Every time I read something that says that being a gamer is something you should hide when you’re looking for a job outside of the game industry, I then proceed to turn around and find myself staring at an article like this, where a Fortune 500 exec, the CIO of Starbucks, claims that WoW made him the success he is today. He even has his own blog about it.
How strongly does Gillett believe in the ties between Warcraft and business? Strong enough to warrant a blog dedicated to the subject, run by the CIO himself. And it doesn’t take long to see how running a guild and running a business are, in some ways, one and the same.
And that article points to a Forbes piece about how Entrepreneurs Get An Edge Playing Video Games. (Forbes is also telling us about the next FarmVille while they’re at it. You can see that money draws attention.)
Of course, these guys are running raiding guilds and demonstrating the virtues of successful leadership both in and out of the game, while I’m just some bozo who likes to pretend he’s running around killing orcs, usually defying the “massive” part of the game by sticking to small groups.
Therein lies the difference.
I think I’ll leave WoW, LOTRO, and this blog off my resume for now. Something like, say, finding Mankrik’s Wife unaided in the pre-Quest Helper days just doesn’t have the same effect.
[Homework: Find a successful, non-gaming industry exec who leads a guild in an MMO other than WoW.]
[Extra Credit Homework: Find a non-gaming industry exec who says that FarmVille, or any casual game, has contributed to his success in the workplace.]