Today will be a break in your regular scheduled huntardery for me to contribute to the Blog Azeroth shared topic (or off-topic, as it were). Did you know that in the US, the hunting and gun enthusiasts have real political clout? They are referred to collectively as the “gun lobby“, and they are politically active. Thus, every election, you will see US politicians holding speeches in hunting lodges, and talking about guns and the people who like them. I ask you this- there are a lot of US gamers, and specifically, a lot of US World of Warcraft players. What would happen if the politicians started to vie for our attention and votes the way they do for the gun lobby?
As tongue in cheek as this is, I predict that when we’re all 20 years older, we’ll still be geeks, and will have accumulated 20 years of political relevance. That’s 20 years for the existing political power centers to continue to fade to irrelevance, and 20 years for us to learn why we should get off our duffs and vote, or get more involved in the democratic process.
Will this mean future presidential hopefulls making appearances in game/virtual worlds? Will it mean that network neutrality gains a higher political profile? Might this gradual but inevitable changing of the guard lead to a president who grew up playing games like WOW? Who knows. I do know that if the average gamer were 50 instead of 30, things would be different.