Thursday October 04, 2012 | 06:22 PM


According to Wikipedia, there are roughly 9.1 million subscribers to the online video game World of Warcraft. So it makes sense that some folks in that community are going to hear about the Maine Republican Party mailer and press statement criticizing Democratic state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz for playing the game and using her character, Santiaga, to make "crude, vicious and violent comments" about Republicans. 

The story has already reached a national audience. So what are the folks who play World of Warcraft saying? Check it out:

* Perky, an Orc Death Knight, wrote: "I don't know Santiaga or Colleen and I certainly don't live in Maine. I don't know that I'd agree with her political stances or that I would vote for based on her policies. That's not what this is about.

What I do know is that using the fact that she plays World of Warcraft against her in a political campaign is absurdly pathetic. This site infantilizes Colleen by using denigrating descriptions like "make-believe land Azeroth" and apparently suggesting that "the average WoW gamer" is an immature 28 year old who spends too much of his or her free time playing World of Warcraft.

Stereotypes aside, playing World of Warcraft does not inherently make someone a jobless, basement-dwelling, Mountain Dew-swilling Dorito fiend (not that there's anything wrong with that). It does not make someone unfit to be a politician." 

* Spiteful, Human Warlock, wrote:  "I think i would prefer it if politicians spend their time doing other things. call me old fashioned i guess."

* Rashend, an Orc Death Knight, wrote: "With the terrible decisions that come from a lot of politicians - maybe it would be better if they spent more time on stuff that wasn't politics after all."

* Phacia, Human Priest, wrote: "I hear you can't be a professional and play an [massively multiplayer online game] ... oh wait! Didn't I hear about an EVE Online player dying in a US embassy not too long ago?

Honestly, I know more people that lose their jobs, fail school, or have family problems because of more serious issues than "playing an MMO". I agree that MMOs can eat up a lot of time if you are not careful, but most responsible people will know how to prioritise. If they don't know how to prioritise, then I doubt MMOs are their only problem."

Oktag, Orc Mage, wrote: "One of the amazing things I find about this game is the fact that people of all types can play this game. Imagine the next person you have in a dungeon may just be one of the most famous people on this planet. You will just never know it." 

Regarding "Phacia's" reference to an EVE Online player dying in the an a U.S. embassy: That's true. Sean Smith was one of four U.S. State Department officials who were killed in a rocket attack against the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Smith, whose gamer nickname was "Vile Rat," was apparently a prolific gamer. 

According to this report in CNN, Smith, an Air Force veteran, was "one of the leaders of a gamers' alliance renowned for his diplomatic skill in the multi-player space warfare simulation."

One final note: It appears the gaming kerfuffle has prompted some to rally behind Lachowicz. As of 7:16 p.m. $765 has been donated to help her get elected. She's a clean elections candidate, so the money will likely go to some Democratic political action committee to be spent on her behalf. 

According to sources in the Democratic campaign, the developers of WoW have also offered to send Lachowicz an autographed copy of the game. She can't accept it until after the election, due to campaign finance laws.



About the Author

Subscribe to the
Capitol Ticker RSS

Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.

Steve can be reached at 791-6345 or
On Twitter: @stevemistler

Subscribe to the
Capitol Ticker RSS

Previous entries

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013


October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.