World of Warcraft Cult
In an age of digital heroes and villains, it’s no surprise to see people express their love for fictional characters through Cultism. What is surprising, however, is the nature of the following that has sprung up around the world for the World of Warcraft (WoW) game. The virtual world has become so important to some individuals that they are willing to follow a self-proclaimed leader into real-life servitude. Some Cult leaders even target people with false promises of guidance and friendship to achieve their own nefarious goals. A Cult known as ‘WarCult’ is one such example and here we will examine it further.
What is World of Warcraft?
The World of Warcraft Cult is a virtual online community where people connect through the online game known as World of Warcraft. The game has been around since 2004 and is one of the most successful games of all time, with a compelling story and more than 100 million subscribers as of 2018. The game requires players to log in to an online platform where they can interact with other players. The game is a virtual fantasy world where players can create characters from different races, classes and professions and navigate their way through virtual quests and challenges. The game is free to download and play and has become so popular because of the social aspect, which allows people to connect with others who share their interests.
Why do people become involved in Cults?
People are social and communal creatures who are drawn to each other both online and offline. They like to share their interests, such as music, with others and often have a desire to form communities where they can feel like they belong. Cults often target people who are lonely, seeking friendship, and/or have a need to belong. People who are experiencing difficulties in life, such as being bullied at school or going through a divorce, are also especially vulnerable to Cultism because they are looking to find comfort in other people. Cults often promise their members a sense of belonging and importance, as well as friendship and support. They also tend to have strict rules and often promise a pathway to happiness and success for those who follow the rules. Cults are often very secretive and some even require members to sever ties with friends, family, and society in general. This secrecy can be dangerous because members are not free to leave the Cult if they decide they want to do so.
Who is the leader of this Cult?
As with all Cults, the leader of this particular Cult is kept hidden from view. He is known as ‘the cult leader’. The Cult leader can be seen as a parallel to the leaders of Cult groups in real life. However, they are not always successful in recruiting members and may be more of an online joke than a real-life phenomenon.
- People who have played the game have said that on occasion the Cult leader will appear and speak to the players.
- According to one player, the Cult leader is both knowledgeable and humorous and appears to be a ‘middle-aged man’ who ‘clearly knows what he’s talking about’.
- Another player suggested that the Cult leader might be an artificial intelligence pretending to be human. A sophisticated bot is known to exist on the cult’s Discord, making this a real possibility.
- It is impossible to know for certain who the Cult leader is. Even if it is a real person, the mystery surrounding their identity allows them to remain hidden and for their followers to remain devoted.
What does joining this Cult mean for the members?
Cults often require a high level of commitment from their members, and this Cult is no exception. Members are expected to spend hours online playing the game each day, as well as follow a strict set of rules and avoid communicating with people outside the Cult. Failure to follow the rules results in harsh punishments, such as permanent bans. The Cult members have been promised a magical experience where they can form friendships and help each other along the way. However, the reality is that they are trapped in a life of servitude by a false and manipulative leader.
Detecting a World of Warcraft Cult
One of the first steps to take if you are concerned that a friend or family member is involved in a Cult is to gain an understanding of what a Cult is and how it operates. Many Cult-like groups operate in the online world and some people may be unaware that they are being manipulated into joining a Cult group. Cults generally operate in secret, but there are warning signs that can help you identify a Cult even if you cannot see what is happening behind closed doors. These warning signs include people being unusually secretive about their activities, isolating themselves from others, and exhibiting extreme loyalty to the group or leader.
Being involved in any Cult is a traumatic experience, both for the members and the people who are close to them. Being part of a Cult means you have to become closed off, secretive, and ignore your instincts and desires. It is not healthy to lose yourself in this way, and it is important to seek help before you lose too much of yourself. If you are worried that you or someone you know may be involved in a Cult, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. The sooner you can get help, the better your chances are of getting out of the situation safely. An alternative to a cult is a safe and well run cul… community. Join us in World of Warcraft for a magical experience.