World of Warcraft: the army’s best training ground
Why train one weekend a month, two weeks a year to develop your social awareness, leadership potential and teamwork capacity when you can log onto the world of Azeroth every night after work and achieve the same goals?
Perusing the Australian Government’s Defence Jobs website I read a section that explained all the benefits of joining the Army Reserve on a part time basis, I was struck by the number of qualities recruits are told they can develop in the army that could also be honed by building a character and running with a ‘guild’ on World of Warcraft (WoW).
“Learn new skills like leadership, problem solving, communication and physical fitness…” the Defence website declares. They could easily be describing the exact skills one can glean from playing WoW…, well perhaps not physical fitness, although constantly getting up and down to grab another Diet Coke from the fridge gives your quads a good work out.
Nothing will better develop your leadership skills than steering a 10 man dungeon raid against Wyrmrest Temple on heroic level. Morchok, the first ‘boss’, requires splitting your group into two teams; coordinating melee and ranged ‘damage doers’; and making sure your frontline warriors (tanks) are kept on their feet by your skilled healers.
Leading a raid means watching the entire battle unfold; analysing what’s working and what’s not; who is underperforming and how weak links can be purged in order to maximise your teams’ chances of bringing down the foul monster that confronts you. A bit like the process the current Federal Opposition is going through.
I myself have felt the sting of being dropped from a dungeon raid team because I couldn’t keep up with the intense requirements my guild had laid down for its ‘core raiders’. In the end, I was happy to make the sacrifice in the interests of a stronger guild.
The Defence website goes on to claim that ‘mateship and the army go hand in hand – you’ll go through a lot with your fellow soldiers and officers.
Well I’ve been through the fire with my comrades; the Firelands that is. The mateship that develops between you and your ‘guildies’ as you slog your way across the endless waste that is the Firelands is almost unparalleled.
‘Non-Wowers’ cannot appreciate the mental fortitude necessary to hold together with 9 other team mates as you fight your way through endless waves of Molten Behemoths and Ancient Corehounds while trying not to antagonize the terrible fire turtles.
Those who never tried to battle their way to the end of the Firelands are constantly tortured by the question, ‘where were you when we took down Ragnaros?’
It’s true serving your country in the military is the ultimate expression of patriotism; however only slightly less meaningful is standing under the banner of the Alliance and seeing it raised high over a field of victory following a fierce battle with the Horde.
Unlike the Army Reserve, new WoW recruits may even be fortunate enough to run with a celebrity player. In Australia, Maude Garret is a solid Warcraft devotee while in the USA Mila Kunis and comedian Dave Chapelle are both self-confessed WoW aficionados. It’s even rumoured Cameron Diaz and Vin Diesel occasionally visit Azeroth when on break from their busy schedules.
With the much anticipated next instalment of World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandora, peaking over the gaming horizon, veterans of Azeroth are returning to its hallowed shores to hone their skills anew.
Now if only World of Warcraft could match the tax free income received as a soldier in the Army Reserve, my life would be complete.
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