WoW Producer Hopes Games Can Help People Come Together Amid Political Divisiveness And COVID-19

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World of Warcraft executive producer John Hight believes in the power of video games to help unite people and ease the divisions in the world amid a time of great unrest. He also stressed that Blizzard has a responsibility to make WoW the best possible social network it can be to help people stay in touch and communicate amidst the global pandemic.

Speaking to GameSpot at BlizzConline, the Blizzard veteran said he believes video games can be a great force for good during this challenging time.

“Aside from the pandemic, all the other stuff that’s going on in the world and all the divisiveness … I really hope that things like games can get us to realize, ‘Hey we have a lot in common,'” Hight said. “That the stuff we’re getting all spun up about is just that–it’s all kind of in our heads. If you remove the physical barriers and we’re all just in this world doing things together, I think we start to realize the commonalities [we share].”

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