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Author Nardi, Bonnie A.

Title My life as a night elf priest : an anthropological account of World of warcraft / Bonnie A. Nardi.

Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press : University of Michigan Library, 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (236 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Technologies of the imagination
Technologies of the imagination.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-225) and index.
Contents What is World of warcraft and who plays it? -- An ethnographic investigation of World of warcraft -- Play as aesthetic experience -- A new medium -- Work, play, and the magic circle -- Addiction -- Theorycraft and mods -- Gender -- Culture : WoW in China-and North America.
Summary "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 more 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 more 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."--Print version back cover.
Note Print version record.
Subject World of Warcraft (Game)
Computer games -- Social aspects.
Korea (South) -- Social aspects.
Virtual reality -- Social aspects.
Visual anthropology.
Role-playing, war games & fantasy sports.
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography.
Virtual worlds.
SOCIAL SCIENCE.
Anthropology / Cultural.
GAMES -- Fantasy Sports.
GAMES -- Role Playing & Fantasy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
World of Warcraft (Game) (OCoLC)fst01763282
Computer games -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00872118
Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01354981
Virtual reality -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01167695
Visual anthropology. (OCoLC)fst01167995
Korea (South) (OCoLC)fst01206791
Social Sciences.
Recreation & Sports.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
In: OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks). OAPEN
Books at JSTOR: Open Access. JSTOR
Other Form: Print version: Nardi, Bonnie A. My life as a night elf priest. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press : University of Michigan Library, 2010 9780472070985 (DLC) 2010007914 (OCoLC)466344635
ISBN 9780472026715 (electronic bk.)
0472026712 (electronic bk.)
9780472900435 (electronic bk.)
0472900439 (electronic bk.)
9780472070985 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0472070983 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780472050987 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0472050982 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 99950023842
AU@ 000051334163
DEBBG BV043166812
DEBBG BV044115186
DEBSZ 421708115
DEBSZ 449820610
NZ1 13832009
AU@ 000066533013

 
    
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