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4-19-2011 @ 11:39AM
-----Stella Khatibi Apr 18th 2011 8:45PMLike I said, I love the idea behind this app and everything, I just think it's worthwhile to keep in mind though that everytime something happens which allows you to progress in the game without actualy being logged in and visibly playing with others, I think the virtual world loses something.It's just a feeling, I'm not trying to put down this application at all. It's more of a thought on progression in general, that's all. I just miss the old days when I used to see 40 people in a big long line outside Molten Core, and groups of people outside dungeons getting ready to go in, and maybe soon I'll miss people talking to each other at all because they're all doing it remotely on their mobile devices.-----The question resolves around how one perceives presence in this environment. And, more specifically, what is required to present a presence. For me, a graphical avatar isn't required in the interactions being covered by these remote applications. My interaction with other individuals in the AH is almost entirely through the AH interface. I do "friend" my competitors so I can watch for when they're active. Every once in a rare while, they'll be in the same AH as I am. But none of that is as important as the name and the auction.Guildchat also doesn't require an avatar. Unless my guild is raiding, in battlegrounds, or patrolling the world our interaction is almost entirely limited to the name that shows up in the guildchat scroll. It doesn't much matter to me whether that chat comment happened while the owner was "present" in any given game location or via a mobile app while out in the real world (with exceptions for content - I'm not really keen to hear a guildmate complaining about being ganked while their avatar is off-line and they're standing in line at Starbucks).
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