Wiki Addition- Second Life

For my last post of my practicum project, I added to The Second Life Wikipedia page. This is the first time I have ever added to Wikipedia or a website of this nature. I guess I am taking advantage of participatory culture! The Wikipedia page is very through on Second Life, so I only added a sentence about what Second Life can be classified as.  I said that Second Life can also be categorized as a multi-user virtual world because of the interaction with others in Second Life. I found this from a source online of online definitions.

Here is the link:

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.

Second Life- It’s Been Fun

Joining Second Life and making an avatar has been a really interesting and new experience. I just wanted to reflect on my experience in one of my last posts before it is all said and done. Although I tried to emerge myself in the Second Life community, make friends (such as Tilma and edduarddo110) and join in conversations, I cannot say that I will stay on Second Life. I am not a huge online gamer or virtual world joiner, but I did enjoy the chance to force myself to try it once. I can see how people enjoy Second Life, but to me I would rather interact with the people I know in my real life, and honestly was very creeped out by some of the things residents said to me! The chat below shows how a normal conversation can turn sexual by a user who obviously is using Second Life for a different reason than me!

New Badges and a lot of Points!

So when l left Vegas this morning there were 28 people checked in to the LAS airport so that is a good number. The more l think about it l think one reason there were not more foursquare users in Vegas is because most people in this city are vacationing and if they don’t use foursquare normally they more than likely not going to use it just because they are in Vegas. I like checking in and taking pictures because my boyfriend can get a sense of the fun l am having while l am away. This trip also earned me two new badges. I checked in to severel places on the strip last night and earned the “cruncked” badge. This morning l decided to check in everywhere…the airport, the security check, the tram that brought me to my gates, the specific gate l was flying out of…and l earned the “overshare” badge. I am currently in Tennessee and l checked into this place and got extra points for it being my first check in in the state of TN. I have also earned extra points at all the places l checked into this weekend for being the first od ny friends to check in.

CAVE @ UW-Madison

Hey guys, this is not for an assignment, but CAVE, the virtual reality-type world Danny mentioned in lecture is at WID.  I think it is open to the public this week.   There’s the link.

Practicum: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – UPDATE, Prestige

The war is over, and my roommate has won.  Reaching level 80 first, he “prestiged”, and by our apartment’s definition, beat the game.  I put up a good fight – making it into the 40s, but I was no match.  After “presitging”, one starts at level zero and has to earn all of their weapons again, at least now I maybe able to beat my roommate.

Playing Call of Duty has been a great experience, and the game shows the full potential of online networked gaming.  I interacted with many different gamers from all around the world and across so many different formats of matches.  Thanks for following my research!

Technology all day

I tend to think that I am not as addicted to technology as some since my phone doesn’t have web service, but documenting how much I use technology in a day has me thinking otherwise. I may not be on my phone as much as some but I think that I make up for that with how much time I’m on my computer. I call and text occasionally, and stay somewhat connected on Facebook and Twitter. I love reading the news so I spend a lot of time on my computer searching through the internet. Today I had a few classes and took notes by hand for half of them–although I would have used my computer for all of them had I had enough battery. On my way to class I listened to music on my iPod Touch, which I recently found under a seat cushion at my house over Thanksgiving break.  I also used some of the hardware that I talked about in my remix production practicum.

Realizing how much I depend on technology is kind of baffling considering were still in the early years of the internet. All things considered, I think its kind of unique that this generation has all these advanced gadgets at their fingertips while previous generations could not have imagined it. Stepping back from it all, I’m glad that technology makes things easier for me, but its also kind of strange to consider that we are really living in a time where technology has the ability to placate people and distract them from reality.