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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Asperger's and World of Warcraft

A teen with Asperger's Syndrome got an NPC named after him in the game World of Warcraft because he found an error in the game and brought it to the developers' attention at BlizzCon.
Here's the story on Yahoo.

Of course if you read the comments there are a bunch of nobodies calling the kid a loser and a nerd. Also, they evidently think getting laid makes you a valuable and important human being; and by assuming this kid hasn't "gotten laid" he is a loser.

Which makes me wonder why having sex is seen as some sort of accomplishment and status symbol. People who don't do it are considered losers or somehow less than those who do it. Honestly, if you think about it, it takes very little skill to have sex. Unless you are trying to conceive there is no purpose for it other than recreation. Yet, playing video games for recreation (which, having done both activities for recreation, I find that playing video games is more engaging and challenging most of the time) makes you a loser. Hmm. Something doesn't add up with those equations for me.

Anyway, I thought it was pretty neat that he was able to overcome his Asperger symptoms of social skill difficulties and verbal difficulties to speak in front of a large group of people and to have the guts to call people out on a mistake. : )

1 comment:

*mary* said...

Oh, I saw that but didn't know he had Asperger's. I thought it was great! They didn't know what to say to him. And I hate when people who are mega-rich try to brush off the fans or people who helped make them that way by buying their products. At least they are acknowledging him now. Great post!