WoW: Job Distraction or Job Training?
With the number of World of Warcraft players estimated at more than 11 million worldwide, the internet game is a bona fide sensation that can no longer be said to simply cater to a small hardcore fan base. As its popularity continues to grow, we're seeing this online phenomenon spilling over into real world. There are enterprising gamers who sell their hard fought virtual loot on sites like eBay, dating sites that cater to the game's far flung community and even a WoW-themed restaurant that opened recently in China, but the NY Times points us to the burgeoning debate over the implications this diversion has for jobseekers. One camp feels the game's all-consuming nature would prevent a potential employee from dedicating the proper amount of time and energy to their work, while others argue that WoW's complex missions teach leadership, teamwork and project management – valuable skills for any world, real or imagined. While would-be employers might have already begun looking into your Facebook and MySpace profiles for insights into the person behind the resume, we don't expect most to be digging into your latest guild activities anytime soon, unless of course, you give them reason to. So, in light of the volatile job market, the lesson to be learned here is that for the time being at least, it's probably best to leave your battle axe at home.