Anthropologist studies World of Warcraft for book
WoW players get a lot of abuse, even from within the gaming world. This is mainly because most gamers have experienced MMORPG games before and have therefore also had that feeling that it’s slowly sucking the life out of their soul. Granted, it doesn’t have to be that way, but playing in moderation does take practice and a lot of self control. Well for once someone is attempting to observe World of Warcraft from an anthropological standpoint and not in a negative manner. Bonnie Nardi is releasing a book called “My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological account on World of Warcraft.”
She purely wanted to study the culture within the game. She has done other work in the past with WoW. She was a co-author on some research that was meant to challenge the idea that the internet leads people to being isolated. For this study, she’s not only studying American players, but Chinese players too and of course comparing them to each other. I wonder if she’d mind looking into what is wrong with some of the people that talk in trade chat. There has got to be something seriously wrong with some of them. If you’ve played WoW quite a bit, then you know the ones I’m talking about. Her book isn’t out just yet, but once it does come out, it would definitely be an interesting read for even non-WoW players.