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Q&A with Bonnie Nardi, author of “My Life as a Night Elf Priest”

by University of Michigan Press August 10, 2010

World of Warcraft rapidly became one of the most popular online world games on the planet, amassing 11.5 million subscribers—officially making it an online community of gamers that had more inhabitants than the state of Ohio and was almost twice as populous as Scotland. It’s a massively multiplayer online game, or MMO in gamer jargon, where each person controls a single character inside a virtual world, interacting with other people’s characters and computer-controlled monsters, quest-givers, and merchants. Bonnie Nardi has given us a fresh look not only at World of Warcraft but at the field of game studies as a […]

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Blizzard Entertainment declares that World of Warcraft posters will have to use ‘RealID’ – full first and last names – to post in forums; author Bonnie Nardi responds

by Heather Newman July 8, 2010

Yesterday, Blizzard Entertainment, developers of Warcraft, announced that starting towards the end of this month, all posters on the official Blizzard forums – and there are thousands – will have to post using the game’s RealID system, which identifies players by their real first and last names. Previously, forum posters could use the character name of their choice to post anonymously.

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