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#183 Can there be peace on Azeroth?

It is Valentine’s Day weekend and as tradition instead of spending the three days alone, locked in my room eating chocolates in my sweatpants. I head down to Boston in my political clothes and participate in Harvard National Model United Nations  (HNMUN) conference.

HNMUN is a huge four-day event that invites Model United Nations clubs from colleges all over the world to professionally dress up and peacefully address the current world problems on the behalf of the country that they were assigned.

 

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This year I get to represent the nation of Dominica and I am in the committee to find a solution to the issue of aging population in Third World Nations.

As I see people from different parts of the world, coming together to discuss their opinions and concerns of their nation while trying to find a solution that everyone can agree on. I tend to think about the age-old question that everyone has thought about at least one point in their life.

“Can there ever be world peace…on Azeroth?” Yes this question has been pondered -I assume- by most of the player’s  while playing and now that we have an expansion all about the conflict I think now is the appropriate time to talk about it.

I am going to discuss at World of Warcraft’s world peace because this is a World of Warcraft blog and Azerothian politics is much easier to talk about since it only has two factions and both sides admit that they are at war with each other.

Before I begin I would like to say that the short answer is of course, No. This is a videogame that Blizzard wants to people to continue playing and because of that there must always be conflict for the players to be apart of.

I have written before about Warcraft and politics and I also asked what type of war the Horde and Alliance are in, which you can read here in Be MOP #87. In that post I proposed that the current Warcraft conflict can best be compared to our first World War, with the two sides fighting each other for pride and to prevent the other from gathering and resources to gain to upper hand.

There are two common ways to end a war and try to find World Peace after the last cannon was fired. The first solution to end the war and finding world peace is the utter destruction and humiliation of the enemy. I wouldn’t be surprising anyone if I said that this is the option that I see the Horde is trying to achieve.

This was how the Allies of World War I (Britain, France, United States) acted after defeating Germany in the first World War. In the post-war treaties the Allies forced Germany to admit that they were defeated, that they were the bad guys in the war, and forced them to pay for the entire cost of the war for both sides. The treaty completely destroyed Germany’ sending the entire nation into an economical and emotional depression.

The Horde would most likely to use this method after winning the war (with Garrosh’s current outlook on life and the Alliance) They could achieve this type of victory by having Garrosh completely disreguard any bit of conscience he has and utilize another controversial method of getting the upper hand, like finding another Destiny Bell.

 

Garrosh won't be happy until he as Stromwind as his personal summer castle.

Garrosh won’t be happy until he as Stromwind as his personal summer castle.

 

The other, more civil, option that Warcraft’s war could end is to have one side win the war and immediately try to work about a military and economical deal for the future.

The Allies used this method after WWI with invading Berlin, nullifying the threat, and then went straight to work  to get Germany back on its feet and have a propose a trade deal with France. That Coal and Steel trade agreement eventually evolved into the famous, Noble Peace prize-winning, European Union that has successfully prevented any wars to erupt on European soil.

The question of how this would work in Warcraft is by having the Alliance initiate this deal. The best possible time for an economic trade deal to form between the two factions would be right after we invade the Horde capital. Ideally, once the Alliance/raiders defeat Garrosh just like the  Earth’s Allies, the Alliance will need to replace the current leader for someone who is more forgiving more open-minded to the Alliance, that isn’t Thrall.

or atleast serve Garrosh a huge slice of Humble Pie.

or at least serve Garrosh a huge slice of Humble Pie.

Now that the Alliance have knocked down the Horde member’s ego down a peg the important thing to do is to offer a hand to help them back up again. If Blizzard wanted to go down this road they would need to introduce an other greater, absolute, evil that both sides will have to work together to overcome. like another demon based expansion.

 

Just like how the Allies reluctantly worked with West Germany to fight against the invading Communist threat during the Cold War.

 

Will Blizzard’s game developers go with this option? I doubt it, as stated before that taking the WAR out of World of Warcraft would be a terrible option, shooting their cash cow with a critical hit

And Blizzard has stressed that fact that they want to get the game’s focus back on the Human and Orc conflict that the first three Warcraft games. Blizzard also seem to have heard the complaints of the past expansions where the last content patch constantly asked both sides to put their differences aside and join together to defeat Illidan, Arthus or DeathWing.

I don’t think that Blizzard will go back to the big baddie expansion model just after one expansion of forging a new path for the game. But if the Alliance and Horde War ends and peace does emerge you will know that I will be writing about the political importance of the event and drawing more parallel to Earth’s history.

 


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#175 Be MOP’s Crazier Search Engine Terms

Over the weekend I was out-of-town on a college related weekend long event, which sadly left me very little time for game play, I blame the hotel’s Wifi 

But instead of game play I looked through some of the statistics of my blog and I found some interesting search results, and from that I dug a bit deeper and spent the next 15 minutes going through some of the search terms that people typed into their preferred search engines that lead them to my little corner of the web.

So today, instead of a proper post today I have compiled a list of the oddest search results and try to find out what post got them there.

