinging and fear mongering works much better.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Tamir Ibrahim
Programmer

76 56 0.7
Haha, love the comment Gesh!

Posted:A year ago

#10

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,174 1,123 0.5
@Andreas: Hey, now... not ALL of us Americans are that dumb. I don't feel sorry for the ones who are, though... but they do muck up things by voting in some really crazy people who tend to make laws that make no sense except to other extremists...

Posted:A year ago

#11

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

806 634 0.8
"Certainly the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic"

Certainly the fact that they spend so much time throwing garbage over other politicians name INSTEAD of giving a proposal for the next political exercise REALLY says something about the work ethics of those who accuse her.

Idiot politicians are born by the minute it seems...

Posted:A year ago

#12

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

558 607 1.1
@Greg: No, not all americans are dumb. I have lived and worked in the US and i know plenty of very smart americans. However the general public seems to go for platitudes and slogans more than for substance. That's why mud slinging works so well in the US and why almost every political campaign uses attacks on opponents (McCain being the exception in 2008 - well almost).

That is why stuff like a World of Warcraft account is actually being used to diminish the potential of a candidate. It does not matter how good she is at her job, or what she could do in the position she is running for - she is a World of Warcraft gamer! that's the one thing people single out - and that's the one thing voters will remember when they vote.

It's not so much intellect or education (though that is a factor as well i'd argue), it's more to do with the american lifestyle. You want information fast, cheap and easy. Most americans will skim over political reports - the stuff that sticks (as is in human nature), is the gossip, the dirt. no matter if it's factual or an outright lie. All you have to do to verify this is to look at american news, in particular local news and compare it with european news channels.

We are not much better here, and there certainly is a tendency to go the same way, but fortunately we are not there yet, and our newsoutlets, for the most part, try to get to underlying issues.

Posted:A year ago

#13

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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Andreas, we're the entertainment capital of the world..."we're kinda dumb that way " -Hobbes.

Posted:A year ago

#14

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

558 607 1.1
Yeah Jim i guess that has a lot to do with it - news has to be entertaining as well. As i said it's more of a culture thing than an intelligence thing. Having said that - i find US elections quite entertaining :) Though, considering the global impact, it can also be quite scary!

Posted:A year ago

#15
@Andreas Swings and roundabouts. The Daily Mail and the Sun are the biggest selling daily newspapers in the UK. Even in America these newspapers are notorious. Europeans swallow very similar shit to the Americans, just nuanced to their own back yard. F'rinstance I'd say the way the UK press talks about the EU is easily as simplistic as the way the US press talks about the Middle East.

Posted:A year ago

#16

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 942 0.7
"Certainly the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic and, again, her immaturity."

Yeah it says she is cool, down to earth and understands people. Id vote for her.

This is like saying if a politician has sex its bad. The only immature people are those claiming she's immature for doing something most people do. Its crazy to think a human being would work 24 hours every single day of there lives. Whats the differance between playing a video game or going sailing? Whats so immature about watching a movie or playing a game.

the people who run America are crazy... we are doomed. the world wont end because of global caticlysm. It will end out of peoples stupidity.

Posted:A year ago

#17

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

806 634 0.8
@Rick

Not to mention all those votes from the 30 years old average gaming community they just lost. (Maybe they won some Guild Wars 2 fanboys votes, but still...)

Posted:A year ago

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