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Identity Transfer vs. Identity Growth

I’m not so sure that my tweet about gamers being able to make quicker decisions with the same accuracy as non-gamers will be true today after playing studying WoW until 1am. That silly level up experience bar somehow coaxes me to top it off before exiting the game.

David, Julie and I explored some additional features of the game together. One that I am still a little unclear on is the class training. I have noticed that I am becoming more familiar with the flow of the game (resting after engaging enemies, using items to recover health / mana, sitting). David pointed out to me that the location of the heath (sp?) stone can be moved depending on where a majority of your activity is.

With the thoughts of Dewey’s theories in mind, I recognize that to thrive in the game you have to become proficient in the lingo, symbols and principles that govern the community. Buffs, for example, are not called by that exact phrase in the game yet were understood readily among the community. Without the guidance from more seasoned players, the lessons and knowledge seem to come slowly through the school of hard knocks (if it comes at all!). After spending a little time with those who know their way around (in every sense of the phrase) you begin to see the objectives in the same light as the mature generation. It was also interesting to see that those who invest in bringing others up in levels are benefited by having more capable allies and the (small) insentive to party together for bonus experience. That’s interesting to see how Blizzard weaves this in to the gameplay.

My brother offered me his WoW account but I declined in order to get the full experience for myself. I would have looked pretty silly playing a level 80 character with no foundational grasp on the game itself. As well intentioned as my brother was, he did not see that his “experience” could not be conferred or transferred, only cultivated and curated for others.

I am so amazed by the complexity and sheer breadth and depth of this “world” in which lives and learning play out. What an interesting model to observe and investigate when pondering concepts of learning.

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Together Time in World of Warcraft

Class in a virtual world like WoW was a unique experience but not without it’s own hiccups. All the cues I had indicated that I was fully present with the cadre. Yet, no one seemed to respond to anything I typed. Try as I might I could not participate and because of the limited means for communicating (text only and strange avatar body language). Had I been tipped off earlier it would have been a much more enjoyable experience.

The environment was immersive. I noticed that my attention was rivetted on what was going on. Other cadre mates were dancing or laying down, a random player came bouncing by and laughed that we were trying to have class. The ambient sounds and the occasional laugh really helped me feel a part of the exchange. Even the proximity of other cadre mates affected my emotions and reactions.

I was terribly frustrated with the chat mechanism. I had to click the chat area each time it lost focus. Frequently I would type not knowing my focus had left the chat area and the keys I hit would trigger all the other shortcut windows within WoW.

Overall, I was able to focus on the discussion at hand, truly consider my response to the intriguing questions, and appreciated the feeling that I had just spent quality time with the cadre. Now I am left to wonder how I could encourage virtual meetings among a very conservative organization. 😉

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