One of the sections in Nardi’s My Life as a Night Elf Priest that I could relate to was the section entitled Performance within Chapter Four. In this section Nardi compares performance in video games like World of Warcraft to performance in more traditional sports stating,
“Players spoke of the importance of “situational awareness, denoting the ability to mentally process rapid multidimensional environmental changes. The same ability is mandatory in team sports, where the positions of the ball and the positions of other players, as well as their specific movements, must be tracked and responded to rapidly.”(pg55)
As Nardi was discussing the centrality of performance and competition in video games, I found that this is why I play online multiplayer video games, like Call of Duty, where I can compete with others around the world, in an environment similar to that of a sport like football or baseball, where teamwork and the sharpening of your skills can lead to accomplishing a given task.
Also in this section Nardi elaborates on how performance in games is tracked through the use of tables and logs, as well as through user created mods for WoW that displayed certain aspects of the game. While I do not play, WoW, I found this similar to Call of Duty Elite, that allows gamers to see what guns and equipment a player is most efficient with, as well as heat maps that display where the user is most often killed. I believe the competitiveness and the ability to actively better one’s performance in video games is a critical aspect of gaming that results in their fruition.