Challenging Blizzard's StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Asian-American Speaker Protests Expansion Pack's Release

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JT Tran says addicting game can lead to gaming stereotypes and increase in loneliness among Asian American men.

JT Tran, the Asian American social coach and "Hitch"

JT Tran, the Asian American social coach and "Hitch"

This type of game allows men to feel they are being social and interacting with others, while they sit alone in a room by themselves.

World renowned Asian-American motivational speaker JT Tran is lending his voice to the many who are protesting the release of StarCraft II Expansion Pack, “Heart of the Swarm,” saying it is causing a dangerous addiction. Tran says the popular game’s release can lead to increased isolation among young men, particularly Asians and will be stating as such at the first-ever Asian American summit on stereotypes to be held on March 23rd.

“I’ve spent the last 9 years working to help Asian men defeat stereotypes, move beyond their conservative upbringing and become more successful professional and romantically through social intelligence,” Tran said. “An all-absorbing video game like this will only serve to create more problems for a lot of guys as it's already doing in South Korea.”

Tran, who is known throughout the world as a lifestyle coach, is a recognized authority on minority dating and a leader in the recent Asian Men’s Movement. Through his company, the ABCs of Attraction, Tran travels the world teaching men how to improve their confidence and successfully break through the Bamboo Ceiling.

This is not the first time Tran has spoken out against StarCraft, Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Diablo 3. He has long been an advocate against games that encourage male reclusiveness. Recent games by Blizzard Entertainment such as StarCraft and World of Warcraft are particularly dangerous as they are played online with other people.

“This type of game allows men to feel they are being social and interacting with others, while they sit alone in a room by themselves,” he said. “It does nothing more than further reduce their potential social skills and further stereotypes.”

JT Tran is a subject matter expert on the Bamboo Ceiling, the Asian masculine identity, and building confidence. He has taught at prestigious universities like Harvard, Yale, and Wharton and been featured in publications and on major national TV around the US as one of the world’s leading “pick up artists” or dating coaches.

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