World Of Warcraft
The world can only exist with a properly working internet service.
The World of Warcraft that is; and Facebook and Twitter and all the other cyber realities that require an efficient communications network.
So obviously most online gamers and Facebook fiends were salivating at the speeds promised by the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network. It was heralded as bringing Australia into the “modern age” of telecommunications with internet speeds faster than Usain Bolt driving a Ferrari.
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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.
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The online virtual world of Northrend - complete with Gnomes, Dwarves, Warlocks and Dragons – was the last place I expected to find people swearing about Kevin Rudd.
I can’t remember the torrent of abuse exactly ‘cept that the oedipal noun was used a few times.
The beef? Their world, in the massively popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft (WoW) played by 11.5 million people worldwide, could be headed for the Rudd Government’s dreaded internet blacklist.
Broadband and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has confirmed the Government is looking at blocking all online content that is refused classification – ie exceeds the maximum MA15+ rating in Australia.
This, according to Conroy’s spokesman is just enforcing laws agreed by the States and Territories that say it’s illegal to buy, sell or play games deemed too explicit for those 15 years or younger.
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