S: Who Are You?
BC: Game Over
FC: Michelle Gibson Project 2 EDLT 725
1: ~"Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly." Etienne Wenger | Online Gaming is a popular way of communicating, interacting, and building relationships with others online. For this project, I chose the online game, RuneScape.
2: Within the game, you are to complete tasks which can be seen on the right hand side of the image. | These tasks start out simple, at least you feel they are simple to complete, but as it turns out no one really assists you in figuring out the tasks. There are "hints" within the task of where to locate the items, but the arrow doesn't stay there all that long. It becomes very frustrating to figure out where each shop is located because it is not identified on the screen.
3: My avatar was based on creating potions. She was more of a warrior look than most female choices. I went with longer hair because I have never been able to have long hair (just doesn't look right). Creating my character was probably the most fun part of the game. I also enjoyed looking at other avatars, but never really knew which ones were of people playing the game or the characters within the game. When you went up to talk with them, many of the characters just walked away from you without even answering your questions or acknowledging you. The feeling of not really being a part of a community was very evident for me while playing this game for the last five weeks. I couldn't get anyone to engage in conversation, except for characters in the game, and didn't really understand where things were located. Hard to figure out how to collect items, where to find places to trade, how to acquire specific tools. It got somewhat easier as I kept playing, but the lack of communication is what I really didn't like.
4: Looking through other RuneScape wikis, blogs, and tips all seem to indicate that the game is one of belonging, working together, and joining groups. There is also an underlining ability of setting your own goals, which for me was to not die. My frustrations navigating within the game and my inability to really understand what the goal of the game was were the two biggest obstacles I faced and am still facing. | I have found that being a part of a community that I can understand, relate, and communicate with is much more satisfying for me. Taking on a different personality, trying to adapt to an environment, and understand the rules of that community proves very stressful and not worth my time and energy. If I were to belong to a community, I would need to portray myself and feel then I would be a part of a community of practice.
5: Alone, once again | Trying to barter for some fishing supplies | Clan example--something I could not conquer | A Few Images of My Avatar in RuneScape