My Life as a Night Elf Priest

My Life as a Night Elf Priest Ever Since The Creators Of The Animated Television Show South Park Turned Their Lovingly Sardonic Gaze On The Massively Multiplayer Online Game World Of Warcraft For An Entire Episode, WoW S Status As An Icon Of Digital Culture Has Been Secure My Life As A Night Elf Priest Digs Deep Beneath The Surface Of That Icon To Explore The Rich Particulars Of The World Of Warcraft Player S Experience Julian Dibbell, Wired World Of Warcraft Is The Best Representative Of A Significant New Technology, Art Form, And Sector Of Society The Theme Oriented Virtual World Bonnie Nardi S Pioneering Transnational Ethnography Explores This Game Both Sensitively And Systematically Using The Methods Of Cultural Anthropology And Aesthetics With Intensive Personal Experience As A Guild Member, Media Teacher, And Magical Quest Elf William Sims Bainbridge, Author Of The Warcraft Civilization And Editor Of Online Worlds Nardi Skillfully Covers All Of The Hot Button Issues That Come To Mind When People Think Of Video Games Like World Of Warcraft Such As Game Addiction, Sexism, And Violence What Gives This Book Its Value Are Its Unexpected Gems Of Rare And Beautifully Detailed Research On Less Sensationalized Topics Of Interest Such As The World Of Warcraft Player Community In China, Game Modding, The Increasingly Blurred Line Between Play And Work, And The Rich And Fascinating Lives Of Players And Player Cultures Nardi Brings World Of Warcraft Down To Earth For Non Players And Ties It To Social And Cultural Theory For Scholarsthe Best Ethnography Of A Single Virtual World Produced So Far Lisa Nakamura, University Of Illinois World Of Warcraft Rapidly Became One Of The Most Popular Online World Games On The Planet, Amassing 11.5 Million Subscribers Officially Making It An Online Community Of Gamers That Had Inhabitants Than The State Of Ohio And Was Almost Twice As Populous As Scotland It S A Massively Multiplayer Online Game, Or MMO In Gamer Jargon, Where Each Person Controls A Single Character Inside A Virtual World, Interacting With Other People S Characters And Computer Controlled Monsters, Quest Givers, And Merchants.In My Life As A Night Elf Priest, Bonnie Nardi, A Well Known Ethnographer Who Has Published Extensively On How Theories Of What We Do Intersect With How We Adopt And Use Technology, Compiles Than Three Years Of Participatory Research In Warcraft Play And Culture In The United States And China Into This Field Study Of Player Behavior And Activity She Introduces Us To Her Research Strategy And The History, Structure, And Culture Of Warcraft Argues For Applying Activity Theory And Theories Of Aesthetic Experience To The Study Of Gaming And Play And Educates Us On Issues Of Gender, Culture, And Addiction As Part Of The Play Experience Nardi Paints A Compelling Portrait Of What Drives Online Gamers Both In This Country And In China, Where She Spent A Month Studying Players In Internet Cafes.Bonnie Nardi Has Given Us A Fresh Look Not Only At World Of Warcraft But At The Field Of Game Studies As A Whole One Of The First In Depth Studies Of A Game That Has Become An Icon Of Digital Culture, My Life As A Night Elf Priest Will Capture The Interest Of Both The Gamer And The Ethnographer.Bonnie A Nardi Is An Anthropologist By Training And A Professor In The Department Of Informatics In The Donald Bren School Of Information And Computer Sciences At The University Of California, Irvine Her Research Focus Is The Social Implications Of Digital Technologies She Is The Author Of A Small Matter Of Programming Perspectives On End User Computing And The Coauthor Of Information Ecologies Using Technology With Heart And Acting With Technology Activity Theory And Interaction Design.Cover Art By Jessica Damsky I thought this book was fantastic So many people play World of Warcraft, and those of you that do may find this boring, but that is what anthropology is like it looks at the everyday, obvbious, and mundane As someone who has never played WOW, and a student of anthropology, I found this account to be fresh and captivating Reading Nardi s ethnography teaches you all the things about WOW that you wouldn t learn unless you had spent a large amount of time emersed in the game itself If you feel I thought this book was fantastic So many people play World of Warcraft, and those of you that do may find this boring, but that is what anthropology is like it looks at the everyday, obvbious, and mundane As someone who has never played WOW, and a student of anthropology, I found this account to be fresh and captivating Reading Nardi s ethnography teaches you all the things about WOW that you wouldn t learn unless you had spent a large amount of time emersed in the game itself If you feel like starting to play WOW, I certainly recommend reading this It is in essence an instruction manual and guide to all you could need to know or wonder about the community and world of the game I particularly liked how it is written, and you feel a shared embarrassment as she fumbles through learning the ways of the game as any noob wo
