You never know when a conversation might turn to MMOs.
I was in a meeting the other week when I was talking with a fellow employee. He's always been the sober, stern type, the sort that if there was an entry for "dour" in the dictionary, his picture would be there. He never talked about anything --anything-- other than work while I was within earshot, but he took one look at my laptop's screen and exclaimed "Ah ha... World of Warcraft!"
My screen is typically covered in IMs, server console windows, and a few other apps, but the telltale "W" in WarCraft from the background pic was visible at the top. "You play?" I asked, surprised.
"Oh yeah, but I don't get the chance to play a lot. I don't think I've ever gotten a character to max level. You?"
"I've got a few at max level, but playing has been kind of low on my priority list these past few months."
He chuckled. "Imagine that!"
I sometimes wonder about celebrity endorsements.
We're all familiar with the "What's Your Game?" series of WoW commercials, starring people such as Mr. T and William Shatner. However, I hadn't realized just how long ago those ads were until I saw a commercial starring (among others) NBA player Derrick Rose for the new Assassin's Creed PS3 game.
Do celebrity endorsements in the computer gaming world actually work? To me, it seems more to highlight how mainstream computer gaming is than anything else, but maybe some people do pay attention to what games their favorite celebrities are playing.