At any rate the weather outside is not the same as the weather in Azeroth where I'm currently questing in Stranglethorn Vale, a coastal rainforest where it regularly storms. Right now it's pouring rain and difficult to see as I pick my way through thick brush, trying to avoid apes and panthers, tigers and pirates.
This is both the beauty and the darkness of video games. For a space of time you can separate yourself completely from whatever the weather is outside, or the situation. I look up from time to time to watch the snow falling and admire the softness and beauty of it, then turn back to a hot, steaming jungle where the rain pounds just as it does in real life, and sounds just like it does in real life. I am in a strange world where I'm not completely separated from the real world and its weather, but mostly. And I could let myself fall even more deeply into the imagined world if I could. I could forget, for a moment, about the deep troubles our country is suffering from, I could forget that some of my friends are losing their jobs, that my son is having to donate blood and sell his belongings to pay his rent, that there's no amount of money I could send him that would help his life to be sustainable at this moment, that his chances of finding a job are almost zero at this precise moment. Even though I had nightmares last night about my son, I can enter into Azeroth and put those nightmares aside for a moment, fight monsters that I actually can beat.
Although the world Blizzard has created is astonishingly beautiful and horrifying and mimics life in many ways, it is still romanticizes poverty and suffering. No one has to give blood to pay their rent in Azeroth. No one is selling their books and CDs and music equipment to buy food in Azeroth. If you're poor in Azeroth you can always earn money by mining or selling herbs or equipment or potions you can make. The only blood that's spilled is when you kill monsters or are killed yourself, and even then, no blood is ever shown on the screen.
My son's arm is bruised and swollen from the nurse who last took his blood. There are never any bruises in Azeroth, never anything swollen. In this world we don't want to be reminded of the wages of suffering.