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my life as a night elf priest

The Cultural Differences

I always find it interesting to learn about cultural differences in different type of subjects.  Whether if it’s dealing with the differences of education systems, work labor, and even gaming.  Within Nardi’s book, My Life as a Night Elf Priest, she exemplifies the different characteristics for World of Warcraft or WoW North America and China all within the final section and chapter of the book.   Some difference that I picked out is the use of the phrase, “Chinese gold farmer”. Though the author doesn’t give a full description of what this phrase exactly means, but what I can generally determine to what it means is an Asian or a Chinese individual who makes a banking system off of WoW, if I got that correct  Also what else I love about this chapter is that the author just doesn’t go online or anything else to look for her direct sources, but she actually goes out to China to find her sources. Going on, she finds the similarities of the North American and Chinese gamers that, “They liked the socialibility of WoW, the competitive challenge, the graphics, the color.  They extended the game through the use of mods.  They played with friends and family.”  She found that the major and biggest difference that were between one another is the setting to where both play.  For Chinese gammers, they generally play at a cafe or what is known as a wang ba.  These are noted to be the most populated areas in China after the workplace.   With Nardi going out there to find this kind of social shock or difference I find that extremely interesting.



2 thoughts on “The Cultural Differences

  1. There use to be a internet cafe in my hometown similar to the Chinese wang ba. As a gamer this was the coolest place and it used to be the only place my friends and I would go after school. We participated in tournaments and had a group of friends that were a ‘clan’ of gamers. These social interactions were the strongest I have ever made. To this day I still speak to these friends. The power of social interaction over the common ground of video games is incredible. As you said, the Chinese play with friends and family; these people were as close as family for me for a while and the gaming community can learn from china. These internet cafe’s are proving to be very productive and helping people, I know from first hand experience.

    Posted by jbort94 | June 8, 2013, 3:21 pm
  2. I agree with you on the fact that she has gone above and beyond in her research by going to China and investigating their world of gaming. It was astounding how different the culture is over there. The gold farming or “black gold” farming, and the all the talk about you not being a true WOW player until you have been robbed was fascinating. “If you have not had your account stolen, you are not a real WOW player”. (Nardi 183) Besides the theft, the wang ba was extremely cool as a place to play your games. It is a concept that is not as prevalent in America but I think adds to the game. It is a way of including real social interaction with virtual interaction. It is something that could help people to rain in their problem of gaming being the reason they do not interact with people in the real world. In a way it makes on-line gaming more of a thing that I would participate in because of the draw to real life relationships.

    Posted by wjcasey | June 9, 2013, 11:17 am

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