Friday, April 30, 2010

New Template & Politics

For all 3 of you who read my blog, this is still Deuwowlity. I was having some trouble with the font and how it affected the punctuation, etc. So I changed the template, made it a bit more clear. It's better this way.

I had a thought, I'm curious what responses would be. If a nation's government and political structure were forced upon the WoW community in-game, which would you prefer? No, you cannot say "leave it how it is", that's not an option. This is all hypothetical anyway, so it's all moot anyway. So, what do you think? What would be the best governemtnal/political structure for World of Warcraft?

I don't think I would choose a democracy. Much like the real world, there are too many people that don't know what they are talking about. It would be difficult to give them a voice.

A Dictatorship? I don't think so either. I know I would not play a game where I HAD TO FARM 6 hours a day in Sithilus. "Do it or you're banned!" No, Dictatorship definately wouldn't work.

Caste System? We would all be divided into our groups, Raiders, Trolls, Farmers, etc...but we wouldn't have choice there either. No, a Caste system wouldn't work due to the lack of choice.

Communism? See Caste and Dictatorship above.

Socialism? The thing is that there are many Socialistic societies that are democracies also (not the exact form of the USA, but democracies still). But in this system more people would share resources with one another. I'm sure that those people who play the gold game would definately not play then. Why should they have to share the money that they earned by undercutting everyone and creating a monopoly in their profession? No, even for the average player, I'm not sure that the sharing of resources would be fun for them.

Disclaimer: Please understand that I am making broad generalizations for the governments I list, it's all for fun, not political debate. Anyway, to continue...

Anarchy? Now before you say anything, I assure you that your definition of Anarchy is far different than the actual Anarchist political party that has existed and perhaps still does exist in parts of this world. Part of their beliefs is that given freedom, people will naturally form societies that work, where people help each other for the greater good while keeping a sense of independence. (If I got this wrong, please let me know, all I know about this political party I read in a book in college, so I might get some of it wrong).

I think in a way that's the world we live in right now, there are no people or guilds who control us, we're free to play the game how we want it. We raid or don't raid. We farm or don't farm. We chat or keep silent. We buy, sell, trade, all without the oversight of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission - in the U.S.) It's nice. It works.

I know there are many other kids of governmental stuctures out there that I didn't mention. I think in general we are all Anarchists already, and you know what? I can live with that. So despite my own warning, I guess I can say we should just "leave it how it is".

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