Final Practicum Post!

Finally, we’re made it – the end of the Practicum Project! I’ve done a little more playing on WoW, completing more quests and even went up another level. I’m starting to really get the hang of things and look forward to continuing my WoW account after this project. I’ve never considered myself much of a “gamer,” but this experience has truly changed my perception of myself.

I looked at the Wikipedia article on WoW, and noticed that there wasn’t a whole lot to change – these people had the game pretty much down to a “T.” I inserted a little clarification on one of the sentences – a clarification that I pulled from Kyra’s lecture on female gaming. The sentence read: “Reviewers felt that these changes in pacing would make the genre more accessible to casual players,” and after “casual players,” I expanded saying “- those who play for short periods of time.” I know this is subtle,a and for many would not need explaining, but I felt it was a helpful tidbit of information for inexperienced gamers and ultimately adds to the article.

Blog 7

For this final blog post we were asked to keep a log of all the “computized things” we utilized in one evening. I wish I had more to report, but as of late, all I’ve really used is my laptop computer to check facebook, my email, and to look up some directions. I wish I could get a phone with a data plan because I’m sure I would get my use out of it, and had I decided to write this post a couple of days ago, I would have probably could have added my recently-stolen Ipod Touch to this list… I’ve been pretty busy lately, and it’s definitely taken its toll on my technology use. Wish there was more to report!

Practicum 6

So tomorrow’s the big day. Everything seems to be coming together and upon further reading I and research I’ve come to see WoW in a new light. A lot of things I was unsure about I looked up and even happened to stumbled across other things relating to the game that weren’t even on my radar. My presentation is quite simple really – it starts with a description of MMORPGs, followed by a description of my specific MMORPG(WoW), and then delves into my own personal experience with the game. 

The question(s) I have for you guys is as follows: What sets a MMORPG apart from a regular video game? From an online virtual reality such as Second Life? What is the appeal to its players? 

Practicum #5

Apparently in order to make it ahead in World of Warcraft, a lot of time must be consumed wandering and figuring out things for yourself. I’ve spent what seems like an eternity trying to figure out how to get up to the next level and leave my homeland, but haven’t made it much further in terms of my game status since my last practicum post. I’ve done a lot of exploring, trying to find new lands and straying from the ever-amounting tasks you seem to accumulate in this game. I’ve tried to interact with people, but haven’t gotten anything that I would consider a response – I don’t know if this means these avatars were idle or actually just computer players. Either way, I’m starting to feel like I’m the only actual human in this world.

I participated in a multiplayer “raid,” or more so, I just joined in when I saw a bunch of people killing sea monsters. I kept asking what was going on, trying to gain some insight into what was happening around me, but my efforts were to no avail. Everyone seemed engrossed in the battle, but even after we had finished, no one seemed to want to help keep me up to speed. I’m going to try more in the way of socializing the next time I log in, and hopefully will be more successful in my attempts.

Youtube Vs. Hulu

For my Youtube and Hulu exploration, I decided to use the same video clip to best compare and contrast the two websites – an SNL clip addressing the recent Kardashian divorce scandal. First, I watched it on Hulu. Before the clip started, there was a brief advertisement that lasted around 5 seconds. The resolution of the video and sound quality were phenomenal, with a proper fade in at the beginning and fade out at the end. At the end there was an advertisement for SNL, followed by a list of recommended videos. In a short period of time it then automatically transported me to a new clip.

For Youtube, there was no wait in the beginning – I was brought directly to the video clip. I’m not sure if this is a new thing, because there used to be advertisements on YouTube, but for me, this time at least, there wasn’t one. The video clip was clearly taken from another source, like secondhand off the television, and the sound and image quality were less than impressive. There was a list of recommendations at the end, like with Hulu, but it leaves it on this screen until the viewer decides to take some sort of action.

The main difference between these websites has to do with quality and the use of advertisements. Hulu looks much more professional and legitamate, but takes longer to get to the content you wish to view. Youtube is quick and easy, but the image and sound tend to fall short.

