World of Warcraft and Philosophy

World of Warcraft and Philosophy

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Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most popular MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in videogame history, World of Warcraft is everywhere a€” from episodes of South Park and The Simpsons, to online series like Watch the Guild, accolades and awards from game critics, and prime-time commercials with Mr. T. Inevitably, such a cultural phenomenon triggers deeper questions. When does an assumed identity become real? Does the Corrupted Blood epidemic warn us of future public health catastrophes? What are the dangers when real life is invaded by events in the game? What can our own world learn from Azerotha€™s blend of primitivism and high-tech? In these lively essays, a specially commissioned guild of philosophers, including Yara Mitsuishi, Monica Evans, Tim Christopher, and Anna Janssen, tackles these and other complex questions arising from WoW.Thisperspective helps usthe mostto understand how fans of World of Warcraft engage in design activitiesonline and what theyget out ... or other players, and understanding whatparts ofthe highend game one wantsto eventually focus on( raid progression, PvP, and so on). ... Becoming an expert World of Warcraftplayer means not only leveling and acquiringbetter gear, buttheactive practices of creating, anbsp;...

Title:World of Warcraft and Philosophy
Author:Luke Cuddy, John Nordlinger
Publisher:Open Court - 2013-08-21


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