Confrontations with Elite Demons and ogres are not the only battles players of the popular video game "World of Warcraft" have had to wage lately.
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission blamed the game for causing college students to drop out. Now a report on a gamer forum says that some employers have been instructing recruiters not to hire WoW enthusiasts. A prospective hire claims he was recently told by a recruiter that there is growing sentiment that WoW players should be avoided, because their focus is fixed firmly on the game, and their sleeping patterns are irregular.
While employers may be discriminating, a 2006 article in Wired said that WoW players often make excellent hires. "Where traditional learning is based on the execution of carefully graded challenges, accidental learning relies on failure," wrote John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas. "Virtual environments are safe platforms for trial and error ... The process of becoming an effective 'World of Warcraft' guild master amounts to a total-immersion course in leadership."
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