Terrible People

Couple Kept Kids Locked in House For 3 Years While They Played World of Warcraft

The couple was reportedly addicted to World of Warcraft. (Facebook)

This is truly terrible: a man and woman addicted to World of Warcraft have been jailed for locking two young girls aged 10 and 5 inside their dilapidated trailer home for a period of three years.

The California couple, Lester Huffmire and his wife, Petra, were unemployed and spent the majority of their time playing World of Warcraft, the Daily News reports. They kept the girls, described as “female relatives,” locked up between May 2010 and May 2013, prohibiting them from going to school, or even going outside. Read More

Election 2012

Worry Not: World of Warcraft Won’t Keep You From Public Office

A screengrab from the failed campaign.

Good news for the MMORPG enthusiasts out there: Democrat Colleen Lachowicz won her race for a state Senate seat, despite a campaign to convince voters her World of Warcraft hobby rendered her unfit for public office.

In the run-up to election day, someone created a website called “Colleen’s World,” which complained that, “In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments…. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.” But it seems the residents of Maine were unconvinced. The AP reports she cinched the race with 913 votes.

Everquest, however, remains beyond the pale.

Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart

After Hack Attack, Carnage Sweeps Like Death’s Scythe Through World of Warcraft

YOUR GOD CAN'T SAVE YOU NOW.

Is no Internet community safe from the outrageous depredations of the hackers? The latest victims of their villainy: World of Warcraft. Forbes reports that, on Sunday morning, a mysterious attack swept through the game, slaying thousands of avatars.

It was as swift and terrible as the coming of Ringwraiths.

Forbes reports on the terror: Read More

Political Animals

World of Warcraft is Now the Skeleton in the Closet for Elected Officials

A screengrab from the failed campaign.

Colleen Lachowicz is a Democrat campaigning for Maine state Senate and an avid World of Warcraft player. Republicans supporting her opponent have a real problem with Ms. Lachowicz’s activities and therefore have gone all out to make sure voters learn the evils of the online world she inhabits.

Politico reports on the warnings issued to Maine voters regarding the candidate’s life online. Read and tremble, constituents: Read More

The Internet Makes You Stupid

Psychiatrists Still Unconvinced That Anyone Can Be Addicted to the Internet

(Photo: Joy of Tech)

If you spent the entire weekend slumped on your couch deep in the wilds of Reddit or mindlessly clicking the Stumbleupon button, here is some good news for your Monday morning: According to a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Internet addiction is supported largely by anecdotal evidence, so “It’s not a clear enough syndrome that you can say at this point it’s clearly a disease.” Huh. Read More