On this Monday, Trish and I crawl along the beltway in rush hour traffic to a non-descript office park in Fairfax. Normally, this would be considered a punishment, but today we enjoy something special: a visit to the development studio of our favorite game, Warhammer Online.
Pink for Tink Redux
One of the amazing things about modern gaming is the variety of people you get to know. Our intimate friends include a pair of charming young, musician-twins from Missouri, a decorated Afghanistan-war veteran (and soon-to-be-dad); a hot, nerdtastic, accountant-chick from Long Island and a cheese-factory manager from Amsterdam. Sure, there are the hormone-raging boys too. (They provide comic relief for the rest of us.).huge numbers of this virtual community came together in support of Trish, holding an online rally on her behalf, and sending hundreds of well-wishes and notes of support.
It was a touching and unusual event that even got some press because online gamers don’t often do this sort of thing.
Obviously, Trish, known as Tink or Tinkerhell, was not the only reason the community came together. She is a symbol for breast cancer, and cancer in general. And their support of her is proof of the pervasiveness of (breast) cancer, even to a very young demographic.
Warhammer’s game developers make a statement about breast cancer.
The game allows you to customize your characters clothes and armor with different color dye. During the Pink for Tink event, everyone tried to dye their armor pink, but there wasn’t a good pink dye avaliable. We were all just light red or lavender.their announcement.
It was a very sweet gesture. Like so many others, Mythic employees had their own personal sadness around breast cancer. One of their staff, a very young designer, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
A visit to Mythic Studios
I tried to make it a surprise, but in the end, I couldn’t keep it a secret because of scheduling. Nonetheless, judging from her excited chatter as we pull into the parking lot, I don’t think she’s any less enthusiastic knowing where I am taking her..
I’m amazed they can support an online game with tens (hundreds?) of thousands of users with such a small crew. They work ghastly hours and aren’t paid a ton. Trish and I really appreciate their dedication to a game and community that’s like a second home to us.
Continued, so read on!