In reading the first section of My Life as a Night Elf Priest, I have to admit that this book was a bit difficult to take in, but in grand retrospect, I find that the game, World of Warcraft, is just as confusing. While all of my guy friends used to stay home every weekend to play this game and it became like an addiction, I felt inclined to see what the hype was about. So, a few times I did watch my friends play the game and I honestly felt like my head was spinning. It was the most intricate and confusing game that I had ever seen, nevertheless, I was more attuned to games like Mario Party and Dance Dance Revolution. I have to admit, I am not the biggest fan of World of Warcraft.
Pertaining to the reading, one thing that I found to be particularly intriguing was on page 56 when Nardi was describing player performance and how crucial it is to this game. She said, “A character is not merely an image or static representation but a performance. In Magtheridon’s Lair, either you can click the cube at the right moment or you cannot.” While I do think that for some individuals they have a competitiveness to them and this game can bring out that inner nature, I do not feel that this conceptualization that is evident in World of Warcraft would be suiting for all types of people. For those who have difficulty playing the game or have a hard time accepting that they cannot necessarily master it, this would not be the game for them. For others, it would allow them to bring out a side of them that allows them to compete with others and strive to attain a better performance. So I pose the question to everyone else in the class, would World of Warcraft be a game that you see yourself being challenged by or would the stress of having to perform to certain expectations be too much to handle? For me, I would choose the second option, but I am curious how everyone else perceives themselves and their gaming capabilities.