Seeing the Bigger Picture American and International Politics in Film and Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 1433111330
ISBN-13: 9781433111334
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
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Description: Leet Noobs documents, for over 10 months, a group of players in the online game World of Warcraft engaged in a 40-person joint activity known as raiding. Initially, the group was informal, a "family" that wanted to "hang out and have fun." Before  More...

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List price: $40.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Peter Lang
Publication date: 2/29/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 337
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Leet Noobs documents, for over 10 months, a group of players in the online game World of Warcraft engaged in a 40-person joint activity known as raiding. Initially, the group was informal, a "family" that wanted to "hang out and have fun." Before joining, each player had been recognized as expert in the game; within the group they had to adapt their expertise for the new joint task and align themselves to new group goals. Through their shared activity, members successfully established communication and material practices that changed as they had to renegotiate roles and responsibilities with new situations and as the larger gaming community evolved. Players learned to reconfigure their play spaces, enrolling third-party game mods and other resources into their activity. Once-expert players became novices or "noobs" to relearn expert or "leet" gameplay. They became "leet noobs" who needed to reconfigure their expertise for new norms of material practice. Ultimately, these norms also changed what it meant to play World of Warcraft; some group members no longer wanted to just hang out and have fun, and eventually the group died in an online fiery meltdown.

Marknbsp;Sachleben is Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University, USA. He is co-author of Seeing the Bigger Picture (2nd, 2011), and author ofnbsp; Human Rights Treaties: Considering Patterns of Participation, 1948-2000 (2005).nbsp;

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