Not long ago, we reported on Colleen Lachowicz, a Senate hopeful from Maine whose chances of getting elected were dashed when she was outed as a World of Warcraft player. Or so her competition thought, anyway ...
Lachowicz's competitors went so far as to craft a website, Colleen's World, designed to discredit the candidate. Everything she ever said in-game was pulled out. The fact that she played for, effectively, the bad-guy orcs was called into question. She was mocked for wasting her time in a fantasy world rather than living in the real one.
But if we subtract all the political mud-slinging, we were left with a very interesting question—have we outgrown the gamer stigma to the point where someone who plays an MMORPG can be elected to high political office?
The answer, it seems, is a resounding yes!—as Colleen won her senate seat last night. She is also part of the new 2013 Senate that boasts a larger percentage of women than there has ever been in United States history.
Not too shabby for an orc.