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When you play. Play.

My Sifu used to tell us at training.

When you eat. Eat.
When you read. Read
When you walk. Walk  ect.

This was as we were learning a new Kungfu form, we had learned the moves, and were just going through the motions, and not executing them with real intent.

He demonstrated to show us how we looked. He started our form and made a block and Fist smash move, then said outloud ” So what’s on tv tonight?” he moved his leg forward in a kick in to the next stance ” I wonder whats for dinner” Grab and pull ” I still need to pay my Telephone bill” Sweep and block  ( he then made us do horse stance for 5 min as punishment )

He could tell we weren’t in the moment – and that our lazy motions, and lack of intent was being caused by us thinking of other things when we should have been thinking about the form. Our performance was not what it could have been – if we had been paying attention to the task at hand.

We go through the right motions when we aren’t paying complete attention to things – but we don’t do them with intent. 

My Duel PC screens are a blessing and a distraction at the same time for gaming.  Australians are already  multitasking our TV viewing and  Computer use   we also listen to music,   chat on msn, Psts in the middle of a boss fight,  browsing web comics, news or web posts, mobile phone,  home phone, friends, Write blog posts..    ( Sorry!) family distractions and so on. 

How much of your gaming time is spent really in the moment.

Honestly. None. In raids I shutdown as many distractions as possible  – if there is music it has to be on my cd /mp3 player in the lounge  not in my earphone , I might go away or offline on msn,  but more often I’m not.  I once tried to have a msn voice conversation and a  guild raid vent  at the same time.  ( just don’t push to talk the wrong thing )  I have a friend who keeps linking me Youtube videos while raiding.  You know who you are! Then there are those “oh shiney” moments and my mouse has skipped over to my 2nd screen.

 Is gaming meant to be about being in a gaming moment? Or only as a layer of activity or awareness.   There are moments when 100% of your attention is needed – but more often not.

You have to wonder if that ugly facial expression on that grandslam tennis players face is because they are Im’ing in their brain – or concentrating on that moment the ball hits the racket.

Does the definition of playing a social game allow for these extra layers of activity and awareness – and does that contribute to a MMORPGs popularity and appeal?

In a raid with my guild someone made a comment about the other activities they were doing while they were interrupting.  He wasn’t missing the interrupts  – still doing awesome dps – but he also wasn’t paying 100% attention.  This wasn’t necessary bad for his performance,  or the raid.   Just a fact that the activity allowed him to multitask meant that he wasn’t as engaged in the moment.

Free transfer to Where? – and Multilingual General Chats.

It took me a little time to work out where the free transfers for a lot or realms that are currently available until the 5th, actually went to. The extensive realm lists  gave me a hint that it wasn’t to an oceanic server,  and I searched in vain as there was no  US server list for Quel’Thalas  – after rechecking the details on the realm It advised it was a Latin American Server.

 Ahhh I say..  that 3rd tab that appeared some months ago. I rolled a Undead something on there once because Oceanic went down, and they didn’t.   Besides General chat being half in Spanish and English it was interesting.   They hadn’t had their realm long and there were a lot of real noobs round the starting realms, and then all these leet peeps from oceanic came and hijacked the chat.   Oceanic came back up and we all went back home, probably much the the relief of the local residents.

I thought at the time the realm would have provided an interested language exchange, it was the 1st General chat that I had seen that was really multilingual.  On our Oceanic realms we have alot of Asian origin players, but General chat, guild chat is all in English,  most raiding guilds are English speaking guild run, and at best I’ve gotten to practise some swear words in Arabic, and Turkish and some Japanese on Americans stationed in Japan, but everything is in English.  Our idea of foreign is the token member from wherever, and usually that member is  very quite in Vent, or chats.  Over my play time I have put a smattering of lobie toons across the US realms and the oceanic, and have played with people from all corners of the world, Yet English as the gaming language dominates

I often wonder how the European guilds communicate – and how potentially one server could have 30 different languages.  What an amazing cultural exchange that would be.  Or do they all speak English?  ( I have developed a taste for Viking Folk Metal for Bands like Tyr, and Midnattsol,  German-Norwegian type folky music mixed with Metal.)   Alot of the Bands I love have European origins so would jump at the opportunity learn new words, if only so I could sing the song lyrics right instead of making unintelligible somewhat pitched vocal sounds. )  What’s Gank in French? Or Swedish, or Finnish.

I didn’t spend too long on Quel’Thalas, only to level 6 or so, but it was long enough to impress upon me the at least lingual uniqueness that this server had, so will these free server transfers encourage people to go over and it become a massive cultural melting pot?  Or will the nature of potential language barriers make people hesitate. It will be an interesting realm to play on though, transfers from US and Oceanic were open.

I had considered transferring because I was at the point where I needed change for the sake of changing and people tell me I think too many things through too much,  so I was going to dive straight in,  but the multitude of different people in different time zones would not make it a very productive realm progression wise. So I didn’t transfer.

Will the change in the population change the uniqueness of the server, for good or for bad? A great thing about MMORPGs is the diversity, and the interaction with all ages and cultures, but servers seem to be cultural centric,  but I would imagine Quel’Thalas would get to be an interesting conglomerate of all cultures


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