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Hunting for Identity: Community, Performance, and the Curious Case of the Huntard in World of Warcraft

The hunter marked her prey and crept closer, careful not to alert her enemy to her presence. She had followed the same tactics for hundreds of battles and honed her skills: send in her faithful hunting pet first to attack, let loose her array of arrows and traps, run away if the enemy came too close and—above all—try not to die. Now, it was her first chance to fight alongside friends and allies, who had invited her to battle alongside them, and she was eager to show off her skills. No one had made a move yet, so she decided she would try to kill the enemy first, to be the hero, to show how powerful she was, and how valuable to the group. She sent her pet in, waited a few seconds, and fired her own shots. She expected a quick kill—they had almost always been that way so far, after all—but it did not come. Instead, other nearby enemies noticed the commotion and joined the fray, swarming the allies and sending them scattering and shouting. In the chaos and confusion, she watched her companions die before being overwhelmed herself. As the dust settled, the recriminations began, chastising her, mocking her, calling her names: “huntard” they shouted, then kicked her from their group and far away into a another place in the world, with wounded pride and little confidence, left wondering: what had happened? Why had her companions abandoned her? What had she done wrong?

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Lookin’ for an ‘in’

So I’m going to do a bit of the “writing-as-thinking” and see if I can somehow crap something out…er, develop a possible research question.

*These are in no particular order or meaningfully positioned relation. I’m just a’ sayin’ as I’m a’ thinkin’.

• Guilds — Yes, the cliques of WoW. There’s a lot going on with these, so let’s dive in.

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FAQs – the death of socializing?

FAQ Hell

Resnick has me wondering: if I turn to an FAQ or a guide, am I destroying the social nature of WoW?

Resnick claims that if “a system allows a worker to find information on her own without consulting colleagues, there is a positive time efficiency gain. There is also a negative effect from losing opportunities to build and maintain ties with colleagues, which might be useful for other reasons beyond the immediate task.” I can go to a wiki and get answers quickly and concisely, but I lose out on directly interacting with the community.

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