My life as a Night Elf Priest is…. Well interesting. I was under the impression that Nardi would go into great detail of her experiences and game play while spending sleepless nights studying WoW. I am pleasantly surprised that she gives a much more detail account of the various theories applied to her study of WoW. The theory most recently applied, that being the aesthetic experience is most interesting at this posing in the book. A quote from the book:
“I think what drives the majority of the people is sort of goal orientation. You have goals. And so, there’s this very easy goal of leveling, right? It’s this numerically – defined kind of thing. You have this target. You get these rewards of experience. There’s also goals of, say, improving your character’s abilities y=through equipment. Things like that. So, you-really, you’re trying to improve yourself.”
I believe this categorizes the type of person(s) that experiences WoW, those that are trying to improve themselves in some way, in any way. Possibly the shy quiet type that has trouble making friends, the under appreciated type that can boldly level up and become instantly appreciated among the WoW community.