My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft (Technologies of the Imagination: New Media in Everyday Life)

My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft (Technologies of the Imagination: New Media in Everyday Life)

"Ever because the creators of the lively tv express South Park became their lovingly sardonic gaze at the hugely multiplayer video game World of Warcraft for a complete episode, WoW's prestige as an icon of electronic tradition has been safe. My existence as an evening Elf Priest digs deep underneath the outside of that icon to discover the wealthy details of the World of Warcraft player's experience."
—Julian Dibbell, Wired

"World of Warcraft is the simplest consultant of an important new know-how, artwork shape, and area of society: the theme-oriented digital international. Bonnie Nardi's pioneering transnational ethnography explores this online game either sensitively and systematically utilizing the equipment of cultural anthropology and aesthetics with in depth own event as a guild member, media instructor, and magical quest Elf."

—William Sims Bainbridge, writer of The Warcraft Civilization and editor of Online Worlds
“Nardi skillfully covers all the sizzling button concerns that spring to mind whilst humans contemplate games like World of Warcraft reminiscent of online game habit, sexism, and violence. What provides this e-book its price are its unforeseen gemstones of infrequent and wonderfully certain learn on much less sensationalized issues of curiosity reminiscent of the World of Warcraft participant neighborhood in China, video game modding, the more and more blurred line among play and paintings, and the wealthy and interesting lives of gamers and participant cultures.  Nardi brings World of Warcraft right down to earth for non-players and ties it to social and cultural idea for scholars.  . . . the top ethnography of a unmarried digital global produced so far.”
—Lisa Nakamura, college of Illinois

World of Warcraft speedily turned probably the most renowned on-line international video games on this planet, gathering 11.5 million subscribers—officially making it a web group of avid gamers that had extra population than the kingdom of Ohio and used to be nearly two times as populous as Scotland. it is a vastly multiplayer video game, or mmorpg in gamer jargon, the place every body controls a unmarried personality inside of a digital global, interacting with different people's characters and computer-controlled monsters, quest-givers, and merchants.

In My lifestyles as an evening Elf Priest, Bonnie Nardi, a widely known ethnographer who has released broadly on how theories of what we do intersect with how we undertake and use expertise, compiles greater than 3 years of participatory study in Warcraft play and tradition within the usa and China into this box examine of participant habit and task. She introduces us to her examine technique and the background, constitution, and tradition of Warcraft; argues for making use of job conception and theories of aesthetic adventure to the learn of gaming and play; and educates us on problems with gender, tradition, and habit as a part of the play adventure. Nardi paints a compelling portrait of what drives on-line avid gamers either during this kingdom and in China, the place she spent a month learning gamers in web cafes.

Bonnie Nardi has given us a clean glance not just at World of Warcraft yet on the box of online game experiences as an entire. one of many first in-depth reports of a video game that has develop into an icon of electronic tradition, My lifestyles as an evening Elf Priest will catch the curiosity of either the gamer and the ethnographer.

Bonnie A. Nardi is an anthropologist through education and a professor within the division of Informatics within the Donald Bren college of knowledge and laptop Sciences on the college of California, Irvine. Her study concentration is the social implications of electronic applied sciences. She is the writer of A Small subject of Programming: views on finish person Computing and the coauthor of Information Ecologies: utilizing expertise with Heart and Acting with know-how: job idea and interplay Design.

Cover paintings via Jessica Damsky

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