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Submission + - World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career

Hugh Pickens writes: "Forbes reports that although videogames have long been thought of as distractions to work and education rather than aids, there is a growing school of thought that says game-playing in moderation, and in your free time, can make you more successful in your career. "We're finding that the younger people coming into the teams who have had experience playing online games are the highest-level performers because they are constantly motivated to seek out the next challenge and grab on to performance metrics," says John Hagel III, co-chairman of a tech-oriented strategy center for Deloitte. Elliot Noss, chief executive of domain name provider Tucows, spends six to seven hours a week playing online games and believes "World of Warcraft" trains him to become a better leader. "'You have these events [in "World of Warcraft"] that are very leadership-driven," Noss says. "For example, when you're in a raid that's poorly led, it's really easy to see how valuable are skills like managing the social dynamic, making sure there was the right level of preparation and making sure that there was a clear hierarchy in terms of who is performing what roles." Noss does a regular lunchtime series called "Tucows Lore" where he plays the company poet, telling tales of Tucows over the years--its heroes, villains, battles with large telecommunications companies or the early days of the domain registration market. "The feedback is fantastic. It helps people feel they are part of something bigger.""

Comment Re:my cockroach phobia story (Score 2, Funny) 126

I hate cockroaches. Hate them, hate them, hate them.

  Once while working a high school construction job in the Florida Keys, I stayed in the unfinished and very *open* hotel being renovated. In the middle of the night Nature started calling so I got up and started walking down the hallway. The hallway was actually completely open to the outdoors, having only wood beams and no actual wall. At the end of the hallway was a finished wall. As I got closer I noticed something strange -- it looked like there was a curtain blowing in the wind (I have very bad eyesight and at night it's even worse). Then I got closer... When I got about five feet away it was too late. It looked like about five hundred billion cockroaches were on the wall. Then they started flying towards me. The fuckers looked like birds. I screamed. Ran 40yds in about 1 second.

So this is a construction site.. And fellow construction workers being such wonderful souls, they had a good laugh when I woke them up.

Of course the next night they decide to put a live cockroack on my face while I slept.


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