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NBC Tries to Explains the WoW Language

Posted Wed, Feb 04, 2009 by Martuk

Did you know World of Warcraft (WoW) has a "Secret Language" that is apparently part of our "Secret Society"? I sure as heck didn't. Grant it for years gamers everywhere have been engaging in Leet Speak and Internet terminology based chat, but in a recent story on NBC we get a mouthful of something uninformed media journalist have been shoveling for years. It's not dirt, but it can be equated with what falls out of the south bound end of a north bound bull. In the story, NBC's Nicole Riley tries to poorly explain how gamers communicate in WoW by having her Jay Hollanda who she claims is one of the top ten players in the game. Yeah, I spit my drank out there too. As the story, Nicole sits down to try and ask for help in the game which she types "I NEED HELP" in all caps no less. Jay promptly stops her and explains the proper way to ask for help by saying "LFM 25 next 2 more tanks 2 more DKs, explaining that this translates into I need help! At this point my side was hurting from a lack of air. Because that actually sounded like the call for building a group rather than I need help, but that's just me.

The story ends with our two love birds sitting at the table and showing how their daily discussions go. Nicole talks about traffic and Jay breaks out the leet speak. I think I see what's going on here. Someone has finally figured out a way to avoid all that girlfriend talk. Nice going Jay. This story once again shows how uninformed the media can be and just how badly they can mess up a simple aspect of gaming. At the end of this video you will likely be about like I was. Your mouth will be open and all you will be able to say is, "Wow...just...wow."

Let's recap shall we? We learned from this video that we are part of a "Secret Society", with a "Secret Language", and according to Diane Dwyer we're also addicted.

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