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An Online Identity Crisis

As I start to put together what will at some point hopefully be a more cohesive online identity it becomes increasingly apparent that ultimately my problem becomes one of "What do I want that online identity to be". I began to consider and weigh if there were parts of my identity that I wished to whitewash or attempt to clean in an attempt to better market myself to the public at large. This is weighed against my fear that in doing so I will ultimately become disingenuous and thus a poor representation of self.

The fundamental question of if I sacrifice who I am in favor of making a more presentable self. It's a notion that weighs heavy on me as I prepare to try and make a more cohesive presentation of self here on the internet as a whole. Do I talk about my depression? Do I talk about my issues with sexuality? Do I talk about my political stances? Where do I draw the line of what is publically alright to disclose, what is kosher to discuss, and what should be held back?

World of Warcaft's Fundamental Flaws

Preamble  I've mentioned on my twitter a few times that there are some problems with World of Warcraft. That for all intents and purposes I just can't just look beyond at this point. I'm not going to say any MMO honestly does things in a better way, but I think it would be foolish to believe that the formula that blizzard has applied is working at the moment. That having been said, I feel it's also a bit of a stretch to pretend like there isn't any valid and active competition to WoW these days. No longer is it simply WoW, Everquest, and Ultima. We've had nearly 20 years to work on this formula and see what we can get out of it.

To start, lets acknowledge what World of Warcraft has done well, as well as what it got known for.  WoW came out during the height of the Everquest and Star Wars Galaxies days, and defined itself quickly thanks to a number of factors. First, WoW has and always will be "The Casual MMO", despite beliefs to the contrary. When co…