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my life as a night elf priest

WOW Addictiction Oriented

Bonnie A. Nardi’s book My Life as a Night Elf Priest was wonderful introspective analysis of World of Warcraft (wow). Her view’s, from an anthropological standpoint, are refreshing in the world of gaming books. You find in many gaming books that the author is directly related to the industry. One example is the professional game designer Jane McGonigal and her book Reality is Broken. Though her ideas are introspective into the world of Gaming her views are skewed from her closeness to the industry. Nardi is a more relatable writer for the non-gamer and uses much field research to come to her conclusions.

In Chapter six titled addiction she expresses the idea of problematic use as it is related to video games. This theory of Seay and Kraut’s (2007) is described by Nardi in this way. “This research supports the commonsense notion that problem players bring their problems to the game. As with most thing’s that lead to addiction or problematic use (such as alcohol or overeating), generally the need precedes the object rather than the object creating the need”. (Nardi 125) This is an approach to why people get obsessive about gaming to the point of being unable to stop. By that rationale the addictive or problematic usage was always present in the person and would have come out in one way or another. So games are not the reason for the addiction but rather the outlet that makes the addiction come to the surface.



3 thoughts on “WOW Addictiction Oriented

  1. I also liked the aspect that Nardi herself was talking from direct experience in some of her arguments, as well as talking with other gamers of WoW throughout her book. I also agree that video game addiction does not lie in fault with the video game itself, rather is the outlet and results of an individuals given personal circumstances. I defiantly see gaming addiction as a serious issue, but agree that to blame video games as the sole fault, as we typically see in mass media today, is not the correct way to address these problems.

    Posted by bgwhipple | June 9, 2013, 7:42 pm
  2. Addiction in video games is something that I think the media twists and makes people confused about. I think that there are different extremes of the word “addicting”. I like that Nardi addresses this idea in this chapter. I play a game called Candy Crush on Facebook and I would call it addicting. It is an addicting game but it does not make you addicted. I like the quote that Nardi took from a Chinese player, “Addiction is when you don’t do anything else anymore. When you quit everything for the game. The person gives up other things. If you give up a lot of things for the game, then you are addicted” (128). So while I and other people say things like “I’m so addicted to this game!” we know that we are not really addicted as one would be to drinking, smoking, etc. I definitely agree that if someone becomes addicted to a video game it is not at the fault of the video game itself, the addiction comes from a deeper problem that the player already has prior to playing the game.

    Posted by sierrasu | June 10, 2013, 12:53 am
    • I also liked the quote that the Chinese gamer gave about addiction. Candy Crush is a game that I also play religiously but I do not play it on Facebook, in fact I don’t have a Facebook account but the game is nonetheless something I cannot stop playing. But as we have both said already the game is not necessarily bad until it has ruined one’s life. I do believe that drugs and alcohol have adverse effects on people but games do similarly. They may have different ways of changing people’s lives but they do change lives. It is like anything you do in life, anything in moderation is ok but when you lose control it can turn bad. I love to have alcoholic drinks sometimes but I don’t binge drink every day.

      Posted by wjcasey | June 10, 2013, 3:39 pm

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