The headline is not entirely sarcastic. At least one smart person would hire the hell out of, say, Zeherah before a Harvard MBA (unless Zeherah has a Harvard degree, in which case, hey, double win!). Or even Frostheim…ya know, provided they didn’t have a company policy against unsightly wrist hair. Or any high-level WoW player.
Now, does this mean you can start adding “raid leader” to your resume? Probably not. What it does mean is that you should be proud of your dedication to your performance and guild.
Need more evidence:
Now, the guy in the first video says “high level” guilds, so he’s not talking about the casual WoW player. If you spend your time roaming Azeroth looking for new squirrels to kiss, nobody wants to hear about it, least of all a potential employer. But the problem-solving, leadership, and analytical skills of serious players is to be lauded, not criticized.
There’s also the distinction the latter videos make between legit addiction and healthy practices and tendencies that come from regular video gaming. So long as we don’t creep over that imaginary line with our habits, our particular brand of gaming undoubtedly makes us more social, happier, and able to analyze situations to choose optimal outcomes.
These ideas are not new to gamers, who have for decades scoffed at the unnecessary stigmas attached to our hobby. But it’s nice to see it from mainstream academia as well.