It took over two years, but the expansion pack for World of Warcraft has finally been released in the U.S. (much to the chagrin of teachers, parents, and employers nationwide). I couldn’t tell you what was in the expansion pack or what new possibilities it creates for the denizens of Azeroth, but I do believe that games of this nature can have many negative effects on society. For those who are capable of playing such games casually, all is well. But for those thousands of critically addicted players, feeding the flames with “The Burning Crusade” is a cruel move by Blizzard. The game would continue to hold sway over its minions without the expansion, and if only one man returned to normalcy out of fatigue from the current gameplay, we might be better off as a whole.
Also, I find the monthly rate required for the game a bit high, considering the enormous subscriber base and nominal fees associated with server maintenance. But that’s just me. I’m sure if someone designed a massive multiplayer war game along the lines of either Battlefield 1942 or Battlefield 2, I’d be all over it. I’d also gladly await the arrival of an expansion to further remove me from reality. For now, though, those cows and elves will have to battle without me.