Spongebob fry cook

I don't know how Sponge bob survived doing that job for year and years

I don’t know how Sponge Bob survived doing that job for year and years

I would like to apologize to all the 13+ year old kids that want to learn about one of Nickelodeon’s most famous cartoon series on the internet and instead learned about how I was finally getting back into the raid way of life in the summer of 2012 after getting a night-shift job at a national fast food chain.  (Be MOP #81 Finally Getting able to raid)

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I can imagine it now, a lonely troll on the internet wanting disparately trying to find the reasons why the newest World of Warcraft expansion is just terrible, and the absolute proof that Blizzard has peaked resulting Warcraft’s over in the next few years but instead of that, this person was given a post that I wrote when I had Pokemon on the brain. (Be MOP #69 Every WoW expansion will suck…)

 

 

эмма уотсон

Goggle Translate informs me that “эмма уотсон” is Russian for “Emma Watson” I actually have received quite a lot of hits from my site because of the awesome story about “The Time I traded the chance to see Emma Watson for  virtual dragon” (Be MOP #12) that whole post was to celebrate Be MOP turning one month old, it’s a good read and it’s 100% true.

 

Honorable Mention: "virtual emma watson" I don't even want to know what that person was looking for

Honorable Mention: “virtual emma watson” I don’t even want to know what that person was looking for

 

HNMUN,  Harvard Model UN, and Harvard Model United Nations

For those who do not know, Harvard hosts several Model United Nation conferences that invites college students from all over the nation and the world to travel to Boston, Massachusetts  and spend a weekend to act like delegates from other nations and try to solve the world’s problems through peaceful measures. As a Political Science student I joined my college’s Model United Nation club (which is run by the two professors that are in control of the future of my degree) so the only reasonable thing to do was to write a post that I compare Model United Nations to World of Warcraft (Be MOP #27)

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I live in constant fear that my one of my two professors finds that article. It does not help that every time Harvard holds a Model United Nations conference anywhere around the world I get a small bump in my traffic.

 

 

The ones below are some search results that I have no idea how they got to my site:

  • love scenarios
  • should i follow cthulhu or satan
  • the biggest piranha in the world
  • bunny man
  • griffin galleon

 


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# 27 Where I compare Model United Nations to World of Warcraft

This weekend I prepare to go on my annual trip down to Boston for the Harvard National Model United Nations event as a member of my college’s Model United Nations club.

It took months for our Model UN group to file the paper work, to get assigned a nation (this year we were lucky enough to snag the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis),  to do the research about our nation, learn about our nation’s culture, our stances on the predetermined issues that we will be talking about in Boston, and what nations we should ally ourselves based on our history’s political activities. All this work, leading up to this one weekend event.

During this week, as I was gathering my things I needed to make a good impression to the other college students that have flown from all over the world for this event, it dawned on me that the way student delegates prepares and acts at Harvard’s Model U.N is just like how gamers prepare themselves to play a great game of World of Warcraft. I know it might sound crazy, but I truly believe there is a connection that could be drawn.

Both type of  people have to find out who they are suppose to role play as, whether it be a Spaniard, a Chinese, a Dwarf or a Blood elf, then they learn about their ethnic background and history. Then the delegates and players must learn how to act with other people and choosing who to ally with.

Whether we are in a World Trade Organization session or in a Warsong Gulch Battleground, we are supposed to know what  the people we are playing as would  think about certain ideology and which certain groups we are supposed to befriend.

Once we find out who we are and who supports us, we start to prepare ourselves.The students and the World of Warcraft players search through their wardrobe  to find their best suits to wear and their best outfits to make themselves appear better than normal, in order to fight for their cause.

I quote this at every Model United Nation trip, and for every 10 man raid.

This weekend I will be equipping my Navy Blue Wool Blazer, (which increased my New England Intellect racial), while adding my NH  Boys State pin (+10 Politics Knowledge) as well as my President Award for Educational Excellence pin (+15 to Education).

+5 to proper attire, +20 to dance

Once we are all prepared, and ready, the battle begins. Each student delegate enters the room of their assigned committee, in which they will be fighting for themselves and for their nation over the course of a tiring three day weekend. The students will have to think fast about what their political stances are, who to support and who are the enemies to their cause. The difference between a battle in a committee, and a battle on the fields of Azeroth, is that this weekend I fight with the arcane text of parliamentary procedure, not with magic spells or axes.

As the weekend goes on and people fight one another, there will be talks of alliances , tales of deceit and woe created over the course of the cutthroat talks. You can bet that at the end of a day, when the delegate’s stomachs are empty and they have spent a whole day in a room with the same people, that sparks flies and the talks will get heated.

This is an actuate artist’s interpretation of how the delegate of Russia acted last year at the end of a really long talk.

But most importantly, at the end of this parliamentary battle or at the end of a match in Arathi Basin, everybody will hang up their suits of armor and our differences to go socialize with each other, not as the nations we represent, or the characters we choose to be, but as people who find the fun in these experiences. We will begin talking about our personal experiences with this organization, while trading and making new stories about our past experiences.

No matter how heated it gets in the debates we come to the realization that it was all good fun when we say goodbye to each other at the end of the weekend.

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