Blog 5

With this blog posting, we were asked to write a response in relation to our personal experience with copyright and internet regulation. I can say with complete confidence that I rarely notice these things or pay sort of attention to them on webpages, and the only thing I’ve done that for sure has violated some sort of  internet law is the illegal download of music. While I know and understand the reasons behind this protocol, it hasn’t weighed too heavily on my conscience due to the sheer number of people who do it. Becoming a part of the majority isn’t necessarily right, and upon maturing in age and wisdom I have strayed from LimeWire, Mediafire, and the various other illegal sources from which I used to receive my music. Perhaps in the future I will notice violations of the internet “code” more often, as we will be discussing them in class and I’m sure they are very prevalent amid the internet, but as of now, I am for the most part oblivious.

Google Yourself

I decided to get a head start on my blog posts since I honestly have nothing better to do this week. So, blog 4 has to do with Googling yourself and seeing what you “do (or don’t) find.” The first link I retrieved was for my Facebook, disclosing basic information that I really don’t mind sharing. The rest were searches for people by the name of “David Pierringer” who were, in fact, not me. A couple links brought me to my uncle’s (same name) business, but other than that, I’m unaware of who or what the other links are referring to.

I also decided to Bing my name and found an actual summary of my Facebook, giving away where I’m from, what I’m studying, and even providing a picture. This worries me a little bit… Overall, I really don’t know how to feel about this blog assignment. I’m torn between wanting to have my information out there, as it can make things easier, and wanting to keep certain things under wraps. While I think the information provided is innocuous enough, I can’t help but feel like my privacy is being violated.

Practicum 4

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for quite a while now, making small strides in figuring out what happens outside of the training grounds, for I have learned all that I’ve needed to learn in from my trainer (i.e. mastering the basic moves and proving myself as ready to face the outside world through battling a seamonster in the “Proving Pit”).I’ve completed a lot of quests on the “outside,” but have only went up one level, and I assume it gets harder to reach new levels the more that you play. Initially I thought that you went up a level every time you completed a quest, but now I’ve come to the conclusion that it has to do with the “Experience” you earn from completing quests along with the “Experience” you gain elsewhere (slaying beasts). This “Experience” is measured in points and is much more important that I had originally conceived.

After completing a bunch of “solo” missions, I stumbled upon a cove with a bunch of sea monsters in it. I can only imagine that there are many valuables stashed in there, and after having attempted to enter and gotten brutally murdered, I think this is a challenge meant for multiple players. The next time I log in I’m going to try and round up my own little army and see what we can do in raiding the cove.

I’m really starting to get the hang of WoW. The controls are relatively simple and everything so far has been easy to figure out. While it took some research on my part, as I am a complete novice, most things are intuitive and clearly delineated. This, and it has been getting increasingly more difficult for me to pull myself away from it…

Practicum 3

Really not a whole lot to report. I’ve been on WoW doing a lot of experimenting, trying out my different avatars and seeing what each world has to offer(with each race of avatar there is a new world to begin in accompanied by similar, though unique quests).  I’ve decided it’s time to buckle down and actually see what’s beyond the 3rd level, so I’m going to stick with my favorite avatar, a female troll by the name of WertwaMary and see what World of Warcraft has to offer after basic training.

As of now, I am in a dinosaur-infested tropical region, interacting with the shaman trolls of my race. They are teaching me how to use my shaman powers, and I must say, it’s one of the more interesting worlds I’ve been exposed to through WoW. I’ve collected pelts from wolves and destroyed wooden targets. I’m currently trying to find a jailman to help me let loose a criminal with whom I can only assume I will be battling.

Recent discoveries include the map in the upper-right hand corner (duh…) which points you in the direction you need to go to complete tasks. It can be minimized or maximized and has been a very useful and time-saving tool in this journey. I’ve also learned that avatars can swim, which has assisted me in getting to  islands in the region.


Practicum 2

I’ve been doing some more gaming on World of Warcraft and am really starting to enjoy myself. I’ve completed a number of new tasks, and even got my roommate to play with me. We played together for a while in the same world, trying to figure things out – mostly just by talking to people.  While most of them tended to avoid me and dodge my questions – apparently it’s a lot easier to be rude when your identity is anonymous – Karen made a new BFF named Fendrix, who proceeded to stalk her for the rest of the game. If was interesting to see just how into this game/desperate for friends Fendrix was. Karen would continually try and run away from her, but there she’d be, 5 seconds later, talking about her new position at work and how much she hated it. This went on for about a half an hour, when Karen decided it was more than time to log off. I can’t help but feel that a beautiful virtual friendship is forming.