- We all love to play WoW
- We love to read about WoW (otherwise we wouldn’t be here)
- Some of us like to write about WoW
- Given the opportunity we all like to share our WoW experience to anyone that will listen.
- Most of us believe that WoW and other online games have given us skills that are transferable to the real world.
- All of us get annoyed at the negative perspective that follows online gaming, where a positive story about it a rarity.
There are a bunch of Academics that would love you to share your WoW experiences and have asked me to spread the word. There is an initial short survey which will probably only take up 10 minutes of your life, with the option of being involved in further activities including skill tests to compare your skill development over time.
Here’s the email I received:
I am writing to you on behalf of a Media Studies research team at Utrecht University (Netherlands) currently doing a project involving players participating in World of Warcraft. As part of our project we are inviting people to take part in a survey (which can be found at http://vw-researchproject.110mb.com) that looks at how virtual worlds can build skill and knowledge and how it can (or perhaps to some cannot) be transferred between the physical and the digital. We have issued the survey because we are interested in seeing whether or not players believe that they do gain skills and knowledge usable in other instances and if so how useful it is to them in other activities in their lives.
We are writing to you if you would be willing to both take the survey and, if you would not mind, pass along information about the survey to others if you know that they might be interested in taking it. We chose your blog because we are looking for some of the biggest and most well known blogs and are hoping to find some active player communities to get the survey so we can proceed with our research and really get a good scope of what people believe and what they do not believe.
The goal of the project is to direct research to a somewhat ignored field in academia – specifically the beneficiary nature of games. Most of the team has played a variety of online MMORPGs before (including text-based and role-playing) and so are interested in bringing their own experiences with gaming to light and break some of the stereotypes that are still somewhat lingering around dealing with gaming in academia.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing back from you.
- Why not spend 10 minutes shedding light on your experiences.
- Why not tip the balance from the negative to the positive.
- Why not spread the news to your friends, guildmates and anyone else that will participate.
Do yourself a favor, get an alternative view of the value of gaming out there… You never know, one day in the future it might be advantageous to note your WoW playing and guild leadership exploits on your resume.
You can make a difference, so why not make it now?
Not sure that your online presence really makes a difference? Check out this post and reconsider.
Gnomer and Out!
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