I wasn t expecting much of this book, but even my low expectation weren t met The book isn t very well written the author tries to straddle that line between accessible and academic with little success Although much of the book is written in general vernacular, ostensibly to attract a large audience, the second third of the book Active Aesthetic Experience bogs down in a lot of overly complex language that fails to explain or contextualize some of the theoretical points the author tries t I wasn t expecting much of this book, but even my low expectation weren t met The book isn t very well written the author tries to straddle that line between accessible and academic with little success Although much of the book is written in general vernacular, ostensibly to attract a large audience, the second third of the book Active Aesthetic Experience bogs down in a lot of overly complex language that fails to explain or contextualize some of the theoretical points the author tries to make.I m sure the average reader is going to have at least a passing famil
I had to read this for class There were some interesting points I really enjoyed the chapter on gender and on an aesthetic experience, but I never would have read this for fun I now know farthan I ever needed to aboutWOW Another excellent example of seeing World of Warcraft with an ethnographer s lenses I found Nardi s discussion of gender the most successful and absorbing take on the question of gender in online digital cultures Her comparison of the cultures of North American players versus Chinese players was also illuminating I would be very interested in someone like Nardi doing an updated study of WOW in 2012, since the works I ve been looking at have been largely concerned with WOW in the Burning Crusa Another excellent example of seeing World of Warcraft with an ethnographer s lenses I found Nardi s discussion of gender the most successful and absorbing take on the question of gender in online digital cultures Her comparison of the cultures of North American players versus Chinese players was also illuminating I would be very interested i
I m currently on a non fiction kick This is a book by an academic, and it shows A sociologist anthropologist decides they want to play WoW, and then spends a significant amount of their time thinking about it, and how it fits into the theory of leisure activity Not quite sure what to make of it, honestly it s a bit an the Arts side of ArtsSciences for me, but not quite interesting enough to overcome that There were some interesting insights into WoW, which I could appreciate as a n I m cu
This is academic writing at its finest clear, compelling, accessible, entertaining without sacrificing any theoretical strength While I disagree significantly with Nardi s application and interpretation of her selected theories, it doesn t u
I read most of the beginning and the end before losing it to a hungry seat pocket on a flight somewhere It is very engaging and a detailed look at the world of WOW I am an anthropologist, but nonetheless my eyes glazed when things went into theory Activity theo
Solid work that falls into the standard WoW trap it s too big to study without a laser like critical focus Nardi definitely shows flashes of the necessary focus, and it keeps the book moving along at a steady pace but the need l
The Bottom Line Should you read this book NO, UNLESS you are specifically looking for texts on World of Warcraft as a phenomena for a project of your own.An interesting premise that falls flat as the author struggles to stick to either a scientific approach or causerie writing. This is a good book for anyone interested in Anthropology It reads almost like a research paper and can be rather dull around certain subjects, but it did make me think a lotabout cultural followings

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  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • My Life as a Night Elf Priest
  • Bonnie Nardi
  • English
  • 04 July 2019
  • 0472050982