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7-08-2008 @ 4:05PM
this interview has inspired me to check this book out. i attended a conference on digital culture a few years back and the "superstar" lecturer gave a talk on how portals in wow broke up the environment and therefore made it not a seamless world...thankfully it seems like the scholarship has progressed a bit beyond that point. in addition to the interviewee's chapter (i think her thesis will resonate with most of us who play horde!), the chapters on space and names seem the most interesting. as a separate issue, i wonder how many of the authors have ever been in hardcore progression guilds because i know that from personal experience, doing the endgame in a competitive way changes one's experiences in wow significantly and definitely alters critical observations. this doesn't apply to dr. langer because of her topic, but so often it seems like scholarly work on wow and other game worlds is written by incredibly intelligent and accomplished people who are unfortunately noobs at the game they're writing about :)
7-15-2008 @ 5:53AM
Glad you liked it, and I'm glad you'll be checking out the book! As for hardcore progression guilds, I know that at least two of us are or have been in big endgame guilds. My chapter doesn't really deal with this sort of play, but I think you'll find Tanya Krzywinska's chapter interesting in that context.
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